The End is Better than the Beginning

Today’s verse:  Romans 8:25  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Do you ever check you calendar, wishing that an event would hurry up and get here? I do. I am super impatient. I always want things to happen right now! For example, I spent the entire last month begging my iris to open. The buds were there, but they took forever to open. When they finally opened they were a beautiful, deep purple. They are worth waiting for. I’m now busy yelling at my hydrangeas to bloom, even though I know they won’t bloom until summer.

iris                     hydrangea

How many platitudes are there about patience – “Good things come to those who wait”; “Love is patient”, “All in good time, my pretty, all in good time”, and “Patience is bitter, but it’s fruit is sweet”.  Most things are worth waiting for – the end is better than the beginning. If you need to lose weight, it takes time and patience. If you need to quit an addiction, it takes time and patience.

If you need patience (like I do), ask God for it. God is always patient with us, even when we don’t do his will.  Even when we destroy our bodies (his temple).  Even when we slide back into our addictions.  He is patient and waits for us.

Remember, you are only human. We cannot do things on our own. The end is always better than the beginning.   When we get where we want to be we will rejoice!   When we reach our goals, we will be finally bloom!   If we have patient and count on God, we will get there.   Blessings to you on your journey.

Healthy Living Menu for today (adapted from Prevention Magazine’s 28 day challenge)

Breakfast:  Lox and Bagels

Spread 1 oz. reduced fat cream cheese on 1/2 whole wheat bagel.  Top with 1 oz. smoked salmon, 2 slices tomato and cucumber.
12 oz. coffee

Lunch:  Taco Burger

Serve 3 oz. broiled ground beef patty on 6″ corn tortilla (*bake until crisp).  Add 1/2 cup shredded lettuce, 2 Tbsp diced tomato and 2 Tbsp salsa.

Dinner:  Flatbread Chicken Pizza

Brush 3 oz. chicken breast with 1 tsp olive oil and grill until cooked through.  Dice 1/2 cup onion and mushrooms and sprinkle on large toasted whole wheat wrap.  Top with 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese and broil until cheese melts.
12 oz. green or herbal tea or water

Dessert:

1/2 cup vanilla ice milk topped with 1 tsp chocolate syrup and 7 walnut halves

Optional Snack:

Whole wheat pita
1 oz. low fat sliced turkey breast
2 slices tomato
1 leaf lettuce
1 tsp Dijon mustard

 

 

 

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