Sunday, January 06, 2013
Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything." (Gen. 9:1-3 NIV)
...THEY ARE GIVEN INTO YOUR HANDS... or as The Message puts it, "you are RESPONSIBLE for them." You want to hunt? You want to eat meat, wear furs? You want to fish? You want to grow crops? That's fine and good. But we have to do so responsibly. And compassionately. I have been watching documentaries in some of my spare time. Due to human irresponsibility, we are certainly making a mess of environment, ecology, and our own health. I won't get on a soapbox - enough people have done so. But while I may not be able to change others' attitudes and behaviors, I can certainly - through the power of Christ - change my own. I will probably never be vegetarian, much less vegan. I enjoy different flavors of meat. (I may turn away from pork - pigs seem to cognizant!) But I can try to reduce, reuse, and recycle more. Come spring, if I can get a section of the yard fenced off away from my DD's bounding boxers, I'd like to have a little garden again, and do composting once again (I HATE throwing out my coffee grounds!) When Levi and I can set up our "Posada de Refugio" in Peru www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V8UufmIoBc when I've retired from work and we've earned enough money and gotten support , I'd like to have a self-subsistance farm as well - showing the children how to grow their own. I want to leave this planet in better shape than when I came to it, to be part of the solution more than the problem.
Meanwhile, I also want to be a good steward of my body, and Spark people helps!
Saturday, January 05, 2013
One of the things my daughter (Abi, aka RAPTORMELON) and I have been trying to do this new year - besides eating healthier foods and keeping active - is estabishing devotional time with my two grandkids, aged 10 1/2 and almost-7. We have this One Year Book of Family Devotions which I'd gotten I don't know how long ago for my first husband to lead us with...and it has endured THIS long because, alas, he did NOT take the lead. Well, it was re-discovered, and so we pulled it out. It's perfect for young children. So we've been reading from it after dinner, and discussing it with the kids.
So today was about escaping from sin, with the verse 1 Cor. 10:13 " No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." Now, this is a great promise. And overeating, or eating the wrong kind of foods - unhealthy ones, overprocessed ones - thus defiling this temple He's given us - is one kind of sin. Seeking to please our carnal desires, even though we've had enough - MORE than enough - calories than our bodies require - is also sin. It's being governed by the flesh, the carnal nature, rather than the spirit of God.
So after discussing the different things that can get a seven-year old in trouble, he pipes up, "we don't want to make the devil smile, we want to make GOD smile." WHERE did he come up with THAT? Turns out - my granddaughter said, "Oh, that's just something I told him."
We want to make GOD smile.
How profound is that! And how simple!
Our heavenly Father loves us SO-O-O-O-O much. He went to great lengths to rescue us. I find love - HIS love - to be a much greater motivator than any fear - fear of failure, fear of FATNESS, fear of gaining weight, fear of man's disapproval of my overwieght shape. "Daddy, you've been SO good to me. I want to make You smile. I'll take this apple instead of those cookies, because YOU made the apple. I'll take this broccoli instead of those potato chips, because YOU made the broccoli. You're a great cook! I love You!"
Yeah. I want to make Him smile.
Friday, January 04, 2013
I was so delighted this morning when I got on the scale - I'm down to a weight I haven't seen since it began creeping up on me again! The temptation is to become too relaxed. But I know I CAN take a LITTLE break, because I've already met my fitness goals for calories burned, if not for minutes. So I didn't get on the bike this morning - and I was glad that I didn't ahve to shovel either. However, I LIKE the way I feel after a little workout. So, so far I did the 12-minute core workout on the Spark video. I have to do some grocery shopping when I get out of work today, but afterwards, I want to try this arm toning workout I found on Spark - just 10 minutes. And I DO need to tone up my legs a bit. I haven't done the leg-strengthening routine I used to do, and I think it would be of great benefit especially if I face hip and knee surgery.
So, yeah, a break from the USUAL routine. But I'm pressing on. " For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary." (Galatians 6 :8,9) I want to keep this flesh under control.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Almost all yesterday and last night it was snowing. Late in the afternoon when I saw the mound that had accumulated on my van since coming home from work, I told my daughter Abi that I wasn't going to go to Bible study. Not that I don't WANT to go regularly. I love the small group setting and the opportunity to participate and get to know the members of my new church better. I especially love talking to Anna, the little Guatemalteca, because her Spanish is easier - closer to the Peruvian pronunciation - than the Puertorican majority. I love talking to Edwin, because he also has gone on missions to Peru, and we both get into sharing our experiences. I love Elaine, the pastora. She's so real!
But I'd been up since 5 am and I didn't feel like going out to shovel the driveway and brush off the van and stay out till 9...
I was glad to see the email that it was cancelled due to the weather!
So this morning I took advantag of the snow as part of my cardio, so I could drive the short distance to school. The sidewalks are not hospitable, and I don't want to mess my knees and hip up any more with a fall or wrenching them in angles for which they were not designed! I will get my workout in other ways!
I don't mind the winter weather, really. But I do miss my selva. And my charapa.
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 about—but 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.
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