6 Pounds To Go

Am I over-emphasizing the numbers? Yes but on purpose. I believe in tangible, recordable goals. And I achieved 44 pounds down to greater health since the brhinning of June. My means was the Paleo nutrition lifestyle, which has worked beautifully for me. I get to ear healthy, nutritious food without feeling hungry or deprived and it has allowed me to achieve most of my extra weight shedding while encouraging this very doable healthy nutritious lifestyle. I see it as eating closer to nature, appreciating food as God made it, healthy and unaided by excessive additions which discourage the nutrition of the food. And I only have 6 pounds left to go. That is not so daunting as my original 50. It was achieved healthily with one pound down at a time. I did not get sleepy large overnight and I knew it would take time to come off, but this was way faster than I imagined. And now life is the main focus of life and not the next meal. That is the blessing from God for good health. When we obey Him and do everything in moderation (even eat), making nothing too important besides Him, He blesses. He overwhelmingly blesses. God is magnificent, friends. He truly is a marvel and oh how I love Him!❤❤❤

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Back to Back Gigs

Tomorrow we play a private party gig and Sunday afternoon we play a gig at Cornfusion in North Lakeland. So excited. And the guys must be too because they wanted an extra last minute practice today. So, as I sang and played the whole practice, it will be like 3 gigs in a row. Lol. But we are excited. I am not sure how many more years God will provide us gigs, but we will play until we can’t and have a busy season lined up. It is magnificent to make people smile and remember days gone by. It lifts our heaets and our band family just adores plating great, clean oldies music for people. It us even so fun to practice with our great group. One of many.blessings of God and I am so honored and blessed to be a part of it. Demos are here. https://www.smoothsentiment.us/demos.html so you can see us. We sure love it playing good music. Just sharing our joy and praying God blesses you with beautiful, fun hobbies also! This should be fun! 😄❤

Over-Thinking About Appearances

So, I’ve been over-thinking about appearances lately (bet you never guessed from the title lol). I think I have this one down. Let me go through my thinking…

Our bodies do four things. 1. Tell people how to recognize us (security and identification). 2. Convey the genes of parents and lineage (security and heritage). 3. Tell us about the obedience level in the area of health. 4. Test us. Let me elaborate.

1. We need to know friend from foe. If people’s appearance changed like a chameleon, we would not find them again. Also, we are familiar with a person because they look or smile a certain way. So, identification. Familiarity means security.

2. Carrying on the family lineage is something that has always been important to the Lord who made us. We all are ultimately decendents from Adam and Eve, made directly by God. Many twists and turns in that genetic line got us to where we are and in family lineages. Life perpetuates life and we look how we do to support that process. Family means security.

3. People who obey God’s Word, as I have somewhat recently realized myself as I started on this health quest, are healthy (unless the next reason is occurring, that is). Obedience dictates we not be gluttons of food, alcohol, intoxicants, sex, anger, money, or anything. We are told not to be addicts of anything. We are to live healthy lives in moderation of everything. In fact, prayer is the only command to do continuously. So, we can be prayer addicts but every other addiction is disobedience. So good health as a whole can tell you obedience is being taken seriously and poor health tells you there is an imbalance, some disobedience. Of course, that is not true if it is number 4.

4. How you look can be a test. Poor health can be a test to see if you are humble before God or blame Him. You could be tested by ugliness of some feature the world favors in this fleeting moment to decide whether to praise God for who you are or whine about what you want to change. You could be tested by a scar or blemishes or skin ailment or cancer to have faith in God’s ability to heal or faithfulness to support you or not. These tests are blessings from God to let you know He loves you enough to improve you internally which will last forever.

And now you see how my brain works, so scary. And my conclusion is that although there are four main reasons people look the way they do, there is one trump card people have no matter what we look like. Life is short and then our looks die and we inside that shell are released to eternity either with God or with the alternative, called hell, away from God. And as long as you are saved by Jesus Christ, your inner beauty, God’s glory, is secure for the rest of this life and all of eternity. So, the beauty we should strive for has nothing to do with looks, but character, salvation and moral integrity. That is lasting beauty!❤

The Joy of Weeding

Weeding is hard work. In small doses, it is small doses of hard work but never seems complete. It is character building work. It just is. You pull a weed, roots and all, and then in a few days, another little guy pops up there again and you have to do it all over. A lesson in futility.

But what of the results? Are they worth the effort? It is like every other menial chore like cleaning and washing dishes or laundry. Futile. Wash it then it gets dirty again. But. The results of doing it. What of that?

Maybe another view is that what if you don’t do it? What would happen? Thr world would not fall apart. But. Your space you are n in charge if would look like a disaster area in no time and that reflects on you and Jesus you represent. And the joy of weeding is the fruit, that after you have weeded, for that brief moment, you breathe a happy sigh and truly appreciate what God has blessed you with. That joy is worth the work. ❤

Defeat Day to Day Boredom

I used to be bored with normal anything and day to day menial tasks. God made me a big picture person who can and does big things.

I am on stage more comfortably than off it and never know how to small talk. I can and would rather help build a 150′ fence from scratch than do the dishes (we never got the promised dish washer). I started my own private practice Audiology business from scratch and did quite well even the firat year, but cringe at housework. I can heal and pray and fight off giants all day long but sigh heavily if I have to clean the bathrooms. It is how I am made.

Of course, I do all those daily things anyway. But day to day boredom used to be a very real problem for me. I am a doctor because I am ambitious and competitive and smart and want to do more in life and make a difference for God.

But. A huge word, but. God gave me different eyes and a different heart. God wants us balanced. He wants balance in the earth, in our lives, in our cells. How do I know that? He designed it that way. I am only half of my potential if I can only function in my comfort zone. I am not my full potential if I only do what I enjoy and never push to the uncomfortable. What good is healing a person if you can’t talk to them afterwards? What good is a glorious fence if the house is trashed?

So God gave me a glorious lesson in contentment. Even though I sleep alone, have no control or say in any of the finances, have no idea what the passwords are for my husband’s secretive computer and tablets other women are on, have to do all the routine day to day boring jobs in the house without appreciation, have no control over anything and cannot even speak freely without criticism, things which would have in the past made me unhappy at best and homicidal at worst, I am still content. How is this possible?

God wanted me balanced. And much more than that, He wanted me and wanted me free. God loves me, you see. My Heavenly Father wants my worship, my love back because He loves me so much. He gave me this gift of contentment so I am happy being with or doing anything with God. I trust God, not another person. And that is ok.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I am proof of that.❤

Props to Our Library

Did you know there is a place where there are books, music cds and movies to borrow? Our library, unlike many others I have visited, is very much alive and booming. There is a children’s section, a teen’s section, a grownup section and each has activities and readings and all sorts n of things. And our library has a lot of Christian resources also and really nice people. (I have been to others where you feel like a guilty intruder to enter.) So here is proof that with a little revamping, you can still have a popular library, bustling with activity. We come here once a week most weeks and the kids enjoy it. Lots to do. And I love that they love reading. So, thank you, library, for your valuable contribution to my children’s love of reading!❤

Surprises, but Not the Good Kind

I love suprises. Usually.

Today, however, when getting home and looking forward to lunch, I was treated to two flat tires on my vehicle. Not one, but two. Two screws, one in each tire. “How does this happen?”, immediately goes through the mind. “Did I drive through a screw farm? No, not even a shoulder was touched,” as I re-drove my travels in my mind.

But was I hot? Yes. It is Florida in summer. But bothere? Nah. We got this.

My son aired up the tires and now I am sitting at Walmart awaiting the tire heroes to patch my tires. They are even checking my front tires to be sure. And it is covered under my roadside coverage from here!

So, surprise inconvenience and intrusion, yes, but perhaps it saved me from grueling work at the house that was my after lunch goal because the kids want to skate tonight. Maybe that is what God wants me to do. Relax for a change. And it didn’t cost a dime. How often does that happen?? God is so good!❤