What Helps You?

I’m with some of my children and got to see all of my grandchildren. I love it when my son and his wife get vacation time. Grandparents Asian Grandma Grandson Grandphttps://pixabay.com/en/photos/grandparents/

For two weeks before this I drove north to babysit for four of my “grands” and scooted home for the weekends. At the end of the two weeks, I was worn out!

Every once in a while, my husband and I will look at each other and say, “I’m not in my twenties anymore.”

An advantage of seeing my son-he takes the time to work on my computer, which keeps freezing up and gets in the way of my blogging. Another reason I love being with younger people is because by the time you reach grandparent age, you’ve seen a lot of disappointment and sorrow with the joys of life balancing things out.

When I get overwhelmed with hard things, I hold onto Phil. 4:8, NKJV: Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of a good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.

The Apostle Paul continued in Phil. 4:9: “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”

If I get hit with fear or my thoughts are all over the place and I can’t remember what I was doing or what word I need to describe something, I stop a minute and breathe. Then, I repeat 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

The Word of God is true and works. I also consider the physical aspect. Am I feeling tired or thirsty or am I trying to focus on more than one thing at a time? I take care of those things if it’s possible.

Have you used a Scripture and seen God fulfill it? I would love to hear from you! Have you taken a vitamin B tablet to help when you’re in a stressful situation? Or exercised? What helps you?

May God bless you!

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Made to Move

I believe people are made to move around and to work. Since I go to a nursing home on Fridays and when I went to visit an elderly lady in her home a couple of weeks ago, this thought came to mind: exercise helps us age more gracefully.

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The lady living alone teeters as she walks with her cane. She used to own a dog, but when he died she didn’t get another pet. She can’t hear well and I never see her outdoors anymore. She used to go to the grocery store, but she insists on the driver accompanying her into the store. Then she visits with whoever will listen to her, she examines the products carefully. The lady with her is chained to her in a manner of speaking and so she finally told her to give her a list with the money and she’d pick up the groceries and bring them back. It is a volunteer, so she can’t force the chauffeur to allow her into the car.

 

This person doesn’t get exercise, doesn’t see others much, and is aging more rapidly than most people her age, it seems to me.

 

One of the gals in our Bible study group is in her nineties and sometimes her legs hurt. Today she told me that when she’s in pain, she maneuvers her wheelchair out the door to the main hallway and makes her way around a huge circle of rooms and the nursing station. Last night she did that near her bedtime, which is unusual. She said the pain in her legs left once she began moving. “I just needed some exercise! The pain left and I slept well.”

 

When I find myself sitting more than normal, at the end of the day I feel fidgety.

 

Another person I know suffers from “restless leg syndrome.”

 

She can’t move around a lot because her weight has crept up along with her age. Lately she’s been acting like she’s ready to lose weight. When I asked her if she wanted toast one morning since she didn’t get breakfast, she turned me down. I think she’s trying to avoid too many carbohydrates.

 

I hope she will lose the extra pounds and find greater mobility. I’d love to see her age gracefully!

 

I am convinced I need to work heartily as unto the Lord and that means if I’m typing all day, I also need to shake my arms and fingers, and get up and walk around every hour. I went to our church to help with the gardening in early spring. When I yanked some weeds out of the ground on a dry day, a muscle by my upper arm pulled. I never expected that, and that’s when I realized I’m not building up strength. Now, I’m doing stretches, walking, and more resistance type exercises.

 

Our bodies weren’t meant to sit in a chair or on a couch every hour of the day. Note to me, get up and move around on a regular basis!

 

May God bless you. Hope you are able to choose healthy foods and exercise. I’d like to hear how you improve your health when you need to.

Health and Well-being

When I wrote about http//:www.soapboxsoap.com ’s Black Soap yesterday I neglected to mention that the box identified the product as detoxifying. I’m all for that.

I go to a dermatologist twice a year for a checkup since I overexposed my skin to the strongest sunshine over the years. I remember as a teenager soaking up the sun’s rays with an iodine/baby oil solution slathered on. A younger teen with the whitest skin I ever saw suggested the combination to enhance tanning.

I had my doubts and sure enough, I remember her in her bathing suit with blisters on her chest from the hours she spent in vain trying to darken her lily-white complexion.

I never stayed that long. Even as a young person I somehow knew that too much sun, too many cookies, long hours of reading with no exercise harmed health. Not that my friends or siblings listened to me. 🙂

In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul said in 1Timothy 4:8, (KJV):  “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”

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I don’t believe he means that we should neglect taking care of our body. I think he means we can get carried away with the outward appearance and our health, when God is more concerned with our inner person, our heart and soul and spirit.

I hope this finds you well!

May God bless you.

Order for Life

I started working and getting ready for Thanksgiving and a friend came over so we could work on her etsy.com site. One of the things to do before Thanksgiving according to Regina Leeds, One Year To An Organized Life, is to clear the kitchen table completely. Then, put everything from the counter tops onto the cleared table and only return the essential utensils and appliances back onto the counter. That way, there is plenty of room for food preparation on Thanksgiving Day.

Regina Leeds book on “getting completely organized for good,” part of her sub-title, was copyrighted in 2008 and published by MJF Books, New York, NY.

For the last two days I planned on clearing my table, but I’ve been typing, baking for a commitment, being at church with my husband as he counseled a female from our church, doing housework, a few other responsibilities, and a little bit of leisure for balance.

It’s amazing how quickly I cleared the table when I knew she’d be arriving. Now I can clear the counters in a snap and get ready for our company.

I like to read books on time management and organization because that’s not my forte. I usually get some piece of advice from each one that I can begin to do. A good friend of mine told me when she goes into her basement, she always looks for something that needs to go down there so she can do two things at once. The same for going upstairs.

So, I’ve done that for years. If I forget and have to make an extra trip, I don’t mind. I consider it exercise. I park my car far from the store entrance when the weather isn’t harsh, to work extra steps into my day.

Being a writer, I need to move around since it’s a sedentary occupation.

I told the young mom today to do herself a favor and squeeze in time in her day, early on if possible, to read the Word. Even if it’s only 10 minutes, it’ll help her connect with God and set the tone for her day. At Friday morning Bible study, we moved to read the first two chapters of Colossians. I love that book because it talks of the deity of Jesus Christ.

In chapter 3 it tells us we are seated in heavenly places now, if believers and followers of Jesus Christ. The Bible gives us so much to chew on.

When I take time for God first, not only does He clarify my thinking, but I work through my list of priorities more efficiently. He clears my sleepy head and opens the door for continued communication throughout the day.

He is a good God, even though I’ve had non-believers wish He didn’t give them free will. They couldn’t believe in Him at that moment in time.

I always counter with the statement, “He wants us to love Him back; He didn’t want robots.”

Anyway, I hope that as you are preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas and any other celebrations that are unique to you and/or to your culture, that you will consider talking to God and possibly ask Him to order your life. In Genesis, He tells us that He created us all in His image.

May God bless you.

How to De-clutter

Our Ladies Bible Study meets with a few purposes in mind on Wednesday mornings. One is to study the Word of God. Another is to visit and get to know each other better. The third reason is to pray for the needs of the participants and for broader concerns. We pray for our country and for people with sicknesses or financial distress or in need of spiritual re-birth, etc.

 

Sometimes practical concerns come up. Today we got talking about clutter and the stress and the confusion it can cause. One of the ladies suggested those of us who may suffer from too much stuff could remove five things from our home every two days or every four days. Just five things, it’d be easy.

 

We talked about exercising and eating healthy. Small steps in the right direction can make such a difference in our energy level, our brain feeling joy from the endorphins that exercise releases, our circulatory systems functioning at a better capacity. One of the ladies said when she exercised one day when her auto-immune system was acting up and causing lots of pain, the activity caused all the pain to leave her body once she got past the initial discomfort. After we talked, she got motivated to go home and pull out her low impact exercise DVD. She had forgotten all about it until she shared her remarkable discovery with us.

 

I hoped to eat healthier after our session, but the choices before me weren’t conducive to giving up some of the foods I hoped to avoid. So, I drank more water today. I figure I don’t drink enough good water and that always helps the body function well.

 

We also took the time to pray for each other and our loved ones. I felt more peaceful after that time of seeking God and asking His favor. I’ve been praying the “Our Father” from Mat 6:9, (KJV):  “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread.

Mat 6:12  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Mat 6:13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

 

Jesus taught this prayer to His disciples. When I pray this with the ladies, it becomes more than just words I learned as a child. God will help us to have discipline to de-clutter and to do other things that are pleasing to Him if we’ll ask Him for strength and wisdom and time.

 

I hope this finds you well. God bless!

Wonderfully Made

Psalm_139:14 (ASV) “I will give thanks unto thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Wonderful are thy works; And that my soul knoweth right well.”

This is the psalmist thanking God for making him in such an intricate manner. The human body is amazing. Healthy water, good food, exercise and the right amount of sleep causes the body to heal itself often times.

In addition, God tells us in Exodus 15:26, (KJV), “And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.”

I made Italian meatballs today and used jar sauce and homemade sauce for a group of friends and my husband. We ate a salad that someone else made. I enjoyed the food. We worship God and we read Scripture and discuss what we read. Tonight we prayed over a situation at one of the couple’s church. What a privilege to get together with like-minded friends to talk about God and His Word. We don’t see each other often, but enough so that there is a trust built up. That is precious indeed.

It surprises me that I fret over whether the sauce will be good, the meatballs flavorful enough. Wanting to please and then, a  matter of pride, I suppose, kept me adding this spice or that sweetener or a jar of tomato paste and three parts of water.

The most enjoyable part of the evening was discussing how God does His loving part of keeping us in the faith and helping us to find our purpose in life:our works. Then we looked at Scriptures in Phillipians and Hebrews and elsewhere that tell of us choosing to turn from sinful pursuits and to walk in a manner worthy of our calling in Christ Jesus. Col_1:10 (ASV) says: “so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

We have our part and God has His part in this relationship between Creator and His created. How marvelous our God is to love us and fashion us and to interact with us. Be blessed!

Keeping A Notebook

As a writer I know it’s good to keep a notebook handy for writing ideas. I like blogging and often during the day, maybe while carrying a laundry basket downstairs to wash clothing, an idea for a blog will hit my brain and I’ll think, I’ll jot that down when I get upstairs and then it’s gone by the time I’ve sorted light colors from the dark ones, pre-treated stains, etc.

I carry a small notebook in my purse, so occasionally I capture an idea when I’m out and about. I remember being at a Christmas play a few years ago when a Christmas idea completely different from the play hit me and I wrote and wrote. The author watched me from her spot on the stage and I hoped she knew I was in the midst of transcribing thoughts to words and not copying her creation.

I haven’t submitted anything to a publisher since “War Cry Magazine” rejected an article I wrote on speculation in October. The one editor said three editors make the final decision, and he’d never read my writing before. They asked me to please send it elsewhere when they rejected it. I’m just not sure which market would carry the same kind of article. That was encouraging when they wrote that. They didn’t have to. So, I’m  praying about it now that I’m thinking about it and I’ll jot a priority in my planner – “look for a suitable market.”

I’ve been noticing that as a writer, I need to be careful to get exercise and pay attention to posture and how I type – ergonomically correct or not. And to eat healthily instead of grabbing whatever and getting back to the world of words.

For the writers out there, do you carry a notebook of sorts with you? Mine is paper with a spiral top to it. Paper or electronic, getting the words down and submitting them is imperative for authors.

Wow, I’ve been listening to Keith Green on YouTube and his song writing ability was amazing. I heard of him way back in the 1980’s and never found him online until now. He was passionate about following Jesus Christ and living the faith instead of just talking about it or writing about it. He only lived until age 28. What incredible songs he sang, a good number of them written from his life experience.

May God be near you today.

 

Christians Need to Fight

Sometimes I’ll tell my husband that I feel like I’m in a spiritual battle. Big sigh.

He’ll tell me, “We’re always in a battle.”

No big deal. That’s life.

Today I pondered the idea of fighting back. Not taking kick boxing classes, (are those for fighting or getting in shape)?

Anyhow, I thought of Christians all over the world being persecuted for their faith. Americans only face a little of that so far, although in the secular media I’ve noticed that the crazy guy with the ax often carries a Bible in the other hand. Right. I know a LOT of Christians and none of them are murderers.

So, to get back to the fighting bit. I think every Christian should pick up their Sword of the Spirit – the word of God, and yield it with all their might, humbly on their knees in prayer.

Can you imagine if every Christian in the world spent an extra five minutes a day repenting of sin and then praying for others, using God’s word to remind Him of His promises, and then listened quietly for another five minutes? I believe the battle in the heavenlies would rock our world like ISIS or that mean person in our lives never dreamed of.

Eph. 6:12  (KJV) states: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

God wants us involved in this life for His glory and for His love to be spread to others through us. How can we love others if we’re not in communication with the Great I Am?

We can only love and pray and serve and exist with the strength God gives us. When we try and do it on our own, we wimp out. We get tired, sick, discouraged, misdirected, maybe even feel manipulated.

Even Jesus took time with the Father every single day. If God the Son needs time with God the Father to be re-charged, how can we go it alone?

I’m just picturing more victory in this world when we all participate, because for some odd reason, God wants to include us in the heavenly realms’ battle, which impacts our sod.

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September – a Month of Beginnings

I have a five-year old grandson that lives too far away from me. He started kindergarten this Fall. A new beginning for him and his mom. He’s her oldest.

I found an empty DEMO Exercise sheet of paper that asks you to rate everything you want to be, to do, and to have with boxes for a rating from one to ten. There is a spot to rate the benefit to myself and to others, again with a one to ten rating. The items that add up to forty are the ones you’re supposed to do first. Ten for desire, ten for enjoy, ten for benefiting me, ten for benefiting others. The problem is, I tend to have more than one forty, maybe ten or twelve of them. So then I rank them by alphabet with a number to follow. A1 is my first priority, A2 second, etc. I go as far as D and then I quit. So if I’m on a to-be item number twenty-eight and realize that it’s really important to me, I’ll make it an A1.5. It can get confusing. 🙂

The good news is that it works for me. I may not stick to it perfectly. I cleaned my refrigerator the other day, which was my A1. Yes, because I’d been avoiding that chore. The next thing I know I’m mopping floors, which was an A7, because all my life, when I clean the refrigerator, I mop the floors because I always spill water or get crumbs on the floor. I’m happy to note that blog two times a week is an A2.5, and so far so good, I think.

My husband has a hard time with goal setting he tells me. My DEMO Exercise list has thirty-six items on it and covers all of my life, although I think I missed one. Something is niggling at the back of my mind. I include vacation ideas, writing ideas, hobbies, etc. I notice I’m getting more done than I have in a while, because I forgot about these DEMO sheets, which are no longer being manufactured in Rochester, NY. Probably because everyone uses far less paper. Now that I remembered, I decided to fill one out and voila’, it’s helping me focus. Yay! So I decided to make my version on my computer.

I missed out on some fun on Saturday because I was mopping feverishly, trying to be on time. I told one of the ladies that I may not make it because I had a long list of things to do. A few of my friends never would have made plans in the first place if the house needed attention. We’re such individuals, aren’t we? This mopping instead of joining friends is a real answer to prayer. I have too many opportunities to visit with people or to set my own hours, and if I always choose the fun, things get left undone. Then I suffer, my husband suffers, and it impacts others. I’m only there half-halfheartedly, with a weight around my spirit.   It’s taken me a long time to realize this; sad but true. So September is an eye opener for me practically speaking and spiritually. I feel God wants me to take some time and sit quietly with Him to do some introspection. He wants me to make some changes for good that may not be easy, but definitely worth the effort. Whatever I do that lines up with His word always enriches my life. It may stretch me like crazy, but if I feel He’s telling me to do something, He always helps me.

When my husband became a pastor and we moved to another town, a friend gave me a plaque that reads, “The Grace of God will enable you to be what He made you to be and do what He has called you to do.” There’s a Scripture quotation on the bottom, “The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Do you sense God calling you to step out of your comfort zone? How are you doing with that? Has September brought you beginnings you want to write about?