Thursday, June 09, 2011
God indeed is my Savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the Lord,
and He has been my Savior. (Is. 12:2)
I love this passage... in problems big and small, we have the assurance that our God is with us. We don't have to handle things on our own.... He gives us the strength and courage we need in every situation.
Hi, my friends! What a week! I'm feeling good- thanks be to our God - my back seems to be fine. Only problem has been really bad leg and foot cramps at night - but again, thankfully, I haven't had any cramps the last two nights. I had been waking up about 10 times a night and needing to get up and try to walk until the cramps subsided - and lots of times as soon as I lay down, the cramps would start again. I have no idea what causes them!
It's been a very busy week - once a month we have chapel with the students- every class comes for Prayer and Reflection. Since there are ten classes, it does take up time. And then I still have to prepare other things, like Rosary and Holy Hour, plus doing other things to help out in school. I enjoy doing it, but it doesn't leave me much time for anything else.
But today we finish with the last classes - just one to go - and I have Holy Hour prepared, so I'm using these few minutes to reconnect!
Bad thing is I haven't been able to exercise much this week - holding my own on the scale, but not going down. Hopefully next week will be lots better!!
I'll be traveling tomorrow to meet the newest member of my Honduran family - my third godchild just had a baby. We'll be away all weekend, but since I just bought my first laptop - a mini - just for traveling, I plan to take it with me and maybe in the evenings, I can log on to SP and start to catch up!
Well, have to run, time for that last chapel... see you later.
Hope everyone has a relaxed and happy week-end. Blessings on all of you!
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
"God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:27-28)
This passage from today's readings seemed to speak to me this morning. God always takes the first steps toward us - and wants us to respond by seeking Him. Even when it seems we're in the dark and can't see Him or feel Him, He is there, waiting for us, calling to us, helping us to find Him.
The image comes to me of children playing hide-and-seek in dark (at least we played when we were kids - no TV or computers then!) The one who is hidden can't wait too long to be found - he usually starts giving out hints - coughing or laughing or whatever to say "Here I am. Come find me!" That's our God - using so many little things in our lives to say "Here I am, come find me!"
Sometimes, even though we have found Him long ago, and many times since, there are moments when He seems to hide - and so we need to search again. " For in him we live and move and have our being."
Good morning, friends!
Well, I went to the doctor yesterday, and while it's mostly good news - there isn't a really serious problem - there is a problem.
I don't know how to really explain it -but seems that where the spinal cord leaves off and the "horse's tail" ( a bunch of nerves that start where the spinal cord ends and spread out), there appears to be a reduction of the space where they pass. In other words, something could be compressing them - maybe a herniated disk. That produces the pain. The weird thing is, the pain started on my lower left back, then that stopped hurting, and it was the lower right abdomen that hurt for a couple of weeks. And now that pain is gone, and the pain is in my back.
For now, both doctors who are seeing me feel we should give it a little time. I'm taking anti-inflammatory medication and, when I need it, analgesics. But the pain is slight and sporadic right now. If the pain continues, or gets worse, I'll have to have an MRI.
But according to the doctor, 85% of cases are non-operable, and of the other 15%, surgery doesn't help much. So for now, they want me to lose weight (what else is new!! LOL!!!), keep on exercising, with care, and watch my posture, especially while sitting, and the way I pick things up.
Anyway, I would only even consider surgery in an extreme case, like if I couldn't bear the pain, or couldn't walk. So now I have an even stronger reason to lose weight!! The doctor would like me to take off another 20 pounds!!
So, thank you all for your support and encouragement. I will be needing those virtual "kicks" and also those gentler nudges from my non-violent friends!!
By the way, yesterday I read an article here on SP that I really liked: 8 Reasons Why Your Workouts Aren't Working. For anyone who might be interested, the link is:
Have a happy, healthy, blessed day everyone!!
Monday, May 30, 2011
I'm reading "Creative Prayer" by E. Herman, and this morning I read this line, which I'd like to share:
"We are led by the practice of meditation from the point where self occupies the center of our thoughts and we expect God to revolve diligently round us, to the point where we become predominantly aware of God."
Thought provoking, isn't it? Made me think of the times when I talk with students or parents about the need to be faithful to prayer and going to church, not just when they need something, as if God were a great big Santa Claus in the sky.
Herman goes on to say "If, then, we have been faithful in our meditation and not allowed it to become an occasion of self-seeking, we shall find that love to God - that steady and profound gravitation towards our Creator and Redeemer which is more than an emotion, and in which lies our very life - will be born in the heart."
I think I need a good kick in butt to get me back on track! I've been slacking off ever since I got back from my trip! Now that the pain in my side and back is gone, I have no more excuse. I can't even use the excuse of the heat, now that I have air!! LOL!!
And I've been snacking way too much! Just got out of the habit of applying my new healthy habits!!
So as of today, I'm going to reset my goals (since I obviously didn't make my goal of 150 by May) and set up a few intermediate goals:
160 by July 1st
155 by August 15
150 by Oct. 1st (Since I'm going to my brother's for two weeks in August, I'm planning on just maintaining during that time.)
I'm going to review my exercise plan, get back to faithful tracking, and do whatever it takes to reach my goal.
I read about so many inspiring SP who have taken off so much more weight than I have, and so many who have been successfully maintaining for a long time, that I know there's no reason why I can't do it, too. I just have to discipline myself to get back to my healthy habits!
So, please, my friends, hold me accountable, and give me a little shove (or kick!!) when I need it!! Thanks for being such good friends!!
Sunday, May 29, 2011
“I will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16,17)
As we begin to get nearer to Pentecost, we can meditate on the wonderful gift that is the Holy Spirit, God himself dwelling and remaining within each one of us!
We need to ask ourselves what we can do to turn to the Lord and the Holy Spirit more frequently during the day. It's wonderful to realize that we are never alone, that we have the Spirit to guide us, in big things and in the very little things that make up our daily lives!
Hope everyone is having a blessed and relaxing Sunday.
Well, I got my air conditioner. It's a small unit - a mini-split - just for the kitchen-dining room. I have my computer and and a little TV in here, so this is where I practically live when I am not downstairs in school. (The convent, my home, is the third floor of the main school building).
I just took a couple of pictures of the room and my new air conditioner. I'm going to see if I can upload them. I've never done this... so who knows!
Anyway, if this worked, you can see my dining room with my worktable, with computer, printer, TV and all my messy papers. So when I chat with all of you, this is where I am sitting. And as of today, I am cool and relaxed, not sweating!
I went back to the doctor. They took X-Rays of my back, and I am on medication for inflammation and pain, until I go back for results tomorrow or Tuesday. I feel much better - no pain at all yesterday or today. Hope that continues when I stop the medication. I picked up my X-Rays, and I don't really understand all that the report says, but my impression is that there is nothing serious - just wear and tear due to age. But I'll see what the doctor says. I'll keep you posted.
We had no electricity for 5 hours this morning - that happens a lot here, so I wasn't able to use my computer or enjoy my new air until about an hour ago.
Yesterday was a celebration day for our school - all the kids and and about 200 parents. Our school is Instituto María Regina - Mary Queen. We started at 8:00 am - all the students entered in procession and presented flowers to Our Lady. We then prayed a living Rosary, followed by Mass and the Coronation of Our Lady with a crown of flowers. All that finished about 10:30 or so, and then we had a barbecue and sports until 3:00 pm. It was a beautiful day! We don't have classes tomorrow since we were here all day yesterday.
I don't have any pictures yet, since they took pictures with the school camera. When they download them onto the computer, I'll post a couple so you can see them.
Enjoy your day, be happy! Remember God loves you!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
" In all truth I tell you, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, and will perform even greater works, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it." (John 14:12-14)
This is from today's reading - and I always love this passage. I have the truth of these words so many, many times in my own life, and in the lives of those around me. True, God doesn't always answer in exactly the way we want Him to, but so many times He does!! And when He doesn't, He answers with what is best for us... and usually, we see that before very long.
These days, when so many people have been asking me for prayers, and I, too, am asking for healing for myself, I find that this passage gives me confidence in the loving care of the Father, and assures me that if we keep praying, our prayers will be answered. After all, we're talking to a loving Father, and to our Brother, who want only the best for us!
Wow! Is it hot here!! I have two fans blowing on me and I am still hot!!! It's 90 degrees in here!!! The humidity is 62% - could be worse, but bad enough! I'm seriously considering getting a small air-conditioning unit (a mini-split) for
this room - kitchen and dining room - it's where my computer is, and where I spend most of my waking hours (when I'm not downstairs in school), either at meals, or on the computer, or reading.
The weather patterns of the earth really are changing. Honduras has always been hot, but the past few years, it's worse. And since it hasn't rained in days, it's even hotter.
Well, I spent several hours on the computer yesterday getting plane reservations to go visit my brother in August. Since I spent a lot for my pilgrimage to Medjugorje, I wanted to get award tickets with both airlines. Was a new experience for me, but I finally was able to coordinate everything, and I'm all set! I will have to spend a night in Miami on the way up, but I got a good price at a hotel near the airport, with complimentary shuttle and breakfast.
Not been a good week healthwise! Since I'm coping with this back pain, as well as being so busy in school, I've been off the track! Haven't been exercising, tracking food or drinking enough water. And the scale got back at me!! After losing 2 pounds, I gained it back this week!! Heck!!
So as of today, I am tracking my food, watching my snacks, and drinking water! I managed to do 15 minutes on the treadmill, but couldn't handle any more than that today! But I am resolved to stay on track this week!
How hard it is to lose those pounds, and how easily they come back, if we let them!! But thanks to SP and all of you, good friends, who encourage me, I'm not going to backslide!! Those two pounds will be history by the end of the week!!! - I hope!! LOL!!!
Blessings on all of you and your loved ones!!
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