God's Word for Today

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sometime ya just need a keyboard...

there are some things I know for sure!

the evil one works harder to deter those of faith because the victory will be sweeter if he can succeed.

I knew that tapping away on my phone would hinder my process this morning so I had to dust off the laptop to get these thoughts out of my head this morning.

Me in my jammies this morning....good morning y'all!

I know the truth, I also know who the ruler of the air is.

Last night I spent several hours having great discussion with the Lord. The evil one would place unwanted thoughts in my head. I would take them captive, place them in God's hands and allow Him to usher them back out. 

Would that I could do this but once and have it be done and over with. 

Sadly being the weak willed human I am unwanted thoughts creep in and I have to deal with them. The reality is that the evil one know right where to strike. He knows where my underbelly is. 

My other more important truth is that God is stronger and He covers me with His protection. The arrows of the evil one may be continuous, but I stand safely covered with the whole armor of God.

This morning my devotion was about this very subject. Yet another example of how God goes before us. 

"What do you worry about in your tomorrows? In your weakest moments, what thoughts are going through your head? What strategy does the enemy try to get us to worry..."

After spending multiple hours last night struggling with parental concerns and praying them away and then rinsing and repeating, these were the first words I read thins morning.

God is so GOOD y'all!

I know last night will not be my last fitful night. As a parent, we love our children, and we have concerns for their safety, their well-being and the continued longing for only good things to come into their lives.

The reality, parenting a semi-adult child is hard!

I want to control, yet know I can not. I want to protect, yet I know I must allow the freedoms for her to spread her wings. I want her to do what I want, not what is popular. I want to pick her friends AND I want to pick her BOYFRIEND...I want her to...y'all get the idea.

I am praising God this morning for providing the exact words I needed to read as well as the perfection of His words to embrace me.

God reminded me this morning that I am a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14

then He told me to "Trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding..." Proverbs 3:5

As I was tossing and turning last night, the scriptures I was supposed to read were waiting on me this morning.

"...:if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast." Psalm 139

Nuff said...


Monday, July 20, 2015

#repairmytemple update

So what is the deal with weighing first thing in the morning?

What does time of day have to do with how much my body weighs? I get that my tummy is empty, but really what's the dif...

Anywhoo, over the course of the last few months I have been kicking myself for not having kept a better record of my progress.

Well I did a bit of back tracking this morning and was VERY pleasantly suprised.

I downloaded a fitness app to my old phone about a year ago. Well apparently when I set it up I had to enter all my stats into it to begin with. Well fast forward 13 months, factor in that I can't remember half of what I did last week let alone  13 months ago, which brings me to this morning.

My new phone came with a fitness app already installed, so I had been using that one out of convenience. I had downloaded the other app, it has a great function for breaking down the calories of recipes.

I have a point...really...

I was beginning to notice that my clothing was not fitting, but since I have not been dilegent in tracking my overall progress I was very pleased to re-remember that I had that old app on my phone.

On a whim yesterday, I snatched up a pair of jeans from the "I can't wear anymore pile" from the bottom of my closet and...

Wore them to church. ..

The Hubs did not notice, but then do men ever notice??? Not to mention that I have/need to loose a few more before it becomes really noticeable.

So here is the good news!

This morning when I updated the info on the "old" app I found that over the course of the last year I have lost 27 pounds...Oh my goodness!

I knew I was slowly making progress, but it was nice to actually see how much.

Making small incremental changes over time, focusing on real healthy food and removing processed products has made a huge difference.

Balance and moderation are the key.

Case in point, the Hubs and I throughly enjoyed the fried chicken, mac & cheese and biscuits over the weekend and it did not send me on a downward spiral feeding frenzy. Now as a treat every once and a while fried is ok.

But as a general rule, we don't do anything fried.  Very little bread, cut way back on pasta and removed the sugar. My rule is to try to keep the food as close to how it comes out of the ground. If I can't pronounce it then I don't eat it.

I still have areas in which I struggle, I can only speculate where I would be if I was really dilegent with my physical activities.  My mobility issues are still problematic as my hip continues to be an issue.

But for today I am very happy with my progress.

Continued prayers for dilegent are appreciated.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Something to ponder on this morning. ..

From my Joyce Meyer Devo this morning.

"If you are born again, then Jesus is dwelling in you through the power of the Holy Spirit. But is God comfortable in you, and does He feel at home there within you? It took me a long time to understand that God lives in me along with all the other stuff that’s going on in my inner life. Because many Christians are not willing to submit to the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit, they are not full of peace. Their inner lives are constantly in turmoil. If we want to be a comfortable home for the Lord, let’s learn to dwell in peace and joy, trusting Him to take care of us."

This really impacted me this morning.

I think, after recovering from the whirl of activity, house cleaning, menu planning surrounding our recent dinner guest, this connected with me in a big way. The bottom line all the hard work we did was to ensure that our guest was comfortable in our home.

The notion that my inner junk make my temple a place of turmoil, and that in turn make my dwelling place for God unhospitable...ah moment!

Food for thought this morning.



Thursday, July 16, 2015

My House is Quite

I woke up this morning thinking it was Friday, after 48 hours with Muffinhead, a trip to visit one of my accountability sisters who landed in the hospital, it's been a whirl of activities. I woke up to a very quiet house, a quiet house is a good thing.

One of my scriptures this morning was from Isaiah


You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

I am inspired by the goal of perfect peace. I know that perfection is something I will only attain on the other side, but pondering on the concept of perfect peace brings me momentary peace.

The goal of having a steadfast mind is a HUGE struggle for me as well. Taking every thought captive is a difficult thing to do.

Not impossible, but it requires diligent effort on my part. Obedience is important as well. I was intrigued by a new show on television, we recently upgraded to a cable provider that has on demand. Love having the ability to watch what I want when I want. But I digress, after about the third episode I rapidly found out that the direction and content of the show was absolutely not something I needed to be watching. Now I have all this leftover residue popping in and out of my thoughts.

We live in a fallen and broken world. That's the reality,  what I choose to allow to influence my life and actions is also a reality. I can choose to strive for perfect peace or I can choose to let the evils of the world wash over me and bring chaos.

Today I am embracing the goal of perfect peace, anticipating the success of my first attempt at dill pickles, pondering what to do with the mound of Roma tomatoes piled on my kitchen counter, enjoying the memory of my granddaughter at the potters wheel for the first time and savoring the quiet along with my coffee.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Technology Blows...and other stuff too

I've been trying to post all day.
 I started at about 9:30, seeing as it's now 2:00 pm I think this qualifies as having a technology challenge morning.
My day started off well, my coffee was good and my house was quiet....then she woke up.

This really doesn't have anything to do with technology, however, it does have everything  to do with my mood so I will toss  it on the pile for today.

My morning conversation:

Girlchild: "So are you ever going to go back to the gym?"
Me: " I don't like to go all by myself!"

I get a free membership because she works at the gym, I have been once, but I have a hard time going by myself, yes I know this is not a good excuse, however I don't have the funds to pay for a session with a personal trainer and the gilrchild does all her workout late at night....so I am on my own. 

Girlchild: "Well you know healthy eating is not enough if you ever want to lose weight you need to start working out......JUST SAYING!"

I decided it was best to just stop talking to her at this point. I fixed my fruit and yogurt and removed myself from her presence. 

It's easy for a 20 year old who wears a size 0, who can basically eat anything she likes, looks like a supermodel in a string bikini to tell me how simple it is to just drop a few pounds.

She is also not here when the hubs and I return home from our evening walks dripping with perspiration either. JUST SAYING!

But I digress, 

For the past two days I have been working on getting our new PC up and running. Let's just say that being an IT person was never something I aspired to be, unfortunately it seems that with all the new technology out there we all seem to need to be IT specialist to troubleshoot any issues that may come up. 

I tried to post from my phone this morning then my blogger app crashed on me, I had to uninstall and then try to reinstall, then I could not connect with any of my google supported apps. My internet kept going in and out. I was trying to get all my new software and files back on the new PC that has been taking all morning long. 

Needless to say, I am about over technology for the day.

Windows 8....so far the jury is still out!

if you guys don't hear from me in the very near furture its becasue I have bashed my head repeatedly against the computer screen and am in a coma...

one more error message and I may buy a horse and buggy, move to Pennsylvania and hide amongst the Amish.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Boss is Coming to Dinner ~ Part Three

We're ready...

The Boss is coming to dinner~Part Two

Have Mercy!

My house is company clean!

My hummas is in the frig, the olives, the boconchinni, the pita chips are ready, we have a Greek appetizers going on.

Prosecco Cocktails before dinner.

Grilled lamb, steak and veggies on the grill too.

All I have to do now is get the veg in the marinade and season up the meat later and I am done.

Fortunately the boss has been to dinner before, so it's more like a friend coming for dinner only amped up a bit.

I'm even pulling out the placements and cloth napkins y'all!


Thursday, July 9, 2015

The boss is coming to dinner...

Ya know what that means. The house has to be company clean.

I put a considerable dent in my list of chores yesterday, so I am in good shape.

Fortunately we have had the boss out for dinner a few times, so my stress level is minimal.  He is a nice man and my husband and he get along very well. He is from Germany, his wife and children have gone back home for a visit with family leaving him "home alone" so the Hubs offered some table fellowship.

So I am off to Walmart to buy a new set of drinking glasses, I don't think I have four that match anymore, cause ya know they break....I might even buy some new towels for the hall bathroom.

I am live'n on the edge...NOT!

Normal life requires new drinking glasses from time to time.

That's about as profound as it gets for me today.


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