Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Trying to rack up my Sparkpoints, there remained blogging. So, I go to my page and try to think of a title, a theme, a subject. What to say? And that brought to mind the scripture. Actually, in looking for one, I found others similar. So here are a few in order of their appearance.( I skipped some, focusing on those I could apply here)
Romans 4: 1-3 "What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast aboutóbut not before God. What does Scripture say? 'Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.'" Now, I leave it to you to read the entire 4th chapter. Suffice it to say that our righteousness is not based on works but on faith in the complete work of the Cross. I WILL go on to say that we can apply this to our journey to a healthy lifestyle. Our "acceptability" is NOT based on how much we weigh. Our heavenly Father loved us BEFORE we achieved "perfect" weight and form - He does not reject us when we fail. His love endures forever. Learn to forgive your SELF and accept YOURSELF based on GOD's acceptance of you.
Romans 6:1,2 "What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?" If I've accepted Christ, I'm not supposed to keep on in my sin. He gave me the way to say NO, to walk in righteousness. Applied to the area of healthy lifestyle, now that we know what to do, we have to walk in it. Not just WATCH exercise videos!
And finally the one I originally thought of, Romans 8:31,32 " What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?" I want to lose weight so I can be healthier so I can serve Him better. I can't possibly have a defeatist attitude - because God is FOR me in this. Yes, I may have occasional setbacks - like holiday feasting! But if I continue to do what is right, I can expect success. Previously, my weight would begin an upward trend - TREND - starting with Thanksgiving. In 2012, that changed - I MAINTAINED. I know I can do this - I can do ALL things through Christ, who strengthens me.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
I could have slept later, but bladder and bowel wouldn't let me. Just as well - tomorrow I have to set my alarm for 4:55. That gives me a few minutes to answer nature's call before going down to my bike...30 minutes of Pedaling and Prayer...a shower while the coffee is brewing...breakfast while having my devotional time...and then get to work by 7.
But no work today, at least not OUTSIDE the house. After I had my devotion, I did up the dishes - thus changing position so's not to "freeze up." I set the timer for 30 minutes and started underglazing, getting up to move about when the timer went off, and reset it. Finished underglazing and loaded the ceramics in the kiln and did a round of laundry. - There is ALWAYS laundry! -...got on the bike for just 15 minutes, because I plan to do other forms of cardio. I was alone with the Lord in the peaceful quiet, so I sang to Him while doing dishes and listened to worship music which my heart sang to while painting. It wasn't until 9:30 when Abi and the grands got up. I'd already set up the coffeeepot, so she could just turn it on. So now it's been doing a little this and a little that, preparing the turkey dinner for tonight, keeping up with dishes and laundry, sparking, doing a little exercise.
And I called Levi - which I tried at various times yesterday, but hadn't reached him. But he didn't have to rush right off to work today, so I had a relaxed conversation and we talked about problems with reaching youth for Christ and this and that.
I enjoyed the break. But it'll be nice to get back to work, I suppose! I am grateful for the job I have. I am blessed, I am blessed, I am blessed!
Monday, December 31, 2012
I was never very graceful ANYWAY. My art form was VISUAL, not dance, and so I have spent hours SITTING to do my craft. And after (mumble) years of this sedentary behavior, well...the joints are not too keen on me doing anything that requires flexibility. Oh, I actually used to be able to sit comfortably on the floor for hours, and even could make my toes touch my nose. But those days have gone the way of all flesh. Now for me it is a major accomplishment to lower myself into the tub (I usually shower, but a nice long soak in scented bathsalts is such a treat!) - and THEN to get OUT again. I can still do it without assistance, though, thank God.
Well, it's New Year's Eve day, and my daughter (Raptormelon) and I want to have the house all clean for the new year. We do sweep and mop weekly of course (more frequently as necessary, especially in the summer when kids and dogs are tracking stuff in) - but every so often - such as New Year's Eve day - I clean the bathroom floor the old fashioned way. I gingerly lower myself, and amid much huffing and puffing, I scrub and wash and dry the floor - especially the horror around the toilet.
The nice thing is, I can look at it as an opportunity to stretch some muscles and change my workout a bit. "Heavy Housework..." well, I think I, myself, am what's heavy, but still, it does require more oomph. It took me 40 minutes from start to finish...and I give myself credit for 15, since some of that time is just shuffling on my butt to the next patch of floor.
I probably won't tackle it again in this manner until the evening before I have the pastors over to dinner!
Sunday, December 30, 2012
How's that saying go? What you are is God's gift to you - what you become is your gift to God. Something like that.
So, I've been given this body. For years I made poor choices ...habit, ignorance...But it's a new day, and I can make better choices and "learn to control [my] own body in a way that is holy and honorable" (1 Thes. 4:4) and "whether [I] eat or drink or whatever [I] do, do it all for the glory of God." (1 Cor. 10:31)
So, I can apply these principles, with Spark's help. But it goes beyond tracking my calories. "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." (Romans 14:17) This body IS going to pass away, eventually. I may extend its "shelf life" by changing my lifestyle. But what good will it do me if all I do is try to fix the BODY up while neglecting the things that will NOT pass away - my eternal soul and spirit? Spirit is taken care of - I have been born again - but I still have to do my part to choose wisely, not just in what I eat or drink, but also in what I do, and say - and, yes, even think. I don't want to be this super healthy B**TCH! What good is it just to have people say, "Hey, you look great" - and yet I litter, waste non-renewable resources, ignore those in need, bad-mouth those who disagree with me or who are not like ME - in short, if I live a selfish, self-centered life oblivious to all around me?
Today's teaching was from Ephesians 5:15-17 - "Be very careful, then, how you liveónot as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lordís will is. " God has more for me to do than to whip this body into shape, and it behooves me to seek Him to know just what it is He has for me to do. Daily; weekly; monthly; yearly - step by step. I do have to be a good steward of the body He gave me - but also of the talents and gifts with which He has blessed me; of the time He has placed at my disposal; and of the resources He sends to my hands.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
It's all how you look at things.
It is so easy to look only with what our eyes can see, and become alarmed, discouraged, and worried. Which is why I daily need to go to the Word of God and get a more heavenly perspective of things. " Heaven and earth will pass away " (Matt. 24:35) - and mankind has a lot to do with its destruction, through mega-oil companies' greed and mega-farms' uniform crops, and generally self-centered, selfish, irresponsible dominion and poor stewardship of God's lovely creation - "but [God's] word will never pass away."
So, things may not be going as I had hoped or planned with Levi. He is facing problems with his younger daughter's mother, making false accusations against him (could she be trying to sue him for "damages" so she can live easy?) I wonder if this will have an affect on his immigration process - which STILL has not begun as we wait on the finalization of the divorce. Levi told me he was telling the lawyer, "Here you have a simple case, where the ex-wife has signed the document, is not asking for anything, is happy to let things go -" (bear in mind they have been apart for more than 20 years) -"and you are making the process longer than Peru's National Anthem!" (It's a LONG one!) "What would you do with a more complex case???"
So, as we wait, I think, Lord, even if we never manage to come together - I am grateful for having had this HOPE, having his friendship and encouragement, for sharing dreams and visions of a work we can share in. Grateful for at least a taste of a new love after my first husband's passing. Grateful for knowing and coming to love Levi's extended family.
And I think back to Joseph - enslaved to potiphar, and then put in jail due to false accusations. HE had dreams and visions...I am sure he wondered about them. His faith must have been sorely tried, and he must have faced the temptation to be embittered against his jealous brothers. But we don't see that. No, he maintains his faith, his integrity, and a forgiving heart.
So, Lord, I don't know what all will come of dreams I've had, prophetic words received - I pray for their fulfillment, and above all that YOUR kingdom comes, YOUR will is done, that YOU would be honored and glorified come what may. After all, my life is not my own - it's YOURS. And I am grateful for Your daily presence, for Your love, grace, mercy, forgiveness - I have already been SO blessed, I can not complain. So - here I am. Be it unto me according to YOUR word. I choose a heavenly perspective.
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