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How much sleep is enough?

Friday, October 01, 2010



Ah, sleep - the healthy habit that somehow still eludes me. But, wait - is there good news? After beating myself up over not being able to schedule 8 hours of sleep, I finally changed my focus to 7 hours of sleep (since I will rarely, if ever, get 8). Even though I'm aiming for 7 hours, I'm still only averaging 5 hours of sleep each night.

But, according to the article below (see link), I might actually be increasing my longevity by only sleeping 5 hours per night!

"The surprise was that when sleep was measured objectively, the best survival was observed among women who slept 5 to 6.5 hours," Kripke said. "Women who slept less than five hours a night or more than 6.5 hours were less likely to be alive at the 14-year follow-up."
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/0
9/100930161837.htm

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So, for those of you who are sleeping your life away getting 8 hours of sleep -- WAKE UP and LIVE! That much sleep isn't prolonging your life! Now, if I could just manage to get 6 hours of sleep...

Be well,
Nancy
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ELIZABETH182 10/19/2010 2:06PM

    i will relax about my five hours now. Once I wake I try to lie in a relaxed state so as not to wake other family members. I stress about not sleeping and jsut as the alarm goes off I feel as though I anm drifting off to sleep.

lol Liz

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EPIPHANYANGEL 10/18/2010 8:30AM

    Interesting article. I average about 6-6.5 hours sleep but know I am desperately in need of more. emoticon emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/17/2010 10:47PM

    Lol. Wake up and live! I just love it. I definitely get about 5 hours!

Oh well... I think we are doing just fine.

I always love to see your smiling face. Have a great week, gorgeous.

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REM-CYCLES 10/15/2010 6:26PM

    Sounds good on paper... For myself - I probably don't fit this. If I get less than 6 hrs (7 better for me), I'm not doing well... I feel horrible - headache, drag in the day.

But it is an interesting read and if it's true, my wife will live forever (she lives sleep deprived, she's had sleep studies ordered by the doctor, etc., too much to go into here.)

Interesting though - hope this helps some

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GETFITTER7 10/6/2010 11:34PM

    Well this is great news for those who have professions that leave you with only 6 hours of sleep. I work on call and at times I only get 2 hrs of sleep some days and some others I get 6 or 7. It is nice to know that the statistics are on my side for a change. Thanks for the good news!! emoticonI am going to bed now...

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BABY_GIRL69 10/4/2010 4:57PM

    This is wonderful!! Look & Live my brothers & sisters!! I have been getting 5-7 hours of sleep but I would rather be doing something else. So this is good!

God bless & thank you for sharing!!

Dee

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FLBEACHBUM14 10/3/2010 3:15PM

    I am with you in that I never join Team goals that strive for 8 hours of sleep a night because I NEVER get that much unless I am catching up! I like to get 6-7 but most of the time I wake up early and think about all I have to do or want to do and go ahead and get up and make coffee even if it is 4 AM! (as long as I have already had at least 4-5 hours sleep). Even if I get up early though I will still get my 6-7 for the day because later in the day; either after lunch or in the early evening, I will fall asleep with the computer on my lap for an hour or two LOL! So I tend to think that I get what my body needs! emoticon

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ALLBW2U 10/2/2010 2:17AM

    The real question is.....did those who got the most sleep actually live a fuller life during that time than did the "mini" sleepers? Hmmmm.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 10/2/2010 12:17AM

    boy, will i ever live long!!

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PRINCESSNURSE 10/1/2010 9:47PM

    i'm gonna live forever if this is true---lol!

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YATMAMA 10/1/2010 8:54PM

    Good news, indeed!

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CARLA0716 10/1/2010 8:48PM

    Studies schmudies. They never truly factor in the bits and pieces that can differentiate one person from another. I wonder, aside from being done in San Diego where there is no shovelling as compared to Chicago!, if other genetic and lifestyle factors were considered. I guess this goes for any study.

That being said, I LOVE sleep. I'm usually at 6 hours a night. I love waking up in the morning to think about my dreams and how ridiculous they are. They're getting more bizarre and vivid. Weird. emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 10/1/2010 7:01PM

    I am lucky if I get 5 hours a night but I do need more. I could never do 8 - then I am exhausted all day. Studies aren't always that good. I figure do what you body allows you without being exhausted.

Have a great weekend!!!

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BTRTHANEVA 10/1/2010 6:10PM

    Oh, I'm so confused. 8 hours sleep is ideal, less than 7 could lengthen my life. Coffee, no coffee. What's good today will be bad tomorrow. HELP!

With this information and what Todd has added, I am going to exercise every day and hope for 5 hours a night. Working 24/7 in the control room has left me in a constant state of jet lag. Looks like I might be on the *early out* list if I don't get my insomnia problem solved real soon! That's my next project on my *to do list*!

Now, if I could just get the voices to stop... hehehehe. They're telling me to wish everyone a good weekend. Guess I just did!

Happy OctoberFit!

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NELLIEC 10/1/2010 5:20PM

    Well, since getting arthritis at the age of 16, I need 9.5 to 10 hours of sleep. I am now 65 3/4, and my mother died at 47 and my father died at 62, so I have outlived both of them by several years. I am aiming to get to at least 90 since that was the death age of my grandmother.

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JAJOLLY422 10/1/2010 5:16PM

    So my 4 hour naps at night are not normal????? Geez I thought everyone lived on 4 hours of sleep every night - I was excited to get 5 last night!!!

Doc just renewed my prescription for Ambien...but I'm not getting home in time to take it, LOL!

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TODDJAMES 10/1/2010 4:02PM

    Nancy...thanks for sharing this information! I hope you are not TOO hung up on the numbers!

I tend to believe the studies that say the more exercise you get the less you need to sleep...THAT makes sense to me!

That said...remember..the MORE you work out...your body will need STRONG recovery time...BUT according to GMA yesterday...people who work out...go to sleep faster and sleep deeper...INTERESTING FACTS!

Thanks for sharing!

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ABETTERSOUL 10/1/2010 3:29PM

    I usually get about 6 hours a night. But I still feel tired in the mornings, so maybe it is not enough for me. If I sleep later in the mornings I feel like I missed a big part of the day.

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BTINTERNET 10/1/2010 3:28PM

    Hm. 86 out of 444 are dead, but some of the group were 81 at the time of the original study, which would make them 95 now if they're in the still-alive group. I'm not sure I attribute that to sleep as much as pure cussedness :-) I'd love to see this broken out by age group and other factors (accidents, etc.)

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HEALTHDUDE 10/1/2010 3:15PM

    Nancy,

This study was conducted with women all living in San Diego. Have you been to San Diego? I have. And I'll wager that the average person from San Diego lives longer than the average person from Chicago. Just the activity of shoveling snow will kill about 15 people this year. (I don't trust "studies").

5 hours of sleep seems Ok so long as you feel refreshed.

I get about 6 hours of sleep per day plus a good nap 3 times a week.

T

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BURKEBRIZ 10/1/2010 2:53PM

    I definitely need 6. Less than that and I am not as good as I could be. When i was younger, I used to say I can live on 4, 6 is enough and 8 or more is too much.

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APRILBLESS 10/1/2010 2:53PM

    Huh... how interesting. But I guess I'm in the safe range as I have now shifted to 6 hour cycles. Wake up, I shall. Although I do miss the days where I had no worries in the world to just sleep all day... (:P) Good times.

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GRACEFULIFE 10/1/2010 2:50PM

    I'll certainly have to read this article. My experience so far is that I perform best on 8, am OK on 7, can live for extended periods on 6. Any less and I am screwed up.

My motto used to be "sleep when yer dead!"


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MCSNYDER1 10/1/2010 2:25PM

    Hurray! Then I will live a long time! I usually get 5-5 1/2 hours a night! Great information. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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Lasting Change Takes Time (Or what I learned about weight loss from wearing braces)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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I’m doing my happy dance today! After 26 months, I got my bottom braces off this morning! The top ones will come off "before Christmas." My orthodontist said that will be his Christmas present to me.

Twenty-six months to straighten my teeth (after having braces as a teen, too) is a reminder to me that any lasting change takes time. Losing weight and getting healthier doesn’t happen overnight. Just like the slow movement of my teeth over the last two years, daily healthy lifestyle choices are leading me to my goals.

I will wear a retainer 24/7 for several months (except when eating), and then only at night for who knows how long. I’m not sure if the hygienist is serious when she says, “You’ll wear them at night for the rest of your life.”

Maintenance-mode in weight loss is like wearing a retainer. My lifestyle changes must be with me “for the rest of my life” not just while I am on the weight loss journey. Just like it would be crazy for me to skip wearing my retainers and let the last two years of hard work go to waste, it would be crazy for me to no longer keep up the healthy lifestyle choices that I made.

Who would have thought that wearing braces and retainers would be a metaphor for weight loss and healthy living? I’m grateful for the everyday reminders of what it takes to create lasting change. It takes perseverance, patience, and time. Oh, and showing up on a daily basis!

Thank you to all of my Spark Friends who show up on a daily basis to support, encourage, and cheer me and others on to our goals. You are all special to me!
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GAELENEC 10/13/2010 8:08AM

    You are SO right! Thanks for the thought provoking comments.

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DITTY1013 10/12/2010 10:02PM

    Excellent metaphor! By the way, I got my braces off when I was 13, and now that I'm nearing my 28th birthday, I still wear my retainer at night about 90 percent of the time. That being said, I'm the only person I know who still wears their retainer. I'm also the only person I know whose teeth have remained completely straight, so there you go. Also a good metaphor for weight loss, I think. ;-)

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/12/2010 8:46PM

    Wow. What a great analogy, gorgeous. Lasting change takes time and it is well worth it.

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GETFITTER7 9/29/2010 11:20PM

    I like your blog. Congrats on the new smile! Just think, the next new smile will be your Christmas present. Persistance is the key which I will be working on..

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ALLBW2U 9/22/2010 1:31AM

    Yay, Nancy.

Good for you....and a Christmas present to boot!! I enjoyed your blog tonight and you were right on target. This is a "for rest of our life" kind of change....and it takes us working hard and so many out there providing support on a daily basis. We don't want to disappoint ourselves OR any of our support team. Good motivation to keep moving. :-)

I hope that you have a great Wednesday.....Bill

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LUCKYDOGFARM 9/21/2010 11:11PM

    guess the retainers are equal to our 30 minutes of exercise that we will have to do each day that we want to maintain our weightloss! it's not a chore, it's a choice!! woohoo! the best one i have made in MANY years!

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YATMAMA 9/21/2010 1:53PM

    What a wonderful analogy! Congrats on getting your braces off!! Our son (now that he's on SP his nickname is Botz9292) will be getting his off at Christmas, too. Yay for both of you!!

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MCSNYDER1 9/21/2010 1:41PM

    I am so happy for you for getting your braces off! And I love the way you found the metaphor between braces and losing weight!

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Persevering in Adversity

Friday, August 27, 2010

I'm having lunch with my dad tomorrow. Dad finished his radiation treatment for skin cancer on his ear and came through it like a champ! I'm so proud of him. He'll be 87 in October. He has been hit with one health challenge after another since my mom died 6 years ago, and he just keeps bouncing back. I can learn something from him about staying positive and persevering in the face of adversity.

In my humble opinion, that is what Spark People is all about - persevering in the face adversity by supporting each other, lifting each other up, and encouraging each other through our struggles, and cheering each other on in our victories. For many years, I tried in vain to control my eating and be motivated to exercise on my own. Sometimes I was successful, most times I was not.

When one of my professors turned our class on to Spark People last fall, something clicked for me. The team spirit, the camaraderie, the encouraging remarks, the positive comments, the Spark Goodies -- they all helped to keep me in the game and motivated. It's been 9 months that I've been Sparking, and I could never give you guys up now! Nine months - I could barely stick to anything for more than a few weeks before! I don't know any of your here personally, but I feel such a bond to so many of you. (OK, I know my sister and 3 friends I introduced to Spark, but they don't check in regularly.)

When I feel sad, frustrated or discouraged, I come here and check the team discussion boards -- you make me laugh, you lift me up, sometimes you make me cry when I realize my situation is nothing compared to what you are going through. We all have our struggles, and reading how someone else came through their struggle gives me hope. Or just putting it out there that I need help with something, many of you offer your supportive or suggestive comments to see me through a situation. And I feel empowered knowing that I have you sending your positive vibes and prayers my way.

There is a Swedish proverb that says, "Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow." I am ever so grateful that I can double my joys and halve my sorrows with my Spark Friends! You guys ROCK!
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GETFITTER7 9/13/2010 10:18PM

    I wholeheartedly agree! I have never been so positive in my thinking since being here with SP. I feel that my life has changed to the better. I am now taking stress better. I do not get easily upset as I used to. I owe it to my SF. They are always there seeing me through when there is doubt.
Best of health to your dad. I am glad that he resilient and hope he continues in the future. I am glad that you are here for us on SP and that you are my SF. emoticon

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GOSPELCLOWN 9/8/2010 11:20AM

    I am in agreement with what you have written. Even though I'm on the extremem west coast, there are still Sparkers awake after I come home from a late shift.

Thanks for the update on your dad. He sounds resilient!

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ALLBW2U 8/28/2010 1:02AM

    You've really hit the SP nail on the head!! Thanks, Nancy, for sharing with all of us.

No matter what my day is like, whether it has been an awesome day or a really terrible day, I "run" to SP when I get home from work to check in on my Spark friends to see how their day has gone....sometimes to encourage them and sometimes to be encouraged!

My day would never be complete without checking in on you!!

Thanks for sharing with all of us. And for being my Spark friend....as well as my prayer and support friend. My life is greatly enriched by just knowing you!

Best wishes always.....Bill

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FISHKNEES 8/28/2010 12:15AM

    thanks for sharing..and Well Said. Congrats on your Dad getting done with the treatments and being such a rock for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 8/27/2010 4:46PM

    I feel exactly the same way! Thank you, Nancy, for all your support and encouragement. I couldn't have made it without ya!

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Sherry

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HEALTHDUDE 8/27/2010 3:44PM

    Nancy,

Well said! Thanks for sharing.

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URSULA125 8/27/2010 2:04PM

    I feel the same way! Best wishes to your father - and you too!

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YATMAMA 8/27/2010 1:39PM

    You spoke so much of what is in my own heart concerning SparkPeople. What an amazing gift this community is!! I rejoice over your Dad's completed treatments and wish him good health!!

*huggggggggggggggs*


Missy

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NANALD 8/27/2010 1:03PM

    Your blog caught my eye when someone on my feed commented on it. I am so glad that I read it. The blog really hits home and you have done an excellent job of capturing the essence of Spark. I've never heard the proverb either and I love it....it just became a new old favorite! Thanks for sharing!

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MCSNYDER1 8/27/2010 12:56PM

    Beautifully written, Nancy! You have said it all. Plain and simple. SP in a nutshell.
Mary

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FRAN0426 8/27/2010 12:39PM

    Great blog Nancy, and oh so true---spark friends are always there for one another. So glad your dad did well going through radiation treatments.

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FLBEACHBUM14 8/27/2010 12:06PM

    You have a way with words, Nancy... Quite simply, by the time I finished reading your last paragraph I had tears in my eyes. Thanks for sharing...

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BURKEBRIZ 8/27/2010 11:10AM

    What a great sentiment! Thanks for sharing this, Nancy, and glad your dad's doing so well!

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DRINK, STEAL, SWEAR & LIE

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Now that I have your attention, I thought I'd share an email I received today...

DRINK, STEAL, SWEAR & LIE

I met this guy while I was in Albuquerque and he has a motto he lives by everyday. He said listen carefully and live by these 4 rules: Drink, Steal, Swear, & Lie.

I was shaking my head 'no', but he then told me to listen while he explained his four rules. So here they are:

1. "Drink" from the "everlasting cup" every day.
2. "Steal" a moment to help someone that is in worse shape than you are.
3. "Swear" that you will be a better person today than Yesterday.
4. And last, but not least, when you "lie" down at night, thank God for the blessings you received that day.

  
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GOSPELCLOWN 9/8/2010 11:21AM

    Yup, you certainly to my attention!!! I'll try my best.

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CRYSTLE4HIM2010 8/27/2010 3:13PM

    Neat

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DRUMMERGURL4HIM 8/25/2010 10:55PM

    Great attention-getter, and great advice! I need to remember #3 every morning on the drive to work. Someone gets my goat everyday! Maybe that's one of those tests I'll have to keep taking until I pass . . .
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MCSNYDER1 8/18/2010 11:55PM

    I absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing it!

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YATMAMA 8/13/2010 8:25PM

    That was awesome. Thank you for sharing it.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/13/2010 1:55PM

    Something about judging a book by it's covers comes to mind . . .

Thanks for sharing.

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ALLBW2U 8/13/2010 2:15AM

    Greetings, Nancy.

Very good words to live by!!

I hope you have a great rest of the week....Bill

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SEESTARS 8/12/2010 11:32AM

    Good one!

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GETFITTER7 8/11/2010 7:40PM

    That sure did get my attention!!! Which reminds me of a fault that I have sometimes...jumping in before the other person has a chance to explain...like I have done with my kids,friends, husband and co-workers too. This was an insight for me more ways than one. Thanks for the eye opener!!! emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 8/11/2010 2:03PM

    Amen! Thanks for sharing, darlin'!

Sherry

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TODDJAMES 8/11/2010 11:39AM

    OMG...I think you met him face to face...KING SPARK!!!

Thanks for sharing Nancy...but this wasn't a news flash to you..you are already ON THE JOURNEY!

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JULIEO100 8/11/2010 11:22AM

    This is good! Thanks for sharing it!
God Bless!!!!

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HEALTHDUDE 8/11/2010 11:10AM

    I was hoping for a juicy vacation story!
Welcome home.


T

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MARCYNA 8/11/2010 11:06AM

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JLOSORIO 8/11/2010 10:38AM

    That was way better then I was expecting this to be! :) Very great rules to live by!

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CHRIMSONFYRE 8/11/2010 10:35AM

    Hey those are some pretty good rules, thanks for sharing!

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My life is...a flower of God's design

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The following was a meditation that was sent to me. Thought you might enjoy it.



"It is only a tiny rosebud...a flower of God's design;
But I cannot unfold the petals with these clumsy hands of mine.

The secret of unfolding flowers is not known to such as I.
God opens this flower so sweetly, then in my hands they die.

If I cannot unfold a rosebud, the flower of God's design,
Then how can I have the wisdom to unfold this life of mine?

So, I'll trust in Him for leading each moment of my day.
I will look to Him for guidance each step of the Pilgrim's way.

The pathway that lies before me only my Heavenly Father knows.
I'll trust Him to unfold the moments just as He unfolds the rose."

No matter what age you are, it can be frustrating to determine God's will for your life. But God has your days numbered and knows how many hairs are on your head. His plan for your life is perfect. Instead of worrying about what tomorrow or the next week holds, take one day at a time and trust in the Savior for guidance.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Pray that God would give you wisdom for each day and reveal His plan for you one day at a time.

  
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MCSNYDER1 8/19/2010 12:00AM

    How absolutely true! I bet you have done this---really, really looked at a flower petal. It might appear to be red, or yellow, or some other color. But when you really study it, there are a myriad of colors blending together to make it look the way it does. Only God's paintbrush can do that!

I pray for wisdom every morning. Wisdom for my son--so that he'll continue to make choices that are good for him.

Wisdom for me--so that things I say will positively effect the children I teach.

** I think Todd is right! We WILL be great friends!


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HEATHERSCOTTTN 8/12/2010 10:31AM

    This is beautiful! I write to a few female prisoners and I am sending this to one of them today. She thinks she will be getting out of prison in a year or so and is worried about life and how her children will respond to her. This is great...reminding us that God is in Control and has a plan. I know it will be of great encouragement to her and many others that I may send it to in the future. Thanks for posting!

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BURKEBRIZ 8/11/2010 9:37PM

    Focus on being present....one day at a time. That is a struggle I surely have! Thanks, Nancy!

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/6/2010 4:39PM

    Loved it.

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GETFITTER7 7/30/2010 8:34PM

    Nancy, this is just what my sister and I have been talking about before my surgery. It sure did make it easier knowing. Thank for reminding

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YATMAMA 7/29/2010 8:28PM

    I just love that. I am so thankful for the beauty and sweet fragrance of your life!!

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SWEETLIPS 7/29/2010 10:41AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I will trust in the Lord.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/29/2010 10:04AM

    When you have a teen-aged daughter, that's an easy challenge.

Thanks for sharing.


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JMERLAU 7/29/2010 7:11AM

    Beautiful - THANKS for sharing Nancy!

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TODDJAMES 7/28/2010 2:10PM

    Thanks for sharing! Hope all is well!

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