Sunday, July 17, 2011
Whoo! Am I glad I got up and got my franny moving early this morning! It was still hot and humid, but nothing like it was later in the day. I had some quiet time with our Lord and then went for a run, came home and shredded with JM, then I jumped on the tramp oline for 15 minutes! I ate clean today . . . although I am low on the calorie side, I should probably have a light snack before bed so I have energy to do it all again tomorrow! Go Daisies!!!
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Today is the first day of the 5% summer challenge. I feel like I'm off to a good beginning. I did level 3 of the 30 day shred, walked/jogged for 45 minutes, worked in the garden for 1 hour and did 30 minutes of ST. My calories were in the range and I think I ate fairly clean today. I'm working on adding in more protein, it is one area I am constantly lacking. I can eat fruits and veggies all day long, put I struggle to get in the protein. I also drank 11 + 8 oz glasses of water today. I am planning on gong to bed shortly, sleep is another area where I am lacking. I average 5 hrs per night, which could contribute to my no weight loss!
Let's go daisies!! Let's rock this challenge!
Monday, July 04, 2011
THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Written by Francis Scott Key, 1779 - 1843
Written during the War of 1812,from the deck of a truce ship as Key watched the British attack on the harbor of Baltimore.
O SAY, CAN YOU SEE, BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT, WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING, WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS, THRU THE PERILOUS FIGHT, O'ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED, WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING? AND THE ROCKETS' RED GLARE, THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR, GAVE PROOF THRU THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE. O SAY, DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE O'ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE?
O THUS BE IT EVER, WHEN FREE MEN SHALL STAND BETWEEN THEIR LOVED HOMES AND THE WAR'S DESOLATION! BLEST WITH VICT'RY AND PEACE, MAY THE HEAV'N-RESCUED LAND PRAISE THE POW'R THAT HATH MADE AND PRESERVED US A NATION! THEN CONQUER WE MUST, WHEN OUR CAUSE IT IS JUST; AND THIS BE OUR MOTTO: "IN GOD IS OUR TRUST!" AND THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER IN TRIUMPH SHALL WAVE O'ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE!
HAPPY 4th of JULY!! Celebrate our great nation with pride. And do not forget the blood that was shed by those who bravely fought for the freedoms we enjoy. Thank you to all of the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces. May we always be the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!
Monday, July 04, 2011
Taken from "Days of Praise"
"When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favor." Isaiah 27:11
Like a mighty tree towering over the forest, God raises up a mighty nation from time to time, with a great leader, to accomplish some purpose in the divine plan. He "hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation" (Acts 17:16)
But when that nation and its leaders become proud, and its people become lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, it becomes like a tree whose branches wither and whose core becomes riddled with insect-caused decay. Finally, the boughs brea, the kingdom will fall, and down will come that nation, its leaders and all!
That happened even to God's chose nation, Israel, though only for a time in her case, since God's promises cannot fail. One after another, the mighty nations that God used to chastise His wayword people - Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Rome, etc. - have in turn been judged for their own rebellion against the God who "made them" and "formed them". God has warned that "the wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God" (Psalm 9:17)
Is that about to happen to our beloved USA as well? The signs of self-seeking power and pride amoung our leaders and moral decay and spiritual rebellion among our people are widespread and growing worse. Our prayer should be that of the ancient prophet, "O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, . . . in wrath remember mercy" (Habakkuk 3:2). "Wilt thou not revive us again: That thy people may rejoice in thee?" (Psalm 85:6)
Something to consider and ponder as we celebrate our Nation's birthday today.
May God Bless America!
Monday, May 30, 2011
"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." Proverbs 14:34
After what I owe to God, nothing should be more dear or more sacred to me than the love and respect I owe to my country. - Jacques Auguste de Thou
Each time we join together in singing the vividly descriptive lines of "America the Beautiful," we are moved emotionally as we contemplate the wonders of our great nation. The scenic beauties, the courage of the early settlers, and the sacrifices of the heroes in battle all stir us to avid appreciation of our country's heritage. But this national hymn does more than inspire us to praise our great nation. It also encourages us to pray for it. Each stanza is completed with an earnes plea for God's grace, God's healing and His refining until we as a people achieve true broherhood, law-abiding control, and nobility.
The author, Katharine Lee Bates 1859 - 1929, felt deeply about the message of her patriotic hymn:
We must match the greatness of our country with the goodness of personal godly living. If only we could couple the daring of the Pilgrims with the moral teachings of Moses, we would have something in the country that no one could ever take from us.
As we consider this hymn, we are reminded that America owes its birth to the living, vital and dynamic faith in God that our founding fathers demonstrated. There is a real need today for a return to such a national dependence upon God as well as a renewed pride in our wonderful land.
Katherine Bates, who was a teacher and head of the English department at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, wrote the original lines of this text in 1893, while teaching summer school in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where the Rocky Mountains and Pike's Peak had especially impressed her.
O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain! America, America! God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.
O beautiful for pilgrim feet, whose stern, impassioned stress a thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness! America! America! God mend thine ev'ry flaw, confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law.
O beautiful for heroes proved in liberation strife, who more than self their country loved and mercy more than life! America! America! May God thy gold refine, till all success be nobleness, and ev'ry gain divine.
O beautiful for patriot dream that sees, beyond the years, thine alabaster cities gleam - undimmed by human tears! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from see to shining see.
Give thanks to God for the noble heritage and the many beauties of our great country He has entrusted to us. Raise your voice in praise to God and country!
---Taken from Amazing Grace by Kenneth W. Osbeck
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