God yet again answered my prayers and thank you to those who prayed with me. All went well and with joy and peace with babysitting our grandbaby. I had asked for prayer because we had seen him only twice in his life and never for long, so we knew it would be quite a shock to him and adjustment for us. He is a very busy little man but we had happy moments and even an ever so brief nap. All is well and God remains constantly and perfectly good!❤❤❤
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. ❤
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.❤
Today, I watched Meet the Robinsons again with my daughter. It really inspires me to not judge anyone, take responsibility for my actions, and adopt an orphan, in no particular order. There is so much good that can be done in this world of woes if we each just do our part. We can do what we can do where we are. If enough people did this in humble prayer and keep our minds right for God, oh what a difference we could make, oh what restoration God can do in this land. That is true of every land. Do some good for someone today for God and not expecting anything back. And tomorrow do something else. And the next day. And the world will get better. Brighter. And God will smile on us and bless us because that is His plan. ❤
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. ❤
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!❤
If things always go right in your life, that is so wonderful. Except, we are promised trouble due to the existence of sin and selfishness in this world. We live, for now until Jesus comes for us, in a world of opposing forces- one that wants us to morally grow in love and grace and one that wants us destroyed and dead. Good and evil are there. And our own selves has to constantly fight selfishness and badness in our own choices. So going wrong is the natural conclusion to all that sometimes. So what do uou do when uou fall off that goodness horse? You just jump back on that horse and ride on. How? Humble prayer and Bible reading and repentence (rejecting the bad and accepting obedience and good). Jesus is our path to freedom and all good in our lives. He is the only way. And the good news is that he understands and is for us and loves us. No one gets or loves us more. ❤