Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday Thankfulness

I was reading Leviticus chapter one today and was struck by all the details that went into the offerings they had to offer the Lord for atonement. It had me thinking how very thankful I am this Good Friday - even though it is painful to think about Jesus bearing not just all of my sin on the cross - but the sins of each and every person that has ever and will ever live... I am thankful that God has provided THE SACRIFICIAL LAMB and that we no longer have to go through all they did in the Old Testament to make atonement. God, in His great mercy and grace has made a way for us through Jesus. 

I remember before I became a Christian, reading through Isaiah 53..

Who has believed what he has heard from us?
    And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
 For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    and no beauty that we should desire him.
 He was despised and rejected by men;
    a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
 Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted.
 But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed.
 All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.
 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
    yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth.
 By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
    and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
    stricken for the transgression of my people?

And they made his grave with the wicked

    and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
    and there was no deceit in his mouth.
 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
    he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
    he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
    make many to be accounted righteous,
    and he shall bear their iniquities.
 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,
    and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,
because he poured out his soul to death
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
    and makes intercession for the transgressors.
I remember in my stubbornness telling my friend that passage "must be about someone/something else" It wasn't until years later that the Lord opened my eyes and my heart to the Truth and that I realized I had, like a sheep gone astray, but God had laid on Jesus all of my sin and that I could be forgiven.  It's hard to believe, but it's been 28 years since God got a hold of my heart - I'm still in process and still on a journey of learning and growing, but this Good Friday I am so very thankful that God made a way for me. As Jesus hung on that cross and everything went dark, I'm sure many felt hopeless. I know I've felt hopeless before, as I type this I still struggle, but God has been doing a lot of healing in this broken heart of mine and showing me that with Christ there is ALWAYS hope.

As I write this, I am struggling with faith to trust God and feeling overwhelmed with my finances... but even in the darkest of hours, even when all seems lost, even when I can't see a way out... I know that because of Jesus I have hope.

Clinging to the Cross,


Thursday, March 28, 2013

What Is THIS?

I imagine, 20 years from now... maybe less, a Pastor from the pulpit saying to the congregation, "If you'll now take out your electronic device and click to open your Bible App to Proverbs... " I admit I LOVE the convenience of having my Bible App on my phone and being able to have it at a moment's notice, being able to search for phrases or verses quickly... and if I can't find it in the Bible App I can just Google it.

(remember in school when they said, "you'll need this when you grow up..." Yeah... no.... I was at the store today, couldn't remember how many ounces were in a pint for sure so I Googled it while standing at the dairy case....)

But, I digress... Yesterday I got out an actual Bible, held it in my hand, turned pages, underlined with a pen verses that spoke to me, convicted me... It was a completely different experience from the "digital one". While, I believe there is value in the digital versions, and I do love me some technology... but, there's just something about holding a book in my hand, feeling the paper and the pages....

I feel a little bad for kids today who won't experience that nearly as much as I did growing up. I remember dragging my Daddy to the library to get "more books" in the middle of the week as I had gone through the stack we got on the weekend. I do embrace the technology and love many aspects of it... but nothing will ever replace that feeling of holding a book in my hand. 

What about you? 


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pet Peeve Rant

I am so tired of hearing/seeing/reading about all these quick fix ways of losing weight - shakes, pills, body wraps .... I don't mean this in offense to anyone, but the bottom line is - nutrition and exercise. It's not easy, but it's not rocket science and there are no quick fixes! I have tried so many of those supposed "quick fixes" and while some of them work for a time NONE of them work long term. I wish I could have back all the money I wasted on pills and "miracle" diet things.

I know looking at me it's obvious I am no picture of health. But, I am a picture of someone who has lost and gained more weight in her life than I am proud to admit.

What I have found, and what I believe with my whole heart is that eating as nutritionally sound as possible and exercising is the BEST way to lose weight and be healthy. I wish someone would have told me this before I shelled out more money than I am proud of over the past several decades.

Let me wrap up by saying I am in no way judging anyone else and what they do - this is what I have found to be true for me and what will hopefully work for me long term. We all have different paths to walk - I just felt the need to put this out here as it seems like every where I turn I am seeing some new fad on how to lose weight fast and easy, whether it's an article online, something on TV, or whatever - so that's my pet peeve rant.

Seeking good health,


Dam to Dam Training - Days 1 and 2

OUCH!!!!!!! The best way to not feel the way I feel right now is to not allow one's self to get so out of shape in the first place.

Yesterday was day 1 of training and consisted of walking on my breaks at work. Today, was my first gym day and I walked with a friend (thanks Dalene) and we did about 3 miles (hard to count laps on the track and the treadmills were full) But, I enjoyed talking with my friend and figure between the little walking I did at work and what we did I got 3 miles in. My feet hurt. My legs hurt. I was out of breath (OK, maybe that was from talking too much) 

This is one of my favorite quotes - and it came up as my friend and I were talking. Another friend told me about a great exercise for plantar fasciitis and I know a lot of great information about training for marathons and eating nutritionally - but knowing these things does me no good if I don't "walk the path". Today I ate horribly - I entered everything on my Lose It website - and although I am under calories - I ate a TON of sugar today and definitely feel yucky because of it. Yes, Sherri - knowing nutritional information won't do you a bit of good if you don't put it into practice. And, even though I know a lot about training - I have to do it. It's going to be a lot of work... but I will put one foot in front of the other and do it. I will have to be disciplined to do the exercises for the plantar fasciitis and make sure I stretch after each workout because just knowing these things WON'T HELP!

I don't know if anyone ever said this, but I will - knowing is easy, doing is hard. It will be worth it... I will just keep...

Pressing On,