Friday, January 27, 2017

Inspiration desperately needed!

With everything that has been happening in the news in the last week, I found myself searching for an inspiration that will speak to me, sustain me and give me strength to cope with the coming days, weeks, months and 4 years.  I found that inspiration in Jeremiah.

“‘For I know well the plans I have in mind for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope.’” —Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017

 "There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right."

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

HEALTH is my word for 2017

I resolve to be more healthy in mind, body and spirit in the year 2017.

I will be healthier in body by reworking my diet to include more healthy
foods and less junk.  To put more good nutritional value into my body and
less negative nutrition in.  I will move more even though arthritic knees and
an overweight body screams "NO!".  I will be more responsible in taking my
prescribed medications knowing they are an added value to my good health.

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you,
whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you have
been purchased at a price.  Therefore glorify God in your body."
1 Cor 6:19-20

I will be healthier in mind by using my strengths in my creativity and
intelligence that will exercise my brain power.  Some of these activities will
include:  reading, puzzles, genealogy, needlework, blogging/journaling.

"Anxiety in a man's heart depresses it.  But a kindly word makes
it glad."  Proverbs 12:25

I will be healthy in spirit by moving forward in my spiritual life.  I have not had
a church for 2 years and it is something I miss very much.  I will begin my journey
to find a new and welcoming church to be a part of.  I will start/join a Bible study
group.  I am interested in studying women of the Bible from Eve to Mary.

"Train yourself for devotion, for, physical training is of limited value, but
devotion is much more valuable in every respect, since it holds promise
of life for the present and for the future."  1 Timothy 4:7-8

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Is There Anyone Out There?

I have been writing this blog for a year now and although I have gotten comments from one or two people (comments I appreciate very much), I wonder if there is anyone out there reading what I write.  Am I writing for anyone else or am I writing to myself?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

NOT Resolutions updated for 2017

Every year on New Years Day, I write out my resolutions for the coming year.  The list seems quite long at times and although I have the best of intentions, the resolutions are usually broken and forgotten before January ends.  So this year, I am trying something new.  Instead of making a list of my new year resolutions, I am making a list of my NOT resolutions.

I published these last year (2016), but they still hold true for this year (2017).  I have updated them as some needed a bit of tweeking.

*I will NOT obsess about my weight unless absolutely nothing in my closet fits me right and/or my health becomes an issue related to it.  Unfortunately, this past year my health became an issue when I had a heart scare in July.  Since then I have done a number of things to change my life style into a more healthier one.

*I will NOT come down on my family for putting things away willy-nilly even though I personally prescribe to the theory "everything has a place and everything in its place".  I am pleased to say that a number of times when I saw something totally in the wrong place, I found myself saying, "let it go, Ellen, it's just a ...".

*I will NOT let depression take over as I watch or read about what's happening in the world today even though 80% of what is happening is dreary, despicable and depressing. What has helped most with this is limiting my viewing of news shows like CNN and avoiding discussions on topics that stress me out.

*I will NOT "sweat the small stuff" even though this goes against my OCD big time.

*I will NOT wallow in the regrets of my past but instead will focus on the future.

*I will NOT worry about what I don't have but be grateful for the blessings I do have-my husband, my children and most of all, my God.