Wednesday, October 23, 2013
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near." (Philippians 4:4-5)
"A personal, prayerful relationship with the Lord will put you in touch with the mother lode of joy. God wants to share himself with you." --John T. Catoir
As I reflect on this verse and quote, I found myself thinking of the song "Our God is an awesome God".... He really is! He loves us so much, is so patient and merciful with us, and wants more than anything else to have a relationship with us and share His joy and love with us! Praise and Glory be to You, my God!
Yesterday, wandering around the site, trying out the links on the new start page, and trying to understand the new Team Bonus Points (I get the 5 spins every day, and give them to my teams,, but I still don't understand what the Team Leaderboards are or where I can see them) came across a list of religious teams (there are a lot of them!). But in the list was a team for atheists... It shook me, and I went to the team page to see what they said. As I read post after post of people who have no faith at all, who make fun of Christians, who are so sure that there is no God, I was filled with sadness for them... I guess we need not to judge them, but to pray for all those who do not know our God.
Well, I'm 4 days into my "new start"... it hasn't been perfect ( a few slip-ups), but I have been trying hard to stick to the plan. Wednesdays are my weigh-in day, and I was very happy when the scale was very agreeable this morning - a 1.4 lb. weight loss.... more than satisfactory for 4 days!
Now I just need to stick to the plan! I've made and frozen several healthy slow cooker meals for when I'm too rushed to prepare a meal, and I've looked up and printed out several recipes for healthy low calorie snacks (all from SP).. I plan to make one today for those times when I "just have to have" something sweet!!
So my friends, with your help and support, I start another week.
Have a wonderful day! Blessings and
Sunday, October 20, 2013
THE ONLY TRUE FAILURE IS TO STOP TRYING!
This is going to be my mantra for the next few months!
After losing 33 pounds, dropping from 197 to 164, I have let myself gain most of it back, yo-yo-ing, with each UP a little more than each DOWN, until I am back at 189.4. Needless to say, I feel frustrated with myself, my lack of discipline – especially with the night-time snacking.
But among the many things I’ve learned at SparkPeople, maybe the most important is to NEVER GIVE UP!
So today I’m starting over! I'm resetting my tracker and I commit to:
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day at least 5 days a week
- Track my food and exercise
- Stay within my calorie count
- Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night
- Spark for at least 15-20 minutes a day, keeping in touch with my Spark Friends, who are my biggest support and motivation, and posting on the message boards.
I know that there will be days when I fail to do what I should, weeks when the scale goes up instead of down – and that’s when my mantra will keep me going… I’ll just try again the next day to stick to my plan! And I will keep on trying until I reach my goal!
And I will keep on believing that with SP
Saturday, September 28, 2013
"For You have made him most blessed forever; You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence." (Psalm 21:6)
What brings you the greatest joy in this life? Is your daily devotional time a chore or a blessing? Does "exceedingly glad" describe your emotion when you are alone in the presence of the Lord?
"If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence...? You'd be bored to tears in heaven, if you're not ecstatic about God now!" -- Keith Green
Wow!! This reflection from" Verse of the Day" (About.comChristianity) certainly gives us something to think about, doesn't it?
Well, another week has flown by.... It's been a very busy week. I prepared a new Power Point Presentation for a Holy Hour last Thursday. I enjoy doing it, but it does take a lot of time... we prayed to Our Lord of Divine Mercy for the whole world.
Yesterday I spent all afternoon at the dentist's (ugh!!) having a bridge put in... so glad that's finally done! Still have to go back on Monday to check a possible cavity and for a cleaning. I most definitely DO NOT LIKE going to the dentist - even if she is a good friend, and very meticulous and very patient with me!!
On Monday, our school celebrated the feast day of Our Lady of Mercy(the freast was Tuesday, but due to a conflict in school, we had to move the celebration to Monday) as we do every year. Every class, with their home room teacher, goes out to a poor school to share with the children. They play with them, give them little gifts like coloring books they make themselves and crayons. They break a piñata, and then give them lunch. Some of the students dress up, like clowns, etc. Here are some pictures.
Have a wonderful week, my friends! And many blessings on you and your loved ones!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (Psalm 73:26)
"The Psalmist here is Asaph, one of the great worship leaders in the Bible. Yet, when he wrote these word he was filled with doubt and nearly overwhelmed. Can you relate? Have you "been there, done that?" Maybe right now, at this very moment your flesh is weak and your heart is overwhelmed. But, like Asaph in his time of doubt and failure, you're learning to encourage yourself in God.
The word strength in this verse literally means "rock." If you're weak, let God be the strong, unshakable rock of your heart. He is your portion; he is enough. He is all you need."
Hi, my friends!
Well, I'm still here - even if just barely!!
I really liked this reflection from Mary Fairchild.... maybe because lately I don't feel so strong myself - in many ways! Physically, I am somewhat frustrated with this knee pain which doesn't seem to be getting any better - even though I continue the natural medicine therapy. The people at the center continue to assure me that slowly it will improve, and that I should eventually have no pain at all. I'm trying to be patient, have faith and just follow the plan - but it's hard sometimes - actually, most of the time!! LOL!!
And also my motivation for other things is low also! I have really absented myself from SP - just can't seem to find the energy to be active.... I keep telling myself I'm going to start again, but I don't! I do try to exercise most days - have to, for my legs. But I've put on weight, and can't seem to take it off! And I really need to lose weight - for my legs as well as for general health!
I'm going to make the effort to try again - not sure how it will go.... SP usually takes up a lot of time - and I just can't seem to give that time right now.... maybe if I just commit to 10 or 15 minutes most days, I'll do it. One of the problems is that this natural medicine therapy takes a lot of time too - boiling up different herbs, making vegetable juices, (and then cleaning up pots and juicer, etc!!) taking herbal capsules and drinking natural tonics - - Oh well, that's why I need to remember the verse I started off with..."My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." I need to lean on Him, and find the strength to do what I need to do!
Not much new... the school year is winding down. The second week of Oct. I go up to Savannah Georgia to translate for a conference.
A good friend - husband of a good friend - entered into eternal life on Monday - the funeral was this morning. It was rather unexpected - he hadn't been feeling well, and was undergoing tests, when he had a massive heart attack. Very hard for the family!
Well, so long for now. Hopefully I'll be around - even if not too much. Thanks for your friendship and support!
Sunday, July 28, 2013
"Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!" (Romans 11:33)
"It's truly impossible to put God in a box. His ways are often deep, immeasurable and unfathomable. Each person who comes into a relationship with God through Jesus Christ comes in a unique way. Why compare your journey to others? It's your journey."
I really liked this thought today.... we are each unique and every journey is unique... and that refers to each of our many journeys - spiritual, familial, professional, weight loss, etc.!
Hi, my friends! I'm home again - even in only for 9 days! Then off to my brother's in Ohio for my vacation with him and Betty. I'm looking forward to seeing them, as well as lots of friends, and to the time of rest and relaxation!
The conference was very good - lots of food for thought and motivation. The two men from Argentina for whom I was translating were very nice... we enjoyed meeting them and getting to know a little bit about them and their work. We met lots of other great people too, although this is a small leadership conference - about 50 people. The one in Oct. will be about 200 people, I think.
I hope all of you have had a good week also. I am happy that I only gained about a pound while I was away - I was afraid it would be more!
Have a happy and blessed Sunday!
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