Sunday, December 19, 2010
Today's sermon was "Christmas Love: The Story of God's Gift to Us" I John 4:9-11
God's gift to us is measured by its usefulness.
"In this the love of God was manifested towards us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, THAT WE MIGHT LIVE THROUGH HIM." I John 4:9
FACT: We are fully alive for the glory of God.
God's gift to us is measured by its cost.
"In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent HIS SON to be the propitiation (sacrifice/satisfaction for sin debt) for our sins." vs. 10
FACT: We are to give God the very best that we have to give. Not leftovers of our time, money, talent, or ourselves.
II Corinthians 8:9 - Jesus gave up ALL to be our sacrifice. Can we give Him any less?
God's gift to us is measured by its effectiveness.
"Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." vs. 11
We have received the benefit of God's love; we have the responsibility to pass His love on to others.
FACT: God still wants to love people through your changed life.
God's Gift is useful + God's Gift is valuable = God's Gift is effective!
Have you experienced God's love because of what Jesus Christ as done for you?
What price are you willing to pay to know more deeply the love of God?
Is God able to show and share His love throught your words and life?
This is the 3rd in the 4-part series. I'll post next Sunday's message then.
God bless you. Jesus gave His life so YOU can have (eternal) life, ABUNDANT life. John 10:10
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Well, I didn't blog yesterday, but I DID exercise more than the 24 minutes I needed to meet my 2010 goal of 12K fitness minutes. And I added another 40 min this morning.
Unfortunately, I don't know just how much exerice I'm going to get these next few days, because I have a cold and sore throat. Since the cold isn't in my chest (yet, and it's generally inevitable), I do plan to exercise at least 10 minutes each day....but probably longer once I get started.
I'm only going to my grandson's basketball game this afternoon because we'll stop in and order my new glasses on the way home. I'll rest later.
Ok, enuf about me. I hope y'all are healthy, warm (in cold regions) or cool (in hot regions), and enjoying yourselves. But if you're wavering on your food/drink intake 'because of the holidays' or for any other reason, please think about what you're doing. An occasional indulgence isn't bad, but don't think of it as a 'treat'. You'd be giving food/drink too important a place in your life.
Hang in there, be faithful to yourself and your goals, take a bite of that sweet, or whatever, keep up exercising, and above all, remember that Jesus's birth is the real reason for this season.
Merry Christmas, everyone
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I KNEW I shouldn't have said anything Tuesday about eating well.....I blew it today! Actually, it was good for me to share my 'high' of Tues, and also good that I'm letting you know I didn't eat well today. Tomorrow is another day.
I DID get lots of exercise today, and frankly, was surprised to find I'd gone over 18K fitness minutes! So, I'm patting myself on the back for those two things.
I had a goal of 12K fitness minutes during 2010 - I just need 24 more minutes to make it. So tune in tomorrow.......
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I love food, and food loves to spend (LOTS of) time ON me. Even tho' I've been making better choices of what to eat, I've been eating too much. BUT TODAY I STAYED WITHIN MY CALORIE RANGE for the 1st time in ages! And I don't feel deprived, and I did get good amounts of protein, fat, carbs; but only 3 fruit/veggies, and over 10 C of water, and, and....
In short (too late), I did well today. And I started off with 30 minutes on the treadmill (after a good breakfast). So, I'm breaking my arm patting myself on the back.
One good day behind me, looking forward to another, even better one tomorrow.
Monday, December 13, 2010
12/14 - I forgot to tell you, use a 9 x 13" pan. Also, I plan to use veggie spray in it. I went online last night and figured the calories, etc for the whole receipe and it's scary. I'll have to wait until I make it on Christmas to figure how many servings it is, then I'll post all the (serving) info on the food tracker.
Ok, I promised a sweet potato receipe, and now that I've received it from my DD, I can finally deliver. I haven't figured the calories, etc, etc, but will shortly.
Sweet Potato Casserole
3 Cups mashed, cooked sweet potatoes (or yams)
1 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 Cup milk
1/2 Cup butter
1 Cup packed brown sugar
1/3 Cup flour
1 Cup pecans
1/3 Cup butter
bake @ 350 degrees for 30 or so minutes.
When I make this for Christmas dinner, I plan to cut the butter and sugar a little.
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