My sister in Christ, dear friend, and "spiritually adopted" sister Vicky Campos would always use this phrase in response to the usual greeting of "How are you?" I met her first in 2006, the first time I went to Chiclayo with her flesh-n-blood sister Sabina and brother-in-law Pastor Jorge Samelvino. That first time I was put up in a hotel, but her father said, "She must be so lonely, all by herself - the next time she comes, she has to stay HERE." "Papito Maximo" adopted ME as HIS "spiritual daughter" the following summer when I returned to Chiclayo. I have become very close to Vicky and Sabina since then. And when asked how I am, I try to remember Vicky's declaration.
This is a little video of my "home away from home" in Chiclayo:
I can't begin to count the ways I am blessed. But since this is my Spark blog, I'll mention some things having to do with THAT. Spark itself is such a blessing, and it's a blessing to be able to have my own PC and internet at home. The tracking has been a great help. The articles have helped me, AND my sparkbuddy daughter Raptormelon/Glitterfairy, to make wiser selections in the grocery store and meal planning.
I'm a Teacher Assistant, so I don't get super grand wages. BUT, after tithing (yes, 10% BEFORE taxes) I am able to meet my financial obligations and sometimes even help Levi, and even do an occasional special (HEALTHY) treat.That's the FINACIAL prosperity. I am prospering SPIRITUALLY - drawing closer to my Lord, more in love with Him. My SOUL is prospering, as I just enjoy life in general, even with all its trials and tribulations- see yesterday's blog! - (of course, Jesus Christ has everything to do with THAT, too!)
En Victoria/In Victory:
I have managed to keep my sodium within limits for six out of seven days, thanks to Spark's nutrition tracker so I can plan my meals. When I stepped on the scale this morning, it was TWO-OH-FOUR. It is always hardest to break through those 5-pound marks: It seemed I'd never get below 220...215....210....and then 205! I hope to hit 200 by the end of the month! Also, I tried on my "skinny jeans" - some size 16's that I've held onto from when I'd managed to get as low as 180 before injuring myself and the slow creep back up. With pulling in my tummy I was actually able to FASTEN them. NOT zip - YET. But I FASTENED them! That's a PHYSICAL victory.
A victory of soul and spirit - hard to distinguish - is the peace about Levi's situation.And I called him the following day to see what was going on. He sounded hopeful that his case was being considered - he is caring for his ailing, elderly parents, he has his own health issues, and he has had periods of unemployment. "I don't know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future."
Vicky and I, on our way to the Telesferico in Quito, Ecuador, 2011