Monday, September 03, 2007
I'm fighting a uti and unfortunately had to start antibiotics today. I was down 3 pounds on the scale so that cheered me up some on this rainy, cold day. I'm feeling somewhat better this evening but am really looking forward to my heating pad and bed!
When I'm feeling sick (not just tired, but sick), I tend to look for comfort in food. Fortunately, I had made a big pot of black bean soup yesterday - so that was comforting enough to keep me from eating cake or the other temptations that were thrown my way today. As a snack, I did have one of the whole wheat muffins I made myself. But it was amazing that today two people brought cake to share for different reasons (1 having a birthday, 1 celebrating her permanent hire as secretary at the language school) when we can go weeks without having any shared treats. Today was my day to face temptation. Funny that was the theme on One Day Challenge today, too. Thankful for the Lord's sustaining power and help in resisting. It would have been so easy to blow it today.
The three pound loss was good news after another 3-week plateau. My df and prayer partner has altered some clothes for me so I can start wearing the "new" stuff tomorrow. I've been getting tired of baggy pants.
Lots of things to pray for on Wednesday: that same df for her job interview, another df for her tummy tuck surgery (a weight loss success!), and the church's special community kids program.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I've hit another plateau but I'm pretty sure I'll break through next week. I think one thing that has caused it is lack of sleep. I'm just not getting enough sleep at night. I blame it on my current crazy schedule and make all kinds of other excuses, but the thing is, I just need to go to bed earlier. So that's what I'm going to do. Now.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Who am I? This is what God's word says about me:
I am the salt of the earth. (Matt. 5:13)
I am the light of the world. (Matt. 5:14)
I am a child of God. (John 1:12)
I am part of the true vine, a channel of Christ's life. (John 15:1,5)
I am Christ's friend. (John 15:15)
I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit. (John 15:16)
I am a slave of righteousness. (Rom. 6:18)
I am enslaved to God. (Rom. 6:22)
I am a daughter of God; God is spiritually my Father. (Rom 8:14,15; Gal. 3:26; 4:6)
I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him. (Rom. 8:17)
I am a temple - a dwelling place - of God. His Spirit and His life dwells in me. (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19)
I am united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him. (1 Cor. 6:17)
I am a member of Christ's body. (1 Cor. 12:27; Eph. 5:30)
I am a new creation. (2 Cor. 5:17)
I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation. (2 Cor. 5:18, 19)
I am a daughter of God and one in Christ. (Gal. 3:26,28)
I am an heir of God since I am a daughter of God. (Gal. 4:6,7)
I am a saint. (Eph. 1:1, 1 Cor. 1:2; Phil. 1:1; Col. 1:2)
I am God's workmanship - His handiwork - born anew in Christ to do His work. (Eph. 2:10)
I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God's family. (Eph. 2:19)
I am a prisoner of Christ. (Eph. 3:1; 4:1)
I am righteous and holy. (Eph. 4:24)
I am a citizen of heaven, seated in heaven right now. (Phil. 3:20; Eph. 2:6)
I am hidden with Christ in God. (Col. 3:3)
I am an expression of the life of Christ because He is my life. (Col. 3:4)
I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. (Col. 3:12; 1 Thess. 1:4)
I am a daughter of light and not of darkness. (1 Thess. 5:5)
I am a holy partaker of a heavenly calling. (Heb. 3:1)
I am a partaker of Christ; I share in His life. (Heb. 3:14)
I am one of God's living stones, being built up in Christ as a spiritual house. (1 Pet. 2:5)
I am a member of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own posseesion. (1 pet. 2:9,10)
I am an alien and stranger to this world in which I temporarily live. (1 Pet. 2:11)
I am an enemy of the devil. (1 Pet. 5:8)
I am a child of God and I will resemble Christ when he returns. (1 John 3:1,2)
I am born of God, and the evil one - the devil - cannot touch me. (1 John 5:18)
I am not the great "I am" (Ex. 3:14; John 8:24, 28, 58), but by the grace of God, I am what I am. (1 Cor. 15:10)
....adapted from"Victory over the Darkness" by Neil Anderson
Thursday, August 16, 2007
You could say it's the calm before the storm. Next week is kids' English camp again (yes, I said "yes" again!)
I'm enjoying the fact that I no longer have my project looming in the background and that I've had an easier schedule at the language school this week. I've been able to catch up on my sleep - if that is truly possible - and realizing how important that is for my well-being: my mood, my energy level, even the way my skin feels!
Getting closer to goal weight and that feels good. I don't have the money for any new clothes at the moment, but I've been to a couple stores just trying stuff on for fun - something I rarely do. A friend is making some alterations for me. If those things turn out well, I'll have her do a few more. I'd rather pay her than buy new anyway - it's a savings for me and a blessing for her (she's on unemployment).
Hold me accountable for making and keeping two appointments please - dentist and lung doctor. OK?
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Sent my final project off as an email attachment on Friday morning at 2:30 AM. It feels good to have that finished. Now I have no excuses to stay up too late and I'm going to get serious about getting to bed earlier. I want to get better about this because I still have a bunch of semester hours to go, and I'm really getting too old to pull all-nighters. (I wonder if they still call it that!?)
On the other hand, the early morning hours are nice and quiet without distractions. And I know that I need good, long blocks of time for writing projects. Just like with food and exercise, it takes planning, I know. Now I've got to put what the Lord has been teaching me about discipline and consistency to work in this area of my life as well - with his help and that of SP.
OH - and I was asked if I'd be interested in turning the project I just finished into a handbook for a course "in real life!" How cool is that?!
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