Thursday, January 15, 2015

Check in.

January 15th check in.

Down 5 pounds wish I could get blood work results to know it is making a difference. Losing some curves where I would prefer to keep them.

I was able to organize 2 cabinets in my kitchen and put aside some things for a yard sale.

Walking 10 days out of the last 17.

Bible reading - not too much.

Had sister dinner this past Tuesday. Yummy. We went to P. F. Chang's and I had their Oolong broiled sea bass with spinach. Not low calorie but low fat and low carb.

Looking forward to a Ladies event at church where I will be on a panel discussing preparing for and taking care of your aging parents.

 can do all things through Christ who 
strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Not resolutions but lifestyle changes.

I am not one to make new year resolutions. Usually my new year resolution consists of simple non life changing things like wear nail polish on my toes more often. Two weeks ago I went for my normal 6 month check up at the endocrinologist, and the PA added regular blood work (cholesterol and triglycerides) to my usual T4 and T3. As usual the numbers came back too high. In the past these numbers have been attributed to thyroid being out of whack and I had been encouraged to exercise more. Years ago I was faithful in walking 3 miles a day 3 or more times a week. Life changes and other people have taken priority over me. 
This appointment was right in the middle of a 48 hour "me" time. This is the first time I have ever been away just me by myself with no other friends or family members. I determined that I needed this time and the hubby concurred - to not have to take care of someone else - to not have to be there for someone - to not have to listen to anyone else - to just be. So while on this little get away I listed a few changes that I would like to make. 

Health 

The PA has ordered new blood work to be done in 3 months. She asked me to make lifestyle changes. Exercise more and reduce fat and carbohydrate intake. Things I need to reduce eating: sugar, potatoes, bread, butter, egg yolks, cheese (I love CHEESE), dressing, mayo. You get the idea. Things I need to eat more of: vegetables, fruit (but only 3 servings per day since the sugar can turn into triglyceride), lean protein, olive oil, nuts and seeds. I downloaded an app to my phone so I can always have it with me it helps me to track calories, water and exercise, fats and sodium. It even has a place where you can scan a bar code to help identify the food.  Exercise. I have started walking at one of our city's rec centers for 45 minutes in the morning after making sure the boys get to school. My goal is 4 times or more a week. So far I have lost 2 pounds. 

House

Since the death of my hubby's step-father in June of 2011 and us having to help care for his mother my house has gone by the wayside as far as being really clean and clutter has taken over. I would like to work on a room a month to organize, purge and clean. I am hoping a half hour every day will help me get through the entire house. Thought I would start on the kitchen but deciding now that I need to start on the garage to get a yard sale pile started. 

Personal Study Time

Truthfully I have been bad about spending time in God's word. I have conversation with Him all day and I recognize his prompting me. I did attend a Ladies Bible Study this past Fall and we are starting another book in a couple of weeks so that helps.

Reaching Out

I would like to plan a time to meet with friends socially at least once a month that is not a church or my children's school activity. This is a little hard for me. I can be shy at times.

Sister Time

The hubby's sisters and I already plan a monthly lunch or dinner and I want to continue that. Maybe I can post more about that and show what I ate that is more healthy.

Church

It has been about 6 months since I have attended a worship service at our church. We regularly attend Sunday School for Bible Study but the hubby's work makes it hard to stay for service. I miss worshiping in song. I hope to be able to go every other week when his mom is not staying with us.

I would like to evaluate at the end of each month to see how it is going. Probably will post about it to help me stay accountable.


Now for the most exciting news. My hubby has finally after 9 years at a job that has taken every ounce of steadfastness and perseverance while dealing with depression and disappointment
 accepted a position where he can use his skills and abilities that he learned while an apprentice for Operating Engineers (maintenance). This new position includes a raise and the 40 hour week is 4 ten hour days. He will continue to be on graveyard shift and he will have days off during the week. We are excited for this new chapter to begin and so thankful for God's provision. 


 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, 
because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 
Romans 5:3-4

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, 
after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you 
and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
1 Peter 5:10


Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!!

Here it is the first Friday of 2015 and I want to say Happy New Year!

There is so much happening in my life that I need some time to dwell on it so I can put it out here in a somewhat understandable manner. Am I overwhelmed? Yes! I am overwhelmed with God's guidance, provision and love. Life is about priorities and sometimes we just need to stop and focus on what is most important.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first 
and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself 
Matthew 22:37-39


Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas!! Thankfulness Thursday week 52 of 2014 - Finale

Today is December 26th.

I remembered to post yesterday early in the morning and then with all the activities and things to tend to around the house I totally forgot to post.

Today I am thankful for the Lord Jesus that came to save the world.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
 but to save the world through him. John 3:17

I am also thankful for my family. For the past ten plus years we have celebrated Christmas Day at our house. Since we have the youngest grand kids, we wanted our boys to be able to stay with their gifts on Christmas Day. It means a lot of work for me but it is so worth not having to leave the house (except to pick up my mom and bring her home again). My great grandfather on my mother's side came to America from Germany and we celebrate this heritage by having sauerbraten, red cabbage, and potato pancakes.

The hubby's mom, one of his sisters, her hubby. our youngest and my hubby.

My mom, our oldest, the hubby's other sister, her hubby and the hubby's mom again.

I most likely with not post until sometime in January. Have a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thankfulness Thursday Week 51 of 2014

Today I am thankful for my sisters.

I did not have sisters growing up. I had friends that have become lifelong friends and they are stretched from Alaska to Florida.

When I married my husband I gained two sisters. What a blessing they are to me. They are true sisters and we fight just like real siblings. We started meeting once a month for lunch when my oldest was just a baby. I need that girl time being surrounded by the hubby and two boys all the time.

One more week/post to go. Thankfulness Thursday it has stretched me and taught me there is so much to be thankful for.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thankfulness Thursday Week 50 of 2014

Today is December 11th.

WOW!! I've posted 50 times this past year of things I am thankful for. It has been hard at times and truthfully I am usually not prepared. Does it show? I know it does. Today I am thankful for the friendships I have had over the years. There are a few women that I have known since elementary school that I still keep in contact with. We do not live near each other and do not get to see each other often but always exchange Christmas cards. Since we live in a city that is near an Air Force base there are several people that we send cards to every year like the lady who played the music for our wedding and the neighbors whose children I baby sat. Relationships are important that is why the Lord made us to have relationship with Him and others.

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
Genesis 2:18

So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found.
Genesis 2:20

This time of year is hard for many due to relationships that are broken or loss of a loved one. Hold on to your friends and family, forgive and above all else love.


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thankfulness Thursday Week 49 of 2014

Today is December 4th.

Today I am thankful for Advent.

Celebrating Advent involves spending time in spiritual preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. In Western Christianity, the season of Advent begins on the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas Day, or the Sunday which falls closest to November 30, and lasts through Christmas Eve, or December 24.

30 years ago I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior during Advent. The Lord was with me throughout my young life protecting me and guiding me to Him. I was not raised in a "Christian" home. My dad decided that we should go to church and we went to Wesley United Methodist Church where I was in the children's choir and was an acolyte. We learned Bible stories and did crafts but I do not remember anyone talking to me about a personal relationship with Jesus. After a while I was the only one in my family going to church. We lived about 5 blocks away so I walked there and back each Sunday. Soon I decided that I would rather stay home and watch Shirley Temple movies. Fast forward to my senior year in high school where I attended my dad's wedding to his 3rd wife and was approached by their neighbor and also the associate pastor of College Park Baptist Church about attending church - they even offered to pick me up. After a couple of months I called the neighbor and asked to go. Just 2 or 3 weeks after that the Youth Leader came by my home during the weekly Monday Night Visitation and said "You should come forward." In Southern Baptist churches there is a time at the end of the service where everyone stands and sings a song or hymn and the pastors and leaders or deacons stand in the front to pray with people. I walked that aisle the next Sunday (or maybe I flew), prayed telling Jesus that I was a sinner, asked Him to forgive me and be my personal Lord and savior. 


If you are searching for something God may be calling you. I urge you to find a Bible and read the book of John. Here are a few verses to help you know that Christ died for you, He loves you and wants fellowship with you.



But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 

Romans 3:23-24

 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:9

for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:13

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

Have a blessed Advent season.