Sunday, July 18, 2010

Day 18

72 hours left of the 21 day..... thing-a-ma-bob that I do!

Yesterday I heard confirmation of what I'd heard in the past.  50-60% increase in weight loss when keeping a journal.  

Although this isn't about weight loss (only a benefit) The message is the benefit of Journalizing.... a point of accountability.  Thinking, writing.... activities that provide a vehicle for staying focused on a goal.

These are all side notes to today's blog.


 Last night I did what I had blogged to do... Read the Word of God... and county my blessings before bed.

 "The Living Bible" is the version I have... and the verse read...

Matthew 6:22
"If your eye is pure, there will be sunshine in your soul"

Verse 23 is: But if your eye is clouded with evil thoughts and desires, you are in deep spiritual darkness.  And oh, how deep that darkness can be!"

The thought of SUNSHINE in MY SOUL  sent me off to sleep in such joy to think this was possible.   I LOVE sunshine! It means blue skies.... warmth touching my face.... all good thoughts.

But I was intrigued as to the words "if your eye is pure".... So here are two other versions of the Scripture.

                        Matthew 6:22-23 (King James Version)

 22The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single,
 thy whole body shall be full of light.
 23But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. 
If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Matthew 6:22-23 (The Message)

 22-23"Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!

Balance!  Balancing Spirit, Mind and Body

Being a healthy weight, physical strength and energy, sound quick mind...
and  having "sunshine" in my soul.... being successful at reaching my goals. 

This is what my quest is.... This is MY journey in the "21 day to Health and Wellness".

It occurred to me yesterday, after several day's of blogging about "we are God's Creation and we need to respect ourselves".... 

asking  the question "DO I LIKE MYSELF?"

Truly something we all need to ask ourselves.   

Stop and think about it  - 
   Look at yourself in a full length mirror.... what do you see?  What do you say?
   Then think of how someone may describe you to someone else.... 

Depriving ourselves of things / activities that benefit our body, mind and spirit is a symptom of "a unhealthy relationship with ourselves".  I think it's about Not liking ourselves.... be unhappy with our self.  Feeling like a failure..... Not forgiving ourselves for (you can fill in the blank)

God created you..... but unless your following the Instruction Manual (Bible) that your Creator wrote.... Unless you see yourself through GOD's EYE's and love yourself.... unhappiness  can be your cholesterol level or the size of your waist line.

Take what God gave you.... even a big nose, large frame... whatever.... keeps you from "culturally looking perfect"
    and.....  When you  don't love what he created ... how can anyone else love it!  

How many times have you said when thinking about eating some high calorie sugary food... "ah, forgetaboutit,  I want it so I'm going to eat it".  While the internal message your hearing is screaming "don't do it..... it'll make you more fat"....

And again (as said in previous blogs) eating unhealthy is sometimes trying to fill the void in your soul..... Your just not happy!  That Chocolate Chip cookie from Mrs. Fields won't fill the void!  You know that... but you'll eat it for the quick fix
just like an addict who needs a fix!  Harsh but True (same behavior). 

Yes, this is my opinion.... I'll back it up with scientific research later!

What else could it be.... NO, it can't be a lack of knowledge because we are saturated with information on what is an unhealthy lifestyle choices (smoking, drinking, eating fat filled sugary desserts, sedentary, couch potato... etc.....)
Sorry, but I put smoking cigerette in the same catagorie as eating heavily fat/sugary foods...
They both contribute to causing life style disease!   HARSH!  but True

What do you "SEE" ?  Are you looking through a heart that appreciates and respects what God has given to you? What are you "Looking" for in Life?

I don't know about you, but I want my SOUL TO BE FULL OF SUNSHINE!!!!

SMILE!  it'll open up your heart.


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