How to win at Life

That title popped into my head. Like I have the corner market on how to win at life! ha ha h a a a oh wait.. I do have an idea. Set yourself up for success. Basic step: Get with God. That’s my bottom line go to. If I need to know “who” I am and “what” I am about (my life purpose) and therefore how to “win at it”, I need to go to God. To me, that should be the no brainer part. But why does it not come so automatically? Continue reading “How to win at Life”

for the record

I was weighing in at about 127.something. And this was about 2 weeks before Christmas. My scale was probably trying to get a good present from me (and hiding my real weight. ha ha). Anyhow, I was feeling powerful and confident that I met my goal of not cheating on my eating for 7 weeks. I had a wonderful visit with my Naturopath under my belt. And I had given myself what I thought was a great gift. 3 weeks off of saying NO to everything I wanted to eat that was not on my plan. And things were not on my plan due to health reasons. It’s not like it was happiness denial for a few pounds. No. The food denial is what made me happy. But I thought I could handle the experiment. And 5 lbs later, I am having trouble wanting to commit back to my plan. I would do good and then sabotage myself. Again.

So I wanted to go on record to say that dairy and wheat do not make me feel better. I am NOT against milling your own wheat. Not at all. I love Breadbecker’s and support them. But I need to remind myself that eating cheese and wheat products…well – they leave me bloated and feeling heavy and disgusted mentally with myself. I absolutely hate that.

So when I was reflecting on my failure, I was reminded of how John Maxwell talks of failing as opportunities to learn. He doesn’t see failure as a bad thing, but as a way to better yourself in the next step. That’s a total loose translation so check out his stuff 🙂

Anyhow— I need to set myself up for success. And that means removing the temptations from my house. It means stocking up the fridge and pantry with things I can eat. Things that are good tasting and make me feel good about myself. So I am back at ground zero. Starting over and kinda afraid I will mess it up again. But I did it before so I can do it again!

Help me Jesus!

Glimpse of Heaven

For me, my morning worship was just that. A glimpse of Heaven! It was incredible!!! Wanted it to go on and on… just like in Heaven when we will be worshipping the Risen King for all eternity! I didn’t want to leave my place.

As much as I love what God has given me on earth; as much as I am thankful for my family and friends— I am also thankful for moments like this when Heaven wraps around me like a blanket. When my body feels like  there is so much of Jesus being poured in that I am about to implode. It’s a time for preparing. Quiet time, that is. A time for God to prepare you for whatever is going to happen that day. Week. Month. Year. Etc. It was as if God was filling me to overflowing. A much needed time with Jesus today.

Two new songs added to my playlist this morning totally blew me away. My hope and excitement for this year and what God is doing totally resonated in these songs. I have to share them:

God who moves the Mountains”- Dustin Smith, Healing Project

Fight for Me” – Dustin Smith, Healing Project

Turn up the volume. Check out the lyrics. And just sing.

I like it!

I just needed a title. Seriously. That’s all that was holding me back from blogging. Does it need to be catchy? Just do it. Hmmmm … that should have been my post title 🙂

Anyhow, I just wanted to say that I am super excited about this year. My morning time with Jesus. My coffee. The hope for today. Church. Lunch with friends. The fact that I have gotten a good start on my January work. Yep. I like this feeling. And I like it!

It’s all about the “Me Time.” Well, the “Me + Jesus” time. Draw strength, hope, joy, peace. Take time for you today. Get up early. Before the kids. And savor the quiet. Get prepared for the day. Spiritually. Mentally. Physically.

Blogging is one of those things on my list I want to get better at this year. Why? In case my little baby steps in life encourage someone. Just one. This is the year. I like it!

And so it begins!

Happy New Year, dear self!

Well so far it is looking rather promising. I have flossed every day this year. 🙂 Actually, I have been flossing for 33 consecutive days.

Anyhow, I am hopeful for 2016 because I know God is for me. He is before me. He has my back. And sides. I’m hemmed in.  “You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.”  Psalm 139: 5

Remember the expression “live each day like it was your last”? Well, what if we lived each day like it was our FIRST? Well, not the first day of life when we cried and slept and ate and … well you know. I’m talking about that first day when you realized that God had a plan for your life. The day you took back control of the enemy and said “I am living for God!” Remember the energy? The excitement! The adrenaline?!!

YES!! That’s what I’m talking about!

Living each day with the hope that you can do all things in Christ who strengthens you (Phil 4:13). A hope that God meets all our needs in Christ (Phil 4:19). THAT kind of living.

That is the feeling that I have now. Armed with a fresh Bible Study (armed- literally – check our Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God study).

It’s really invigorating 🙂 I’ve spent the morning cleaning out the junk piles in our home office/exercise/music room. Feels good to de-clutter. 🙂