Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Today as I look at my new March goals, I see that starting this mid week puts me a hair or two behind. So I don't get too frustrated catching up and moving forward, I have decided to concentrate on one thing each day. Today it will be the bible verse. I know through faith that everything will work together, so it is a good stress free way to start.
This weeks Bible verse is:
Assurance of prayer John 16:24
Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask, that you will receive, and your joy may be made full.
There is a lot to be said about this verse when I think in terms of Spark People and my Goals. I can see how not putting God in the equation has caused me unnecessary stress and difficult efforts. I can see that when it comes to the mundane daily tasks like the nutrition tracker or fitness trackers, I do not put God in the factor or talk to Him about them. Nor do I ask Him to guide me as I welcome a new member to one of my teams. Have I missed an opportunity to help someone else or be a beacon of love to them? And I rarely ask Him to join me as I read my Spark Coach program for the day. And often I get frustrated because my ADHD distracts me from the program. Would I be able to concentrate better?
I do ask for help with my exercises! Boy, do I need help there. And you know what? He has made it easier. If you think about the fact that I haven't performed scheduled physical fitness in over 20 years! And here I am, less than two full months into my Spark program and I can walk for 45-60 minutes without ending up flat on my back the next day! And I am planning my gym time and shuffling my schedule to make it happen! How cool is that! I want to go to the gym! ( I wonder if that is really me inside of my head! )
But there is sometimes when I do put Him in my life, that I don't wait for His answer. I assume that I know His response. Then later when I am struggling, I have this nudging sensation in the back if my head and I hear a small voice say "Linda, you are so silly. Do it My way and it would be so much easier!" Of course I know that little voice is totally right! I didn't do it His way, I did it my way!
So, is my joy made full? No! I am still empty at the end of the day and I am no further than I was before. I struggle with my postings and feel that they sound hollow or shallow, just not complete. I am frustrated when my thoughts get jumbled up and I can't think of a certain word. I get upset when I am still struggling trying to plan my meals for the next day. I don't like it when I have to rewind the Spark Coach program and listen to it again because I didn't concentrate the first time. Or at the end of the day when I can not even begin to remember what that days program even was!
I know I am human and all of these things are just natural. But if God can make things easier, simple, accurate or full of wisdom, shouldn't I make the effort to follow Gods word?
I think I will try to put God into all of my actions, not just some that I feel need his attention. I will put Him into all of my actions (or as many as I remember) and see how thing end up. Maybe by Saturday I will see things a little differently. Maybe I will have a sense of accomplishment, a feeling of joy in succeeding, a peace that one only feels when God in control!
I hope my thoughts here offer you a sense of hope and a renewing of determination like that I sense in me right know! God bless all of you!