I wonder how so many of you keep up with it all???
Wow it has been a long time ago since I really posted. The last time I posted was in January ...... where there is always a Fresh New start filled with new motivation to do better and be better. I was going to try and be FAITHFUL in so many ways. Now it is MAY and I am not so fresh and motivation seems to come and go. I have been FAITHFUL in a few things but finding it hard to be faithful in all the areas in my life where I need to be faithful. If I focus on one thing then something else lags behind. For now getting more exercise has taken over as a priority. I have been faithfully exercising but it has been hard. I have let this old body go for way too long because exercise and I have never been real buddies. I would rather do anything besides exercise. Are you young????? Let me encourage you , find time to exercise today, tomorrow and the rest of your life. It may not see important today but when you are 54 you will be greatful you did not let yourself go. Stay Strong your whole life long!
FEBRUARY, MARCH and APRIL......I know you were here but how did you pass so quickly. This is the story of my life; living the days , weeks and months wondering how to slow down time. There are always so many things I want to do but find I just don't have time or energy to do it.
This is what has been filling my days for the last 3 months.
EXERCISE: It's happening only because someone is keeping me accountable.
I have been swiming, riding the exercise bike , and walking. I am feeling stronger, the old, granny syndrome is somewhat lessened (I don't feel quite as creaky and stiff all the time) and my husband is proud of me that I am actually exercising but the excess weight is not coming off as quickly as I would want so that has been a bit frustrating. But rather than be discouraged I am fighting on and not letting the fat win. I am able to swim 20 laps in the pool without feeling like I am going to die!! For me, that is an accomplishment! And thank you Pat Sloan for your weekly interviews,(listen here) without you and my I-pod the fat burning miles on the bike would be pure torture.
I have memorized 8 verses in Romans 12 . Slow and steady wins the race right :)
DRINKING MORE WATER: It is a constant effort to remember.
Everything else...... keeping my kitchen clean, reading my Bible, OPAM(one project a month) etc..... I have been on and off the bandwagon... I have not been faithful. Life pulls me in so many directions daily. I will Always be a work in progress and will continue to keep trying. Thank you God that you love me anyway.
sweet little Addilyn Grace
And now lets have a little fun catching up with photos.
addilyn and emmy
I made valentines day pillows for my daughters.... this is how Ariann has hers displayed. I am a pinterest copy cat..... I created my own pattern. They were a huge hit with the girls. I made 4 total.
Tomorrow is EASTER! I have so much to be thankful for!
Time is running out..... and she is SOOOO close to her goal.
So for the 10 people who come and read my blog I am asking you to help a girl who is trusting God to make this happen. If you could donate $10.00 or stretch and donate $20.00 or more, you would make this such a blessed Easter for her.
Click on the link above to read Pam's story it will touch your heart. Pam has taken a step of faith allowing God to use her in a big way. She is so close to her goal of raising 7,000 for clean water for those who need it. I donated not so much because I want to win the quilt but because it is for such a great cause and I understand her heart to give something you love for something so much bigger!
I have been working on my word FAITHFULNESS In 2013
Specifically faithfulness in reading my Bible every day and putting God's word in my heart by memorizing it. Reading the Bible, Memorizing the Words of the Bible and Living the Words of the Bible changes me.
I am not really good on Change.... some days are better than others but for the most part Change is HARD! I live a pretty good life... really what needs changing?? Can't we keep life nice and comfy and just go with the flow? Stay right where we are??
CHANGE... MOST DAYS I just don't like it unless of course it involves changing someone elses behavior. But me, please don't say I need to change.
I read my Bible, sometimes I just don't understand how I am suppose to do what God is asking me to do or even what am I suppose to do....
I am beginning to understand that taking time to THINK about is the first step.
The second step... When you say to God... "God I don't get this, Help me to understand this." , write down what ever he reveals to you because the process of it all is not usually one grand day of understanding but step by step,
day by day FAITHFULNESS to God.
God loves me more than anyone else ever will and he wants me to be all that i can be . I know that in this world I am easily persuaded to take the path of least resistance and not all paths are good. It is a daily fight... You and me God against the world. I need to be present in the me part of the relationship knowing that He will help me.
When I think about ONE VERSE in my Bible for a long period of time by memorizing it..... It makes me ask myself, ok what does that really mean. I have memorized Romans 12:1-2! Check it out here. I am MOTIVATED by Beth Moore to memorize 24 scripture verses this year. YOU can join the siesta-scripture-memory-team HERE Memorizing was the EASY part..... Living it is going to be the HARD part. In the very first verse of my own choosing because I am using this book Growing by heart by Scharlotte Rich to change me... it says," Offer MY BODY AS A LIVING SACRIFICE....." HOW DO I DO THAT???
I headed to Matthew Henry's commentary.... here I found things to think about today.
We receive from the Lord every day the fruits of his mercy. Let us render ourselves:
All we ARE, All we HAVE, All we CAN DO, and after all , what return is it for such very rich receivings? Being Thankful - the first step to giving God more of me.
Thank you Lord for the fruits of your mercy... you chose to save me
Thank you Lord for the fruits of your mercy... you are a forgiving God
Thank you Lord for the fruits of your mercy... your love blesses me today, tomorrow and forever
So richly blessed by the mercy of God..... Surely Today I can pass that on to someone in this world who needs some of God's comfort today. offer your body... Yes Lord you may use my life to pass the baton of your mercy... as a living sacrifice, i may not think i have time but it will be holy and pleasing to you.
I'm sorry I have said NO to the everyday process of Change for so long, I have said No to Taking time out of my day to read your Word, busy by things of this world .... I'm sorry for fighting the process that what you want in me is to be more like you and a sharper tool in your hand. The whole process of renewing my mind by reading my Bible daily ... something that has great blessing... Why have I said NO so often?
Reading my Bible, is the road that helps me to die to
s-I-n... everything that is about me and not about you. Note the Capital I.
Being a Mary (sitting at the Lord's feet, allowing him to teach me) in a Martha( busy) world.
Help me Lord to be renewed so that I may live to righteousness more and more in 2013. AMEN
Today I learned that the great enemy to this renewal is .... conformity to this world.
I should have guessed that already. I am a slow learner.
I think it is going to be an awesome day with God in it!
I have 2 verses hidden in my heart. That is a extra one to boot.
Romans 12 :1-2
"Therefore I urge you brothers (SISTERS) to offer yourself as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. This is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, then your will be able to test and approve what God's will is,
his good , pleasing and perfect will."
Living each day as an act of worship and living each day pleasing to God.
It is changing my attitude about a few things.
I'm blessed because of it!
With all I am.
Exercise..... NOT Happening :( BUT I just became a winner tonight for
2 free weeks at my local YMCA.
God is moving me in that direction.
Heaven knows I need it!
Water.... here is the plan.... at least 5 glasses a day.
I'm having a hard time with that. Average 1-3.
Dishes/ Kitchen .... I am so proud of myself! I have lived the last 30 years of my married life waking up to dirty dishes in the sink- it was just too much after making supper to clean it all up also. Insert bad parenting there.... I have 3 girls who should have helped me and a husband who should have said you cooked... I'll clean up.
No more excuses...
Here is what changed ....
I made a new curtain for my kitchen window....
I wanted to keep my kitchen clean for Christmas season.
I have changed my thinking.....morning time is precious time.
I have decided that I would rather do dishes when i'm tired at night..
3 girls are now doing their own dishes at their house
husband is still here... and still hates doing dishes.
I still don't have a dishwasher or a maid
NOW i'm waking up to clean dishes on the counter.
It takes just a minute to put them away and....
I LOVE not wasting precious creative morning time doing dishes.
NOTE..... it took 28 days to make this a good habit.
OPAM (One project a month) I got DISTRACTED but hoping to make some progress tomorrow.