Sunday, September 14, 2014

Day 13 & Day 14 - #SeptemberThankfulChallenge

Day 13 - I want to be thankful for tiredness.  God made our bodies to be able to tell when we need rest.  In fact, Elohim rested on the 7th day of creation.  So I'm thankful that we get to have a time of rest.  I enjoy my time at rest.

Day 14 - I'm thankful for tears.  Sometimes we take tears for granted, and want to stop crying, but my mom is unable to cry now.  Since her stroke, she hasn't been able to shed tears. She has been close, to crying, but hasn't been able to shed tears.  I don't like crying in front of people, but being opened to crying, can be cleansing for a person.  Tears can come when happy too!  Those are my favorite tears, but sometimes the sad tears need to come too.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Day 12 #SeptemberThankfulChallenge

Today, I'm thankful for broken hearts.  
I know that may sound strange to some people.  At the time of the broken heart, I didn't like it, but each of my relationships that have ended, have drawn me closer to God.  God healed my heart and He's holding it until He brings that special man to me.  I'm thankful that I can trust God with my heart.  God knows me better than anyone, because He created me.  Being thankful to Elohim this month has gotten me to think about different things that God used to create me.  Yes, He knit me in my mother's womb, but He's still working on me to be more like Jesus.  And He has used my broken heart to experience the love that He has for me.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Day 11 #SeptemberThankfulChallenge

I want to thank Elohim for how He is created me to be.  To do that...He may use trials and tests in my life to make me to be more like Jesus.  It's tough to go through trials, but the bible states to "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trails, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have it's perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." Today I want to be thankful for body aches.  Why body aches? Because the aches that our bodies experience help us to know how much we have pushed our bodies. Also the types of aches that are experienced can help us to know when we need rest. I experience some pulled muscles when I do Zumba. I have to remember to watch how I do the moves to keep from pulling the muscles.  It's something that I have think about specifically.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Don't let Satan distract my focus

I have been learning about keeping my focus on God, where it is supposed to be anyway.  I learned a new lesson about this in my life this week.  The last couple of weeks God had brought to my attention that the reason I was having bad days at work, was because I wasn't focused on God and focused on my circumstances.  I have to say, this lesson is way bigger than my work has become a lesson in my single life as well.

Being a single person, is something I am used to being.  I have never experience life as a married person, so singleness is all I know.  

This week, I was able to listen to a message from Dr. Tony Evans about "Fasting for Mates."  I know his message focus was on fasting, but something that he said during his message really hit me and got me to study for and have some conversations with God about it.

In Genesis 2:9, it talks about the trees in the Garden of Eden, "Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil." Later in chapter 2, verses 16 & 17 state, "The LORD God commanded the man, saying, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die."

Now, something that was mentioned in the sermon I was listening to was..."don't let Satan tempt you with the one tree in the garden that as a single person you shouldn't partake in, focus on the other trees that God has allowed to be experienced." Basically when people ask me about my singleness they focus on the fact that I'm a virgin and they will ask how I'm able to hold my stand in temptations.  I'm thankful that God has helped me to focus on the other trees in the garden instead of the fact that I don't have sex.  But as I was talking with God, I even got to the fact that in my life singleness is one tree in my life.  I have many other trees that I can put my focus toward.  I'm thankful for the fact that God has helped me to realize this fact.  I'm able to focus on the other trees in my life instead of focusing the singleness tree.

How many times in our life is God using those other areas in our live to bring us closer to Him, but we are so focused on the one tree that Satan is using to distract us?  I know in my life, I have allowed those distractions, but getting a reminder of this lesson has been a learning experience.  

Day 9 & Day 10 - #SeptemberThankfulChallenge

Day 9 - my heart.  I'm thankful for my heart.  It's an organ that is able to pump blood throughout my body.  I'm thankful to be able to have it healthy enough to allow me to teach Zumba. I love Zumba and it keeps my heart healthy too!

Day 10 - my waist line.  I'm thankful that my waist line is getting smaller.  It's not perfect, but I'm able to see an hour glass figure.  I began my fitness and healthy living in 2011. I was able to see a big difference. I still have a lot of work to do, but I'm still trying to work on it.  It's the little differences that help me to keep it up!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Day 7 & Day 8 #SeptemberThankfulChallenge

Day 7 - I'm thankful for my ears.  I may not have the best hearing, but I'm able to hear a lot of things.  I love listening to music, and hearing praises sung to God.  I also love the shape of my ears. I don't have ears that are too big or shaped in a weird way. They match my head. 

Day 8 - I'm thankful for my legs. I really like my lower legs, because you can feel the muscle in them.  My thighs are not the best part of my body, but I'm working on them too.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Day 5 & Day 6 #SeptemberThankfulChallenge

For Day 5 - I am thankful for my brain.  It's one of the important organs, I use it a lot and take it for granted.  One of the exciting ways I do use it, is teaching Zumba.  I have to remember choreography, cuing, and think moving different parts of my body doing different things at the same time.  One that I find difficult while teaching is remember my left is their right.  When I teach I usually have people begin with their right side (so mirroring them, I'm using my left side).  Most of my choreography I learned using my right side now I am relearning the choreography backwards.  It can be fun at times in my class.

Day 6 - I'm thankful for my laugh.  I love being able to laugh...even when life is crazy and stressful...laughter is good for us.  Proverbs 17:22a states "A joyful heart is good medicine..."  When your heart is joyful, it can shine on your face with laughter.  

Last week, was a very stressful week for me at work.  After I got my focus back on God where it belongs, I was able to laugh. One of the nurses mentioned my laughter on Friday. She said, "Its so good to hear you laugh again."  Laughter can help moods of others around us.  So spread the laughter.  Share that smile.  You never know how it will help others when they need it.  

Elohim! You are my Creator.  You have created me in a special way to bring honor and glory to You.  Thank You for creating my brain.  Thank You for helping me to work it out while teaching Zumba to others.  Thank You for my laughter and being able to share it with others....Amen!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Day 4 - #SeptemberThankfulChallenge

For day 4, I want to say I'm thankful for my nose.  I really love the shape of my nose.  It isn't crooked and it's even on both sides.  The holes are not too big or too little.  
I'm also thankful that I'm able to smell...even though there are some things I don't want to smell.  I've heard about Chris August's accident and how it has affected his smell. It's something that I have taken for granted...but doing this Thankful Challenge, I want to be thankful of those little things that we may not think about a lot. 

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Day 3 - #SeptemberThankfulChallenge

Today, I want to thank God for my hair.  I'm a girl and I definitely have had some pretty bad hair days...however...over the years I have learned to love my hair and work with it.  Some days that means wearing my hair up and out of the way.  Other days its when I work with it, by curling it and letting it do what it wants. So I'm posting some picture of my favorite styles I have had over the years.

 Yes, this photo is of me as a little kid, but I love the color of my blonde hair.  As I grew older, it got darker. 

I have had my hair short and long.  This was one of my favorite cuts.  I had taken a picture of Rhianna to the salon and the girl cut my shoulder length hair to this short length.  So glad to know that I can do a short or long cut

This is one of my favorite pictures of my curls.  I was thankful to have a great hair day for this photo shoot.  My curls did everything that I wanted it to do.  

I also really like wearing it straight on days that it works well with me. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.  For instance today, I ended up with my hair on top of my head in a bun, but I worked with it and went with it.  I have learned don't fight with your hair.  

I'm also one that doesn't like to use a hair dryer.  Since I do curl my hair (usually with curling iron), I don't want to add damage with the unnecessary heat.  But more recently I have purchased some new things to work with to curl my hair without heat.  That way I can stop doing damage to my hair.  

I also have learned to appreciate my hair because God made each of us uniquely.  I have a friend who is bald. Seriously just shaved his head several years ago and he looks normal.  In fact if he had hair now he would like weird.  But if I were bald, I would look weird.  I have a couple of knots on my head and if I'm thankful for my hair, I can be better at taking care of it and keeping it healthy.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Day 2 - #SeptemberThankfulChallenge

For the month of September, I have chosen to thank the Lord for different things that I appreciate.  Some people will find faults in how they look, but I'm choosing to be appreciative of different things.  

Today I want to be thankful for my smile.  I have had people to tell me that my smile is the best feature.  I personally have not been as appreciative of my smile, but I do smile a lot and I want to be thankful for it.  

One Jesus is my Savior and He is the reason I can smile.  Two - believers have been given the BEST gift (Paul describes it as an unspeakable gift).  Even though I am thankful I would like to correct some of my teeth, but not so much that I'm willing to go into debt.  However, if it were to be able to save the money and take care of it, I wouldn't object to it.  

This photo was taken at a party. I love how bright my smile is in this one.

This photo was taken at a VBS picnic.  

And this one was taken just a few weeks ago when I got my new glasses. I love how this shows off my happiness. I was so excited to have my new glasses. 
So ... what is another feature you are thankful that God has created you in His special way :) 

Monday, September 01, 2014

Day 1 #SeptemberThankfulChallenge

Day 1 of the #SeptemberThankfulChallenge - so excited to be able to share those things that Elohim has created in me that I'm thankful for. I know we need to appreciate who we are before others can appreciate us.  I want to be able to see myself in a different light and celebrate those things that are unique about me.  I may not have liked them my entire life, but remember I'm thinking about it in my Creator's eyes.  He created me for a purpose...He created me to enjoy Him and praise Him.  I need to remember to praise Him for how he created me uniquely.

For the first 10 days, I'm going to be focusing on physical attributes about me.  I want to be able to show there are 10 things that I have found about me that I want to praise the Lord. 

Today I want to be thankful for my eyes.  When people ask me what my favorite feature is about me...this is what I choose. I love the color of my eyes.  When I was younger, I used to hate my brown eyes.  I always wanted to have blue or even green.  As I grew older, I realized my brown eyes are not a normal brown eye. It's almost a Nestle's chocolate brown.  I have had two men who saw me with contacts and thought that they were a color contact, but I explained to them, my contacts were clear and that was my eye color that God gave me.  

Even though my eyes are not perfect vision and need the aid of glasses, I still like them and consider that they are my best feature.  And now I really like my new glasses to help with displaying my favorite feature.  I have had a lot of compliments about my new glasses, and since I think my eyes are my best new glasses bring others focus on what I consider to be my best feature.

So, what do you think your best feature is?