Sunday, December 12, 2010
This Sunday month our minister is preaching on different aspect of Christmas. Last week was "Christmas Wisdom: The Story of the Wise Men". Points made were:
- A wise person's journey is one of faith. FACT: God's journey always involves faith.
- A wise person's journey is one of worship. FACT: True worship always involves sacrifice.
- A wise person's journey is one of change. FACT: An encounter with God changes things - it changes you.
This week was "Christmas Hope: The Story of Mary" and the following were emphasized:
- Her Hosanna (Luke 1:46,47) she glorified the Lord.
- Her Humility (vs. 48) she acknowledged that she was but a maidservant.
3 key elements as it relates to humility - 1. Realize that you are not in charge. 2. Accept your position as a servant. 3. Submit yourself to God.
- Her Hope (vs 37, 38) "Let it be to me according to your Word."
Before the message, our young children gave a beautiful presentation which not only pointed to Christmas, but also to the cross of Jesus and His saving power. It was great that the parents and grands, etc got an evangelistic message from the kids. So many of the grown-ups hardly ever darken a church door.
Then, Pastor Ronnie said something like, "did you ever notice as you go thru your daily life, doing ordinary things, that sometimes God breaks thru in a special moment?" Then we were all treated to a viewing of the mall food court event where people all over the food court stood and sang the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. You've probably seen it on YouTube. From there, Ronnie launched into his message about Mary.
All-in-all, it was a magnificent worship service this morning.
Right after church, we rushed home, changed clothes and gobbled (not good I know) a sandwich so we could make our grandson's 1:00 basketball game. They're playing every Saturday and Sunday, and we haven't missed one.....yet. They lost their first game, and have won the others; today's score was horribly lop-sided at 43 - 12.
I fixed dinner tonight and have washed dishes, so the rest of the evening is mine for relaxing. : )
Y'all have a restful night.
Friday, December 10, 2010
These past few days, I've been reminded 3 separate times of II Cor. 1:3-4, "PRAISE BE TO THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE FATHER OF COMPASSION AND THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT, WHO COMFORTS US IN ALL OUR TROUBLES. SO THAT WE CAN COMFORT THOSE IN ANY TROUBLE WITH THE COMFORT WE OURSELVES HAVE RECEIVED FROM GOD. " NIV So, while I haven't yet come across anyone who needs comfort, I am being told to be prepared. Isn't it wonderful how the Holy Spirit leads us, if only we just open ourselves to Him!!!
Whew! 6 hr of errands and shopping today. No wonder I'm beat; BUT, I can't count that as exercise (I kept stopping and looking at stuff), so plan to get on the treadmill awhile after dinner.
The good news: "our" shopping is done, but DH will be doing more when he's out next week; and I may go out to buy him one more thing.
We both thought our bathroom scales might be 'off' a little so before leaving today, we each weighed ourselves, then when at the store, we tried out several different scales - digitial, electronic, analog. There was as much as 7 pounds difference in the store scales. (Pfffft!!)
The good news: we now think our scales really are ok. The bad news: I was kinda hoping we'd find they weigh a little heavy - even as I knew in my heart of hearts that they don't. LOL
There were snow flurries while we were out, but you can hardly see anything on the ground now. This weekend, however, will be a different story. The forecast is for wintery mix tomorrow night into Sun, and rain on Sunday, and a colder week next week than this week was. Brrrrr! Praise the Lord for providing a warm house (and coats for when we go out).
Y'all have a great, restful night.
Monday, December 06, 2010
I'm so glad I read NANHBH's blog about self effacacy. I'm going to try to quit looking at losing 5 pounds at a time, and instead look to lose just 1 measly pound; and then another, then another. I KNOW I can lose ONE pound. With that success, I surely can manage to do it a second (third, etc) time until I reach my ultimate goal! I challenge you to try it, too.
My DH prepares dinner 5 nights a week (I have the weekends), and tonight we had broiled pork chops, Green Giant's Baby Veggie Medley, and my favorite: fried sliced potatoes with onions. I ate the 3 oz of meat, took 1 Cup of veggies, and only 1 Cup of potatoes and onions. It took a great act of will to not help myself to another helping of potatoes. I know, some of you are asking, 'so why did you take the 1st helping?' or 'why a whole cup in the 1st place?' Well, to you I say, I'm more succesful when I don't deny myself something entirely (like, 'no pizza' etc); and I love fried potatoes and onions. So, this was a big step for me as I usually have 2 big helpings of them. Next, I WILL work on reducing that 1 Cup downwards a bit.
I've already decided that my evening snack (can't completely break the habit) will consist of another clemintine. That will bring me up to 5 fruit/veggie servings for today......another celebration.
Baby steps, my friends, baby steps.
Have I ever mentioned that I weighed a skinny 98 pounds when I got married 41 years ago? That was too skinny (COULDN'T gain weight!); and I have no desire to be that thin again. But my point is that it took me decades to get as heavy as I did, and it'll take some time to retrain my brain to change my eating habits and to lose another 25-30 pounds. BUT I WILL GET THERE! You can too.
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Whew! I didn't do quite as well as I wanted to while on vacation, and gained a few pounds - but I took the cowards way out by not posting my weight last Monday. So, when I weighed today (Sunday's my 'official' day) I was delighted to find that I'm back where I was before going on vacation. Took some real effort this week, but it was worth it. I'm trying to weigh the same after Christmas as I did when I started November......
Yesterday, DH and I spent a few hours in the blustery cold, placing our Christmas decorations in the yard. Brrrr! But the outside is done. Now I have to plan to do the Christmas tree, and whatever else I want to do inside. I'm about 1/2 to 3/4 thru addressing cards (I'm a little late this year), but expect to finish all but a couple of really special ones by tomorrow afternoon.
I've been busy working on my grandson's vest (it's the 3rd attempt) and it SEEMS to be coming along ok. I made one earlier this year - didn't like it, but was urged by friends to donate it to a charitable cause, so I did. The second one I made was too small by Thanksgiving when we saw the grandkids again....yes, I'd measured him in June but he had an astounding growth spurt in the meantime. So the 2nd will also go to a shelter, and I'm working on another. : ) Oh, well I "don't work, so what else" do I have to do? (Volunteer at school 2x every week, and once a week at the animal shelter, and soon to start volunteering at the second school, too). HOW did I EVER find time to work outside of home?!
I plan another foray on the treamill tomorrow - you may recall I mentioned the other day that I'd had to quit early on Friday because of my ankle/heel.....I think it's the achilles tendon, but since I don't have an MD behind my name, what do I know? Anyway, I plan to try again tomorrow.
So now you're caught up on me. I hope everyone is healthy and being successful this 'party' time of year. Come on! We CAN do it!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Yes, I over-ate Thanksgiving Day, but I'm looking at the positives: I ate less than I used to on such occasions, and I spent 40 minutes on the treadmill last eve. Unfortunately, my eyes were too big today, and I over-ate again. sigh. At least I got 2 fruit servings and 2 veggie servings, and I spent another 40 min on the treadmill. I really MUST stop giving in to my piggy self and listen more intently to my healthy self.
I'm excited that we'll be home in a couple of days and I'll be able to get back into my routine of more exercise and fewer sweets, etc.....we just don't keep as much of the 'bad' stuff in the house as we used to.
I laid awake until after midnight last night (I don't know why) and got up early this morning so we could get on the road, so I'm about ready to - or at least to take a warm shower and climb into bed.
God has been exceedingly gracious to us this trip - today was the first less-than-good day, weather-wise. We got up this morning to temps around freezing, and I don't think it got above 44 degrees all day. It's dropped again now, and I'm not sure what we're going to find tomorrow; but it IS late November, for Pete's sake!
God gave me good visits with my sister and her DH, my mother, and my dau and her family. What more could we ask for?
God grant you all a good night's rest.
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