Wednesday, January 09, 2013
And not for burgers or chocolate or pizza.
Nor for lentil loaf, baked fish, or pink grapefruit.
I am hungry for more of the Lord. More of Jesus. More of God's presence in my life. More of the filling of the Holy Spirit. Only God can really satisfy.
Humankind is naturally spiritual - and if we don't fill that with with the spirit of the living God who made us, we're going to try to fill that emptiness with all manner of other things. Including food. But we can eat and eat and never really be satisfied, because the spirit knows something is missing.
The great thing about recognizing this, is that at the same time He fills, you hunger for more of Him - but it's GOOD. It leads to LIFE, ABUNDANT life. And you don't have to feel guilty about "eating too much" spiritual food!
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled."(Matt. 5:6) www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2QRPnzi8hs
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Of course as a believer in Christ, I am not ashamed of the gospel - it is the power of salvation to all those who believe. I am not ashamed of Jesus Christ - for all He's done in my life, I want always in every way to honor Him.
But I realized something today - neither am I ashamed or embarrassed to be seen working out. I was here in the computer lab at work, and my timer went off - time to do something. So I went to Spark's 11 minute chair cardio workout video and started doing that. In comes one of the sentries. He started to tease me. "What, working out in your CHAIR?" I told him I have to be careful of my knees and hip. He sat at a computer and went on to say, yeah, he knew about that - he had a hip replacement, and he's 53. I said, "I'll be 60 this summer" and he said, "Go on with you!" My daughter has always said my face was too young to let me keep my hair its natural gray, but it's nice to hear from an unbiased source!
I continued my workout, and the teacher I work with (who is accustomed to my occasional paroxisms of fitness) left the room, leaving the door ajar, and in walked one of my former students. He sees me, sees the video on the computer in front of me. "Miss, are you working out?" I answer in the affirmative and explain that I need to keep active. Tell him about my stationary bike. He said he works out at home too, and so we start talking about exercise equipment and such. This is a kid who is small of stature, so it's good that he's doing something for his fitness. Anyway, we had a nice discussion, all the while I'm doing this workout! (of course, MY part was a little huff-puffy, thus showing me that, yes, I WAS working out). It's good for kids to see us being REAL. Then when I tracked it, he was interested in THAT. I showed him the fitness tracker, showed him some of my favorites - snow shoveling, stationary bike...He thought that was interesting.
So, yeah. I'm not gonna stop what I need to do, just because someone might see me.
Monday, January 07, 2013
This is the phrase that has been repeating itself in my mind today.
I know there's that saying, "Be the change you want to see."
Personally, I can think of no greater or more powerful force for change than the Love of God. Even just based on my own life, since I met Christ as a teenager in her senior year at high school. And I know there are tens of hundreds of thousands of (probably) millions of testimonies to how God has changed lives. I don't speak of an impersonal higher power. I speak of the Creator of the universe, Who is intimately interested in the lives of the ones made in His image.
I also know, you can't lead where you've never gone. You can't give out what you don't have.
I can only give the Father's love if I myself have experienced and AM experiencing it. So if Father's telling me, "BE the love," that means I have to spend time with Him, to be filled with Him.
But that is quite all right by me! I love Him - because He first loved me! www.youtube.com/watch?v=88GVXcrakMY
So, that leaves considering what the practical application is. How, Father, can I be the Love - be YOUR love, be your representative? Well, that's something we'll just have to walk out day by day. It can be hugs, smiles, encouraging words, helpful gestures, forgiveness,..After all, God is infiniite, so there have got to be an infinite number of ways to express His love. To BE the love.
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.
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