Sunday, March 07, 2010
I've been back from Florida for a couple of weeks, but dove into an 8-day intensive course in missions history only two days after I got back. Can you say jet lag? It was actually very good for me to be almost forced to adapt to the time zone right away. And as I posted on my status, I did not fall asleep in class. It was a very good course, but an awful lot of material to cram into 8 days. I gave a short presentation (in German) about Amy Carmichael and that kept me busy when I wasn't actually in class.
Now that the lecture part of the course is finished, I'm feeling the need for a rest. I have four weeks to complete the rest of the reading, and do the written assignments and turn them in, but have been taking it easy the past couple of days. Monday always comes soon enough, doesn't it!? It will be a full day at the language school. Tuesday I'll be back to hitting the books.
This Monday will also be my first weigh-in for the month - I don't think I'm going to be too happy with what the scale has to say. I've been back on track for a couple of days, and always keep up with exercise so it shouldn't be toooo bad. During my trip to the States and in the evenings after the lectures, I did some extreme snacking and I feel it. Daily exercise was non-strenuous for long stretches because of another cold bug. I can't wait to get back to running, especially outdoors if it ever warms up! We had a blizzard here Saturday and still have several inches of snow on the ground. I was really glad I didn't have to drive anywhere yesterday:
There's more to say about my trip, my goals, what the Lord has been doing in my life, and about some decisions I've made. Will share more as the week progresses!
Monday, February 08, 2010
The missions conference was amazing. The congregation treated us like royalty. I've been eating constantly for a week. Time to stop the calorie intake madness. Good that it's only a week and not a lifestyle! The spiritual food - messages, fellowship, worship - was even more delicious and satisfying. I can never get enough of that kind of nourishment!
I've also been enjoying my early morning walks/runs. The temps have been quite cool here but have made for perfect running weather. It's so good to be able to work out outdoors again! Germany has been just too icy and snowy, and that stubborn January cold put a kink in my exercise schedule. Today I'll head for the beach after Bible Study. Ahhhh. God is good!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I leave a week from today for a three-week trip to the States. I've got a lot to do before I leave and not much energy for it. I'm on my second round of antibiotics this month! Ugh! I really don't like taking them but, with my health history, it's necessary. I am feeling much better than a few days ago, but still doing a lot of heavy resting.
I need to be productive this weekend, even if I'm not able to get everything done that I want to. I'm not OVERwhelmed, just WHELMED. (Yes, it is a word! I looked it up!) I have a list of what I'd like to get done today but I know that I probably won't be able to finish it.
In the past, I remember being led to pray, "Lord, show me what I need to do TODAY to have a sense of victory."
I think I need to pray that way again. Too often lately, even at the end of a very busy day, I find myself wanting to do just one more thing: answer one more email, do one more household chore, get in a few more minutes of exercise, read one more chapter.
There are times when a little extra push can make a big difference in reaching a goal. I remember a few months back when I came up a little short of my one-month cardio minutes goal. I saw that, if I had just exercised two more minutes a day, I would have made it! That encouraged me to do just a bit more on those days when my schedule and energy level permitted.
But what I'm talking about is more of a giving in to an unhealthy kind of "drivenness." Gordon MacDonald talks about this is "Ordering Your Private World." He contrasts being driven with being CALLED. He gives the example of John the Baptist whose "call demanded submission to God's ways, God's methods, and God's criteria for success."
What are God's criteria for success for me, just for today? Instead of making a TODO list and then asking him to give it his stamp of approval, maybe just slowing down and praying for his direction and priorities is a good place to start.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Another interesting study I came across in a "healthy living" magazine this week: According to psychological researchers Stephen LePore and Joshua Smyth, people who regularly put their thoughts and feelings down on paper tend to be healthier!
Their studies show that those who practice expressive writing have improved immune systems, lung function and don't need to go to the doctor as often. It has also been shown that, during writing, there is increased activity in the area of the brain that is especially important in the reduction of negative emotions.
So, let's blog away, fellow Sparkers! It seems that there's strong clinical evidence that we're doing something for our healthy lifestyles when we do!
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