Sunday, May 10, 2009
I moved to stage three today and one of the activities they have you do early on is find a motivating quote or two to spur you on. As I thought about what really motivated me to pursue a healthy lifestyle, a couple verses from the Bible came to mind:
"Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come" (1Timothy 4:7-8).
Saturday, May 09, 2009
I serve on the board of the Abba Pregnancy Resource Center in Elk River, Minnesota. Today is our annual "Walk for Life" where we try to raise money and awareness for the cause of life. We believe that unborn children are full human beings who deserve to be valued and protected as such, and who have as much right to life as anyone. It grieves us that one of the most dangerous places in America is a mother's womb, as over 40 million children have been killed since Roe v. Wade. We pray for the day when abortion is as unthinkable as any other form of murder or infanticide or genocide.
And so we walk. May the Lord hear and answer our prayers. May the people in our community wake up to the reality of what abortion really is and turn from the horror of it. May the Lord forgive and cover and heal any who have been involved in the industry, or who have had an abortion in their past. And may He grant that the church be a place of hope and healing, as well as a place of truth and advocacy.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Like most of you, I've been walking for quite a while now--since I was about 1 year old! But only more recently did I start walking as part of my exercise regimen and I must say that I've really come to love it for at least these reasons:
1. I can do it anywhere. Today I was at a business meeting that lasted for eight hours, with 45 minutes for lunch. So I chowed down in 15 minutes and did a 30 minute power walk. It was great and it really helped me to push through that post lunch lull!
2. I love being outdoors.
3. Even though it is exercise, I can still do other things like memorize and rehearse verses of the Bible. Over the last couple of years I've memorized the one of the smaller letters in the Bible called Ephesians (because it was written to a church in a little city in what is now western Turkey called Ephesus). I have memorized most of the last chapter over the last couple of weeks during my daily walks, and so I feel like I'm accomplishing two or three things at once--exercise, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with the Lord.
I'm sure I could think of more reasons why I love walking but I'm tired and I need to go to sleep!
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Today is the National Day of Prayer and thus I attended our local Mayor's prayer breakfast this morning. The choice was between eggs, ham, and cheese AND eggs, spinach, sausage, and cheese. I'm always up for a good ham and cheese omelet or what have you, but boy do I love that dark leafy green spinach--so I went for that!
And having thus thanked God and enjoyed a wonderful, life-giving breakfast, I bowed with about 100 others and called on the Name of Jesus Christ, mighty and merciful, and asked that he might be gracious to us and make his face to shine upon us for the glory of his Name and the good of people.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
For a number of reasons, the last two weeks have been fairly stressful, and yesterday was the most stressful of all--by far. Because a few things needed to be accomplished by early this morning, I had to work deep into the night and early morning leaving me with only 4 hours of sleep (I REALLY need 7-8).
Normally, the combination of stress and weariness lead me to emotional eating, but as I sat here enjoying a wonderfully good and healthy breakfast I realized that, after just 7 weeks on SP, I never even gave emotional, impulsive, indulgent, unhealthy eating a thought! I still have a long way to go, but I'm really celebrating this small victory and I must say that it's lightened the load a bit this morning!
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