Tuesday, September 10, 2013
So, I don't like that question mark in my title, but I have to put it there because I am just not sure what is going on with my body. Is it something I ate that's making me retain water/bloat? (like too much sodium, maybe even some msg?, some dairy on an empty stomach) Because this past week or so of really consistent cardio + strength training exercise and tracking my food for the first time in forever is getting me nowhere... actually, worse than that - my clothes are feeling tighter!! UGH!
This is one of those times when I have to go on faith. I need to believe that what I am doing is going to pay off at some point (hopefully in the not-too-distant future) I set a very doable goal of a 5 lb loss in September - so far, I have GAINED!
what is going on???
Anyway, thanks for reading and letting me vent. Help me Sparkies, with some words of wisdom. What do YOU do when all the right things lead to all the wrong results???
Thursday, August 15, 2013
After a few weeks in intensive care, my dear friend has passed away from this earth. He taught me so much and we shared so many amazing and fun experiences. He was a truly wonderful friend, and one whom I had fully expected to grow old with. Really, there are no words to express what an immense loss I feel, how sad this time is for me, how shocked I am to know that he won't be ringing me up tonight or tomorrow or next week, and I won't be able to ring him either. Alas, this is to be expected - I am in the midst of the grieving process and feel alternately SO sad, then cheated, and yet happy in a way because I believe where he is is better than where we are - he has gone home.
If you are reading this, I respectfully ask for your prayers. For his family, for all of us who are left behind.
Yesterday we attended a beautiful wake and noon-time Mass in his honor, followed later in the day by a sunset sail to put his ashes in his the ocean off of Waikiki. As we left the dock, a bag-piper played Danny Boy and then Aloha 'Oe. The weather was gorgeous, and just before we put 'him' in the sea, we were blessed by a light rainfall and a DOUBLE rainbow. We scattered flowers in the water , cried some tears and laughed at good memories and then toasted him with a bottle of Irish whiskey. We stayed out to watch the sun set and canoe paddlers passed us by on their evening training runs, then headed back in. It was the most beautiful and perfect celebration of life I have ever witnessed or been a part of.
Sometimes in life something happens that feels like it alters who we are - this is one of those occasions for me. In the loss of my lifelong friend, it feels I have lost a part of myself. Gone too soon.
So, here is what may sound like a trite reminder, but please take it to heart. Reach out to those you love whom you assume will be there in the days, weeks, months and years to come. Give them a call. Send them an email. MAKE the time to be together. Life is short and people can leave when you least expect it.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Sad but hopeful, I hope that those who may read this, and who are praying people, will add their prayers to mine... every prayer in agreement counts.
A dear old friend of mine has landed himself in the hospital, in intensive care, after apparently having made some not-so-good choices. Without going into detail, he is basically in a state of semi-consciousness at best - heavily sedated and on a feeding tube. This is far from his finest hour.
We are hopeful for his complete (and it would be rather miraculous) recovery, and as I know that God CAN do miracles, I am praying for this recovery to occur. Most of all, I pray for God's will to be done here, and yet I also pray as a believer with the following scripture as my guide:
"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have recieved it, and it will be yours." Mark 11:24
Thank you for reading, and for sending up a prayer, or adding this to your daily prayer list. My friend has no wife or children, and though his brother and sister have flown here to be with him, he needs our intercession if your heart is called.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
This really spoke to me today, as I contemplate how to be a better reflection of Him!
A re-post compliments of DIDMIS, from her "Daily Devotions for Dieters":
A Quarter for Jesus
Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston , Texas . Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change.. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, 'You'd better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.' Then he thought, 'Oh, forget it, it's only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a 'gift from God' and keep quiet.'
When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, 'Here, you gave me too much change ..'
The driver, with a smile, replied, 'Aren't you the new preacher in town?'
'Yes' he replied.
'Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I'll see you at church on Sunday.'
When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, 'Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter.'
Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read. This is a really scary example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard -- and remember -- You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself 'Christian.'
Watch your thoughts ; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits..
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
Being a Christian is a whole lot like being on Candid Camera. When you least expect it, expect it!
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