Stewardship

I have been very convicted lately with the idea of good stewardship. Stewardship is what you do with what God has given you. Good stewardship is doing good with it. Bad stewardship is doing bad with it there is only those two options because doing nothing is the same as doing bad. There is no lukewarm in heaven’s eternity. It is apathetic to not care enough about your gifts and blessings to even develop or use them.

And I had been guilty of that. God has given me gifts of leadership, sports, music, art, faith, encouragement, prayer, etc. And here was I abusing those gifts or being apathetic (which is pathetic) and sitting depressed and overeating and addicted to Facebook and wrong thinking, etc.

God addressed this crime of bad stewardship in me and since I have been working on becoming a good steward, taking responsibility for my choices and developing good, healthy habits, which for me personally drove my 40 pound weight loss (last 10 to go-woo hoo!).

We are all called to good stewardship with all the gifts, abilities and resources God has given us. Everyone. And how well we are doing that when God calls His church home will determine who goes and who is left behind. So it is a pretty enormous deal. I want to be ready. So I am working on good stewardship. I invite you to consider areas you can do good with what you are able to do well. ❤

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A Gift for Mom

I am reminded that my husband has very good moments, mostly generous ones, and replacing my mom’s computer is one of them. We are delivering it today. Hers was on its last of its prehistoric legs and her printer had jumped ship, anticipating its demise. He may struggle sometimes to treat me without contempt, and yet sometimes he borders on generosity and almost kindness, but today he gets to shine for helping my mom. It means so much to her because she is a writer. She is actually on chapter 8 of a new book as we speak. So, he will be blessing her this morning and we will go watch her be blessed. How beautiful it is to be generous with someone who needs it. It is a really beautiful thing. And what a blessing it is to give instead of getting. It feels so good, even if I am only watching this time!❤

Good Health

My venture into this idea of good health has transformed within me over the years. It has been my frequent companion and is dwelling with me yet again. And here is the path it has taken with me personally.

Background, I should mention that genetics is rather against a tiny waistline in my family. We are wonderful people but endowed with a proclivity to hold weight. In addition, I am a mezomorph, meaning if I breath to hard, I gain muscle mass. This would be incredible if I wished to be a body builder, but alas… Also, I am 5 foot, one inch tall. Yeah, not helpful for hiding extra pounds. Lol

So, this is my starting ground. And my first dance with “good health” was to lose weight. I was into sports, ran, jumped, rode my bike all over town, was very active so the extra weight was all I had to lose to be healthy, so was my thinking.

The next phase was not health so much as attraction. Guys I dated (which were idiots, looking back on it- what on earth was I thinking?) Wanted skinny girls. So again my weight loss was my return dance with “good health”, because I lived in Michigan, meaning I was thinner and more active in summer and fall than the other half of the snowed in year where you gain weight.

The I unfortunately married my first husband who thought I should not eat until I was skinny. A muscular 5 foot 1 inch mezomorph woman cannot look skinny unless you loose the muscle. So, I went on a raw diet, with the only meat I ate being boneless, skinless chicken breast and everything else raw.

Then, when he was no longer having any say in my life and we divorced, I met my husband who did not pressure me to look any certain way but stressed me out by micromanaging me otherwise. At this point, “good health” finally meant something other than skinny. It meant mental well-being. And then a difficult pregnancy and then three deaths simultaneously (one being my daddy) plunged me into a depression. Good health took a back road then.

Fast forward to present day. Now, God healed my depression and physical issues related to it and worked on me and my husband and set out to heal me slowly. So now “good health”, my friend who I once loathed, does not mean depravity or limitations. To me, today, even as we speak, “good health” means worship through the obedience of good stewardship of the shell God made me in. I am responsible for this body He provided and moreso, I am responsible to use the energy of a healthy body to do His work, whatever He asks me to do and calls me to do. I have a family (husband and two kids) to care for. I have a mom who needs help. I have kids in my PE class to lead. I have kids in Sunday school to teach. I have a home to keep. God has things for me to do and need to be healthy for that to happen.

So, there you have it. For “good health” to be an easy, blessed, peaceful, joyful, welcome friend, you must have the help of God who made you and His Spiritual motivational component and not just be a shallow thing. In growing closer to God, we grow closer to the Great Physician and Creator who made us and knows what is healthy for us. For me now that involves losing weight, but that is so far from the whole of it and my motivation is obedience and service to God, first and foremost. So I will remain partners with my friend “good health” by God’s grace until He takes me to Heaven someday.❤

Fence Phase 2 Complete

What I love most about our fence is that we worked as a team family to build it custom ourselves. And now we only have one fence section on the other side to address and we can get our puppy!!! Praise God! ❤

Family Work Days

We worked more on the fence today as a family. It was a lot if work and replete with agitation and yelling, as usual. However, despite the noise we are all accustomed to, we completed the remaining fence skeleton, the last two 4x4x10 posts and remaining 2x4x8 stringers, cut to size. And this will complete our front and side fence portions, once the boards are cut and screwed on. And all we will have is a short back section and we can get a dog, fenced in yard ready for one. And this is our goal. So we work as a family for this family goal. And this is very good. God is good to us and sometimes it is good to work just for us as a family. This is a beautiful thing. And one more day will finish this phase 2 and the short phase 3 will not take long, as posts are already there. So yay!!! Hope God blesses you also to accomplish something beautiful with your family.❤

Peaceful, Easy Feeling

Today I got a lot of little things done and had such a peace all day. The biggest thing is that my daughter and I did a craft- we made our own fans. What fun! I did yard work, pruning, counseled my cat lady neighbor (who is mourning the loss of her really old cat), assisted with new lighting for the fish tank and cooked bacon – wrapped chicken breast. Amazing I can eat this now and then on my new nutrition lifestyle. So, what a good day. Tomorrow we are supporting our nephew who just became a priest. So a break from teaching Sunday School and on to family support. Family is good! I am just so thankful to God for all His many blessings in our life. God is so very good. ❤

Sweet Spirit

We had our VBS (Vacation Bible school) ending program tonight. It was great. One youth was saved and many families without churches now want to come to our church family. It was wonderful, all went so well. I was able to talk to and encourage many of my kids and their families that came to our classroom. It was wonderful. In keeping with my Good News theme, this was a fantastic start. And God kept the rain away so the kids could bounce in the bounce-houses. And we met some other homeschooling families. Such an uplifting experience! God is so good!❤