Thursday, April 19, 2007
We have our bad days. I know I have yo-yo'd so many times every five pounds. I was hoping to show a nice round weight loss of 75 pounds when I went Monday to the doctor who I mentioned in my intro. Okay, so instead of 187, I weighed in at 190, clothes on (no boots though!) But she was amazed and impressed and pleased, and wanted toknow how. Of course, I told her about Spark!
I still have a ways to go. i don't think I'll ever attain my pre-childbearing 145 - too many years of skin stretched past its elasticity. (And I'm neither vain nor rich enough to go for a "tummy tuck"!) But I'm getting these muscles in shape. I think I can say, aside from the bit of joint pain from years of abuse, I am actually more fit than I've ever been, because even at my lowest weight I was not as physically active as I am now. I have increased the size of the dumbbell by another 5 pounds; and I have increased the tension in the resistance bands. So, while the weight may be a bit slower in descending, it IS at least going in the right direction, and I feel good about that.
I expect that when I return to Peru in June, they'll see me at least 10 pounds less than Feb (those in Iquitos who didn't see me during my brief weekend there will actually see a much GREATER loss, since they saw me at 230 pounds last year).And I'll be able to keep up with the young folks in their energetic worship! Bring it on!
Saturday, April 14, 2007
It's the love of God...because the purpose of losing weight is to be able to serve Him (as my expression of love to Him) through missions...representing His love to others. This next batch of pix represents what Love makes you do - that AGAPE, divine love shed abroad in our hearts through Christ, the expression of God's love incarnate.
Friday, April 13, 2007
It's a song title. Don't know who wrote it. Have heard it sung by Hillsong, we do it in our church.Heard it in Spanish too (just as lovely!) One of the lines that especially ministers to me is "Lord, I've come to know the weaknesses I see in me will be stripped away by the power of your love."
His love is the motivating force to get rid of the excess weight. When my doctor exhorted me to lose, she wasn't the first. I'd pretty much resigned myself to a matronly (euphemism for FAT) figure, thinking I wouldn't ever be terribly active. But the same love that motivates me to want to make missionary ventures to Peru, that knits my heart and spirit with so many people there - especially spiritual sons and daughters - gives me the impetus (euphemism for kick in the pants) to want to work at it - to do the cardio, the strength, the tracking - lest I be disabled through stroke or other health issues resulting from obesity.
Love makes you do all kinds of things.
Friday, April 06, 2007
I think it was Bill Gaither who wrote the song - "I am loved, you are loved, I can risk loving you, for the One Who knows me best loves me most"
The love of God the Father for us, for ME, motivated Him to send His son Jesus - and in love for the Father and for us, He obeyed and paid for our, for MY reconciliation, so that we could have access once again to intimate fellowship with the Father. "Love so amazing, so divine, deserves my...life, my all" (hymn)It is that same love that has set me free to love others, to lay aside familiar comforts and go to another country; and that same spirit of adoption that the Father has whereby I can now call Him "Abba, Father, Daddy, Papito" that moves through me to invest love in the next generation(s). I have many spiritual sons and daughters in Peru, but a few have a special place - Abel and Jose, who lost their natural mothers at an early age; and Foreman, whose natural mother is my dearest friend. But God has also blessed me with 3 natural kids, 2 shown in the gallery at this time.
The love of God is powerful, and I am amazed at the capacity He has given me to love in turn, and to be a vessel of HIS love.
I changed my photo gallery today to feature people I love.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
While I seem to have an especial lot of sons, I do have a few spiritual daughters as well, and I have to say my favorite is Ruth, the pastors' daughter. She is so sweet and sincere, loves the Lord so much...and at least THREE of my boys have confided to me at one time that they were smitten by her. We had a little time together last summer when we could know each other a bit better, and our mutual fondness grows each time we connect, even if it's on the chatline. I know when she does eventually marry, she'll make a good choice and be a blessing to the young man. Moises is her brother, and one of the "Three Musketeers" - Moises, Cesar, and Jhon - with Elvis as kind of an older D'Artagnan, I suppose - who are often together, whether playing futbol (soccer), or leading worship, or accompanying their mamita gringuita to the local internet cabina.
Then there are the girls at Manantial de Vida (Fountain of Life), especially pastor Gregorio's 4 wonderful daughters and his nieces. They are the ones I want to keep up with in dance!
And there's actually an official "godchild", little Esther...and her baby sister was named for me!
I want to be able to enjoy not only my natural kids and grandkids they give me - but I want to be able to lose weight and get fit so I can keep heading back to Peru to enjoy my spiritual kids as well.
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