Thursday, February 14, 2013
This is a devotional by Julie Clinton.
The Hidden Strength of Pain
"Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to sizeóabuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become." 2 Corinthians 12:10 MSG
God is not wasting the pain in your life. He never wastes a wound. Heís healing you at this very moment and using that pain to show you a dream bigger than you realize. But you need to trust Him. When you trust, you allow room for hope.
When we are in the deep, deep valley we must hold on to the assurance that God stands firm and strong behind us. Nothing we experience will be wasted. It will all be used for our goodóto make us stronger, to make us walk closer to Him, to give us a more loving heart. In our greatest pain we need to lean greatly on God. Heís using our weakness to do His work in and through us, building trust, so that His dream for each of our lives can become a reality.
We rarely understand how God is using pain in our lives to refine us. Sometimes through the tears we canít see anything, much less understand. But just because we donít understand the pain doesnít mean Heís not using it. He is. Itís part of His plan and purpose. Trust Him.
Dear God. Some days I donít know how I will get through the day with the pain and hurt I have to face. Let me feel your presence, Lord, to trust and relax. Let me fall into your everlasting arms, giving you control as I feel your strength. Amen.
Bible Readings for the Week Ahead:
Monday: II Corinthians 12:10; Colossians 1:10-12
Tuesday: Isaiah 41:10
Wednesday: Daniel 10:19
Thursday: Ephesians 3:16, 17
Friday: Ephesians 6:10
Saturday: Ephesians 6:13
Sunday: Philippians 4:13
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I'm burning a good 2300 calories per week, and mostly staying within my calorie range (or just barely over it some days). I still weigh what I did after I was sick last month. Yeah, yeah, I know, "at least I haven't gained" but that's sounding rather hollow at this point. I've made a note to talk with my psych dr when I go in some weeks. A side effect of lithium is weight gain. I'd love to be able to blame that, and then get her to change my meds. But I'm not sure that's going to happen. Oh well, we WILL talk. I'm better toned, which is good, even though I can't wear smaller clothes. And as I've said before, I'm too cussed stubborn to give up. I need to lose about 40 pounds......really. Moving on now, I refuse to give in to depression.
Since the month is about over, not only is the fitness challenge about over, but so is the (yarn) stash-busting challenge. I've done rather well, if I say so myself......and yes, I just did. LOL But I do still have large plastice totes full of yarn. Starting after we get back from Utah, I'm going to start work on things for sale at the fall craft fair. I have a few 'new' things to make, and am eager to see how that works out.
Speaking of going to Utah, we'll be going to Ogen to watch four Weber State University basketball games. DH talked with some folks at the university, and we'll have seats on the floor for two of the games! Maybe we can 'score' some sweat or at least one of the t-shirts they always throw into the stands. Go Wildcats!
Sunday, January 20, 2013
This morning I posted the following on my friend feed: IAMWINNING is down today. I'm eating within my calorie range, burning over 2300 cal a week and doing toning exercises. What's wrong with this picture?!!
A little while later (before Sunday School), I had it figured out. It's a demonic attack. I am striving to let God make me more Christ-like, so Satan is mad and is doing a lot to cause me troubles. In this case, I believe he, or one of his demons, is keeping me from losing weight. I realize many people do not believe as I do, but I am convinced that there are demons, and that there is spiritual warfare going on that affects what happens in the physical realm. I can gain power over Satan by relying on God; by calling on God to tear down strongholds (such as my snacking, which IS a problem) and by praising Him.
I thank God that He led me to a Tony Evans book "Victory in Spiritual Warfare". It's not a book to read in one sitting, because there is gospel truth in it and Satan is opposed to the gospel. But PRAISE THE LORD!! God has already won the war, and Satan is doomed.
God will give me victory over my fat self when He is ready to, and when I continue to rely on His power over Satan. I certainly want to be healthy, to be able to go off a couple of meds, to have more energy. My body is God's temple, and as such, I should treat it well. (That's scriptural). Because God has declared it, I can claim it and bring down Heavenly power to overcome obstacles.
Now, just the fact that I'm sharing this with you will draw Satan's ire, but just as God reminded me this morning, I have HIS power to overcome.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Someone pointed out to me that Resolutions and Goals aren't really the same.....resolutions are more quickly and easily forgotten, while goals are something you keep, and keep on aiming towards. I like her thought. : )
I've recently joined 2 teams, one is the Knitters team and we're doing a stash-busting challenge this month. The second one is the January Jumpstart Challenge (I think I left out a word there). I've only done 2 days of that, and BOY! is it ever a challenge! That's good.
DH and I finally got the last of the outdoor Christmas decorations taken down and put away today. Then I took all the ornaments off the indoor tree and packed them away. DH took the lights and tree apart and all that is in the basement. Since we bought some plastic totes this year, I have yet to transfer some fragile things into one, out of the old, old cardboard boxes. I'll feel so much better about them being safe.
I also put all the Li Bien ornaments in another tote, and as I pointed out to DH, now we have lots of room (in it) for lots more Li Bien. He wasn't nearly as amused as he should have been.
I had a hugely-full inbox in my email, and am still trying to work that in. But I really must work more on busting my stash of yarn! Fortunately, we aren't planning to go anywhere the rest of today.
Love you all, my Spark Friends, and I hope you are doing well. Those of you who are sick: QUIT IT! I hope you get well quickly. : )
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Well, I don't normally hold with New Year's resolutions. For one thing, I'm like most people and find it impossible to carry through.....hence the fat I'm still lugging around.
Anyway, I made "goals" instead. Ok, semantics. But leave me alone!
I'm going to read the Bible through again this year. Our church made special Bibles available to us, whereby we read a bit from the Old Testament, a bit from the New Testament, and a bit from Psalms or Proverbs.....gets us through the whole Bible in a year.
I have joined a SP team designed to help me kick start weight loss, and toning of my bod. It's the "Official January Jumpstart Fitness Challenge". I'll be using their videos for my exercise instead of my own regimen. I followed the 8 minute cardio video today, and boy! am I out of shape or what! I couldn't keep up, or even DO all of what she did. My arms going this way and that while my legs were doing something else altogether was too much for my brain. And here I thought I could chew gum, talk and walk all at the same time!
Anyway. I'm going to give it a shot. Perhaps I'll keep it up even after the challenge is over. So, one of my goals this year is to tone my flabby body. Another, is to lose an average of a pound a week (without being sick to do it, like last week). I have about 40 pounds to lose, so it's going to take about 40 weeks, or, mid-October. I will, of course, spend some time on the treadmill (leg-willing) and perhaps do some other 'regular' things for cardio as well as what they suggest.
I'm also planning to substantially reduce my yarn stash - I have 3 large and 4 small tubs of yarn, plus a few bags tucked away, too. Time to get it knitted and crocheted and on to people who need things. Also, I have a few kits I bought at my local yarn store, of things I want for me. So you see, I give away a lot, but I keep some for me, too. : )
In order for me to reduce my stash, I'm going to have to stay out of certain stores, be careful when I read email, and avoid yarn catalogs as much as possible for awhile; unless there is a need for me to make something particular for which I can't find enough or the right yarn in my stash. But I don't really anticipate any loved one requesting anything. I've made hats for my grandsons, a sweater and vest for my DH, sweaters for all my grandkids, gloves for a dau., stuffed toys for one grandson (he now has about 5) and so on. But you never know.
Have a safe, happy, healthy new year, Y'all.
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