Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

Well...it's the end of 2011.  I am sitting at my friends' house playing in a wii bowling tournament.  I'm actually waiting to play because we only have a few remotes.  This is the way I spent last year.  Sitting with my friends and enjoying the end of 2010.  These people are the people who know me well.  They know my down falls, yet still love me.  They are my true friends who have seen me at my worst and still accept me.  If I didn't have these friends I don't know where I would be in my life.  It's been an interesting year that we have gone through.  In January we all had made some decisions to get healthier and lose weight.  Each of us started in a different way, but Ginger, Mary and I began Weight Watchers in February.  My friend Kathi met a major goal this year.  She has shunk almost half her size.  She has encouraged others in this journey too...by creating a Fit and Faithful Group.  Her husband Ben has lost a lot of weight too and has been really good with running 5Ks.  

I also have an amazing family that really encouraged me in this journey.  My sister Mary who inspired me to begin my journey by her example.  Not only by the example, but also by her words of encouragement when I wanted to quit. 

I have found a new love in my life...ZUMBA!  I began a certified instructor this year to help me along my journey.  It has been a really great help to me.  Due to this certification, I have been able to help out my Zumba granny because she has had to take some time off from instructing for health reasons. 

Because this is the end of 2011...I'd like to share my resolutions for the year 2012.

1. Read my bible daily - I'd like to read through it, but I'm just going to attempt to get the daily part, because sometimes I get behind on that reading.
2. Workout - Zumba (2 to 3 times a week) and add some type of strengthening workout - yoga or Jillian Michaels ripped in 30.
3. track daily - I have not been tracking with Weight Watchers, my goal this year is to track daily.
4. drink water- at least 8 - 8 oz each day.
5. Journal in my blog - both this one and the Biggest Loser one.  I like to use this one for my spiritual blog and the Biggest Loser for the weight loss journey.
6. Save money each pay check.  I want to do better at saving and not wasting my money.

These are what I have so far.  I may add some before the end of January.  Until next time...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Discerning the Voice of God

So I'm reading a book by Priscilla Evans Shirer. It's entitled "Discerning the Voice of God."  I have been reading it on and off for awhile, but as I read a little tonight I wanted to share something that I read about waiting.

My song of the moment is "Waiting Here For You" by Christy Nockels from the Passion CD "Wait For You." The verse was quoted in this chapter Psalm 5:3 "Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.  Each morning, I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly."  Priscilla is telling the story of Habakkuk and how he waits for God's voice. She writes the following:

"I must admit that waiting to hear from God is difficult for me.  But I've begun to see that the process of waiting for a message from God is often just as important as the message itself. As I wait, my faith grows.  The waiting prepares me to receive the message that's coming and to respond in obedience. In some cases, the intimacy that I develop with God wile waiting is the message."  
That last line really hit me.  It's talks of an intimacy that can be developed while waiting on God to speak to us and how that can be more important than the answer itself.  I have seen that in my life.  Sometimes not getting the answer, but knowing that I can trust God to supply the answer in His time can be what gets me through the waiting process.  I know that I can trust God in that because he has done that in the past.  I'm thankful for this and to be able to see how the waiting process can help a relationship is something that I can take to other areas in my life where I'm waiting.

Praise God! He is able to be trusted!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Well...Christmas Eve 2011.  Sorry it's been awhile since I have written in this blog.  Momma mentioned to me the other day about not writing in it.

I have been busy with work a lot.  We are looking for another person in my department again.  I'm praying that we can find the right fit of that position.  It's important to have people who can work well together :)

I'm excited about tomorrow being Christmas. Our choir will be presenting the cantata again.  Then I'm heading to my sisters for Christmas dinner.  Tomorrow night I'm going to sing "All Is Well" and Kathi is singing too.  I am praying for my voice, because I'm beginning to get sick.

Well...until next time :)