So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Good Night!

The above lyrics come from my favorite movie, The Sound of Music.  I love the song and can always picture the Von Trapp kids singing as they say good night to their father’s guests.  The youngest one sits on the stairs and sings “the sun has gone to bed and so must I” – and so I say good night and farewell to my readers.

Although retired I have been working part time.  That is about to become full time for the foreseeable future, and with my studying, classes and work, plus my volunteer work and trying to make it to the gym and the pool, and on and on….. I am afraid I must let the blog go by the wayside for a while.  Hopefully this fall I can pick it up again when life has settled back down.

Thank you to my readers for supporting me!   I wish you all luck in your blogging adventures.  I will continue to read your blogs as time permits – I do enjoy them so much!

Remember to always take care of your health, quit your addictions, and live free from guilt!  Always remember that God loves you and is with you and sustains you!   He is powerful and mighty and wonderful.   He will be with you always.   Blessings to all!

 

 

Run the Race and Don’t Give Up!

Today’s verse:   Matthew 20:  16  “”So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Is anyone inspired by the Olympics like I am?   I am just in awe of these athletes. I cannot even imagine the training and the time and commitment that go into becoming the best in the world at something.  Of course most of the gold medalists become famous, known for their triumph and skill.

But what about all of the others that compete?  The ones that don’t finish first, or even third. There are thousands of athletes from every country that work just as hard, train just as long, and make just as much of a commitment as the others.  These are the ones that I admire most.  They not only have committed their lives to their training, but many know that they cannot possibly win a medal. But they don’t give up, they don’t stop trying.  They believe in themselves.  Just to make it to the Olympics is enough of a win for them.  What an honor!

We all face trials in our lives – some of us struggle with addictions that we can’t seem to overcome.  Some of us just cannot lose that weight that holds us back.  Some of us are unhealthy in many ways, and just can’t seem to get better.  We need to make the dedication and commitment of an Olympic athlete.  We need to never give up, never stop believing in ourselves.  We many not be able to win a gold medal, but we can overcome!   We have God on our side, and he is always faithful and just.  He gives us strength and holds us up.  He supports us through our trials and never stops believing in us.

We can’t compare ourselves to others.  We can’t give up because we will never be skinny like those models.  We can’t stop trying to quit an addiction because it’s too hard.  Don’t get caught up in the world’s way of ranking thing.  To quote Got Questions Ministry  “Those who are first in the opinion of others (or first in their own opinion!) may be surprised to learn, on Judgment Day, they are last in God’s opinion.”    Blessings to all as you continue the race towards healthier lives! Read on for today’s Healthy Living Recipe

Your Body is a Temple – Exercise It!

Today’s verse:  1 Corinthians 6:  19-20  “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.…”

We all know that exercise is supposed to be good for you. The known benefits from exercising include reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease including lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol; reducing risks of diseases including diabetes, osteoporosis, and even some cancers; reducing weight and body fat and reducing incidence of obesity; increasing the mood by reducing stress, anxiety and depression; and improving self esteem.

So why do so few of us do it?    It has to be fun.  Exercise is like a curse to some people. They can’t even consider doing it.  But the truth is that even moderate movement, in 10 minute increments during the day, can be beneficial.  The recommended amount of exercise is 150 minutes per week, or 5 days of 30 minutes each day.  The 30 minutes can be done in 3 sets of 10 minutes.  So it becomes easier.   And what counts as exercise?  Moving!   Just move- park a little bit further out in the parking lot and walk.  Use the stairs instead of the elevator.  Clean your house.  Rake leaves.  Dance around your house.  Anything that increases your heart rate is exercise.   One of the best ways to do it is to walk.  Walk at a brisk pace for 10-30 minutes.

We all need to get off our butts and do something.  We are becoming an obese society, which brings tons of health issues.  God wants us to take care of our bodies, to keep them as the temple that he has given us.  We need to honor God with our bodies.  Allowing us to abuse ourselves is not a way to take care of what we have been entrusted with.  So let’s all get up and move and honor God.  The “high” that comes from exercise is better than any other high we might seek.  And the One on high will be happy 🙂   Praise be to God!  Blessings to all in our weight loss, healthy journey.   Read on for today’s recipe for health

A Psalm of Praise

Today’s verse:  A Psalm of Praise – Psalm 145: 1-2 (see end of blog for full  Psalm- read and meditate on it.   I have highlighted in red the portions that are exceptionally helpful to me.)

I will exalt you, my God the King;
    I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
    and extol your name for ever and ever.

Meghan Trainor has a song out that says, in part:

“I thank God every day
That I woke up feelin’ this way
And I can’t help lovin’ myself
And I don’t need nobody else,”

I don’t agree with the rest of the song, but I love the chorus and the catchy tune.  It is true that I praise God every day for waking up, feeling good, and loving myself.  I don’t need anyone else to validate me, because I have the love of God in my life.

It is so important to go through life with God’s support, so that we can love ourselves. There is no reason for us to be down on ourselves, to hate ourselves for our mistakes, and to feel bad about ourselves.   We are wonderful creations of God and he will never look down on us.  So praise him to the moon and back when you get up every day.

Praise him for giving you life.  Praise him for sending his Son to die for our sins. Praise him for each day, no matter how bad you feel.  Praise him for his strength and comfort.   Praise him for all of our blessings.  Read today’s verse, Psalm 145.  It is a psalm of praise and truly brings home how wonderful God is to us, and how much we need to thank him for our blessings.  Amen!

I will exalt you, my God the King;
    I will praise your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will praise you
    and extol your name for ever and ever.

3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    his greatness no one can fathom.
One generation commends your works to another;
    they tell of your mighty acts.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—
    and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
They tell of the power of your awesome works—
    and I will proclaim your great deeds.
They celebrate your abundant goodness
    and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
    slow to anger and rich in love.

The Lord is good to all;
    he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All your works praise you, Lord;
    your faithful people extol you.
11 They tell of the glory of your kingdom
    and speak of your might,
12 so that all people may know of your mighty acts
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures through all generations.

The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
    and faithful in all he does.
14 The Lord upholds all who fall
    and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
    and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
    and faithful in all he does.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
    he hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord watches over all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.

21 My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord.
    Let every creature praise his holy name
    for ever and ever.” 

Praise

Aging Gracefully

Today’s Verse:  Titus 2: 2-5  “Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance. Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored”

Growing old is not easy.  As I approach the big 6-0 I realize this more every day.  I cannot do what I could do when I was 30, or even 40.   The gray hairs are coming more rapidly every day, and the bones are weakening.  My strength is not as it once was, and I tire more easily.
But with age comes wisdom. Oh if I only knew then what I know now, how different live could have been.  But as the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:8 “Better is the end of a thing than its beginning”.   We may not be able to do as much now, but hopefully we are not doing the stupid things we did when we were younger.   I mistreated my body so badly in my youth.  Thankfully I turned it around before I got into serious health trouble, and have tried to remain healthy ever since.
In my older, yet wiser years, I have learned the benefits of exercise, of healthy eating, and of not smoking and drinking to excess.  I remember the party nights when I would gorge myself with junk food, drink until drunk, smoke my lungs out, engage in casual sex and drugs.  Why???
I recently was shocked to see a picture of my ex-husband, who is my age.  We both partook of all of the above together and lived the party life.   When I saw his picture honestly I didn’t recognize him.  We are the same age, but he looks years older (gives me just a wee bit of satisfaction, I must admit).  We abused ourselves and it took its toll.  I am glad I quit all of that when I did!
On the other hand, I look at my mother, who is 89 years old and still going strong. She has recently begun doing yoga and it has helped her tremendously with balance and flexibility.  She never smoked, drank very little, and has walked fairly regularly for years.  She has also always had a very strong faith.  I can see that it makes a huge difference in her life and her independence.  I hope to age gracefully like she has.   She is amazing!
There are many instances in the Bible where God has taken care of the “old” people. Think about what he did for Moses, Abraham and Sarah, among others. He doesn’t forget us in our old age, instead he blesses us for our faithfulness.  He also uses us as examples for the young. There are hundreds of verses in Proverbs about wisdom, and hopefully we have gained some in our golden years. So if you are young, heed the warning and turn off the bad health habits; if you are aging, live strong, be a good example, and age gracefully as God takes us to our final destination. Blessings to all as you age with wisdom.

Read on for today’s Healthy Living Recipe

Forgive Thyself

Today’s verse:  Colossians 1:13-14  “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins”

We have all done things in life that we are not proud of.  If you are like me, this trend continues.  I’m talking really bad things that we do.  I think if I am honest with myself, I have to say that I have broken every one of the 10 commandments.  I have done some awful things that I have great difficulty accepting.

Sometimes it’s not the big things that I do that I feel bad and guilty about. Sometimes I make a promise to God that I won’t do something anymore (like smoking), but then I do it anyway.   I feel broken and depressed when this happens. Have you ever been there?

The best news is that God forgives us – all we have to do is ask and believe.  It’s that simple.  So why do we still ask forgiveness over and over for the same thing?  It’s not because God hasn’t forgiven us, it’s because we haven’t forgiven ourselves.    It took me a long time to realize this.   God is merciful and good, and His son died on the cross for us.  That’s all it took – with Jesus’s death came our forgiveness.  We are forgiven because He was forsaken.

So we need to forgive ourselves.  God has already done so.   It is indeed very difficult to forgive ourselves, and we can carry guilt around like a heavy burden for years.  It’s time to let go of the burden, realize that we are right with God, and move forward. Take a step today and let go – don’t beat yourself up anymore over something you did in the past.  It is a freeing feeling and you will feel the love of God surrounding you.  Many blessings to all as you forgive thyself.  Read on for Today’s Healthy Living Recipe

A Profound Love

Today’s verses:
Romans 11:33  ”  O, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and untraceable His ways!”
Job 11:7  “Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?

Profound – the word of the day.  The proper definition, when speaking of a state, quality or emotion is “very great or intense”.
With a Google search on the Internet, you can find dozens of articles promising “profound” health changes through exercise, by drinking green tea, by taking supplements designed to help you lose weight, and many other profound statements. While most of these may be true and may help us to lead a healthier life,  I think many stretch the meaning of profound.  But all are worth looking into to make a “profound” change in your life for a healthier lifestyle.   Any change, profound or otherwise, that leads us to better health is good for us.
But there is another meaning of profound, which applies to a a person or statement:   “having or showing great knowledge or insight”.

Synonyms:  wise, learned, clever, intelligent, scholarly, sage, erudite, discerning,penetrating, perceptive, astute, thoughtful, insightful, percipient,perspicacious

The most profound being ever can be found in Jesus Christ.   Look at the synonyms: wise, perceptive, insightful, etc.  Are there any that can’t be used to describe Him? The Bible is full of verses that show God’s profound love and wisdom.  We can never really know how deep is God’s love for us and how much He helps us.  Imagine how much you love your child, or spouse, or partner.  Then multiply that by thousands, and you can  maybe get an inkling of His love for us.   So never doubt that whatever troubles or unhealthy addictions you face, God will be there to help you through. Blessings to all today!

Read on for some fun recipes for kids