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Come Celebrate With Me

Monday, December 21, 2009

"Come Celebrate With Me" ~ Author Unknown

My Dear Friend,

As you well know, we are getting closer to my birthday. Every year there is a celebration in my honor and I think that this year the celebration will be repeated.

During this time there are many people shopping for gifts, there are many radio announcements, TV commercials, and in every part of the world everyone is talking that my birthday is getting closer and closer.

It is really very nice to know, that at least once a year, some people think of me. As you know, the celebration of my birthday began many years ago. At first people seemed to understand and be thankful of all that I did for them, but in these times, no one seems to know the reason for the celebration.

Family and friends get together and have a lot of fun, but they don't know the meaning of the celebration. I remember that last year there was a great feast in my honor. The dinner table was full of delicious foods, pastries, fruits, assorted nuts and chocolates.

The decorations were exquisite and there were many, many beautifully wrapped gifts. But, do you want to know something? I wasn't invited. I was the guest of honor and they didn't remember to send me an invitation.

The party was for me, but when that great day came, I was left outside, they closed the door in my face... and I wanted to be with them and share their table. In truth, that didn't surprise me because in the last few years all close their doors to me.

Since I wasn't invited, I decided to enter the party without making any noise. I went in and stood in a corner. They were all drinking; there were some who were drunk and telling jokes and laughing at everything. They were having a grand time.

To top it all, this big fat man all dressed in red wearing a long white beard entered the room yelling Ho-Ho-Ho! He seemed drunk. He sat on the sofa and all the children ran to him, saying, "Santa Claus, Santa Claus" as if the party were in his honor!

At midnight all the people began to hug each other. I extended my arms waiting for someone to hug me and do you know, no one hugged me. Suddenly they all began to share gifts. They opened them one by one with great expectation. When all had been opened, I looked to see if, maybe, there was one for me. What would you feel like if on your birthday everybody shared gifts and you did not get one?

I then understood that I was unwanted at that party and quietly left. Every year it gets worse. People only remember the gifts, the parties, to eat and drink, and nobody remembers me.

I would like this Christmas that you allow me to enter into your life. I would like that you recognize the fact that almost two thousand years ago I came into this world to give my life for you, on the cross, to save you. Today, I only want that you believe this with all your heart.

I want to share something with you. As many didn't invite me to their party, I will have my own celebration, a grandiose party that no one has ever imagined - a spectacular party. I'm still making the final arrangements.

Today I am sending out many invitations and there is an invitation for you. I want to know if you wish to attend and I will make a reservation for you and write your name with golden letters in my great guest book.

Only those on the guest list will be invited to the party. Those who don't answer the invite, will be left outside. Be prepared because when all is ready you will be part of my great party.

See you soon. I Love you,

Jesus is the reason for the season. Have a blessed Christmas!

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JATOBY51 12/21/2009 2:57PM

    I am glad that I am on that list, too~ I have been listed in that guest book for over 30 years!! And I look forward to His birthday celebration every year! Merry Christmas!
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BIGDAD1211 12/21/2009 9:48AM

    Great post! I am so glad that I am on the list!
Have a blessed and wonderful Christmas!
In Jesus Name
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This is a moment

Sunday, December 13, 2009

{hold my hand a little tighter, i'm afraid of losing grip. pull me in a little closer feel the beating of my chest. it feels safe here, i can cry here. i'm so glad you understand that there are moments when i need you a little more. Lean Your head a little closer, i want no one else to hear. There are things that i want to say that are only meant only for Your ears. It feels safe here, i can tell You, although You already know that i have moments that I need you a little more. I can use your arms around me now holding so tight. I know, but its so nice to hear child everything’s alright.} It’s in these moments I need You a little more.

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LIGHTHOUSE23 12/14/2009 11:24AM

    I loved this blog! Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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L-OSTER8 12/14/2009 12:08AM

  Fabulous blog . . . you have the courage to say what many others are thinking.

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Taking the rest of the week off

Thursday, December 03, 2009

I've missed two workouts this week, but I think my body needs the rest. My main focus these last few weeks was making sure I'm in bed at a decent hour so I could get in a good workout. I'm not knocking myself for missing the workouts, but these last few days I've been getting in 8 hours and missing my workouts. As I write this blog, I feel so exhausted and I still have to go back out the door for the evening. At least I have off tomorrow and will be able to sleep in.

On a good note, my personal challenge is well under way, except the lack of workouts this week.

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JATOBY51 12/4/2009 9:45AM

    I believe our bodies can 'speak' to us and tell us what they need. I missed a workout also this week. I was absolutely exhausted. I know myself well enough now to know if my body really needs to take a rest or if it is just being lazy. Praying for rest and refreshment for you.

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NEXTYEAR 12/3/2009 4:52PM

    Praying God will bless you both with His strength for the neccessary tasks at hand. Hugs emoticon

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BIGDAD1211 12/3/2009 4:48PM

    I feel like doing the same thing! I have not been getting my 8 hours and it is really affecting me during the day. My body knows that I am not getting enough rest. Going to try to get a better rest tonight and I pray that you get some too!

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GRANDMAMAOF3 12/3/2009 4:47PM

    That's always my problem; if I take a day off, I can't get started back, so I will do a shorter workout instead of none, then at least i'm getting in something.
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December Challenge-Goal

Monday, November 30, 2009

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Ho Ho Ho … time to unwrap the gift of healthy habits.

This challenge is to get me through Christmas! The incredible gift I will receive from fulfilling this challenge is that of motivation, healthy habits and a healthier bod. emoticon

Each day I have the chance to earn up to 10 points. And by the end of the month, I'll have the opportunity to earn up to 300 points. I came across this challenge on an OLD spark thread. I'm looking forward to this system to push me as individual and improve my workout routine with healthy eating habits.
Hmmmm, the reward?

This is how I will earn daily points (think I'll pick up some stickers and put them on a big calendar board):

*Meals – 1 point per clean/healthy meal / snack with a maximum of 5 points (meals).
*Water – 64 oz. of water daily for 1 point
*Sleep – 7 + hrs of sleep for 1 point
*Workout – for pushing play you get 1 point (max total 6 points each week)
*Intensity – if you not only pushed play but brought it you get 1 point (not available on rest days)
*Supplements/vitamins - 1 point total per day (max total 7 points each week)
*Rest day – 1 point for a scheduled rest day (max total 2 points each week). Each point would take place of my workout point for that day.

30 day goal:
* fit into my denim skirt that's gotten a little snugg
* begin and maintain healthy habits
Workout program: (continue with) Chalean Extreme

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MOV4WARD 11/30/2009 7:05PM

    emoticonGr8 challenge (& meal plan on your other blog :)

we had 4 days of feasting with people in from out of town, so struggling a bit today to get back to regular eating & living but so far so good!

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ASHLEYGRACE3 11/30/2009 3:05PM

    Good luck throughout meeting your December goals! You will look great in that denim skirt. I am currently trying to get back into my skinny black jeans - hopefully by the 25th!

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This week's meal ticket

Monday, November 30, 2009

Okay, my plan for the week (M-F) is here:

B - Raisin Bran, NF Milk, Hrd Boiled Egg, fruit

S - (2 choices daily): yogurt w/cottage cheese, hummus w/ sliced red bell pepper, roasted chickpeas, celery w/natural peanut butter or string cheese w/an orange

L - keeping it simple with soup(s) and a salad or leftovers (dinner) and a salad

S - (see above snack list)

D - these are my planned dinners for the week. Leftovers will either be frozen for later consumption or eaten the next day for lunch

15 minute Chicken & Brown Rice

Biggest Loser Baked Ziti

Crockpot Lentisl and Spinach

Simple Orange Roughy

Water Water Water ... the more I drink, the less hungry I feel!
Push Play Push Play ... it's the only way to take the fat away!

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COOP9002 11/30/2009 2:31PM

    Looks like you've got a plan. Hope you have a great week.

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