Wednesday, September 29, 2010

You're never fully dressed without a Smile

Ok, Ok  I hear Me....

Back on a real computer this morning.... came from being at a Health Resort for several days and blogged on my iPad... not so easy and fluid as my computer.

Although the food was amazingly healthy,  I didn't see a drop on the scale.
Although I exercised throughout the day (water work out, dance, yoga, weights...) I didn't
      see a drop on the scale.

In fact, I'm fighting being sore!  AHHHH,  I thought I was in shape with all this exercise routine this past 9 months.  BUT.... here is the real test!

Can you do 10-12 push ups (women style)?
Can you do 10 -12 squats?

OK, OK  I hear me.....

I have to remind myself ..... it's not what is on the scale (weight) but in my heart that makes me smile inside my soul

I have to remind myself...... only Christ can satisfy my soul... not a chocolate covered banana!  (can you believe that was a dessert.... frozen small banana on a stick dipped in dark chocolate - it was a healthy choice for a dessert! yea!).

I did notice it wasn't the right work out outfit that made me successful- it helps but it's not the answer to being successful (ever put on the work out outfit and then NOT exercise?)

I did notice it wasn't  the right  outfit and jewelry I wore to dinner   with my girlfriends....   that made me a pleasure to be with.

I actually found a cloud of unhappiness the last two days.... circling around me.  Just enough of a cloud to keep the ray's of light and sunshine from touching my soul and mind.

I asked the Lord (whispered to him from my heart) What is going on!  I should be ecstatic with joy.... I'm here at an amazing Health Resort with nothing to do but take care of me.

I heard (not audible of course) Him say.... Where is your armor?

It was me not putting on my armor of God each morning.

Each morning  I jumped up  to run to breakfast with my girlfriends and then off to an exercise class.

I missed my "real" time with the Lord.  Oh, yes... I was talking to the Lord throughout the day... prayed for my food (even the chocolate covered banana)... prayed to him during my stretch class

I missed blogging (my pseudo journal) when I choose scripture for the day.  Getting real POWER for the day. I really truly missed my blogging in the morning.
I didn't realize how not blogging (time with the Lord)  would affect my day until I didn't do it.

I need to dress every morning with the armor of God.     Reading His Word
Journalizing or blogging is so very powerful!  Especially first thing in the morning or even before bed each night.  A powerful tool for life.

Ephesians 6:10-18  

The Armor of God

 10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

The title this morning comes from the Song in the movie "Annie"
 (ahhh, you probably knew that).

Each morning we take time to pick out the right clothes for the day (even if we're staying home we CHOOSE what to put on).  Our clothes usually reflect our morning mood (this is true...) Then, we  spend time (or maybe not) putting on make up.... looking into a mirror all morning... looking at our reflection.... looking at ourselves..... having an internal monologue about ourselves.... (think about what your thinking when you see yourself in the mirror... are you being your best friend or worst critic?)

Then, either before dressing or after dragging ourselves to get some coffee and CHOOSING what to eat or not eat we need to .......really, truly....

Wake up!!!!

If we (talking to ME) spent as much time each morning 
with the Lord... praying, reading HIS WORD... 
focusing ourselves on what is before we spend on getting "dressed".... WOW
We'd be dressed for success


when you're getting dressed you SHOULD be
looking at yourself and affirming... 
"I am HIS child"

"A child of the LIVING GOD of the UNIVERSE"

"My Body is His temple"

Today I will HONOR his temple and fill His Temple (ME)
and choose ONLY those foods and thoughts that please HIM.

Today I will let Him Shine through me in my words and actions

Today when Life throws temptations, challenges and struggles my way 
I will CHOOSE to call upon the Lord within me to DEAL WITH IT! 
 He fights my battles, He Heals, Restores and Loves  those around me
through me his vessel!  

I will wear HIS Love on and in me today!
Now that makes me SMILE....

You're never fully dressed without the Lord!

Salute!  To your Healthy Choices today that bring you health and wellness