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?!
Saturday, August 04, 2007
We had Kids Day Camp at the language school this past week. It's a chance for the kids to have fun and learn some English in a fun setting. For me, it's a nice change from the usual business English lessons for adults. I taught the kids on M, Th and Fr. While it's fun, it's also exhausting and, when the sessions were over in the afternoon, I found myself being "mouth hungry". I had packed my lunches, but still had this urge to snack. The leftovers from the kids' snacks were there on the table in the teacher's room --- and I indulged. But, fortunately, the leftovers were radishes one day and carrot sticks the next! Someone's watching out for me.
After a good 9 hours sleep last night, I'm feeling much fitter this morning. I might even say "yes" when they ask me to do the next day camp at the end of August.
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