Monday, March 29, 2010

If life were a Musical

Ok, so I loved the first time I flew in a plane. It was a "crop duster" and flew into Bakersfield CA in the 70's.

I loved the exhilaration of the take off. The power of being thrown back into my seat. The amazing thought that I was seeing the earth from a birds view! AMAZING.

Then in the 80's there was the fatal crash of a passenger plane over San Diego. I saw the plume of smoke and heard and saw pictures.

From that day I "feared" flying.

Today I fly several times a month. No thrill of the exhilaration of the take off. I choose the isle seat up towards the front. I attempt to disengage myself from the event with a half of Dramamine and a glass of wine.

What! what is that about? Flying is no different, the risk the same. My faith was shaken and I CHOOSE to see flying in a different light - the a light clouded with fear.

Today after take off, when I was able to turn on my "portable device in the approved mode " I listened to an incredible song "Shout to the Lord".... As I sat in a window seat and peered out the window at the snow cap mountains below I had a viseral experience of being so captivated by God and his world below me. I was some how enraptured by the experience of TRUSTING GOD! To live is Christ and to die is gain. The fear had dissolved in the presence of listening to his word, seeing his world and knowing my life is truly in his hands.

I took my mind - filled it FULL with MUSIC that directed my thoughts to HIM. My faith in HIM - not a pilot, not the mechanics who serviced the plane, not the manufacture of the plane.... in HIM, HIM, HIM. He is in control.
I was able to see the LIGHT when I filled my head with MUSIC celebrating my faith in Christ.

I reflect right now on a recent thought I had as I passed by a car full of little children. The Car was a beat up with wobbling wheels screaming down the freeway with two young adults in the front seat. The back seat held several small children, only one in a car seat. The children looked content and mostly happy. No idea they were riding in a death trap! Why, because they had child faith. Just like I had on my first trip flying through the air.

Lord, help me fly through life and life's storms in child like faith. Having the ability to enjoy the ride, bumps and whatever!


I'd just love if every event had a feed in of music! Yes, and suddenly people break out and join in with Singing and dancing! Oh ya.... that would be heaven!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Who Defines ME

Have you ever thought?

Do I define myself by what and who I think I am?
Do I define myself by what others think of me?

Am I defined by how I look, what I do, my educations, friends, family?
Am I defined by my choices?
Am I defined by my actions?

Here is A song to feed the spirit this morning!


Starting my day feeding my Spirit is what DEFINES my DAY.

Starting my day taking ACTION to put my feet, my mind and my Heart on the right path?

Go and and walk in HIS light today.


See through HIS eyes.

Hear with HIS ears.

Be HIS hands.

Be HIS Voice.

Go where HE would have you go.

Do what HE would have you do.

Take on the Mind of Christ

Let this mind be in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Defining myself in HIM today.

Now raise up a big glass of water kissed with lemon

Friday, March 19, 2010

new day

Amazing that every morning you wake it is a NEW day. New? amazing that now matter how old you are, you have a chance for a NEW day.

A day to start fresh.

"how will NY152 Respond today". (ya gotta know I love my ol movies....)

Spending time starting my Day.... expecting to Hear from HIM and Live unto HIM today! Putting HIM first in all I do!

Child like faith..... hear the CHILDREN singing. BE His Child today! Trust HIM for EVERYTHING!

An absolute MUST - 64++ oz of water with Lemon today!

I recalled that at the Spa's there is always a Giant Beautiful Glass Container filled with Ice Water and Slices of Lemon, Limes or Oranges.... Ready to GO! Reminding you to drink each time you walk by. I think I'm going to do this too. Each day prepare this and set it out VISABLE (how dumb we don't do what we know to do...)

Now raise up those glasses! Salute!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Move that mountain

Zechariah 4:6

6Then he answered and spake unto me, saying,

This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying,

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

Matthew 17:20
He replied, "Because you have so little faith.

I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed,

you can say to this mountain,

'Move from here to there' and it will move.

Nothing will be impossible for you."

I AM THE MOUNTAIN - I need to be moved! It is myself that gets in my way.

My habits, self will... "nature vs nurture stuff".

When I don't start my day R E A L L Y centering myself in HIM. Taking the moment to SAY "this is the day the LORD hath Made". Then committing my day to Him. Taking time to TALK with HIM, Walk with Him, Sing to Him, Read his Word.... Yikes!......

He is my purpose, my direction... my strength and my Joy....

When I don't start my morning out like that... then I fall - NO,NO, NO - I step off of the path (ah, I was starting to give myself an excuse saying "I fall". Saying fall is an opening to an excuse. I may fall but mostly I CHOSE to step off the path, willingly, knowingly... stupidly (Not really a word) like shoving a piece of banana bread in my mouth... or calling someone a Jerk.

Yet, I know even a fall occurs mostly because we're NOT looking the right way.

Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to my feet

and a light for my path.

John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

Not by power, not by might but by His SPIRIT .... MOVE IT!


Sunday, March 7, 2010

self disvcovery

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Keeping a Journal aka blog

I've been thinking recently about this bog/journey/quest ..... whatever

I believe that the "blogging" has been the motivation factor.
I wake up in the morning and .... blog.

It "centers" me... reinforces my desire to change my lifestyle habits to those that bring "Health and Wellness". I think it, write it, hear it, speak it.... therefor receive the strength to then DO IT.

That thought propels me to think of the scriptures in the Word of God that tells me:

Deuteronomy 11

18Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.

19And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

20And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:

21That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth

Feed the Spirit FIRST

Feed the Body SECOND

Feed the Mind THIRD

I think this is the correct order of how to start the day.

When I feed my spirit, I then become motivated and centered in what I need to feed my Body (food and exercise).

Then I feed my Mind, since it's received the needed nutrients it needs to learn.


Friday, March 5, 2010

There's something about that Name

Dear Lord,
Center me ..... in You.
For as I have found......when I seek YOU, I find what I really want and need. I am truly satisfied.

Still walking the journey....
The journey of seeking a life where my habits are centered in what brings me health and wellness.

Body, Mind and Spirit - Balance!
Yet the foundation is my love of JESUS.... because there is something about that NAME!

FEED YOUR SPIRIT ! Hunger after a relationship with Jesus

Great book to read -
The Principle of the Path to where you want to be by Andy Stanley

Pump up the work out -
30 minutes of breaking some "glow" and then stretches
- truly relieves those tight neck and shoulder muscles! Strength your lower back!
firm up, tighten up and FEEL great that your doing something RIGHT!

Are you looking at food as something your body NEEDS - GOOD
Are you looking at food as what brings health and wellness -GOOD
Are you looking at food like it will satisfy, bring you pleasure -STOP IT

Now go drink some water kissed with lemon and PEE!

Salute! to your health and wellness

SPEAK words of life, positive statements, say what you want to believe
then you'll WALK the TALK!

self discipline - OUCH!

Hate the word Discipline -

Self discipline

Self-discipline refers to the training that one gives one's self to accomplish a certain task or to adopt a particular pattern of behavior, even though one would really rather be doing something else.

yes, that's me. "rather be doing something else" like sleeping!

So, I wake up... Open my sorry eye's .... put a smile on my face.... say "bless the Lord"

and get me #$'@* out of bed....


Thus, self-discipline is the assertion of willpower over more base desires, and is usually understood to be a synonym of 'self control'. Self-discipline is to some extent a substitute for motivation, when one uses reason to determine a best course of action that opposes one's desires. Virtuous behavior is when one's motivations are aligned with one's reasoned aims: to do what you know is best and to do it genuinely gladly.

1 Peter 5:8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Proverbs 25:28
Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.

Good news... Motivation! is the key. Now say it with me "internal monolog"

I WANT to take care of me. I feel better, look better "am better" when I take care of me.

I choose to have Christ live in ME, therefore I need to take care of me, because I LOVE HIM who died for me!

Amen, and Amen


Monday, March 1, 2010

"Sweet" Pleasures

Eating is for Pleasure?

Me thinks so.

Again, as I've said, we are conditioned (at least in this nation) that food is associated with ummm's and yummy expressions from the time we eat our first solid food "Gerber Rice Cereal". Then we moved on to jar "fruit" .... cause most mamma's know the baby spits out the spoon full of sweet potatoes and pureed chicken. God gave us taste buds for a reason.

Our mind states that it's all about our senses when we eat. But, we've developed a Lust for Food!

Look at the bazillion dollar industry of "Food".
Restaurants to the Food Network on TV
It's all about presentation and flavor/texture... oh la la

It isn't any wonder we are the FATTEST nation on earth (translates to most unhealthy and unfit).

Look around at any event - count the overweight vs the slim trim. Better yet,
who eats at Mc Donalds & Cold Stone Ice Cream Shops and who do you see shopping at whole Foods & Jamba Juice Shops.

I got it, you got it.

The Answer?

You can't find the answer until you find the real problem... you can't find the real problem until you recognize and are honest about the behavior/symptoms
As we Do in Nursing use the "Nursing Process":
Assessment (what is the symptoms )
Diagnosis (what is the problem)
Planning (develop strategy)
Implementation (take action)
Evaluation (was the diagnosis and strategy correct? if not start again)

back on track
Food is NECESSARY for life
Taste ... I think our
Our Creator
is "amazing" and loves to please us...
and delights in seeing
our pleasure with what HE has created ...
all in hopes that we choose to please Him

How sad we continually take what he has given us and made it OUR IDOL - Yap you heard. Food becomes our God at times. Seeking Food to satisfy our souls.

BUT, when Taste rules over Nutrition than.....
re discover enjoying and saying ummmm and Yummy over a bowl of Oatmeal with chopped up nuts.

No, I'm not kidding.

Ok, so we only use about 10% of our brain. Case in Point. We're stupid to choose
a Warm Apple Pie with Ice Cream over ... less sugary Apple dessert. No, I'm not going to look up a recipe for Warm apple cobbler with 80% less sugar. But, I've made it.

Plus, in this Journey, I have to say..... Twice in the past week I had the opportunity to eat Apple Pie (that's why this is on my mind). And to tella you the Truth (a phrase my Sicilian Grandma used a lot) I DIDN't WANT IT! Yipee to me, pat on the back.

NO desire to eat something so sickening sweet. Why, because I've redefined what I WANT.... food that makes my body strong. Food that makes my skin glow. Food that gives me energy (not the fatigue and emotionally in the dump next day if I ate a sugary desert).

And I didn't deprive myself of "pleasure" BECAUSE... my satisfaction, comfort and pleasure is in knowing that I'm taking care of God's Temple "Me".

My strength in saying no to the dense fudge cake at a party the other night ( a desire of the past) was ME recognizing for the 1st time..... That dessert MAKES ME LOOK and FEEL TERRIBLE.

Choices...... feeding my pleasures!
MY Pleasure is in my walk with the Lord

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Today may my walk and talk reflect your presence in my life.
May my light shine where ever I go. May the fruit of the spirit in me be
And may all who meet me WANT to fill their souls with the SWEET PLEASURE of you in their life. In Jesus Name

I'm off running (literally)

PS :
Exercise & Calories = Your Body 's Health THAT SIMPLE
(ok, some metabolic/disease issues need to be weighed in - but