I always want to jump the gun. There are limitations to this. I will give an example. My weight was creeping again so I started an exercise routine. Every day the kids and I walk 1.7 miles (and weekly I walk 3 miles). After that, I do 60-80 jumping jacks, 15 push ups and alternate days for legs (40 each leg of side lifts, inner thigh lifts and glut lifts) and upper body (40 crunches, 20 leg lifts, 40 each side lifts, 40 bicep curls and 40 tricep extensions). No weights, all to tone up and lose weight. I am faithful at it and have done this for 3 months straight.
I am not one pound lighter.
I look better on the outside and my clothes fit better but the scale reads the same numbers. And it is not the whole muscle weighing more than fat thing. It is for one simple fact…
I don’t eat right.
And we do this game. We do thw right things outwardly tofeel better or lessen pur guilt and inwardly we do what we want. We humble what outer parts we have to get people to leave us alone and remain internally proud. We feed the skin without graciously and generously nourishing our soul and spirit with humbleness, study of Scripture, constant prayer. Changing the outside seems so much easier than changing the inside.
But it is a lie. God can make change inside easily as soon as we let Him. And that change is amazingly freeing.♥
I do not understand hiding one’s age. My birthday was wonderful, best in a long time. This is because, based upon many previous birthdays, I anticipated the worst and decided something. Instead of accepting another pathetic excuse for a birthday, I prayed and decided to be diligent about staying close to God all day andsharing the day with Him even closer than usual. So, we had a great day! And above and beyond my awesome day close to Him, He went above and beyond, as the generous Daddy God He is. He gave us a great morning at church, a great day at our church picnic, presents and cards and texts from many friends and family, the birthday song sung to me five times, a visit from good friends, a dinner out with my husband (with a free dessert) and a rainbow in the sky. Literally the best birthday since I was 16. All because I decided my day would be rich enough just being extra close to God. I decided to be content in God’s amazing presence, even if no one cared. And voila, I feel so loved and cared for. I say all this to tell you how amazing God is and how valuable and rich life is just to be close to Him! Try it for yourself. Have a great day! ♥
I am not perfect. No human is. Not one. No human ismperfect. This means no Christian is perfect. No agnostic is perfect. No atheist isnperfect. No one of any other faith or race of age is perfect. Just does not happen. Therefore no one is qualified to judge anyone except God, our perfect Heavenly Father. He is qualified.
There is a lot of disunity right now. No one can do a thing about it except pray, love, serve and encourage. God has always been the only one who can save and unite. A person rises up now and then in obedience to God but God is the One who saves. He is the only One who can. Still true, always will be true. And our country unites and improves and church revives only through prayer/fasting, truthnof God’s Bible, obedience, love, service and encouragement. It is up to me. It is up to you. It is up to us all. Improvement is a utopian dream until we do the work and let God do His work.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. – 1 Corinthians 13:4 – 5