Saturday, March 26, 2011
"Let us listen to the voice of God."
This makes me think about what kind of listeners we are. Sometimes we have a hard time even listening to the people around us.... many time while they're talking to us, we're only half listening, waiting for them to finish so we can give our own opinion, or if they're telling us about something that happened to them, we're planning how we'll tell them about what happened to us... you know how it goes. And if you think you don't do that, try to observe yourself when someone is talking to you.... are you really listening with 100% of your attention, so that you can truly respond to the other person's need? I have to admit that many times I find myself just waiting to jump in and get my two cents worth in, and so am not really giving my undivided attention.
If this happens with people around us, people we can see and touch and hear with our hears, what about when God talks to us???? I think most of us have a really hard time hearing what He is saying - He speaks so softly ("not in thunder, or in the hurricane or in the fire, but in the gentle, whispering breeze...." I Kings 19:11-12)
We have to learn to be really quiet - quiet in our hearts and minds - to hear what He is trying to tell us. Usually our heads are so filled with our families, our work, other things we have to do, it's so hard to really put all that aside for a few minutes and just sit or kneel in God's presence, and listen to Him. I'm 69 and still not too good at it!!! But I am trying!!!!!
And other times He speaks to us through other people, but because we maybe don't especially like that person, or don't agree with them, we don't hear what God is saying to us through them.
Very frequently, God speaks to us with gentle nudges - just a little feeling that I should do this or that, kind of like intuition, but we need to pay attention, and if it really seems like it's Him, then do it!
So one on my Lenten resolutions is to try and listen - whenever and however God talks to me!!
Well, it's late for me to be getting to this blog today, but it's been kind of a hectic two days - and I have to go out in just 5 minutes.... so I'm going to run, and tomorrow I'll try to catch up on what's been going on! And to contact all my friends who have left me a message on my blog, page or sparkmail!
I did get my exercise in - 40' on the bike, and 15' strength training. Now to watch what I eat the rest of the day!! I don't want to gain back that pound I just lost! LOL!!
I pray that our God will teach each of us to hear and heed His voice!
Friday, March 25, 2011
"Happy the man who puts his trust in the Lord! (Psalm 40; 4)
Today as I prayed Psalm 40, this verse spoke to me. The entire psalm is beautiful, a psalm of praise and prayer for help.
How true this verse. If our trust is truly in the Lord, we will have peace, and if we have peace, we will be happy. Maybe not always the jumping up and down, laughing, kind of happiness... after all, we will sometimes have hard days, tough times, difficult situations, times when people hurt us or disappoint us, but if we put our trust in the Lord, He will give us interior peace, and yes, we will be happy, knowing we are loved by our God and that He always takes care of us.
Well, i am really happy today! Today, Friday, is my weigh-in day, and after all my hard work this week, the scale has rewarded me with a 1-pound loss!! Yeah!
So I won't have to throw my scale into the rive after all!! LOL
I was happy a month or two ago when I got below 169 for the first time in years - but that success was brief, because I went back up again, and then yo-yoed between 169 and 172.
That's why this week, I really decided that I had to stick to my plan, and it worked. So now, I just have to be disciplined enough to continue doing what I've been doing this week. I think doing more on the treadmill and bike instead of just the calisthenics had a lot to do with it, too.
Well I do have to get back to work, so "Hasta luego!"
Many blessings on all my fellow Sparkers!!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
"The Lord has worked marvels for us; make it known to the ends of the earth!"
This made me think a lot about how ready we are to share our faith and talk about the love of God and all He has done and continues to do for us. Sure, it's easy to share with those who share our faith, but sometimes we hesitate to talk about God with those who maybe don't believe in Him or are indifferent to Him. And probably, they are the ones who most need that little nudge to start thinking.
Even though I am a religious, and people expect me to talk about God, I recognize that I do hesitate sometimes.
For example, I don't send on those emails that promise miracles, or the opposite - bad things - if you break the chain. That's just superstition. But sometimes I get a really nice prayer or song or reflection, something that is really worthwhile, and I automatically share it with my Christian friends, but hesitate to send it friends who don't go to Church.
And here on SP, very often, when I huddle, I use a phrase that speaks of God, or His love, or His power - and I use it on the Christian teams I belong to, but usually don't on the other teams. Now I ask myself why not.
It's true I have to respect the feelings of others, but I'm not attacking or offending if I share what I'm feeling. I'm not obliging anyone to agree with me, or to change their way of thinking. If they don't like it, they can just move on and ignore it.
But my obligation before the Lord is to make Him known "to the ends of the earth"!! To everyone who will listen. Maybe one day, one comment by someone will touch the heart of an unbeliever and make him think about who he is and who God is. And maybe that one comment will save a soul.
So I resolve to be willing to make known the marvels of our God in whatever way He permits me to do so.
I am feeling good, lots of energy, and working hard to break that plateau. I did 20 minutes on the bike and 20 minutes on the treadmill. I'm trying to read and decide if it's better to do half and half like that, or alternate days. I kind of think it will be best to alternate days, to keep my body off guard, and so trick it into speeding up my metabolism!!! I think what I'll try is a 3-day cycle: bike, treadmill, calisthenics - at least 40 minutes a day. And then about 15 minutes of strength training. I don't use any equipment except dumbbells, but I have a pretty good collection of exercises to choose from. We'll see how that goes.
Well, need to get to work. I didn't finish yesterday preparing today's Holy Hour....so I need to get to that.
I pray for God's choicest blessings on all of you today!!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
"Blessed be Yahweh, who performs marvels of love for me." (Ps. 31:21)
Our God is truly a God of Love! And He demonstrates His Love for us in such marvelous ways.... way too many to count! He protects us, guides us, leads us to new opportunities, strengthens us in daily life, in things big and small, puts in our loves people who love us and support us, and carries us in His arms in the difficult times! Bless Yahweh, my soul!!
My scale is stuck! Well, maybe not totally stuck - it's willing enough to move in one direction - UP! It doesn't mind at all going up a pound or two if I'm even a little bit careless about what I eat. (Sometimes I feel that just LOOKING at food makes it go up!!! But even when I'm really careful to eat healthy foods and stay in my calorie range, it doesn't want to move down!!
I've been faithful to exercise, but even so, still stuck. I've been reading on SP about the need to mix up the exercise routine to break a plateau. So I'm trying that now. I've mostly been doing low-impact calisthenics, floor exercises, and some strength training, which has definitely helped me, especially as far as stronger legs and knees. Used to be I couldn't get up off the floor without something to pull myself up on. Now I'm much more flexible and stronger.
So this week instead of the calisthenics, I'm alternating with the treadmill and the stationary bike. Let's see if that gets the scale unstuck this week!!
P.S. Would you believe that I just today discovered that there are a lot more "emotions" than just the ones on the page that opens when you click the button!!
Duh!! LOL So I just found all the ones on food, exercise, etc. I just never noticed the tabs!! Oh, well, learn something new every day!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
"Come back to Yahweh, your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, rich in faithful love..."
Isn't it amazing how much our God loves us! He constantly calls us to Himself. He loves us just as we are and is infinitely patient with us. We are so blessed to know Him, to be loved by Him and to be able to reflect that love to others!
Well, today is another day to live and grow! I have way too much to do, so I need to prioritize, and just start tackling one thing at a time! What doesn't get done today will hopefully get done tomorrow (or maybe even the next day! LOL)
It's too easy to get stressed out when I have to do several things and know the day isn't going to be long enough! What usually happens is that I stay up too late, then am tired in the morning, and then the day is less productive. I really need to learn to discipline myself to go to bed earlier, because I get up early for exercise and prayer.
I thought when I retired (or should say "semi-retired", since I retired from the administration of the school and from teaching math to the seniors, but I am still part-time in the school, working in the Pastoral Department) that I would have plenty of time for everything and for me. But the Pastoral work takes up a lot of time, since I prepare PPT presentations for almost everything we do. I really enjoy doing that, but it does take time. And there are always other things to do as well!
But I am grateful to our God that I have good health, lots of energy, a job I love, and lots of family and friends who love me!
So here goes - I have to get started on the Thank-you letters I didn't get done yesterday, and start to prepare Thursday's Holy Hour. Hopefully, I'll get back on SP for a while tonight.
God bless you and thanks for stopping by!
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