Sunday, August 28, 2011
Just a note today. I was sick this morning, so I didn't accompany my DH to church. He did bring home the bulletin, but hadn't filled in the blanks on the preacher's sermon, so I'm not sure I can post anything on it. I'm real sorry I missed it, as it was another in the series on Grace. I've been appreciating those sermons a great deal. I'm feeling much better now, thank you.
An update on Hurricane Irene and So-Central PA. We got approximately 2.75 inches of rain from yesterday afternoon thru this noon. My DH placed a veggie can outside and measured what we got. We did get a wee bit of rain this morning, but it all moved on and we had lovely blue skies (with some clouds) this afternoon. Beautiful.
Wind? I'm not sure what our highest sustained winds were, but gusts were clocked at a max of 60 mph last night. It was still quite windy this afternoon, but has quieted a lot this eve.
I'm so thankful we dodged the bullet, although there are a number of tree limbs and branches all over the place today, and there has been some flooding in S-Central PA. I'm grateful that we haven't suffered as badly as so many other folks have. I feel bad for those who are without power and for those who are suffering the flooding in New England.
Have a great night y'all.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
If you read my (second) blog from Sunday, you know I was thrown from a horse. I've been taking Aleve since then, along with some Tylenol, and a whirlpool bath Sunday night.
I walked a short time (slower than usual) on my treadmill on Monday, took yesterday off, and today I walked for 45 minutes, including some time at a slightly increased speed.....but still walking.
I am about over many of my aches, but the spot where I landed is still quite tender to the touch. While I cannot see a bruise, I dare say I bruised the muscles down inside, so I expect to be tender some time longer. That's ok as long as I continue to heal. I guess it's ok even if I don't continue to heal; but that's another thought altogether.
Thank you for your good wishes and prayers for me. I'll keep you posted if there are any new developments; but I wanted to let you know that I'm not only sitting up and taking nurishment, but that I'm also on the mend and getting exercise.
Now, to do some upper body strength training - I sure could have used extra upper body strength on Sunday. If I'd been stronger, I probably could have pulled myself back up on Cookie and ridden awhile longer instead of having to walk with her back to the barn. LOL
Monday, August 22, 2011
I’ve ‘got to’ tell you about my afternoon yesterday. We attended Sunday School and church (see my blog “Liberating Grace” for sermon notes) then ate dinner.
A friend picked me up and we drove to her friend’s barn. Amanda and Adam ride his horses most Sunday afternoons. It started raining just as we got there. : ( So we stood inside the barn talking with two other people who had come to ride, too. We stood and talked and we stood and talked, waiting for the rain to quit. Finally Adam suggested that the two of us who hadn’t ridden go in the covered corral so we’d at least be able to say we’d ridden a horse.
The teenaged boy got on Cookie and after he rode around a bit, it was my turn.
I want to give you some background here, so please bear with me. I had only been on a horse once when I was about 11 yr old, and was a terrified, small girl (I’m still not tall). It was a miserable experience and my terror was underscored by a second-hand experience at summer camp around that same time. Another camper, who was an experienced rider, went into a nearby field and approached a horse (not part of the camp experience). The horse was not friendly so he/she bit the camper on the leg. I saw the bite marks and swore I’d never go near another horse in my life.
Back to the present: It was my turn to ride. I was almost giddy when I got into the saddle – I’d DONE IT! As I started guiding Cookie around the sheltered corral, the rain stopped, so as I continued my riding there, everyone else got on their mounts and off we went at a walk.
I knew to keep a distance from one of the horses since he was feeling ‘touchy’ that day, but we all were surprised about 35-40 minutes into the ride when Grandma (another horse, not me) quickly turned and tried to bite Cookie. Cookie kicked out at Grandma, and I stayed on until the second bucking flung me off. There’s good news: I landed on thick, tall grass and didn’t break anything. But first impact was on one hip/lower back. Ouch! I was able to get up but couldn’t remount Cookie (remember, I’m short) so we all turned back to the barn, me walking and leading Cookie.
I had a WONDERFUL time, fall not with-standing. In fact, I’m eager to go another time. I’m SO PROUD of myself for riding and conquering my fear of horses.
Oops! I meant to attach some pictures Amanda too. No, she missed takiing any of the fall. : )
Monday, August 22, 2011
How to break free from perfectionism
Galatians 3:1-3. (all following Scripture is New International Version – NIV)
“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”
What perfectionism does to us:
It defeats my initiative.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”
If we regard circumstances, we’ll never do anything.
It damages my relationships.
Proverbs 17:9 “He who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.”
In this case, the word translated ‘offense’ means an error or mistake. Love forgives mistakes.
It destroys my happiness.
Ecclesiastes 7:16 “Do not be over righteous, neither be over wise – why destroy yourself.”
‘over wise’ in the flesh. Don’t be so caught up in perfection you cannot enjoy the real.
How to R.E.L.A.X. in God’s grace
R-Realize that nobody is perfect.
Psalm 119:96 “To all perfection I see a limit; but your (God’s) command are boundless.”
Nothing is perfect but God and His Word.
E-Enjoy God’s unconditional love.
I John 3:1 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.”
We are not God’s slaves, we are His children (once we have accepted Christ as our Savior).
L-let God handle all things.
I Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
The root of perfectionism is always trying to be in control.
Proverbs 14:30 “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”
A-act in faith, not in fear.
Ephesians 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
X-Exchange my perfectionism for God’s perfect peace.
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Sunday, August 14, 2011
We had a guest preacher today - a missionary who has lived and worked in the Alaskan Arctic Circle for 29 years. I'm frozen just thinking about that! : )
I want to share today's devotional from "Our Daily Bread" because it spoke to me.
"Is God Obligated?"
"A friend sent me photographs of 20 beautiful churches in the world. Located as far apart as Iceland and India, each of them is architecturally unique.
The most beautiful place of worship in Jeremiah's day was the temple in Jerusalem, which King Josiah had recently repaired and restored (2 Chron. 34-35). The people were fixated on the magnificent building (Jer. 7:4), and they foolishly thought that having the temple there meant that God would protect them from their enemies.
Instead, Jeremiah pointed out the sin in their lives (vv 3, 9-10). God is not impressed by beautiful buildings constructed in His name if there is no inward beauty in the hearts of those who go there. He is not interested in an outward legalistic worship that is not matched by inward holiness. And it is wrong to think that God protects people just because of the religious things they do.
Just because we're reading the Bible, praying, and fellowshiping with other believers doesn't mean that God is somehow then obligated to do something for us. He cannot be manipulated. The purpose of those external activities is to develop our relationship with the Lord and to help us live differently than those in the world around us. --C.P. Hia
Lord, help me to remember that You are most interested in an obedient heart. Change me when I think You're obligated to me because of my religious acts of worship or service. Give me a pure heart. Amen.
Remember -- God cannot and will not be manipulated."
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