Monday, June 18, 2007
Do we ever stop learning patience? Today, during one of my music lessons, the Lord convicted me of my impatience. This little girl is a dreamer, quite unconcentrated and really only comes to piano lessons because her mother wants her to. She often comes lates and misses lessons. And when she is there, she makes it obvious in so many ways that she would rather be almost anywhere than sitting at that piano! I have spoken to the mom about it, but she has asked me to keep trying till the end of the school year, at least.
I realized today while I was working with her on her little "Elephant Waltz" that I had in some ways, taken a cue from this little girl's attitude, and had adopted an impatient, not at all encouraging tone with her. I really felt the Lord spoke to my heart to change that and I did, although the actual words I spoke were probably not a lot different. I could sense immediately that she was trying harder, and was more motivated to do a good job with the help of the tips and support I gave her.
Why am I sharing this here on SP? Because I believe it's the participation here that has helped me to tune into many areas of "stinking thinking" that the Lord wants me to renew, not just in the area of health, nutrition and fitness. Like Romans 12:2 says, I'm not to be conformed to this world: but transformed by the renewing of my mind, that I may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. That's my prayer today - transform me! Not just so that I feel better about myself, but so that I can be a positive force in the lives of others.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Today I wore the jeans that have been hanging on the back of the wardrobe door since I joined SP! I'm wearing them for the first time in about 5 years. Reading other people's pages and posts, it seems that a getting into a favorite pair of jeans is something lots of people aim for.
For me, fitting into the navy blue knit dress will be the next goal, so it's taking the place of the jeans as my visual motivation on the back of the wardrobe door where I can see it every morning.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Several times today, I had the sense that God was with me, and that he was smiling. I don't know how else to describe it. There was the moment in the shop where I bought a pair of cheap espadrilles and the salesgirl was rude to me. I bit my tongue and wasn't snippy back, and it would have easy to have done so on such a sweltering hot day. In fact, that's why I bought the espadrilles. My feet were so uncomfortable in my other shoes, that I invested in the light canvas things. That really made my day go better!
While preparing for my lessons at the language school, I noticed that one of my business English students was going to be having her 100th lesson this afternoon. I thought of bringing her a little treat of some kind, but, in the busyness of the day, I forgot. When I arrived at her office for the lesson, she brought me the usual glass of water - and a piece of fresh apricot cake that we split. And she hadn't even known that we had something to celebrate! That was especially handy because I had forgotten to pack the apples and protein bar that I meant to have as a snack, and was a little concerned about getting hungry on the way home. I just substituted the cake!
When I left Karin's office, I almost missed the tram because I had to wait for the automat to print out my ticket. The driver actually waited for me! That NEVER happens here - in fact, I think there are a lot of drivers who get pleasure out of pulling away when they see people rushing to catch their tram. Was this a "reward" for not being sharp with the salesgirl earlier in the day? I don't believe in karma - but I do believe in God smiles. When I got to the train station for the last leg of my commute home, I thought I would have to wait a half hour for the next train. But the train before it had a 5-minute delay meaning that I was still able to catch it and get home 30 minutes earlier. Another smile!
And when I got home and went to update my calorie tracker - the total including Karin's cake was exactly 1550 - the top of my range. With this eating plan I can have my cake and still be faithful to my goals and successful in reaching them. I think that's what God wanted me to know and he has such wonderfully serendipitous ways of getting his point across.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
This is usually a time when - if I'm not visiting friends - I catch up on email, maybe take a nap, go for a walk, and then begin planning for the week ahead.
Today is no different, but I keep thinking about 2 weeks from now when I'll be getting ready to take a two-week intensive course at the seminary. I know the subject will be interesting and I'm looking forward to that, but I'm concerned about maintaining my good eating and exercise habits, along with getting in the all the reading and studying.
Time to start eliminating all "peripheral" activities, get the apartment in order, and get a few projects taken care of so that I can do my best in the course. For the first time in ages, I was brave enough to make a monthly goal list. I need to print that out and hang it somewhere visible to help me keep focussed!
Almost forgot - went to Ikea yesterday and finally ordered the chaise and sleeper sofa I've needed for so long! When I sat on the chaise (called "recammiére in the catalog), I was so happy because it felt so right. It will be my comfortable reading, writing, studying, tv-watching, listening-to-music place. It will be so nice to have furniture in the living room again after months of sitting on lawn chairs. :)
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Yesterday, I had an appointment with one of the personal trainers at the fitness studio (what we call "the gym" in Germany). This is a luxury I won't often be indulging in, but I wanted someone to help me put together a individual strength program that takes into consideration my problem zones and weak spots, and to have her really show me how to do the exercises correctly to avoid injury. At 55, and with some of my history, I felt like this was an important step and a wise investment.
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