Archive | October 2014

A Final Thought on John’s Gospel

Very interesting post that should set each of us to thinking. As Don Merritt, the writer of this blog asks at the end of this piece, “Do we really believe that what we believe is really real?
It is one thing to accept the basic facts on an academic or theoretical level, but will we allow them to affect who we are on a fundamental level? Well, will we?” Thanks Don for another great post!

The Life Project

When I was a boy, I read a book about the life of Jesus, and it really got my attention. As I thought about it, and as I thought about this Jesus guy, I really had no problem believing that He was the Son of God, and it occurred to me that I should try to be more like Him, but there was one thing about Jesus that kind of bothered me; He cheated!

To my nine-year-old mind, Jesus cheated when He went to the cross because after all, He was God… and He knew how the story was going to end; that’s cheating! It was almost as if it didn’t count if He knew all the things that He clearly knew before He allowed Himself to be taken prisoner. Gee whiz, I would do the same thing if I knew all that stuff.

Yes, to be young again…

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Dieting vs Overeating? Healthy vs Unhealthy? Help!??

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As some of you know who have followed my blog for a while, I have been on a weight loss program and had pretty good success with it for a while, until my knee started getting very stiff and I couldn’t exercise much, if at all.  Now that I have recovered well from my knee replacement surgery, I have gotten back to working out at the gym and at home and trying to follow a good, healthy diet, not a fad diet but a good lifestyle change in what I eat, concentrating on “clean” eating, rather than processed foods, cooking more and substituting some ingredients for healthier alternatives, for example spaghetti squash with my homemade sauce instead of white pasta.   Of late I have been rather frustrated because my weight keeps fluctuating in a 5 lb cycle, rather than going down!  Frustration is not a good thing for me–it can lead me to decide I can’t do this some days and eat too much though I do try to fight that.
I’ve been praying about it and tonight I found it very interesting, as I was reading my Bible, to come upon some interesting verses in Ecclesiastes 5:10-12.  It reads as follows in the Amplified Bible:  10 He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver, nor he who loves abundance with gain. This also is vanity (emptiness, falsity, futility). 11When goods increase, they who EAT them Increase also.  12  The sleep of a laboring man is sweet whether he eats little or much, but the fullness of the rich will not let him sleep.”
These verses got me to thinking about the dilemma so many of us find ourselves in with the ups and downs of weight loss and what we can do to get beyond it, with the Lord’s help.
I looked up the word overeating, concentrating my search on biblically based articles.  I came upon one definition which was a play on the cliche from the movie Top Gun ‘Son, your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash‘ but whoever said it (unknown) said Overeating is the tongue writing checks that the body can’t cash.”  🙂  I thought that was kind of apropos to the subject, since the tongue is where our taste buds are and they can get us into trouble fast!  
I found some other verses in the Bible as well that spoke of or alluded to overeating as well.  Proverbs 23:21  For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty and drowsiness will clothe a man in rags.”   And also  in 2 Peter 2:19, A man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.  I think we safely can say that  we have become a people who are definitely slaves to the food we eat and how much of it we consume, which can translate in it’s worst form to gluttony.
Is compulsive eating a sin someone asked?   and the answer was a simple yes.   Philippians 3:19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach and their glory is their shame.  Their mind is on earthly things.”
Gee this all sounds so depressing, doesn’t it?  It does to me, but it doesn’t have to be.  I can choose to look on this as a wakeup call to try harder and add some things to my regimen of eating and exercise instead of trying to do it all myself.  I, as well as any of us, can choose to place my faith in God; surrender to Him;  ask for His guidance; give him the control.
We often say we lack willpower to resist the food but the Holy Spirit, who dwells within us, can certainly help us change our focus.   A good verse to remember is found in 1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  My personal favorite verse that I lean on to help me through all struggles is found in Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  
I found long lists of many do and donts of dieting.  They are seemingly endless!  I won’t even try to list them all but one did catch my eye and makes a great deal of sense.   Don’t adopt a plan just because it worked for someone else.  Do adapt a personalized plan that works for your individual lifestyle.
Make a choice to eat healthy foods, fresh foods as much as possible, rather than processed foods.  Develop a knowledge of good nutrition.  There are multiple sources on the internet that are reputable; consult a dietitian if that makes more sense for you.  Ask your doctor!     And the best thing we need to remember is DON’T GIVE UP IF YOU MESS UP! Just start over with the next meal!  We are human–we all mess up or find ourselves in situations where we cannot necessarily follow our new normal eating habits.  Happens to me often, which is why I felt led to spend some time in God’s word and in reading other material that is Bible-based and journaling about it, which led to this blog post.
My prayer for myself and for all of us who struggle with weight issues is the following:   Lord Jesus, please help us and guide us to stay on the path to successful weight loss, better health.  We know, Father, that it requires changes in ouir lifestyle, persistence in sticking with those changes in eating and exercise.  We know, Dear Lord, that alone we are incapable of true ongoing success, but as you promised in your word, you will never give up on us!  Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this that He who began a work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of the Christ Jesus.”  Lord, we love you and we thank you for all you do for us, because you love us.   In Jesus precious name we pray, Amen.

God has been busy! This week? The past two weeks? More?

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Either way, it was a real blessing to me and I am sure to many others as well! And what were the reasons for this particular blessing you say?    Well two weeks ago, October 10 and 11, I spent at a ladies retreat at a beautiful YMCA camp nearby to home, and this past week, Saturday night through Wednesday night, we had a Harvest Banquet and Fall meetings with a visiting evangelist.

Attending these events was just what I needed to push me into being more active in my walk with the Lord Jesus, including again becoming more active on my blog and sharing with others the wonderful blessings of being a child of God, my salvation and the joy it brings me. What a blessing to know I have a heavenly Father who loves me so much; loves all of us so much, that He sent His only son to die for our sins.  He provides all of our needs and He has a plan for each and every one of us, if we accept Him as our savior.

One of the subjects brought up many times by the speaker at the retreat and the evangelist at the Fall meetings, as well as my Pastor who is doing a series of sermons on the subject, is Stewardship; Responsibility and Accountability for all we have and how we care for it, because it all belongs to God.  He provides us with everything.  He made us, He redeemed us, our souls are His and we are its caretakers.   He gives us direction, focus, motivation and guidance if we just ask Him to do so.

Where do we find and receive these things?  By being in the Bible daily, living our lives by biblical principles and biblical doctrine.  The Bible should be the reality in how we live our lives.  Setting aside quiet times to spend with the Lord, in prayer, in reading His word, and listening for Him to speak to us during those quiet times.

So many questions were raised that I have been thinking about and continue to ponder. Do I live my life by the Bible? Who or what am I going to allow to control my life? What is God’s will for my life and how do I find that out?  What am I doing with the resources God has provided for me?  How am I doing in serving Him?   Am I sharing my joy in the Lord with others?

I will continue to ponder those questions and others and the things I have written today are just generalizations of what was learned from listening to the speaker at the retreat, my pastor and the evangelist.  The message came through to me from the Lord loud and clear however, that I have been very lax at writing in my blog and sharing my thoughts.  I’ve been playing the role I play so well of a procrastinator, putting off til later what I should do now!    I will be making much more of an effort to follow the Lord by sharing more with others by way of my blog and in other ways that I am able to do.  The Lord made it  very clear to me that I must do more than I am doing!

Now This is the Kind of Policeman You Hope For

I love it when people tell the stories of the wonderful things police officers and others do, instead of just the stories of the few “bad ones”. Praise God for Officer Patrick Kinney of North Bend OR and his wife, as well as other like them! I just read a quote this morning that fits perfectly “Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed just make your absence felt. (Unknown)..”

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In a tumultuous time when law enforcement finds itself under intense scrutiny, a police officer and his wife in North Bend, Oregon show the true meaning of the phrase “to serve and protect.”

This is the Kind of Policeman You Hope For

Great job Officer Kinney! Also great job Chief Kappelman for giving recognition in a usually thankless job.

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In Memory of Joey, Happy Birthday in Heaven

001 (1280x931)My first born son, Joey,  10/9/64-11/26/2002

Today, October 9, 2014 would have been the 50th birthday of my first born child, my son Joey.  I’m remembering him this day and how I wish we, his family,  could be celebrating this day with him. Sadly, we cannot, since he went home to be with the Lord 12 years ago when he could no longer handle the struggles of life.

Today is a bittersweet day for me, along with his brother and sister and nieces and everyone else who knew and loved Joey.  You are asking why I use the word ‘bittersweet’ I’m sure and there is a very good reason for that.   It is bitter (sad) of course because he is no longer with us and he is missed very much by all of us. However it is sweet because we know that at some point in his life, before he left us, Joey accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior and asked him to come into his heart.   For those of us who are believers, we know that someday when the Lord calls us home with him, that we will once again be reunited with Joey.

Praising God that Joey is with Him in heaven, waiting for the day when the rest of us join him, all because God sacrificed His son on the cross to pay the price for all of our sins because He loved us so much.  We just need to invite Him into our hearts and our lives,   John 3:16 says it so clearly:  16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

There are many other verses in the Bible that also speak of salvation.  I won’t list all of them, of course, but a few that touch my heart are these:

John 5:24Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Ephesians 2:8,9 –  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

John 20: 31 – But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

I am so thankful for the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on our behalf, all so we could be with him in heaven one day just by accepting the free gift that God gives to all who believe and accept that gift.  I am so thankful to know that when I pass on some day that I will be with the Lord in heaven also.  I don’t have to wonder if I will be or hope that I will be.  With acceptance of the Lord as Savior, it is guaranteed!  How wonderful is that!

So, my dear son Joey, Happy Birthday in heaven on the 50th anniversary of your birth.  I love you and I miss you so much, but I know I will see you again one day.