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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy -Day 28 – Living for Today, Not Tomorrow

31 Oct

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How many times have I read that verse and just rushed over it?  As I am reading through Proverbs and soaking one verse from each chapter, I am finding they have a much stronger impact.

It says do NOT boast about my tomorrows.  Wow have I done that – you bet I have – vacations, retreats, get-togethers way before they happened.  I find myself asking my Bible study friends, “What are you doing this weekend.”  A much more appropriate question would be after the weekend and ask them what they did over the weekend.

You and I are NOT guaranteed tomorrow.  As we plan our calendars and to-do lists we know God is already there tomorrow.  He knows what our tomorrow is going to look like. He knows those emergencies that are about to come up and when we are going to have to drop everything and minister.  He knows when He is going to place someone on our mind that needs an encouraging word.  He knows when the phone is going to ring, and how we will respond.

We see posters that say make it count, live for today, live life to it’s fullest, and we say things like “tomorrow I am going to work out, tomorrow I will start that diet, tomorrow I will eat healthier, tomorrow I am going to call that friend or relative I have not talked to in a very long time, tomorrow I’ll message her.”   TOMORROW, TOMORROW, TOMORROW!  What about TODAY?  What if tomorrow never comes?

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“Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow has yet to come.  We have only today.  Let us begin.”  Mother Teresa

Father may I wake up each day knowing I only have today.  AMEN!

Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below:

Day 1 – 31 Days of Faith, Family, Home, Fitness, Coffee and Joy

Day 2 – Love

Day 3 – Did Someone Say Coffee-eeee?

Day 4 – Worthy an Online Bible Study of She’s Still There – My Week 2 Notes, Chapters 6-11

Day 5 –  Books I’m Reading, Cuppa Tea and Joy

Day 6 – His Mercies Are New Every Morning

Day 7 – Things I Love About Fall

Day 8 – Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Day 9 – Prayer Walk

Day 10 – Refrigerator Thingy Notes – Free Printables

Day 11 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 3 – Chapters 12-15

Day 12 – I’ll Worship Him In The Waiting

Day 13 – A Trip To The Dallas Arboretum

Day 14 – Fitness Bible Verses – Free Printable

Day 15 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based on She’s Still There – My Notes Week 4 – Chapters 16-21

Day 16 – Anxious for Nothing – An On-Line Bible Study – My OBS Story

Day 17 – If My People – 1 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

Day 18 – My Planner

Day 19 – I Lost My Socks

Day 20 – God Whispers To Us

Day 21 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 5 – Chapters 22-2

Day 22 – Laughter

Day 23 – Acts 5:42 – Day After Day

Day 24 – Senior Discounts

Day 25 – My Weight Loss Journey Starts Here

Day 26 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 6 – Chapters 26-30

 

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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy -Day 26 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 6 – Chapters 26-30

31 Oct

CHAPTER 26 – PRACTICE AND ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE – Choose Celebration

Chrystal’s husband had a stroke and she walked us through some of the recovery and challenges.  We are reminded that we have to “decide to celebrate your small victories and practice gratitude for every blessing along the way.  You owe it to yourselves to do that.” (Pg 268)

Are you celebrating small victories?  Just last week we went in for our physicals, and when the doctor’s office called on Saturday to say all our labs were great I celebrated.  You see my cholesterol has been up forever – not as high as some of you, BUT it was down to almost normal.  I’ve been doing a lot to bring it down naturally – like drinking lemon water in the morning, taking a niacin at night and eating lots of fiber and walking.

I was reminded Saturday how blessed we are – it’s what some would think a small victory, but to us good labs are a HUGE blessing.  We’ve seen so many of our friends and family going through so much with losing spouses, hurricanes, and cancer.

Sometimes Chrystal reminds us that we aren’t celebrating because the life we have is not the life that we want, and she says “it’s a whole lot easier to settle for low expectations and probable disappointment than to show appreciation for what lies directly in front of you and to expend the energy to hope for change.”  (Pg. 269)

I know I’ve done that at times because it is easier to expect the “worst” in my case when my Mom was so bad because well, I wouldn’t be as disappointed when it turned out bad, but you know what – sometimes it did turn out bad and that’s just part of life, but I did find myself celebrating the many times she came out of the hospital and for all the time we got to spend with her.  I gave thanks for all the times she recovered and God allowed us to be with her and share and know her a little more each visit.

My favorite part of this chapter was when Chrystal talked about how celebration can help us thrive and was she talking about me.  YES, she was when she shared how we “wave off the compliments or encouragement of others” and how we need to stop because we are rejecting a gift.   Ooops I’m trying!!!  When we accept those small compliments or small achievements, we “begin to accept that we are capable of doing it again.”  (Pg 272)

And this – “don’t get attached to the number of times you fall down.  Get attached to the number of times you get back up again.”  (Pg 272)  I’m okay with this one, but I think someone reading today may need to hear that.  Beautiful.

Chrystal says that she is crazy on the elliptical machine.  How I wish I had one.  She has church on the elliptical machine.

We have to celebrate no matter how bad things are in our life.  I know that.  I need to remember that in the hard times to give thanks.

  • I remember the day we came home from a nephews funeral and a dove was sitting right at the top of the entrance to our house. You know what I had never noticed them, but now we have a dozen of them and not a time goes by that I don’t see a dove at our house that I don’t think about the two nephews we lost.
  • Not a butterfly or dragonfly flutters by that I don’t think of Mom.
  • Not a single time the phone rings with bad weather that I don’t think of Dad because he was my weather man when bad weather was headed my way he called and he never called any other time.
  • I have tulips bloom each year that Dad planted and reminded of him when they start sprouting up through the ground.

Chyrstal says that “as often as you can, no matter how bad you think things are, give thanks.  Find something – anything – to express gratitude for, and make it a point to take notice of your life and honor your existence for, and make it a point to take notice of your life and honor you existence with small celebrations along the way.”

Mark some moments in your life by celebrating.  Find something that’s right.

CHAPTER 27 – RUN YOUR RACE – Choose Freedom

 Running your race, and Chrystal talks about comparison and how it can kill and keep us in virtual chains.  Did you know when you compare it is a lack of respect of you?

I learned some time back that if I compare myself with someone who I have to take on all their issues, their problems.  Eeeeek!  I haven’t found anyone since then that I would want to trade places with.  Think about it.  They may be rich in worldly things, but not be able to have a child, may go bankrupt, and not experience all the beautiful things that God has created for us to enjoy.  You don’t know what all their story is so stop comparing.

Enjoy you, the you God created with your whole heart.

Chrystal says “the more you see what’s beautiful in your life, the less what’s outside your life will matter.”  (Pg 281)

God is not concerned with how you lived in comparison to others, but that you and I did what we “could with what we had.”  (Pg 283)

CHAPTER 28- THE GREAT COVER-UP (Choose Honesty)

We are part of a great cover-up. We edit out the parts of our lives that we don’t want anyone else to know.

Chrystal reminds us that “most of us have snapshots of our lives we don’t care for others to see.  We prefer to present that one picture taken in the right light, at the right angle, and with the right filter.”

We keep our shame in secret.  We cover-up.  She reminds us that if we leave all this unattended or hidden, it keeps hiding and our guilt and shame grow bigger and bigger.

We need to deal with our shames, own our stories and look at our lives as God looks at them.  He loves us.  He cares for us and we can celebrate because of that.  Live in His light.

CHAPTER 29 – THE SISTER CIRCLE – Choose Community

As sisters we shouldn’t compare and compete.  I’m not only talking about your family sisters but also your sisters in Christ.  We should be cheerleaders, encouragers, and supporters.

 

I have two sisters that I love dearly.  I also have sisters in Christ in my Bible studies I love dearly.  Chyrstal reminds us we might not have time to meet them for coffee, but we can text or call them.  I find myself sometimes in my car driving, and I’ll call a friend and chat on those long drives home (not in the traffic) but the country roads.  How long does it take to send a text?

Occasionally, I have a day I can work in a lunch and I got to meet both my sisters for lunch this summer, and working on meeting a dear friend in the next few weeks.

 

CHAPTER 30 – THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT – Dare to Believe Change Is Possible

 Did you know struggles or trials help us grow?  They do or have for me.

The struggles with my Mom and all her sickness, loss of her leg and so much more has taught me to be more compassionate, and even at times make me wish I had been more compassionate.

The struggles with a business that has not been flourishing for years has taught me to praise God for all we have and He has given us through my old job with health insurance and a retirement income that provides for taxes and bills and always more than we deserve.  It’s taught me patience as we try to sell it, and well it just has not happened but it will in God’s timing.

Chrystal share the butterfly effect that is at work in each of us.  I told you I love butterflies so this one caught my attention  (Pg 302):

  • Wait for it.
  • Watch for it.
  • Work for it.
  • Hope for it.
  • Pray for it.
  • Dare to believe. Change is possible.

Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below:

Day 1 – 31 Days of Faith, Family, Home, Fitness, Coffee and Joy

Day 2 – Love

Day 3 – Did Someone Say Coffee-eeee?

Day 4 – Worthy an Online Bible Study of She’s Still There – My Week 2 Notes, Chapters 6-11

Day 5 –  Books I’m Reading, Cuppa Tea and Joy

Day 6 – His Mercies Are New Every Morning

Day 7 – Things I Love About Fall

Day 8 – Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Day 9 – Prayer Walk

Day 10 – Refrigerator Thingy Notes – Free Printables

Day 11 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 3 – Chapters 12-15

Day 12 – I’ll Worship Him In The Waiting

Day 13 – A Trip To The Dallas Arboretum

Day 14 – Fitness Bible Verses – Free Printable

Day 15 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based on She’s Still There – My Notes Week 4 – Chapters 16-21

Day 16 – Anxious for Nothing – An On-Line Bible Study – My OBS Story

Day 17 – If My People – 1 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

Day 18 – My Planner

Day 19 – I Lost My Socks

Day 20 – God Whispers To Us

Day 21 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 5 – Chapters 22-2

Day 22 – Laughter

Day 23 – Acts 5:42 – Day After Day

Day 24 – Senior Discounts

Day 25 – My Weight Loss Journey Starts Here

 

31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy – Day 25 – My Weight Loss Journey Starts Here

31 Oct


That’s our 2-year old grandson sitting on an old tractor at the Shadow Creek Pumpkin Patch.  Love taking those grands places.

I grew up in Texas.  Still in Texas.  I grew up on fried chicken, chicken fried steak, gravy, fried potatoes, mashed potatoes, occasionally a roast or steak and fried pork chops.  You got it – fried.  Maybe all that fried food kept me skinny because  as a teenager and young married wife at 102-120 pounds I was,  until after that second baby.  I believe that was about the time I stopped frying and eating healthy.

I’m not sure what changed, but I do know I eat too much sugar and salty snacks, but how does that out do fried? Or maybe it was all the diet Dr. Pepper. Or, maybe it is a heart issue.

This is a real struggle for me to start a healthy weight loss journey.  Actually I started a couple of weeks ago.  I don’t know where this journey will take me, but I do know I can’t make it alone.  It takes a lot of gumption to put on my walking shoes and walk for 45 minutes.  It takes a lot of strength to eat healthy snacks (not a big fruit eater), and yes I’ve lost my strength a few times this week.  It also takes re-prioritizing my days because they are jam-packed, and fitting in a long walk  is hard because I have to not do something else.

I know I need to give up sugar and diet drinks, and I need to add a whole lot of exercise.

I’ve started walking in the neighborhood for 35-45 minutes at a fast pace, and I am wearing a pedometer and shooting for 10,000 steps a day – some days it is 15,000 steps and sometimes I only get in 7,000 – but hey that’s progress and I’m not sitting on my bottom.

I’ve got to add in more fruits, cut out sugar.  Sugar is an addiction just like alcohol.  Alcoholics can break that chain, so I can too.

My goals:

  • Look at food as fuel for my body.
  • Drink lemon water most mornings.  That is hard too because I have to wait thirty minutes on breakfast and that first cup of coffee.
  • Eat three small meals a day – healthy fats, carbs and lean protein and fish
  • Eat healthy snacks – popcorn, nuts, fruits
  • Limit diet drinks
  • Exercise – walk on the treadmill, use my pilates chair, walk in the neighborhood
  • Blog about my progress at least once a week for the next 90 days.  I hope you’ll follow me.
  • Drink half my body weight in water (that’s going to be hard) each day.
  • Do some squats each day.
  • Read over my Bible verses I shared here

I’ve heard it said it takes 3-4 weeks for a person to notice a change.  I’m not seeing it at 3 except for a few pounds lost.  I’ve also heard others will notice in about 8 weeks.  I hope so.

Last Friday we went in for our physicals.  My weight was down a few pounds from April, but the big thing my cholesterol was down without meds to almost normal.  The nurse called Saturday,  and the doctor said for me to keep doing what I am doing.  YEA!

“The biggest mistake people make is to try to lose weight too fast.”  Dr. Mehmet Oz

“God is more concerned with the attitudes of our hearts than the activities of our bodies”                                   UNGLUED by Lysa TerKeurst

“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.”  1 Timothy 4:8  (KJV)

“It’s godliness, not godlessness that is going to get me there.”  Debbie Williams

I hope you’ll keep up with my journey the next 90 days, as I work towards a newer me the next 90 days.  What a time to start here at Thanksgiving and Christmas!

 

Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below:

Day 1 – 31 Days of Faith, Family, Home, Fitness, Coffee and Joy

Day 2 – Love

Day 3 – Did Someone Say Coffee-eeee?

Day 4 – Worthy an Online Bible Study of She’s Still There – My Week 2 Notes, Chapters 6-11

Day 5 –  Books I’m Reading, Cuppa Tea and Joy

Day 6 – His Mercies Are New Every Morning

Day 7 – Things I Love About Fall

Day 8 – Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Day 9 – Prayer Walk

Day 10 – Refrigerator Thingy Notes – Free Printables

Day 11 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 3 – Chapters 12-15

Day 12 – I’ll Worship Him In The Waiting

Day 13 – A Trip To The Dallas Arboretum

Day 14 – Fitness Bible Verses – Free Printable

Day 15 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based on She’s Still There – My Notes Week 4 – Chapters 16-21

Day 16 – Anxious for Nothing – An On-Line Bible Study – My OBS Story

Day 17 – If My People – 1 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

Day 18 – My Planner

Day 19 – I Lost My Socks

Day 20 – God Whispers To Us

Day 21 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 5 – Chapters 22-2

Day 22 – Laughter

Day 23 – Acts 5:42 – Day After Day

Day 24 – Senior Discounts

 

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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy – Day 24 – Senior Discounts

30 Oct

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I needed to make myself a list of senior discounts because I am bad at forgetting which stores, restaurants,  and which days.

I will be updating this list as I find new ones, or if I see changes,  and I invite you to share more below.

I’ve provided links so you can check to see if they are still available.  If you aren’t sure, call before you go.

Department Stores

Kohl’s – Wednesdays 15% over 60  (Confirmed on Kohls.com)  ” We offer a special 15% discount every Wednesday in our stores. Special discount is valid in store only for customers aged 60 or better. Please see a store associate for additional details.”Offer cannot be added in conjunction with any other percent-off discounts. Dollar-off discounts, including Kohl’s Cash® coupons, Yes2You Rewards® and Promotional Gifts, will be applied prior to percent-off total purchase discounts/coupons.

– AARP Members – Take 15% off your Kohl’s order of $100+ with code CATCH15OFF!  Confirmed here.

Ross – 10% every Tuesday.  If you’re 55 or older you can receive our Every Tuesday Club discount which makes you eligible for a 10% discount on any purchase made on a Tuesday.  This does apply in all stores.  (Confirmed today by email.)

TJ Maxx – “We do not currently have a National Senior Citizen Discount program. There is, however, a program currently being tested in the state of Florida only. As of yet, the discount is not available any place else.”  (Confirmed today by email.)

 Marshalls – None – Confirmed at my local store today.

 

Dress Barn – None – Confirmed at my local store today.

GROCERIES

Kroger – varies by location.  Check with your store.

CRAFTS

Hobby Lobby – None – Confirmed at 1-800 today

Michael’s – 10% every day if you are over 60 including sales (Confirmed locally today)

JoAnns – Check their web site for the next Senior Discount Day and get 20% off for age 55 and over.  Includes Regular, Sale-Priced & Clearance Items (Confirmed on website today.)

AIRLINES

Southwest Airlines – Show proof when booking.  Found this out this summer when we traveled with family and our ticket was cheaper.  Not sure of percentage.

United Airlines/American – I hear they offer discounts.   Check before booking.

Shipping

UPS – “Show your AARP membership card at more than 4,500 retail The UPS Store locations and save 15% off eligible products and services and 5% off domestic and international UPS® shipping services.”  Confirmed here today.

Hotels

Marriott – 15% over 62 – Marriott’s senior discount. If you’re 62 years or older, you can save 15% or more on your room rate at Marriott brand hotels worldwide, seven days a week. (Confirmed here today.

Hyatt – Seniors save up to 50% on our Hyatt Daily Rate at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts in the continental U.S. and Canada.  (Confirmed here today.

Best Western  – Guests  55 and older save 10%* or more on room rates at Best Western® Hotels & Resorts.  (Confirmed here today.)

Restaurants

McDonalds – Discount off of Coffee and Colas (Confirmed at my local McDonald’s today – Senior drinks, small only are $.53 and senior coffee, small only is $.64)

Arby’s – 10% discount or discounted drinks (ages 55+)

Dairy queen – 10% for 65 or older (Confirmed today at my local DQ)

Subway – None (Confirmed today at my local Subway)

Applebees – 15% over 55 or 60 depending on store (Confirmed my local  today at C.H. age 55)

IHOP – 10% (55+) (Confirmed at my local at Wax today)

Chili’s (10 %  Over 55+) (Confirmed today locally)

Taco Bell Medium Drinks $.79 (Confirmed today at my local in Mid)

Chick Fil A   Varies by location  (Confirmed today at 1 of ours and they do not (Waahachie..)

Whataburger – Free drink with meal

Sonic – None (Confirmed at my local Sonic today)

Jack in the Box –  10% (Confirmed today at my local in Cedar Hill)

Arby’s –  10% every day (Confirmed today locally)

Stein Mart (55+ 1st Monday of each month) 10% (Confirmed today locally)

Dennys – AARP Members 20% every day (Confirmed today at my local at R.O.)

Schlotzskys –  Free Drink with meal (Confirmed today at my local in Mid)

Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below:

Day 1 – 31 Days of Faith, Family, Home, Fitness, Coffee and Joy

Day 2 – Love

Day 3 – Did Someone Say Coffee-eeee?

Day 4 – Worthy an Online Bible Study of She’s Still There – My Week 2 Notes, Chapters 6-11

Day 5 –  Books I’m Reading, Cuppa Tea and Joy

Day 6 – His Mercies Are New Every Morning

Day 7 – Things I Love About Fall

Day 8 – Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Day 9 – Prayer Walk

Day 10 – Refrigerator Thingy Notes – Free Printables

Day 11 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 3 – Chapters 12-15

Day 12 – I’ll Worship Him In The Waiting

Day 13 – A Trip To The Dallas Arboretum

Day 14 – Fitness Bible Verses – Free Printable

Day 15 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based on She’s Still There – My Notes Week 4 – Chapters 16-21

Day 16 – Anxious for Nothing – An On-Line Bible Study – My OBS Story

Day 17 – If My People – 1 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

Day 18 – My Planner

Day 19 – I Lost My Socks

Day 20 – God Whispers To Us

Day 21 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 5 – Chapters 22-2

Day 22 – Laughter 

Day 23 – Acts 5:42 – Day by Day

 

 

 

 

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31 Days of Faith, Family, Home and Joy – Day 23 – Acts 5:42 DAY AFTER DAY

27 Oct

Acts 5:42 (KJV)  –And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

Daily  (day after day) they were teaching and preaching Christ – they did not cease.

How many would be saved if we went door-to-door like the disciples and like Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Am I daily teaching Christ? I am trying to at home with the grandkids, at school in subtle ways, in my neighborhood, when I am out and about shopping.

They never stopped.  I can go house to house in a sense when I blog.  EVERY DAY!

Father I pray direction on my life as I go about. May I be found teaching the wonder of You in all I do. In Your name I Pray. AMEN.

Enjoy the rest of my 31 Days Series below:

Day 1 – 31 Days of Faith, Family, Home, Fitness, Coffee and Joy

Day 2 – Love

Day 3 – Did Someone Say Coffee-eeee?

Day 4 – Worthy an Online Bible Study of She’s Still There – My Week 2 Notes, Chapters 6-11

Day 5 –  Books I’m Reading, Cuppa Tea and Joy

Day 6 – His Mercies Are New Every Morning

Day 7 – Things I Love About Fall

Day 8 – Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Day 9 – Prayer Walk

Day 10 – Refrigerator Thingy Notes – Free Printables

Day 11 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 3 – Chapters 12-15

Day 12 – I’ll Worship Him In The Waiting

Day 13 – A Trip To The Dallas Arboretum

Day 14 – Fitness Bible Verses – Free Printable

Day 15 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based on She’s Still There – My Notes Week 4 – Chapters 16-21

Day 16 – Anxious for Nothing – An On-Line Bible Study – My OBS Story

Day 17 – If My People – 1 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)

Day 18 – My Planner

Day 19 – I Lost My Socks

Day 20 – God Whispers To Us

Day 21 – Worthy – An On-Line Bible Study Based On She’s Still There – My Notes Week 5 – Chapters 22-2

Day 22 – Laughter

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