Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Here I go!

do you remember where you were the first time you heard a song?  I remember the first time I ever heard Savior King written by Hillsong, sung by the Alive Band.

I rarely can listen to it, sung at any time without getting misty.

A lot of people think that I'm an inspiration because I am going to Haiti.  I don't feel like an inspiration.  I feel like going to Haiti is an natural response to loving God. I feel like I never had any other choice, even though I said for so many years "if God calls me to an overseas mission trip, I'm hanging up" knowing that if He ever did, I would never say no. 

I don't believe that anything will happen to me while I am in Haiti (the Detroit Mission Trip would miss me!) but should something happen, know this...

                I wouldn't have changed a thing.
I love Jesus, and I find nothing in my life bigger or better than being called by Christ.  

I can't wait...

to kiss muffins
to serve Jesus
to serve the people I'm with
to play race cars
to blow bubbles
to kiss muffins
to laugh 
to giggle
to read my bible
to hear God's voice
to be uncomfortable
to kiss muffins
to teach Jesus 
to teach English
to hug
to kiss muffins

to love bigger and more than I ever thought possible.

May my heart always sing:
I'd give my life
To honor this
the love of Christ
The Savior King

2 Cor 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

And now the weak say I have strength
By the spirit of power that raised Christ from the dead
And now the poor stand and confess
That my portion is Him and I'm more than blessed

Let now our hearts burn with a flame
A fire consuming all for your Son's holy name
And with the heavens we declare
You are our king

We love you Lord, we worship you
You are our God, you alone are good

You asked your Son to carry this
The heavy cross our weight of sin

I love you Lord, I worship you
Hope which was lost, now stands renewed
I give my life to honor this
The love of Christ, the savior king

Let now your church shine as the bride
That you soar in your heart as you offered up your life
Let now the lost be welcomed home
By the saved and redeemed those adopted as your own

I give my life to honor this
The love of Christ, the savior king

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

More than I deserve

Today I was driving home from work, and I feel so weird when I tell people how awesome my new job is.  Yes, I realize that I'm in the honeymoon phase, but seriously, if you don't have a good honeymoon, that could lead to problems ;)

So if you're wondering how I am doing, I LOVE MY NEW JOB!  I'm excited about the opportunities and the challenges ahead of me!

In the last month, I really just feel like this is way more than I deserve.  And it is.  And I am thankful!

Thank You Jesus!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Choose to Love

When we originally talked about going to Haiti, everyone would be basically doing the same things.  We would love muffins (children) in the orphanages and take water filtration systems to those in country that needed it with an organization called 'Poured Out'.

Haiti orphans
A month or so into preparation we had to choose which of those two things we wanted to do, and I wasn't sure.  I've told people all along that I chose the orphanage because of my foot. The real reason is because I felt like that was where God would grow me the most. I'm never afraid of physical labor and I knew that it wouldn't be easy, but most of the time, to protect my heart, I will choose to do a task instead of choosing something that is 'relational'.  Which is kind of funny because I really do love people!

So I chose the orphanage. I chose to love in the way that God called me to love on this trip!  I'm excited and a little nervous.  I'm not scared because I have complete peace about the whole situation!  It's a good thing I chose not to wear make-up or those little muffins will be covered in lipstick marks!  I plan on lots of hugs, kisses, giggles, coloring, loving!

John 14:18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

P.S.  Did you know that a single mom can adopt from Haiti?  I think maybe I shouldn't have learned this tidbit of information ;)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

here I go!

I was just driving to get gas FOR MY FIRST DAY! and I thought, "I think I'm supposed to be scared".  Haha!  I have worried about a lot of things for a long time.  And I think one day, when I turned it ALL over to the Lord, I realized, I really can trust Him.

In the next two weeks, I start a new job, I leave for an overseas mission trip, and I'm even coming to grips that I'm gonna smell.  And in the middle of it all, Jesus.

I know that things won't be easy, I know they won't but I know that there is no place on earth that God can't reach me (Is 59:1).  I know that I will mess things up, but He's a perfect God, and He will take care of it all, there may be consequences but that's the way it goes sometimes, but His grace has captured me.

I feel at peace with everything.  I know that I am supposed to go to this new place, I know that I'm supposed to go to Haiti.  And because I am walking where He has guided me, that is the reason for true peace.  Even though it feels a little funny, it doesn't feel funny at all, it just feels different.

There are a lot of things in my life that are maybe not exactly the way I would have planned them out to be, but I figure, it's the will of God.   I was talking to Phyllis today about how I'd like to be married, but right now is not the right time.  I don't know if or when there will be a time that will happen, I hope so, but I know that everyday that I grow closer to God, it takes me one step closer to being the wife that God intends for me to be. He's preparing my heart, and it was a cold and scary place before.  But now, He's making it new!

I had dinner with my dad and mom today for Father's Day, and I just really enjoyed it.  Nothing overwhelmingly fantasmic about it, just enjoying family.  Enjoying life, God has given me some wonderful gifts in my life, family, friends, SALVATION! and I'm so thankful.

I feel no reason to be scared.  He's done amazing things in my life, He's pursued me, even when I didn't love or even want to love Him. He's working it all out for His glory, and my good.  He's done great things, and will continue to do great things!

Wherever you want me to go, Lord, light the steps before me, I loveYou, even if it's a place I've never been before, Here I am!  I'm following You!

Romans 8:28  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

Saturday, June 16, 2012


Ever have one of those days that starts out great... and then... well, takes a turn somewhere...

I had a great day! Prayed for Rowan's family all day long, lunch with my friends, went to the market, I started packing, went to church (which was really great), sat and talked with a friend for a minute, got home, had dinner, and cleaned the house and somewhere in the middle of all that got crabby.

Maybe I should have taken a nap!

I really have been feeling better, but what a crank monster!  I think I'll just go to bed... even if there are dishes in the sink! They will be there in the morning, and I'll take care of them then!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The good

I could say a lot about today.  Let's face it, I can say a lot about a lot of things.

But my heart just says one thing

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

New Directions

Today I think I must have hacked up a lung due to sinus infection and cried a million tears.

Thank You Jesus for giving someone the knowledge of the Z-pack!  Double dose tonight as directed.

And thank You Jesus for the ability to cry.  I have always been a crier, and there is a good chance I’ll always be a crier.  I know that sometimes people see it as a weakness, I see it as being strong enough in knowing who God is, and who He made me, and to express the feelings I have, so I cry.

Today I gave my notice at my job.  And I think a few people may have fallen off their chairs, including me. It was not an easy decision, one I did not take lightly, but feel that I was completely directed by God to go down a different path.  I look back on 15 years and I could tell you that some of those times were difficult, but most of those times where AMAZING, there are people there that I love more than I could ever say, and this side of heaven, they will never really know how much they meant to me.  You know, I’ve been there a long time, and I have weathered many a storm, and when things get tough, people band together and they pull each other up.  They laugh, and they cry, they encourage other, they eat cupcakes, and sometimes, they just say “suck it up” and move on.  I’ve seen families grow, and sobbed at the loss of our own. Each name forever etched on my heart.  I know that there were days that maybe I wasn’t the easiest to work with, and that saddens me. 

I’ve made countless cupcakes and cakes, and probably, I can tell you everyone’s favorite that I’ve ever made (it really is true).  I’ve been supported and loved for a really long time. 

This job was more than just a place I went to everyday for 15 years, it was a place where I met friends, where God’s provision was super abundant (even in the tough times), it’s where I learned, and man, do I love to learn!

Oh man, today was rough, but tomorrow will be so much worse, I don’t even think I will put on makeup tomorrow. 

I’m so very thankful for the path God has put before me, and I just pray that everyday, in that path, I make a difference towards Good.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I wonder

I trust God, I do, but often I wonder "what are You thinking?"

This girl (woman) who has a need for stability and planning, and You decide to turn my world on it's side. It's not completely upside down but it seems a little off kilter. 

3 Mission trips this summer (what kind of weirdo spends ALL their vacation time on Mission Trips - even though I'm the weirdo, it seems odd, but it really is selfish to be blessed enough to take Jesus to ALL nations - local and overseas)

My daughter is house sitting for 10 weeks. WHAT?!  Oh, I'm gonna miss her, but she's not far, and I'll see her often (I hope).

Lots of other things going on.

When I am most off kilter, and start to feel anxious, I read or listen to the bible (which I know is kind of odd too) and I listen to music that helps me to find the words that my heart feels but my mouth can't seem to speak.

I woke up thinking this verse, thinking of Stephanie who is in Africa this morning, she is SO brave!  I want to be that brave too!

Isa 52:7
How beautiful on the mountains

are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”

Sunday, June 10, 2012

less than 2 weeks before we leave

I've been praying a lot about what to take when I go to Haiti.  Originally I was going to take:
150 super balls
200 plastic rings
~275 silly bands

and then in my prayers I received guidance that they don't need all that stuff.  each child does not need 10 super balls or whatever!  So I cut down my list to just:

40 super balls
40 rings
~100 silly bands
puzzles - taking them out of the boxes, cutting the picture and putting in ziploc bags

We are not going to bring them stuff, we are going to bring them Jesus!

In America we have this 'whoever has the most stuff wins' mentality.  You know who wins??  people who love Jesus.  That's who wins.

God didn't say "go to all the nations and bring them a whole bunch of stuff"

He told us to bring Him!

Matthew 28:18-20 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

I would still like to bring some match box cars and a few small baby dolls or puzzles (50 piece or less) if you have some (in good shape) you'd like to donate, please let me know!  I really have spent a lot of money on stuff I needed for the trip so if you've got stuff that you were going to donate anyway, I'd be happy to take a few of those things off your hands and put them into the hands of some cute little muffins! (remember - I only get one suitcase)

Friday, June 08, 2012

Because if 1 is good, 16 is AWESOME!

It's one of those things, I go big or I don't go at all.

I went to the local hardware to pick up tomato cages.  16 to be exact. I had 3 for the cherry tomatoes already. I kind of chuckled to myself, "what am I going to do when all those tomatoes actually start coming in?"  HA!

I'm trying to get all domesticated I guess.  I canned beans, and soon I'll be going crazy with a ton of vegetables!  I honestly can't wait!    We need some warm weather to get this party started!  Some of my tomato plants have flowers and one even has a baby tomato :)

Cass Cafe - YUM!

The funny part about loving a city is that you eat at the same places all the time, because, well, they are your favorites, but I am always willing to take a suggestion.  Katie & Adam are always trying different places because Adam is a super star hubby and plans dates and he uses yelp! to find places.

photo from their website
Katie told me about Cass Cafe the other day and their lentil burger (I found out from the waitress it's their most popular dish!).  So since Jessie and I were going out for dinner and hanging out, I thought we'd try it (thankfully she's open for going on these adventures with me!)

The menu is, well, completely overwhelming because, well, everything looks great!
So we ordered the artichoke dip, which was like nothing I've seen before and it was out of this world good!

 So I asked the waitress her fave and she said 'Ahi Tuna' (EW!) then she gave me some other suggestions and said the Lentil Burger was most popular (see above).  I ended up getting the turkey burger (by her suggestion) and it was... well... in a word... DE-LISH!!!!  And I said I couldn't decide between the onion rings and the veggie of the day, by her suggestion "get the veggies" another great choice.  The veggies were so good I ate them first and only had room for half my turkey burger (I brought it home for Phyllis).

The atmosphere is great, there is art on the walls, it was really cool, there was music playing in the background but it wasn't super loud, the waitstaff was friendly but not in your face.  The iced tea (which is probably only important to me) was great. I can see this place easily becoming a favorite!  Wish they were open on Sundays after church (but that's not anything to complain about).

Thursday, June 07, 2012

You'll always matter to me

In Youth Ministry, you’ve got a little extra God in you. You might not think so but somehow He gives us extra grace giving abilities because let’s face it, teenagers are sometimes difficult, they are just like adults, they just have no filter and haven’t quite learned to hide their sin as well, so unfortunately we see a lot more than we’d like. But on the other hand, for the most part, they don’t have as many walls, so they hug harder and love bigger.

I was reading a tweet by Kirk Franklin about someone who was 23 and in his youth ministry who was shot. I almost started to well up. Thinking about myself, I always love “my kids” they may have left the youth ministry, graduated, or are still there, but I always love them. My heart feels the size of the universe when I look at them, all of them, even the difficult ones.

So if you are one of “my kids” currently, or have ever been one of my kids. You matter to me. I loveyou, I thought you should know.

What stinks?

What do love about what you love?

Do you see God in what you love?

Would you do anything for what you love?

I got off work and headed towards the city like I normally do on Wednesdays. I have 2-3 hours to do whatever I’d like. And sometimes I just don’t even know what to do, other than eat. Yesterday happened to be a day when I was completely exhausted and walking across the parking lot in The Market almost seemed impossible, but I tredged on.

I love the city. I love the way the sun shines on it. I even love that there are places that are so dark that a Halogen light may be needed to see it’s beauty, even if it was in the past.

I see God in every corner of the city, and sometimes I see that He was chased out. I see where we have said “no thanks, we can do it on our own” and the mess that we have left behind, forgetting to thank Him for our talents.

When I think about that last question, I think the answer may be “maybe”. And that makes me kind of sick to my stomach. Do you know I have this weird aversion to smells? I really don’t like smelly people. Well it’s not like I don’t like the people, but I HATE the smell, and I wonder why they don’t shower. It’s also the biggest thing I am worried about being in Haiti, smelling. I was talking to someone the other day about the attitude of others and how sometimes we don’t always have the best representation of Christ, and we don’t even see it. I think that I am not always the best representation of Christ that I can be. I yelled at a beggar the other day on the weekend of the Grand Prix saying that “he was ruining the reputation of the city”. Way to go, Margie, way to be Christ like. When really I should be carrying snacks (and juice boxes and/or water) in the my car for those who really may need something to eat. **Note I will be rectifying this**

I love what I love but sometimes only if it fits in the box of what I’d like to love. That stinks. Me=stinky, I hate that. I pray that God continues to work on my heart to help me to love like Him and I pray that I open my heart to find the sweet smell of Christ in everything I do.

Isaiah 3:24 Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding

Exhausted & beans

Wednesday nights I go to a bible study, but yesterday, even though I had it all planned out, was down in the D, I decided to head home, I was EXHAUSTED!

I don't normally do that, and I'm not normally exhausted, tired yes, exhausted, no.  I came home, sat on the couch for 'a minute' and took at nap for 45 minutes.  I woke up feeling human again, well at least thinking I could make it until 9:30.

Though, you know me...  I've got to get something accomplished.  Especially since I had the energy :)  I canned beans.  Black beans.  About a pound of them.  It was a lot easier than I expected.  Canning (usually) is a lot of work, but not if you have a pressure cooker to can beans (thanks Mrs. Mac for the suggestion).  It takes an hour to process them.  Otherwise it's a fairly simple process.  This is the directions I used ---> here

I am thinking about doing this for the next two weeks.  And beans are needed :)  And lots of veggies!!  I would just like to not be exhausted and sometimes after I eat, I need a nap (probably due to poor choices!)

I happen to love beans, and I'm excited to can them!  I have red beans and pinto beans that still need to be done but I need more cans :)  The tops popping is a GLORIOUS sound!

I woke up feeling great this morning (even threw 2 more cans into the pressure cooker because they were the last of the beans!

Happy Day!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

The Correct Focus

I often feel like a huge failure. 

I feel like so many times I let people down.

I get things like "you never call" or "I haven't heard from you" or that I'm too busy to do something with someone.  They are right, I am busy, and I forget to call, and surely I don't send out as many cards as I'd like.

But I think that the phone works both ways and if you pick a date, I'll write it on my calender and we can get together.

I often don't get as many things as I'd like to get done.  Last night I rolled in late.  Had a few things to do and laid in bed and thought about all the ways that I may have let someone down.  eh :/

I woke up late and literally jumped out of bed and said "OHMYWORD! I need to frost the cupcakes!" So I showered and did just that.  But you know what I didn't do?  Write in my journal and read my bible, I also didn't exercise! Say it with me - FAIL!  I did, get my bible reading in later. 

I've been thinking a lot about the things that I can't do or don't do... Plenty of things that I fail at.

This morning I woke up and read my bible, and wrote in my journal.  Reading about Solomon's temple, and it reminded me of a book I read once "200 Pomegrantes and an audience of One".  I really loved the book.  It reminds me of how important it is to work for Lord, and no one else. I think it says a lot about our character of who we are and what we do when no one is looking or notices.  Huram crafts 200 pomegrantes in the temple, where no one could see, 34 feet off the ground!  It reminded me who I live for!

So, I may not have done the dishes, or swiffered the floor yesterday, but I hugged and kissed some my favorite muffins, we went to the park, we laughed!  I prayed for those I love, I spent time with Jesus, I did get somethings done, I worked hard.  

I need to focus on who my audience really is!

Monday, June 04, 2012

Future Plans

My new journal has this verse on the cover Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

This is a verse that is VERY popular this time of year especially with graduates.

But WAIT! There is more!
Jer 29:12-14 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.[a] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

 As someone who not only ran from God when I was younger, I think I may have scoffed in His face. He sent love, I sent an attitude of “no one is the boss of me” because I just didn’t believe that people don’t leave. I’ve seen it my whole life, people that you love, leave. It all started with my mom, and it wasn’t even her choice! And until I decided to bring honor in my own heart to Jesus for calling her mom, I couldn’t be healed from that pain.

And one day, it happened, I couldn’t hold the burdens I carried any longer, and I let them go. I wanted to love Jesus, I wanted to believe that He would love me too. AND HE DOES!

 I know that God has some crazy things in my future. The things ahead of me are scary, just the mission trips!  Who knows though, but God has a plan, but in order to find out that plan, I’ve got to seek Him.
But in order to find out what those plans are, I’ve got to chase after Him, really seek Him. He’s released me from so much, but there’s more of me (self) to die to be more like Him! When silver and gold are refined they are put into the fire. WHAT? Hot? That’s painful, we tell our children to stay away from the hot! But we know that sometimes we need to be refined.

The lesson lately is “MEEK”. I stomped my foot the other day “I don’t want to learn meek – I HATE MEEK!” really, I did. And I stomped my foot saying “I want to run”… one day I WILL run again, when the time is right. And the time is now to learn MEEK! And I say it, LOUD AND PROUD – I LOVE MEEK! Lord, help me to be MEEK! Help me to be more like You and less like me. It’s not something I ever thought I’d need to learn or be, but here I go!

Here I am – send me! (Is 6:8) and whatever it is You need me to do to prepare for the journey, let Your will be done in my life! (even if it means the heat from refining).

Nothing can stop me

I am not gonna change my mind

No one can keep me from the road that I'm on this time
No matter what, I'm going to do what it takes to make it

I didn't know what I was missing 'til I met you
I never even thought to listen

No, I never knew
And now you've given me a second chance and I'll take it

So here I am, Lord, I want to be where You are
I need You now, won't You show me the way

Everywhere You go, I wanna go
Will You take me with You
Everywhere you lead, I wanna be by your side
Everyone you love, I wanna love
Just like you love me
Everywhere you go, I wanna go there with you

It doesn't matter how long this is gonna take me
I'm gonna keep on moving even if it breaks me
I'll never turn around
I have found where I am going

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Child of God

I was at the Third Day concert tonight with friends and as I was worshipping, I thought "I wish I would have loved Jesus sooner, I missed SO much precious time with Him".  I know that God had pursued me for so long, I know that I had run far away, I thought for so long that He'd never want me.

And then one day it changed.  My heart broke for what I was missing.  I needed Him, I wanted Him, and I wanted Him to take all the mess of my life because I just couldn't carry it any longer.  From that day, my heart chased after Him as fast as it could. I know that the story of my life was no shock to God, He knew the timing, and He uses the mess of my past to bring me understanding of others.

My walk with Jesus has not been perfect, because, well, as surprising as it may seem to you... I'm not perfect.

But He is perfect.  He is Holy, and Worthy.  He is so much! He is love.

I know that a lot of people might think that I waste my time, that I go to church to much, why would I want to help the people in Detroit, what difference will I make anywhere.  Well, me, they are right, on my own, I won't do much, but Jesus, now there's some power in that name.

I wish people would see it, a life in Him, wow, it's so good.

There were so many songs from tonight that I could tell you touched my heart.  There is one song, I think that is crazy good, that just helps me to remember to Rejoice.  I am overwhelmed with joy when I think about how my Abba Father loves me!

1 John 3:See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 

We are called the children of God, because THAT'S WHAT WE ARE!!

I'm so thankful for nights like tonight, for days like today, when my heart comes before Him, broken, and tired, and He reminds me that I'm not a failure, and all the other horrible things that people have told me I was or made me feel, but on the contrary, I am loved, I was created for such a time as this!  I am a child of God.

I don't know if you are reading this and you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, but I'd really ask you to really surrender your heart to Him. You're life won't always be perfect, but He is a perfect God, and He loves you! There is no other way to live than in Him.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

You're not the boss of me... oh wait.

These are my late night ramblings.  Late night for me is anytime past 9:30 (that's my bed time).

It's been quite a crazy couple of weeks.  I can't really go into all the details, but decisions had to be made and I've always got the mixed review crowd...  half the people say "AWESOME" and half the people in my life are like "what are you nuts?".  Truth be told, I only listen to the people who love Jesus and have the advice that matches God's direction.  How about them apples?

I was home last weekend for a long weekend and I happen to notice that the dust fairy decided to make her home very comfortably in MY home.  Add a couple piles of donations that NEED TO GO and I started kind of getting overwhelmed on how to get it all done. Really, how does one truly become that Proverbs 31 woman?  I love the book title "Can I have and do it all, please?' I want to read it but it's not available on the Nook.  Maybe now that I have my iphone I'll get the kindle app.  Anyway, I digress, see how crazy my mind is?  I've got most of my garden in, just gotta finish the last bit!  Maybe I can get some done tomorrow.

I'm a little overwhelmed at the thought of going to Haiti, I've got no idea what to expect and all I know is that I've got to be open to whatever God has in mind.  Obedience.  That's a long hard lesson that I've been learning.  I feel like I haven't mastered it completely, but I'm getting there. He talks, I do what He says.  Until...

Meekness.  I wasn't ready for this lesson, but apparently God thinks I am.  :/  I'd like to have a break please.  Can't I just go on with some easy lesson for minute? You know, like re-read Noah's Ark or something?  But remember above when I said "how does one truly become that Proverbs 31 woman?"  oh boy.  why do i do that?  Ask those kind of questions, you know, the kind where the answer is HARD!

I thought - give me a break for just a minute, let me get through these mission trips, and then You can give me a lesson. But that is not how it works.

I started laughing and said "You're not the boss of me" and then I laughed.  He is the boss of me.  Like any good leader, you gotta teach your peeps.  Hence, a lesson.  Every time I turn around it's the lesson about meekness. It's killing ME but isn't that the point?  to kill me, to die to oneself, to be more like Him.  

So, I don't know if I'm ready for this, I don't really feel ready.  But speak of God, for your child is listening.

Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (NIV)

Matthew 5:5 Blessed (happy, blithesome, joyous, spiritually prosperous— with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the meek (the mild, patient, long-suffering), for they shall inherit the earth! (AMP)

Friday, June 01, 2012

3-D living

I really admire Pastor Chilly who is the Pastor at Real Church in the D. He lets Jesus use him to bring Hope to Detroit.  He brings a real/relevant and usually 'whoa' message every week.  I can't think of a time when I didn't leave challenged by a message he has delivered (and his awesome wife Netta is an awesome friend to me!)  Pastor Chilly has a Real Life Plan. ** one thing (there are many!) I admire about Pastor Chilly is that he leads by example, and he admits when he is less than perfect!

Living life in 3D.  This was my original plan, however, I can't run anymore (not because I don't WANT to) and my reading plan is different.


You can check out his Real Life Plan here.

It is such a great way to think about it! For some people losing weight may be a diet, a quick fix to lose weight, but to me, it’s about what you eat, the good and the bad (and sometimes the ugly!).

Merriam Webster says Diet can be defined as:

a : food and drink regularly provided or consumedb : habitual nourishmentc : the kind and amount of food prescribed for a person or animal for a special reasond : a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one's weight 
2: something provided or experienced repeatedly

I wrote out my own Real Life Plan:
Stay within my calories

Eat whole foods 
Drink 96 ounces of water (minimum) – that’s ¾ gallon
Eat 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies (must be 0 point per WW guidelines)
Eat whole grains instead of ‘white’ carbs
Don’t overstuff myself – hey… what’s wrong with leftovers?
Eat in-between meals – but it must be a fruit or a veggie + protein

I am not going to limit myself with “don’t’s” as long as it is within my calories.

Read my bible everyday
– Daily reading of the Bible in chronological order
– Memorize one scripture a week
– Jesus Calling Devotional
– Live Loved/My Utmost for His Highest Devotional
– Journal/Blog
– Live Phil 3:13-14 EVERYDAY!

100 sit-ups everyday
Get 6-7 hours of sleep a night
Walk or Eliptical 4 days a week
Read a God honoring book a month
More reading

Here I go... again!  This is a cute reminder if you just lose a pound a week starting 1-1

Phil 3:13-14 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.