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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!

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.

How to Recover Your Life When it’s Out of Control-Reblog

This is a reblog of a wonderful piece posted by Jason Ladd, a USMC fighter pilot and a Christian who I follow.  I encourage you to read it and to follow Jason as well on on his blog Fighter Faith!  He is a real blessing to many! Thank you Jason for allowing me to repost this on my blog.  Semper Fi and God bless you, brother.

http://www.jasonbladd.com/2014/06/29/how-to-recover-your-life-when-its-out-of-control/

How to Recover Your Life When It’s Out of Control

Fighter pilots are trained to fly their weapons systems at the edge of the operating envelope. A timid fighter pilot will yield an advantage to the adversary, and too much aggression can send them with their aircraft out of control.

Every Naval aviator learns how to recover their aircraft using the emergency procedure for out-of-control flight. This procedure must be committed to memory and is recited by a flight member during every flight brief which which involves basic fighter maneuvering.

This procedure is expected to be recited at the same pace it must be executed in flight—extremely fast! If recited too slow, or with any mistakes, the embarrassed aviator can expect responses ranging from snickers to disappointment to scorn.

And rightfully so. Naval aviation is not inherently dangerous, but it is extremely unforgiving. There is no place for mistakes based on a lack of preparation. During emergencies, pilots must take immediate action to get the aircraft under control and safely back to earth.

Immediate Action

Some things in life are so important that we should have our responses to them down cold.

But how prepared are you for all of life’s turbulence? How should you respond to adversity? Injustice? Tragedy? What is the proper procedure to execute when your life begins spinning out of control?

You may have confidence that you can lean on God’s word to get you through the tough times. But do you know exactly where to look? Do you have your emergency verses memorized?

You may have only a fleeting opportunity to make an important decision or minister to others. If you flub the message or can’t recall the procedure, your attempt to make a difference might crash and burn.

Let me recommend a few critical action verses which will help you keep control of your life when you feel like you’re holding on too tight.

Critical Action Verses

  • Emergency: Self doubt

    Critical Action Verse: Philippians 4:13
    “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

  • Emergency: Adversity

    Critical Action Verse: Romans 8:28
    “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, a who have been called according to his purpose.”

    Emergency: Depression

    Critical Action Verse: Psalm 34:17-18
    “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

    Emergency: Stress

    Critical Action Verse: Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

    Emergency: Excess Pride

    Critical Action Verse: Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”

    Emergency: Grief

    Critical Action Verse: Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.”

    Emergency: Fear

    Critical Action Verse: psalm 56:3-4 “When I am afraid,
    I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.”

    Emergency: Pain

    Critical Action Verse: Romans 8:18 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

    Emergency: Uncertainty

    Critical Action Verse: Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.”

    These are but a few Critical Action Verses that are worth committing to memory. If you call upon them in times of trouble, you stand a better chance of getting your life under control.

    Which critical verses help you during times of crisis?

Sunny morning on the patio with God

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Life begins each morning …

Each morning is the open door to a new world –

new vistas, new aims new tryings

author, Leigh Mitchell Hodges

Today, Friday, was a beautifully sunny, breezy and cool day here in Wisconsin. I spent an enjoyably lazy morning on my patio, spending time with the Lord, reading His word and in some devotionals, all the while enjoying a light breakfast  and my morning coffee.  I was also enjoying the fruits of yesterday’s labors — beautiful new flowers and herbs on my patio along with my table and some relaxing chairs (see pictures above).  I’m already for summer enjoyment and look forward to spending much time relaxing out there.

Psalm 59:16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

Morning is such a wonderful time to spend in prayer and devotions.  There is something great about starting out the day with the Lord that just sets the tone for the rest of the day.  I admit I don’t do this every day, but I am working on doing a better job at putting Him first in my life and starting out each and every day with Him.

Song of Solomon 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, …

I love being surrounded by God’s beautiful creations even if it is just on my tiny patio.  The beauty of the flowers, the mixture of scents of blooming flowers, herbs like basil, lemon thyme (mmm!)and chocolate mint, (yes really!), and the sounds of the birds singing just brighten my day and put a smile on my face.  Praise God for all his creations!  If you zoom in on the photo below, you can get a better look at the chocolate mint. Any ideas on how I can use it as it grows?  I was intrigued by it but haven’t checked on its uses yet.   That should be fun!

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I’ve also placed a few flags in some of the pots in honor and remembrance of those who we remember on this Memorial Day weekend; those brave men and women who have fought for our freedom in many wars throughout the years (should I say centuries?) and have now gone on to eternity.  God bless each and every one of them.  May they rest in peace!

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This has been a rather rambling group of rambling thoughts.  Some days are like that, aren’t they?  Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend friends and family, and thank God for all the beauty around us and for those who we remember who fought for the freedoms we have in this country.   Be safe!  Love to all!

My one year anniversary! Time flies!

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Wow!  I just received a message from Word Press wishing me a happy one year anniversary!   The year has certainly flown by.  What a year it has been!

I started out a year ago with the thought that although I would never consider myself a writer, it might be fun to learn about blogging and would be a great way to put my random thoughts about my experiences and my walk with the Lord into a journal type setting.  My desire was that perhaps some of what I write might be helpful or be a blessing to someone.

Was I ever surprised, and still am, when others started following my blog, many of whom shared that they were helped or received a blessing from something I shared; that they could relate to things I’ve said. I feel blessed to have made acquaintances and developed friendships with fellow bloggers all over the world!  A great example is the wonderful feeling I had, and still have,  during my recent surgery and recovery in knowing that people, friends and family alike, were praying for me on FIVE continents!  That is just so awesome and mind-boggling!   I cannot thank you enough!  You all made a big difference in how the Lord helped me with my recovery.

God bless you all for caring so much and for making me feel like I am truly a part of this blogosphere we all share. I have learned so much and continue to learn from you all. So many of you have played a significant role in my growth as I grow ever closer to our Lord Jesus Christ.  I thank God for you every day.  So, Lord willing, here’s to another year of growth and many blessings for each of us.    You make me smile! As C.S. Lewis says “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers.  Philemon 4.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)

 

 

What can I possibly have to complain about?

John 9:1-3(NIV)

1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

Last night I wrote a piece about the jumble of thoughts of different things I wanted to write about and how I just cannot seem to make enough sense out of any of them to be worthy of a blog post.   I was and am getting impatient with myself  because of it.

One of the things I have thought about for a long long time it seems is the trials we each go through in this life and our reactions to those trials.  Of course, I cannot speak for how others react or feel, but I suspect that I am not much different from a lot of people in my reactions at times.  It seems so much easier to whine and complain about these trials, whether it be health issues, financial issues, relationship issues and on and on; and to just plain feel sorry for myself.  If I am not careful in being aware of what I am feeling, I know I can easily fall into the trap  of  “poor, poor pitiful me” .  Remember that silly little song we sang as children?   Nobody loves me, everybody hates me, I guess I’ll go eat worms!”  Yuck!  I do not want to feel that way!  But I wonder why God makes us suffer.  What did I do or what did another person do that makes God give any of us these burdens to bear?

Well wouldn’t you just know that God heard my prayers and my questions about why I could not organize my thoughts!  He is such a wonderful Father!   This morning while I had my breakfast and was enjoying a lovely cup of coffee, I was reading through some of the blog posts here on WordPress as is my habit in the morning.  As always, I was pleased to see a post from my very dear friend Skye!

http://ohthethingsweshallsee.com/2014/02/04/popping-bubbles-with-god/

I just love the title of her post–Popping Bubbles with God.   🙂   I knew immediately this was going to be good!  She talked about being able to feel good and worship God and be thankful to Him when we are in circumstances that enhance that–sitting in a church pew or seeing all the beauty he gives us such as a beautiful sunrise.  However we find the total opposite feelings when we are doing chores, etc.  I know I am simplifying what she said and paraphrasing a lot!  Sorry Skye!  You say it so much better.  🙂

Her post got my attention and got my thoughts going and the following paragraph is my comment to her on her blog

“I can so relate to what you are saying–How easy to praise God when we are seeing a beautiful sunrise or any number of other beautiful things he sends our way. And how many of us feel like praising Him when we are doing the mundane chores of our lives. Of course we should still be praising Him for the things He has provided for us and our abilities to be able to complete those everyday mundane chores. We are truly blessed–there are so many who are physically unable, for many reasons, to be able to do those chores. There are many who would be so grateful if they could even do the simple things like dressing themselves, walking, hugging a child, etc. Your post this morning has prompted a new post for me that has been on my mind for a long time. My comment to you on this post will definitely be a part of my post and this post of yours will be referred to since you inspired me to organize my thoughts about it so I could finally write it, Thanks friend! love you!”

I have thought for a long time about how I can find it easy to complain about the aches and pains I have, in particular with the progression of the osteoarthritis in my knee that prevents me from doing a lot of walking, standing on my feet for very long, etc. to the point where it is finally time for knee replacement surgery.   I used to always wonder why me and start to feel sorry for myself.  In reality, I am blessed that I only have the pain that I have and that it is something that can be fixed!

God has been getting my attention in many ways and showing me how fortunate I actually am!  There are so many who would love to be in my shoes.    As I have gotten involved in blogging, I have learned about many people who absolutely amaze me with their positive attitudes despite what most of us would call terrible and awful disabilities.  Instead they are glorifying God with what they are able to do despite their physical condition. They are sharing their deep faith with others and bringing them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.    I have read and follow blogs of people who have paralyzing diseases like ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and other equally disabling conditions that prevent them from being able to do the simplest things in life that we take for granted.  Yet they are happy!  and they are spreading that happiness and positive thinking around to everyone!  Where do they get it from?  Their faith in and love for God!

There is a very well-known evangelist and motivational speaker who I admire very much and I follow him on his website and on Facebook by the  name of Nick Vujicic  http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org   I just watch a video of him for two minutes and wonder how I could ever worry about a little knee pain or any other ache or pain.  This young man was born without arms or legs but yet he has the most positive attitude, and does the most amazing things like swimming! golf! writing! and on and on.  He is married and the father of a beautiful little boy  and he travels all over the world sharing his faith with people and giving them hope with faith in the Lord.  As I was writing this post I looked to see what Bible verse inspires him and found the one I started this post with.   In an article I found, http://au.christiantoday.com/article/nick-vujicic-man-without-limbs-shares-the-bible-verse-that-gave-him-purpose/14003.htm  he explains about this verse.
The Life Without Limbs author described his feelings after reading these verses. “I got goosebumps on my skin I don’t even have,” he told the congregants. “And I had faith because I understood something. You see, all I wanted to know was that God knew what He was doing with me.”

With an attitude like his and like so many others in this world, how can I complain about a sore knee or back.  Stories like Nick’s and others who I have read on the blogs and heard about through other sources have convicted me that I am blessed!  God has made my life so easy in comparison.  I ask myself, what else should I be doing to help others?

The Seeds We Plant

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A day or two ago, I was reading a post on another blog–(The Devotion Cafe–  http://desirayl.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/social-networking-sites/ ) entitled Social Networking Sites.  It talked about how we use them.  Are we using them to bring glory to God?  She shared a testimony of something wonderful that occurred on a site that was a real blessing to her and another person.  A seed was planted.  The seed began to grow and flourish.  I encourage you to read that post.  I am sure it will be a blessing to you as it was to me.

The post got me to thinking about the things I write, the things I say, the things I do.  What kind of effect do they have on those who read my posts and those who hear me or see my actions?    Are my words and deeds a blessing to someone or an encouragement to another?   Are my words bringing glory to God?  What kind of a seed am I sowing?

I am always hoping that, though my words are very simple, my thoughts very simple,  someone will be blesseed by them or that a good seed may be planted through the words I write.    I believe that sometimes the simplest of words or ideas may just be the seed that begins to grow and brings a person closer to the Lord.   In Matthew 17:20  it says   If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.    I get a lot of encouragement from His words. With God all things ARE possible.

None of us may ever know what grows from the seeds we plant but that should not discourage us from continuing to plant them.     There is a quote that I read recently that simply says   With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see.   Ella Wheeler Wilcox.

As Henry David Thoreau said,  The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.

Lord I pray that my words and deeds will always be Christ-honoring and always be a blessing to others.  I pray for your guidance as I write or speak  and that seeds may be planted and bring others closer to you Lord, just as I was brought to a closer relationship with you because of the words that I have heard and read from others.   Amen.  

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