Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Keep building yourself up, keep strong, keep your faith strong. Hugs to all today.
Jude 1:20-21 (NKJV) 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
It is so important that we be strong and build up our faith.
Keeping our faith strong means that doubt has no place in us. It means that our trust in God is stronger than the lies that the enemy tries to plant in our minds.
Strong faith helps us to be victorious in our battles, even when those battles seem so very long and hard.
Strong faith gives us the fortitude to press in and push through when our flesh just wants to give up and lay down.
Strong faith will help us live a victorious life until the day we meet Jesus.
So how do we develop strong faith? How do we take our weak, little tiny faith and build it into battle-worthy faith that carries us through the trials and tough times in our lives?
First, we never, ever give up on God. It's not an option. We cling to Him, no matter what comes our way.
Second, we spend time with Him. We share our heart with Him. We listen for His voice, and when we hear it, we obey Him. We follow His leading in everything.
And finally, we stay in His word. We read it as often as we can, taking it in and making it part of our being... part of our existence. It becomes a very part of our thought process.
As we determine in our heart that we will never give up, we spend time with Him, talking and listening and then doing, and we make His word a part of us, we will have strong faith.
And when our faith is strong, we will be strong.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time stopped for about a year for me when I was 18/19. Three weeks after I turned 19, I gave my newborn son up for adoption. Most of the year of 1972 was lost forever to me. But time marches on, and you have to learn the steps to keep up with the band. When I returned home and started a new job, I had just turned 19. My boss was 32, and I remember vividly that I thought he was old. A couple of years later, I changed jobs, a better job with better pay, and my boss was 40. He was really old to me, me then 21. He had a 10 year old son and I couldn't believe such an old man could have a young son. LOL. Perspective I guess. I wonder what I thought a person of 60 was, probably ancient. But at 60, I mentally feel like I did at 21. I look in the mirror and think "I don't look bad", but see me in photos and see an old lady. Gravity has taken over. I sometimes wish I could just grab ahold of my skin at the top of my head, pull everything up back into place, tie it all off, and cut off the excess. I am a senior now. But I don't feel like a senior, that is 70. But I am sure at 70, I will change that age to 80. And hopefully at 80, I will be able to say a senior is 90. In order for my body to stay young and take a few steps back toward what my mind feels like, I need to stay fit. I am eating better, and getting some exercise (I need to up that exercise part though). One thing I have found out at 60 is that God has given me so many gifts. Gifts I didn't always think were gifts at the time. Yes, I have had a difficult journey, but others have had it worse. I had a tumultuous life, it has felt like a roller coaster. But I have also had fun and gained lots of experience. I thank God today that I am looking forward to the future, thanking Him for His hand of protection over me all of these years. I have liked this roller coaster ride, and I look forward to the rest of it. I pray that the steep downhill drop offs have ended and that from now on there are only twists and turns that make like fun and interesting. I can't wait to see what He has planned for me next!
Monday, April 21, 2014
I have lost half of the weight I initially wanted to lose. However, I have had to readjust my overall goal picture. I was hoping to be down to 125 by Christmas. Here it is, almost the end of April, and I have been pretty much stuck at between 157 and 159 since Thanksgiving. I could let that depress me and go into a real eating binge. But I am not going to do that. I only put in half of an effort, eating right, and not exercising (besides the walks I take which aren't always very long nor every day). So if I only put in half the effort, it is only fitting that I reap only half the rewards. I could stay where I am and be happy. And lazy. I really would like to tone up and lose a few more pounds. I have readjusted my goal to reach 125 by next April 1st. But if I don't I am not going to beat myself up. I am just going to readjust it again. I will not obsess and make myself miserable. I plan to enjoy life, but I also plan to get in shape. It will happen. It just won't happen as quickly as I'd like. But I am ok with that. As long as I keep pushing towards the goal, I am a winner!
Sunday, April 20, 2014
I have always loved Christmas and Easter. As a child, that meant toys and/or LOTS of candy. I remember a basket full of candy, and not the cheap crap they pawn off now as chocolate. At least that is one good thing I can say about my mom is that she made those two days very memorable for us. I remember vividly the huge panorama eggs we would get in our basket too. I wish they would have been preservable, but being made out of sugar, that wouldn't have been feasible. (And of course they weren't edible.) But I love those two days even more now because of the significance that I understand of the birth and death of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without His life and sacrifice for us, we would have no hope. But He sacrificed HIS life in our place so that we could have eternal life. Took the punishment WE deserve so that we wouldn't have to. Thank you, Jesus, for the horrible and wonderful gift. Happy Easter to all of you out there in SparkLand!!!
Saturday, April 19, 2014
I am sure for some people it wasn't an issue. For others it was a total let down. For others it was probably a relief. It POURED yesterday and pretty much all night off and on. Since my church planned both an Easter Egg hunt and tomorrow's church service OUTSIDE on a football field, wouldn't you think when it rained yesterday that they would cancel the egg hunt and move it up to Sunday? I guess they were hoping for a miracle with the field drying overnight. But when we all got there this morning at 9 am, it was a sloppy, muddy mess. They obviously don't have event planning down even a fraction, because the lattice that I was planning on her getting for a backdrop fell through (she was unable to get any for some reason) too. Service is at 10 am tomorrow, so they are planning on just having the kids do the craft part of it before service and hand out bags of candy and do cupcake decorating (won't that be fun with new Easter clothes on). So I have taken the planning (last minute) into my own hands and do as much as I can at the last minute. I am going to grab them all coming in to do family photos. I went to Lowe's and bought two fence sections that I am going to secure into some concrete blocks and then use white netting to cover the blocks. They are supposed to have flowers tomorrow, we'll see. I didn't have the money to buy flowers too (nor the space in my car). Just having a nice group picture for many people will be good. Especially when it is free. But as a photographer, it kills me knowing there wasn't any planning that went into the photo shoot that they planned. I do know there were a lot of disappointed kids when they got to the football field after we left to see it cancelled, and maybe even a lot of angry people now with the church. I hope not, and pray God will bring them back tomorrow and ease their frustration and disappointment with the cancellation.
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