Hindrances or Appointments

 

I’ve been north helping with my grandchildren. They all contracted fevers days apart from each other, so time stretched out.

Two nights ago, I asked my daughter if I could borrow her computer so I could blog. It wouldn’t work.

Then, I used my old computer which she has for a back up for her job. That didn’t work either. So much for blogging while I was away.

When I got home, I went straight to a meeting. In the morning, I arose early so my sister could get to the hospital for an operation which got delayed for three hours.

I’ve been reading a book on and off for over a year now. Today worked perfectly to finish it up. Now, I’m highlighting the significant parts of this non-fiction book and working the exercises.

One suggestion the motivational writer said that I read today, “Take care of yourself.”

I’ve noticed that the older I get, when I’m busy writing or babysitting or cleaning, whatever I’m doing, I may not pay attention to changing my position, or using correct posture, drinking enough water, exercising, or grabbing a healthy meal. I appreciated the reminder.

(I found this photo at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/thinking-for-a-change-john-c-maxwell with more letters and symbols for the address on Google.)

Years ago, I read a John Maxwell book entitled, Thinking for a Change, copyrighted in 2003, which I bought. Warner Books, Inc., New York, NY published it.

I thought my husband may like it as well, because he’s studied management principles and applied them to his life for years.

I don’t know if he read it, but I remember John Maxwell saying that he worked hard to achieve goals throughout his life so he neglected taking care of himself.

At that time, he realized he needed to work on his well-being or he’d be sorry. So, he too, recommended paying attention to one’s health.

I love spending time with my grandchildren and my children, but after almost twelve full days together I told my son I hadn’t done any writing and sometimes I feel like time is slipping away. He asked me, “Don’t you think this week with the kids is the best use of your time?”

That stopped me longing for working computers. I began the first book I mentioned while the children slept. So, I did do something else besides cooking, washing dishes, babysitting and laundry. Also, we played games and read books and I got to understand the rhythms of their lives in a way I didn’t comprehend before.

Plus, extended time with my grown children is a rarity, which I thoroughly enjoyed as well.

It’s amazing how a well framed question can turn my thoughts in another direction.

My sister’s surgery went well today and she is recovering for a day here unless New York weather gets so bad that the roads get closed down tomorrow. Then she’ll be here for two days. I don’t remember such crazy weather. February had been so warm. I wonder if that’s why so many folks have been sick. Warm spells and then a few days of cold and back to balmy weather. A few years back, we had a warm winter, but it was consistent.

Well, God knows what He’s doing in regards to the climate. He knows what He’s doing in regards to my schedule. I’d been feeling like I needed to play some games and relax. I got to do that with the children.

May God bless you and watch over you and protect you.

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What Stays, What Goes?

Yesterday I mentioned that it was time to eat healthier. My body is demanding less empty calories. So we shopped mostly in the produce aisle tonight. My husband has learned lots of cooking tips from the food shows available through television or computer. I bought some of the vegetables on sale. That helps a lot.

When I got home, there was a message on the answering machine that I wanted to act on. So, I called them back as I put the groceries away. I forgot to buy rice, so I’m going to put that on the ongoing grocery list. I finished handling the mail after putting the groceries away. My daughter came over because she had to babysit a toddler and had asked me if she could spend the time at my house. I told her yes, but I didn’t jot down the date. So, I put aside some writing I wanted to do and did some housework, grocery list making and babysitting with her. He’s such a cutey and very easy going. One of my daughter’s friends asked if there’s an older version of him available anywhere. 🙂

After his grandmother picked him up, I made plans to return my library book and then visit my husband at work for a moment to see if he wanted to shop with me. He was able to clear his schedule so I didn’t have to drive a ways alone in the dark both to and then from.

A few minutes ago, I looked at the clock and it was getting late. “Blog,” I asked my husband, “or work for a client on a project?”

“It’s up to you.”

I chose to blog and then figured I’ll try to get a lot done on Saturday. My Friday is booked up.

When we decided to spend more time preparing healthier foods, I knew it would take more time to prepare the meals and I’m willing to do that. Now I’m thinking, what goes and what stays?

I need my time in the Word of God and sitting quietly at His feet, that’s a no brainer for me.

I need sleep, another no brainer.

I’d like to exercise regularly, that should be a no brainer, but sometimes I don’t fit it in. I do try and park my car far from the store or make extra trips up and down stairs just to move and get the blood circulating more.

Well, you get where I’m going here. Something is going to have to get downsized or removed from my activities. I don’t sew like I used to, already. I enjoy watching television with my husband, but I’m thinking I can cut some of that. I don’t watch a lot already, so a little less won’t hurt.

Have you got something in mind you want to do, but now you realize you may have to consider what stays and what goes? Thinking is so crucial in life and there are times when I know that I’m moving on autopilot and not thinking what is non-essential so I can cut it loose.

Jesus told the crowds that were following Him in Luke 14 that they needed to consider the cost of becoming His disciple. He didn’t make it sound easy. Then He told a story of a man building a tower – how he first sits down to calculate the expense of it to see if he has enough to complete it.

God always tells people to use their minds and their reason and to seek Him and to seek wisdom.

Well anyway, those are my thoughts tonight. I hope I get to blog tomorrow, but if I don’t start early, it’s not going to happen. Thought I’d just give a heads up that it’s iffy tomorrow.

I hope this finds you well. You never know what a day will bring, so I hope you are making the most of your moments and your choices and your life. Me, too. 🙂

May God bless.

Mindset

 

I’ve been so impressed with the brain and its capabilities to impact its owner.

 

I come from the perspective that there is a loving God, an incredible Creator. He gave us a brain that supersedes any computer.

 

“Computers are good at storage and speed, but brains maintain the efficiency lead” is the title of an article by

Mark Fischetti on November 1, 2011, found at www.scientificamerican.com/article/computers-vs-brains/

 

Our brain can work for us or against us. If we firmly believe we can do something within our range of possibilities, e.g. give up alcohol, eat healthier, put stuff away after each use, stop compulsive behaviors, etc., we are able to do it.

 

It’s called mindset. If we really want to finish our homework on a timely manner, for instance, we’ll look for resources to help us. If there are constant distractions at home, we’ll go somewhere quiet to study or get up earlier in the day when everyone else is sleeping. If need be, we’ll ask for help from those in the position to help us.

 

If we’ll take time to think about an outcome we desire, if we’ll consider the steps needed to get there, we can do things we previously thought impossible.

 

If we immediately decide things will never change, I can’t do this, then the brain will act on those thoughts as well. Proverbs_23:7a says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he,” (KJV).

 

If significant people in your life have spoken negative words over you – “You’re stupid,” or “You’ll never amount to anything,” or “You don’t deserve anything nice,” you can take steps to overcome these lies or any others.

 

The Tree of Life version of the Bible in Romans 12: 2, 3 says,   “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For through the grace given me, I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think—but to use sound judgment, as God has assigned to each person a measure of faith.”

 

We are to renew our mind through reading the Scripture and through prayer and through fellowship with other people. We are not to think too highly of ourselves. Using sound judgment, we will look at ourselves as realistically as we can and thus not put ourselves down and think harsh thoughts about ourselves. Where we fall short, we can pray for forgiveness and for help to make necessary improvements. Where we see abilities we’ve ignored or downplayed we may now offer our services to those without those capabilities.

 

I ran into a young mom in the local grocery store and she said she hates to cook. She’d rather clean the yuckiest thing in the building than put together a meal.

 

I thought back to when I was a young mom. I liked trying new recipes and I studied soup making because it was economical and it was a comfort food in my mind.

 

I pictured an outreach at church with people that love to cook with those who don’t: ladies sharing ideas, and then possibly sharing chores. “I’ll clean your refrigerator if you’ll make a meal for my family.”

 

Or, ladies exchanging recipes for easy nutritious meals that kids like, possibly cooking them for a taste test and instruction at the same time. Who knows, maybe we’ll actually do that?

 

Have you been thinking of ways to help others?

 

May God bless you.

 

 

 

War and Peace Anyone?

I downloaded a copy of Tolstoy’s War and Peace with bonus material, Give War and Peace a Chance by Andrew D. Kaufman on my Kindle months ago.

 

I read pages and pages of introductory material. Near the end, one of the readers, “a Chicago heiress, Miss Mary Landon Baker, …said, ‘I should like to live my life over again, in order to have once again the pleasure of reading War and Peace for the first time!'”

 

The translator, Aylmer Maude wrote a preface and he quoted Miss Baker.

 

That got me thinking that I did not want to begin that epic tale at the end of a busy day when my energy level was not at it’s peak.

 

With my lifestyle, it won’t be a continuous read anyway.

 

What classics are your favorites?

 

God bless.

Inclusive

I complained to my husband today that we now own a chipmunk/bird feeder. It may be a 50/50 split.

“Chipmunks are cute.”

“True.”

Just not what I had in mind.

To totally change the subject, which I’ve been known to do in the middle of things, I thought about the opportunity I took to read from the book of Acts this week. The Nazarenes, a Jewish sect of believers that believed in Jesus Christ as their Messiah, became known as Christians in Antioch according to Acts 11:26.

God always intended for Gentiles to be included in the Jewish faith. God chose the Israelites as His people to be an example to all others in the world.

The prophet Isaiah is quoted as saying:
Isa 49:5, (CEV) Even before I was born, the LORD God chose me to serve him and to lead back the people of Israel. So the LORD has honored me and made me strong.
Isa 49:6 Now the LORD says to me, “It isn’t enough for you to be merely my servant. You must do more than lead back survivors from the tribes of Israel. I have placed you here as a light for other nations; you must take my saving power to everyone on earth.”

In the book of Acts, the Apostle Peter struggles with including Gentiles. The Jewish culture considered outsiders unclean and avoided close contact with them.

So God got through to Peter through a vision beginning in Acts 10:10. It was not what Peter had in mind.

God can change our prejudices and wrong thinking if we allow Him to.

I need to ask Him what my wrong thinking is.

What an adventure life is. Not always easy, but there’s zest in the journey.

God bless!