Monday, February 08, 2010
Yes, I'm pressing in, but not towards weight loss, although that may be (and hopefully will be) a by-product. " I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. ...one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. " (Philippians 3:12-14) Especially after yesterday's church services In my "gringa" church, the prophetic word spoke about seeking His face, about sanctification, and preparation...and in my Puerto Rican church the word was about prayer AND FASTING as a means of preparing oneself. So, as the former spoke of forty days, I am seeking the Lord as to how to fast - each day, to determine how I should fast THAT day.
I made a couple of videos (with smusic track) of my various mission trips. The one for my 2006-2007 trips (3 separate ones) has a good song in Spanish, and I haven't been able to find anything akin to it in English. So I'm trying to re-edit it, keeping the song, but putting English subtitles. After all, it's only fitting that it's in Spanish, since that's what I speak when in Peru! My (favorite) spiritual son Abel helped me to leanr how to make them on my own computer. What a smart young man I've "adopted"! He has become a great blessing to me.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
One of my dear Spark Buddies managed to exercise consistently through the month of January. So, that inspired me to try to do the same for this month - and ever after. Yesterday i didn't get to do my standard cardio workout (Richard Simmons' 60's Blast-Off)because my DH went in the hospital during the night and that just kind of threw things off. BUT, I did do the grocery shopping, and that had me walking up and down the aisles (albeit slowly), so I claimed that. My back and feet hurt too much after to do more than that . But this morning again I did the cardio and some of the arm/posture exercises. And I used weights on my ankles during the cardio. I gotta find the other strap on weights for the wrists...The key is looking for something ELSE. Ha.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Whether by some update, or because i downloaded a WinRAR program on my home computer, suddenly I can once again use emoticons and load pictures and post blogs on my home PC! So I changed even MORE photos - putting up some of my oldies from earlier mission trips (you can see the "many faces" (and weights) of me!)
I love it when things work!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I had finished the 60 day course, The Lord's Table, at the site settingcaptivesfree.com (which I recommend to anyone in Christ), and then we had all the Christmas festivities.We know how difficult it is to eat in a disciplined manner, with special gatherings, special foods. As I expected, I did not
lose any weight, but I did at least maintain.
Well, Monday I wanted to remind my body - my flesh - that IT was not the one to tell me how to live. As the apostle Paul said in Romans 8:12-14, "we have an obligationóbut it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. " As His child, I have been growing in grace and knowledge of Him, learning to put to death the things that have hindered my walk with Him. So I started to fast - to bring the flesh in subjection to the Spirit, and to be in prayer for others. NOT TO LOSE WEIGHT, although that is a natural outcome - but to grow in the fruit of self-control (Galatians 5:23).
I love food. I appreciate good cooking. So it is a great effort for me to deny the flesh. I actually made it through Monday, and then thought, I want to try to do a 3-day fast - I haven't done it for a long time, not since I was interceding for a brother going through a dark time in his life. So that is what I have been doing...and tonight I will bring it to a gradual end with some tomato soup before going into solids again tomorrow. But I am delighted to see that while hunger has made it a little hard to sleep, I have been able to be focused on Christ. I anticipate greater victory and more of the fruit of self-control. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me - todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortalece."
Thursday, December 17, 2009
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." Jim Elliot
My thanks to one of my Sparkbuddies for the correct quote -
I have faced criticism of some of my family members regarding my missionary zeal, but it is always a comfort to know that there are others who face and have faced the same thing over the years. I appreciate Spark for the kindred spirits I have found on the message boards, as well as the regular accountability.
I may not be able to post a blog until after Christmas vacation - since myhome computer limits what I can do on Spark, and so I do this from a school computer, and we'll be off for two weeks' vacation.
And it's CHRISTMAS vacation, with a capital C! Thank you Jesus, for all you've done, for all you are doing, and for all you will do. Happy Birthday!
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