Friday, May 18, 2012
I'm getting so much from this "Made To Crave" study. This morning God made me realize that (and these are the exact words that popped into my head), "Satan is the craftsman of counterfeit". Think of all the things we desire, that we crave, and how we fulfill those cravings. Mind boggling!
I'm sure I could list a dozen different foods right now that I haven't eaten in awhile that I think I just have to have. (Everyone has a list of something, not necessarily foods, it might be shoes, or romance, etc.)
And counterfeit just means we often settle for the imitation, less rewarding thing. No one counterfeits $1 bills, they counterfeit the $20 dollar bills. And no one counterfeits glass "gems", they counterfeit diamonds. So why do we counterfeit love with easy sex or self worth with a new pair of shoes, or even a brownie!? When we are feeling a need for fulfillment, why do we let Satan, rather than God's Word, fill our minds and thoughts?
I'm, doing the index card exercise from the book. Write the old lie that Satan keeps telling you, like "I really need a brownie right now", and then the new truth, "That brownie makes me feel good for a couple of minutes while I'm eating it and maybe an hour afterwards when the chocolate hits my brain, but it's harmful effects to my body are lasting and the real pain will return, along with the guilt of the easy fix. Besides, there is a whole pan of brownies and I know I won't stop with just one." On the reverse side I'm writing out the Scripture that addresses the real need I have, for instance, "But from everlasting to everlasting, the Lord's love is with those who fear him." Psalm 103:17
Love, the real assurance, not brownies, the counterfeit.
I think this "homework assignment" is really going to help me.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Dear Hubby is finally catching on. I'm NOT giving up on healthy eating, for both of us. He fixes his own breakfast, usually 2 fried eggs, 2 slices of bacon, 2 slices of toast with margarine and a tall glass of orange juice. He fixes his own lunch, usually an apple and some fresh veggies. But for supper, we eat what I fix! Last night it was tilapia, white and wild rice, and acorn squash. I have a variety of meals in my head, so I can make sure we are getting a good balance. I printed off a blank calendar and each evening I print what we had for dinner. That way we don't duplicate something that's not one of his favorites. (If it were up to him we would have pork chops and potatoes and corn every night!) I usually try 1 or 2 new recipes each week and the ones he likes, I keep. He's now buying whole wheat bread and apples regularly. He told me tonight that he fastened his belt into the smallest hole today. YEAH!!!! We are expecting a new grandbaby this fall and I want us both to stay healthy so we can enjoy it. Yes, he's giving in and that just encourages me all the more!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
This time of year we all think about what our "New Year's Resolutions" will be. Often they are to make healthier lifestyle choices. But WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? January 1st is a few days away, yet. Today is the day to ditch all those leftover holiday treats, clean out the fridge, and restock our pantries. Today is the day to dust off that treadmill, find those walking shoes and perhaps, buy that pilates dvd. Today is the day to log every morsel (including that single ripe olive and teaspoon of coffee creamer.) I found that when I got on my treadmill today, I was back to only 10 minutes instead of 30. Health doesn't take a holiday. So tomorrow I'm pushing it a little more so I can be back at 30 by Saturday. Human nature is to procrastinate, but God gave me a brain to reason with, and it makes sense to start NOW, not THEN.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
I hear people talk about Christmas as though it were an object. For instance, you have probably heard something like, "We have our Christmas on the Sunday before Christmas Day." Or it may be referred to as an activity, such as "Where does your family get together to do Christmas?" But I believe Christmas is so much more than that. I believe it is "who we are", not what we have or do. Yes, my family gets together to eat dinner, exchange gifts and enjoy each other's company on Christmas Day. And I participate in my church's Christmas program on Christmas Eve. I love the Christmas music, shopping for gifts, baking cookies, etc. But I also give to charities, sponsor a child, collect canned food, or other kindnesses to honor Christ, who gave His all for us and asks for nothing but love in return. Can we "be" a little more Christmas this year instead of "doing" Christmas or "having" Christmas?
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
...... I bless my home! When I discovered Flylady.com years ago, I discovered a whole new way to bless my family. I struggled with keeping an orderly, uncluttered house because of .... well, numerous reasons. The main reason was I just didn't have the tools I needed. Now my twin sister always had a neat home. Why was it so "easy" for her and so hard for me? Flylady taught me how to think differently about my home and how it affects every aspect of my personal life. I learned how to take baby steps decluttering, how to focus on simple things, like having a shiny sink. Over a period of days, weeks, and months I was able to get my home in order and keep it that way. Yes, my sink is shiny because it blesses my family. On my "to do list", you will never see "housework". You will see "Home Blessing Hour" and you will see it crossed off every day. (Just don't go down to my basement! LOL! I am a work in progress!)
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