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.😄❤
I tell you what. Losing 22 pounds the healthy way in just 2 months really dumps a ton of energy into your body. I am getting g things done and caught up that were so behind in my larger, unhealthy, still coming out of depression days. I hadn’t realized how much I had let go of, just not doing it, not paying attention. Since losing the weight and still working on losing more to get to a “normal” weight for my ridiculously short height, I am working on putting in the fence, catching up on yard maintenance, mowing, spring cleaning, reorganizing, rearranging the kids’ rooms to make more sense, reading, keeping up with cooking and cleaning, doing dishes, subbing the outdoor front patio, practicing my piano, catching up with old friends I love but have neglected, oh so many things! And I am not worn out, my back doesn’t hurt, my knees are fine, no pain anywhere, and I am looking for and finding things to do for fun and productivity. I love this. I am working for God and love the energy and help losing weight He is giving me. God is so very good and holds us well. ❤
Now in phase 1 of the fence, we have 3 of 9 panels completed. 1″x8″x8′ boards are going up today three panels deep on 3 2″x4″x8′ stringers between 4″x4″x8′ posts set in concrete. And now, we have three beautiful sections up and are ready to finish up phase 1 tomorrow. This is so exciting. While we love our neighbors and help them whenever they need it, we do not need to see all their comings and goings. Many, many people live there and come and go and all of them peer into our yard and I have felt uncomfortable with so many people I don’t know so close to my kids that we haven’t been out in the yard much. So now the fence is going up and I am so excited because once it is done, we can use our space and be outside again. Yay! I am so very thankful. Hard work but so worth it! God is so very good! 😄❤
I am joyful and peaceful but recovering from working hard all day in this hot Florida summer sun. Thank God for giving breezes all day and thanks be to God for strength and help to get much of the fence up today. More to go tomorrow. Everyone helped and it will be so amazing to get that fence up again. So super excited. After fence work was finished for today (meaning everyone had enough of the heat lol), I weeded and mowed. I have motivation to be outside again because privacy is on the horizon again. Woo hoo! Praise God! And band practice tonight to boot. So great!❤
It has been great to see my body become healthier and less massful. It has been lovely to fit my clothes better and have more energy. Yes, these things are great. But a downside most don’t consider is having to buy new clothes because now I am starting to swim in them. This is very expensive. But I have found thrift stores are excellent, especially when you intend to continue thinning down and won’t be in that size for long either. I need to lose around 50 pounds total and am down 11, so I still have a ways to go. So thrift stores is my solution to my clothes situation. Thankfully, we have several good ones in my area. But the benefits outweigh the downside. I need to be healthy for whatever God gives me to do: my kids and husband and caretaking my mom, which is light duty now but will be more and more as time goes on, and my work. So, I will continue my Paleo nutrition lifestyle and continue toward my health goal, which has yet to leave me hungry or tired as “diets” have in the past. And I can maintain this because it is very natural and healthy.❤
Tonight, my kids learned several big words, like “anunciation” and “diaphragm”. We found a role for Lucy to play because she hates singing (she will be Mary). We learned and sang the words to Mary, Did You Know?. It was beautiful. The kids that used to have one pitch are now all singing together and it makes my heart happy. 😄 ❤
In our band, we play oldies rock (and variety) tunes. One of the songs we do that has always given me grief on my organ lead was Runaway. It was our old drummer’s favorite song, so it sticks out in my head and I always got it right on the repeat but always screwed it up the first time. It plagued me. But something happened. I was led to study it. It sounds pompous, but I rarely study a song, just play it, make it happen. So this is not on any planet my norm. And for the first time ever, I easily and smoothly and perfectly performed the lead both times and can do so without complication or stress every time. I could play it now for you. Lol So, this was my gift. I don’t give myself glory for it was so out of character to think of figuring it out that I know it was a gift from God. A rock song? Yes. Because it was a stress for me and I asked for help and He helped. So it was more about God’s provision and answer to prayer and less about what He was helping with. God cares deeply about us, about me, about you. He loves specific humble prayers and requests. He loves surprising us with creative answers. And it was a moment of sunshine in an otherwise impossibly busy and stressful day. Well done, Lord God! I love you!❤❤❤