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Rules to live by

Monday, November 12, 2007


Daily Rules from God
1. Wake Up!! Decide to have a good day. "Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalms 118:24

2. Dress Up!! The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart." I Samuel 16:7

3. Shut Up!! Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. "He who guards his lips guards his soul." Proverbs 13:3

4 .. Stand Up!!... For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything. "Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..." Galatians 6:9-10

5. Look Up!!... To the Lord.
"I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me." Phillippians 4:13

6. Reach Up!!... For something higher. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, And He will direct your path."
Proverbs 3:5-6

7. Lift Up!!... Your Prayers.
"Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING."
Philippians 4:6

Whether we believe in God or not, these are good rules to live by and apply to all of us.
The Golden Rule : Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
I remember when this was a rule posted up in our classrooms and everyday at the start of class we recited this rule as well as the Lord's prayer. Sadly it is no longer "appropriate".

Have a wonderful blessed day all.

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DEBHOLLA 11/12/2007 6:17PM

    What a wonderful way to start your day. Alas, I remember when the Lord's Prayer, the ten commandments and the Golden Rule were all discussed in class. Thanks for sharing. - Debbie

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NJMATTICE 11/12/2007 12:50PM

    Thanks for that great reminder. I'll be copying and pasting that baby on the bathroom mirror. ( I can hear the family grumbling right now and I'm ready. "Hey, this is my bathroom, if you don't like the sign, use your own bathroom. " Dear husband will say "it's my bathroom too," and I'll say "get on your own side!" Thanks Wanda. And you've reminded me that not only have I been given the responsibility for the food served in this house, I am also responsible for providing other healthy nourishment. Whether it's eaten or not, I cannot control. But I will serve it with a glad heart, for that is my "job". As Lao Tsu says: If you wan to accord with the Tao (or Way), just do your job, then let go. (ah, if it were just that easy! I'm getting there!)

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Learning to grow...

Friday, November 09, 2007

As I was focusing on the positive in my day, I came across this passage and thought...Yes...this is what life is all about. I hope you find inspiration in it also.

You can notice your thoughts, use them, learn from them, and find value in them. Yet you do not have to let them hold you back.
You can experience your feelings, explore their depths and find richness in them. Yet you do not have to let them stop you in any way.

You are free to act, free to think, free to love, free to move in the direction of whatever you choose. Nothing outside of you or inside of you can take that freedom away unless you let it.

When you find yourself building limitations in your mind, know that you have the power and ability to allow those limitations to dissolve completely away. When you feel yourself creating resistance, understand that you can just as easily release that resistance.

You are free at any time to take something toward which you've felt negative and turn it into a positive influence in your life. You are free to change, to grow, to learn and to create.

When you feel stuck, let that feeling be, and then you can just as easily let it go. Whatever happens, keep reminding yourself that freedom is always an option, real and available to you.

-- Ralph Marston

It's all about choices and creating our lives the way we dream them to be. Think, then speak your desires into being. We alone have the power to change things in our lives, to create what we want. Our only limitations are not dreaming big enough and choosing to be negative.
Make each day the best that you can dream.

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ABIGAILROSE1 11/12/2007 5:35AM

    Wanda...how great this was! I just finished 'whining' on my blog, and logged on to see how you were, and this just hit the nail on the head. Thank you, it does inspire as it should...Have a great day!

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FLUFF-N-STUFF 11/11/2007 10:47PM

    You find the coolest things to help us, thanks

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NJMATTICE 11/11/2007 10:42PM

    Thanks for the nourishment. I think that filling up on the "good stuff" is the only way to stop the "hunger". Thanks for the inpsiration.
- NJ

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NUTMEG25 11/10/2007 9:12PM

    I am so glad you like my blog. Yours is positive too. Yesterday I had to choose to put my young dog (9) down because he slipped on our wood floor and parolized himself from the middle down. I took the time to feel the pain & loss, looked at the advantages for him & for me, hugged on my hubby, and only ate a little something to sooth the pain....Not like I would normaly have done. This was a big step for me in many ways.
Hugs, Meg

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DEBHOLLA 11/10/2007 9:49AM

    How easy it is to forget, though, that ultimately life is what you make it and you can choose your own path. That has been the hardest thing for me all of my life. Not that I didn't try different paths, but once I had chosen a path or direction, I had trouble letting myself revel in the moment, let myself be happy for myself. Thanks for sharing that passage with all of us. - Debbie

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MARLA7 11/10/2007 4:22AM

    Wanda - Thank you for sharing that. I really liked that article. Freedom. We all have the choice. I like what you wrote at the end: "Make each day the best that you can dream" Good words to live by. Thanks for sharing this my friend! I hope all is well with you. Marla

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The fight goes on...

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Feeling a bit drained this morning even after a night's sleep, so heading out the door soon to go for a walk to clear the cobwebs and commune with God. Took some time off yesterday afternoon and went to see Diana. Didn't stay too long as she is very tired. What a blessing though that the habitual cigarette was not in her hand, especially as she is hooked up to oxygen. I accepted Drill Master Ron's challenge to 10,000 calories burned in the month of November...I knew that by posting my acceptance...I would then be motivated to do my exercising. Once I give my word on something, I follow through come hell or high water...knew it was what I needed to do, so thank you Drill Master Ron.
I will continue to cultivate a positive attitude and seek the blessings in each day. Please do the same.

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ABIGAILROSE1 11/5/2007 7:00PM

    Wanda- I read a couple of the other responses on your spark page...and couldn't help but see the reference to Hospice. I am a Hospice Nurse...If you would like to ask me anything I would be more than glad to offer what I know. I love my job, it gives me great satisfaction to assist patients and families during this most important journey. I lost my Dad to cancer when I was 9, and I still remember how painful that was...I will do anything to spare anyone that kind of hurt. I am not sure what you have going on, but know you have a new friend, with some Hospice knowledge that would be more than glad to help.

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NJMATTICE 11/5/2007 11:29AM

    Keeping the fires of positivity burning for you! Here's the blessing I have found this morning, by visiting here: I see a wonderful woman who is working very hard to keep a positive attitude in the face of her current challenges and I have gained inspiration. That's the blessing I have received. I will dedicate my positive healthy choices to you today. Remembering to hold you up as I do my very best.
Love you.

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NUTMEG25 11/3/2007 10:57PM

    As a former Hospice person , I know how difficult it is but there are rewards and closeness that will last on too. I went through this with my Step-Dad and Mom. I got so very close to my Step-Dad, more than I thought I could. At first I didn't want to deal with the pain he was going through. When I made myself break through that part of it and concentrated on him and what he wanted to tell me. It became a beautiful time together...especially since I knew how much he loved the Lord. I will be in prayer for them and you.....Hope this encourages some. Hugs, Meg

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2STEPSFORWARD 11/3/2007 9:55PM

    Wanda, I'm so sorry to hear you're going through such a difficult time - something like this is very draining, indeed, no matter how much sleep you get. But I'm so proud of you for keeping up with your exercise and healthy eating, and keeping a positive attitude - all of that self-care will help keep you strong so that you'll be able to be there for your friend and her husband. Diana is very lucky to have you for a friend, and your friends here at Spark are very fortunate, too, to be able to share in your thoughts, be inspired by your strength and positive attitude, and offer our prayers and support. Hang in there, and believe in the best. ~ Amy

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DEBHOLLA 11/3/2007 2:10PM

    It's so hard when something emotionally draining happens in ones life to stay on track. I'm so proud of you for your perseverance. Good to hear that your friend didn't have the ever-present cigarette in her hand with the oxygen. That is so dangerous. I had a friend with COPD who was still smoking right up until the last few days. I was always afraid she would blow the house up. Keep peace and faith with God. Hugs, Debbie

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Difficult day emotionally

Friday, November 02, 2007

It's been a difficult day emotionally, as a result I have had to force myself to eat at least close to my calorie allotment and to drink my water and still go to my aquasizes tonight. I spent some time on the phone at work this morning talking with my friend's husband about her illness. He has been in denial up until today when she took a turn for the worse. He so needs some support and my prayer for him is that he gets some. My energy is focused right now on Diana and her needs. Lol and I at least were able to finally be honest about how serious this is and that when her time does come that he needs to be strong enough to tell her that it is okay to let go, that she has fought a good fight and he is proud of her battle. She is fighting going into a hospital and wants to die at home, the strain on Lol is tremendous at this point. She refused again today, despite now being diagnosed with pneumonia. The doctor has set her up now with oxygen at home and we go one day at a time. I need your support and prayers for strength as I continue to be there for Diana. For the next while I will continue to check in, but may not be as active on the posts. I will stay on track, today was just a blimp. Thanks for being here for me.

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JANJAN1953 11/2/2007 12:05PM

    You may not realize how much your support, prayers, and just being there mean to your friend and her husband. After going through a similar situation with my husband's illness and death earlier this year, I realized how much I needed my friends and how surprised I was that they cared so much. My husband's best friend told me that I was a very strong woman, but he was wrong....I was only strong because he held me up and allowed me to lean on him. I will never ever forget how much our friends came through and are still coming through for me. Bless you.

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Just get it done!

Monday, October 29, 2007

When I decided to join SP I knew that I didn't want another diet, if this was all SP was going to be then "no thanks". I read a bit and realized that this was not a diet but a lifestyle change. I had to get it sorted out in my own mind whether I was ready to make a total commitment to something. There was more going on here than I realized...this definitely wasn't a diet, but could I do this and would this work. I had tried and failed so many times before that it was a real struggle to face the fear of failing. It wasn't so much the food choices that bothered me, it was the exercise! Changing a learned life pattern...wow that was going to be hard!

Well as you can see, I did decide to take the chance. After all, I was lead to SP for a purpose and that was to work on my outer package. To get real about what I needed to do to be a whole healthy person. The inner self was doing better, but I needed to learn to love the outer self too, that was going to involve some serious work. I had been working (and still am) on learning how attitude affects every part of who we are and how we navigate through life.

The word "exercise", boy that was going to be a doosy! How was I ever going to get around that one! I had to think about it real hard, exercise=negative=poor health, okay how was I going to make exercise=positive=great health. I knew that my greatest excuse for not exercising was always "later" and of course "later" has a way of never appearing. Drastic measures were going to have to be taken!

I decided that for every "later" that I exhibt, it was going to cost me 5 extra minutes of exercise. Now that might sound like I was using "exercise" as a punishment...nope it was going to become my motivation. Yes exercise was now going to =positive!
Sure...who's going to hold me accountable...Surprisely enough...I do! That inner voice of righteousness, actually yells at me to stop being lazy and just get it done. I have never been a true procrastinator and I do recall on several occasions saying to my children...just get it done and then you can play! So I put my plan of action into place and voila! 2.5 months down the road, my attitude has changed towards exercise and living healthy. I must confess....I am actually enjoying exercise! My body moves more easily and quickly, I have eliminated to date 24 pounds and 10.5 inches...now there's added motivation for me!

Thank you SP for being here and for all my SP friends that help me to remain positive and motivated.

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NJMATTICE 10/30/2007 12:33PM

    Love that Nike attitude. I was reading yesterday. And I think I found a new motto from the Tao Te Ching. "If you want to accord with the Tao, just do your job, then let go." The gift of SP for me has been that they have outlined my job for me. I wasn't sure what my job was before. Now I know what it is. Basically, eat between 1200 and 1700 calories a day and Burn 1020 calories a week. And be an encourager. Sounds like you know what your job is. And finding ways to keep motivated. Keep up the good work my Sparking Pal. I am so glad to be on the journey with you.

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MEYCHEY 10/29/2007 10:53PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog. A commitment to health is exactly what we need and that you use your 'later' for added exercise time as a motivator rather than a punishment is quite novel. It is indeed great that the benefits we receive from healthy living just increase our motivation to continue with the healthy choices. Woo Hoo to you!

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DEBHOLLA 10/29/2007 10:34PM

    I know what kept me from taking the plunge was fear of failure. I finally decided that I had to do it -- I had to make a change -- and if I fail, well, at least I tried. And what did our mothers tell us? If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again. That's my new mantra. SP is really helping; just logging my calories and exercise spurs me to do better. I've always been a procrastinator but I realized this is one thing that I just couldn't put off any longer if I want to live to see my grandchildren grow up. That's what motivates me; that's what tells me I have to do it; that I have to try. The scale didn't move this morning but maybe it will tomorrow. . . Wanda, you sound like you've got your inner self under control and in a good place. How great that must feel! I always feel like I am a work in progress.

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