Friday, December 24, 2010
I baked a pumpkin pie this morning, followed by dozens and dozens of cookies. My DD and her sons helped me frost and decorate them. I only ate 2....I know, I already said I'd only eat one, but I was weak. Still stayed without my calorie range for the day!!!!
I've already planned on eating sensibly tomorrow, and enjoying a single glass of wine with dinner....I WILL drink only 1 glass. I may have a sliver of pie, and will enjoy another couple of cookies.
I sent several home with my DD and grandsons today, plan to send more home with them tomorrow; also with my other DD who will be coming to dinner with her DH. They all will get turkey and other leftovers to take home, too. I don't want all that food around my house...too tempting.
Time to go to now.
God bless you all richly. Remember He is the reason why we have a Christmas celebration in the first place. Read Philippians where Paul reminds us that Jesus set aside all that He is entitled to (being God and all the glory that entails) to become human, live a sinless life, die on the cross and rise again so that YOU and I can live in eternity with Him.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
My grandsons and I will be decorating sugar cookies tomorrow, and today I checked how many calories each has.....approx. 111 withOUT frosting. I love sweets. Oh well, I'm determined to continue on a path of better health (and lower weight), so now that I have that information, I'll keep my sampling down to a reasonable amount - one.
Working at the animal shelter this morning, then coming home and cleaning house, I burned mucho calories today; and I'm tired. I took a nap this afternoon, so that helps. I'm debating whether or not to do some strength exercises, but all I want right now is to just chill. A few strength exercises won't take a lot of time, and will help tone me as well as burn calories even after I'm done. Ok, I talked myself into it. After all, one day I want to look like this Hahaha!
It makes me very happy to see a little more 'keeping Christ in Christmas' type of attitudes around me. There could be no greater gift than the gift of the Son of God coming as a human, dieing and rising again to offer me eternal life. I am so humbled at the thought that God thought that much of ME!! to provide a sacrifice so I won't go to hell when I die.
I pray you each will have 'peace on earth' and have a Merry Christmas. God bless you.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I've attended a women's conference these past 2 years in Roanoak, VA. The conference is sponsored by E(xtraordinary) Women, and led by Julie Clinton. I get a weekly devotional by Julie, and would like to share from this week's.
"On His Hands
December 20, 2010
By: Julie Clinton, M.A. "… I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…." Isaiah 49:15-16
Hands are an interesting addition to the body. They come in all different shapes, sizes and even colors. There are young hands and old hands. Smooth hands and wrinkled hands. Calloused hands and bony hands. They are used for picking things up, for cleaning (yes, the "C" word), for cooking, and for comfort. Hands can also have many misuses as well, like in cases of abuse and violence.
When we look to Jesus, His hands always bring about good. In His ministry on earth, Jesus used His hands to heal the sick. To comfort those who needed comforting. To work in His father’s carpentry shop. To hold and teach children. To confront sin and flip tables in the temple.
But that’s not all. The Word says that we’ve been engraved on His precious hands! And in the engraving process, the desired figure or artwork is burned into the product in order to make a lasting impression that cannot be removed. He remembers you—always!
You are on His hands! Notice that I said, "on" and not just "in." We so often hear that we are in His hands, but today claim His promise that you cannot be removed!
Dear Lord, Thank you for dying for me on the cross. Thank you that I can have salvation by believing in you. I am so happy to know that I am forever on your hands and not just in your hands. Use my hands today to direct someone to you! Amen.
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
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