Changes in Health and Beauty

I had lost 50 pounds. I did this without exercising, just via the Paleo nutrition lifestyle. And I don’t believe I am made for that long-term because I woke up regularly with Charlie horses and always had foggy thinking and was slow with problem solving. Sure, I was on target with my “ideal weight” but felt lows about myself.

So I threw away that option and have stuck with the health and freshness of it but added some carbs (healthy ones mostly) and most importantly exercise every day, walking fast and even some jogging between 2-4 miles a day with the kids. We are all three healthier and stronger and I feel good again and strong and healthy. And I have yet to experience a Charlie horse again or cloudy thinking. So, sometimes you have to modify. Yes, I have gained 30 pounds, the scales tell me, but my clothes still fit beautifully and comfortably and I have muscle definition.

So don’t always care so much about the numbers or some unknown person’s thought of what you should be. Be the healthiest person you can and do so for God and His kingdom and glory, woking with Him on the heart and mind. That is what makes beauty. ❀

Born Confident

Many of my friends seem to have been born insecure, born worried, born unsure. I never understood that because God gave me the spiritual gift of faith from birth so I was always confident in Him and myself. I was born confident. I was incredulously sure of things I knew very little about yet. My less confident friends always envied my confidence and we’re amazed by it. Truth be told, I was made that way and had little to do with it other than exercise it.

But being born confident has its own issues and easy-coming sins. I tended toward pride and independence (which sounds good except that now I realize I need to depend on God). In fact, I had a judgmental bent back then and a certain annoying know-it-all obnoxious quality about it. Even if I was right, that is hideously annoying, I see now.

And here is why I say all this. There is no person on this earth perfect or together or flawless. No need to look out the corners of your eyes at someone and wish you had their confidence or sureness or strengths. You have your own. Maybe it is different or not as in-your-face as some of us loud folks, but I can guarantee that when exercised, your gift rocks. And cautious has its advantages (your guardian angel doesn’t have to work so hard maybe). Embrace who you are and thr beautiful way God made you. Rise to it. Develop it and see how invaluable you are in the kingdom of God. That is a beauty He loves and rewards, and I personally find it inspiring and alluring. Be God’s.πŸ˜„β€

A Friend in Jesus

There is a verse whrte Jesus calls us friends. (John 15:13. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14. You are my friends if you do what I command. 15. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” – Bible Offline) It is a beautiful thought. It is truth.❀

Who We Are (Deep Stuff)

My husband and I just had a deep conversation (not unusual). We were discussing who we as human beings are, what we are made of, and what changes in our life. And here is our discussion and thoughts summed up. Here goes:

We (people) are comprised of these parts, in this order:

1. Physical body

2. Our mentality and thought processes.

3. Our soul.

4. Our spirit.

When we are born and as long as we remain immature, we stick with thr physical selves, which can be selfish and always is taking care of staying alive and wants and needs. As we grow and hopefully mature in life, we develop and give prominence and power to the mentality, a higher function which considers others around us also and consequences, memories, etc. Then as we further mature and develop, we give prominence and power to our soul, where we have a greater idea of who God made us to be and our connectedness to the spirit, with built in personal identity in the bigger picture of God’s kingdom. And the highest goal of maturity and growth and development is to give prominence and power to the spirit in intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit/Source of Goodness and Love.

We can screw this up by opening the spirit to evil spirits inadvertently and ignorantly (or willingly) via the physical or mentality. We can and so screw it up by remaining immature.

How do we shift to the goal of spiritual prominence and connectedness to the Holy Spirit/Good/Love? We read the Bible and pray and start to incorporate its values into our lives until we can be humble enough to let God transform us and shift us to this new form. And when it happens, it is beautiful.πŸ˜„β€

Relationship with God is Only Through Jesus

God the Father wants so much to have a personal relationship with every person He lovingly made. This can only happen through the death and resurrection of Jesus, the only bridge between sin life and Holy God. This is why Jesus said He is the only way to the Father. Accept the Son and draw close to the Father. And the Holy Spirit helps us every step of the way and cumulatively, Yahweh is with us in love. This is eternal and incredibly beautiful.πŸ˜„β€

The Beauty of Easter

The Beauty of Easter is that Jesus’ love (and therefore mercy and grace) was the sole motivator of perfect Him enduring horrific cruelty to give us hope. And every single person God lovingly created has that save gift of hope because of His death and resurrection. These two pivotal events are celebrated now because our future hope is founded solely on them. That would have been all He needed to give us hope and a future with Himself. How beautiful is that. How self-sacrificing to pay in full the price we owed. Wow. How I contemplate Easter! How amazing is that powerful and deep depth of love God has for us all!❀❀

A Pop of Color

After school, I painted our window sills and door thresholds a dark red. Made all the difference n in our house that frankly was a bit drab. That little pop of color added so much interest, I was eager to come home from the game tonight to see it. It is amazing how something so seemingly little adds to morale. And this had come off another criticism and another being yelled at. And God calmed my spirit, gave me joy and peace and said to paint. This was a gift He gave me. And as I painted, I prayed. An apology came later as it sometimes does but I enjoy the colors God gave us. They are a gift. And no matter what happens, I am His and am at peace and joy. The color reminds me. Simple things make the world of difference as reminders. So beautiful. God is so good.πŸ˜„β€