(Day 13) Thankful for my Grandsons

0a160f207d0fdbfe2fb08ebfff6b4519Today I had the opportunity to hang out with my 3 and 6-year-old grandsons. Did you know that children of these ages have a ton of energy? Good grief, now I know why I had my children when I was young. I’m too old to keep up with these boys. Oh but they are so precious. The quiet conversations that they have are so innocent one minute and then they switch gears and are rambunctious as ever. The questions they ask are thought-provoking. The love they show is unconditional. I was reading a book while the boys were playing with a pirate set and suddenly they were more interested in what I was reading. It’s those little moments that just put the biggest smile on my face.

Whenever I hang out with my grandsons I tend to think about what Jesus said ” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:2-4 ESV

What did Jesus mean by that? I think maybe He meant that we are to be abandoned in our trust. Children have a way of trusting that is far beyond adult comprehension. Children don’t worry about things like we do, they trust that their parents or grandparents are going to provide for all of their needs. Children love to learn and they believe what they learn. (Yes, they ask why a million times but that’s just because they want to know everything!) Children are innocent, humble and teachable. I’m sure I could mention many other things. The point is, Jesus wants us to trust Him with our lives.

I am thankful for my grandsons and I am thankful that the Lord uses them to bring life to His Word.

(Day 12) Thankful for Doctors

medical-563427_640Went to see my doctor today and I am so thankful that she is not the sort that just throws pills at me. While she did alter my current medication, she didn’t try to push the newest drug on the market. Many of my former doctors seemed to just be in the practice for the pharmaceutical kickbacks and it used to drive me crazy. I am thankful that I don’t have to deal with that anymore. I was heard for my concerns and we had a great discussion.

The other thing I like about my doctor is that she doesn’t try to push weight loss surgery down my throat. I went down that road about 11 years ago even to the point of having a surgery date set up but God said No, So when God says NO, it means NO! I had a few doctors that always tried to push the gastric bypass. I’ve had many friends who had the surgery, some with good success, some with short-term success and some with no success. God made my organs to work perfectly, I am the one that chose to eat too much food and be lazy so why should I surgically alter my body because of my lack of self-control.

Some may not agree with what I just said and that’s okay. We can agree to disagree. I am just saying this about me. It’s a personal issue between every individual and God. For me, it’s not an option. My option is to continue to yield to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to lead and guide my journey to weight loss. My doctor supports me as well and she is willing to help in any way even if it’s just holding me accountable by checking in with her on my progress. I like that very much. I look forward to getting my blood results to see if any of my life changes so far have helped with any of my values.

IMG_1934I am looking forward to getting a handle on my fatigue so I can get back to exercising. Somehow I think I need to push through it and stop making excuses. I really am exhausted though and it’s not because I am lacking sleep. I will get there. I did gain 3.4 lbs, this week though but I will not let it get me down as I didn’t do anything to contribute to losing weight this week so what more should I expect. Hey, this is a journey not a sprint so I will just keep moving forward.

(Day 11) Thankful for All the Veterans

veterans-day-imageToday is Veteran’s Day and I am so thankful to all the brave men and women who served our country. What makes me sad is that we give one day to honor our veterans yet they struggle to survive every day and no one bats an eye. Did you know that 22 veterans every day commit suicide due to PTSD?

We have far too many veterans that are homeless, alone, sick, depressed and it’s a shame. I pray that more will be done to resolve these issues but I am thankful that at least they do get a day to be honored although I believe they should be honored every day.

(Day 10) Thankful for Strength

philippians4_13ljmaI’ve shared that I have been battling fatigue and I finally have a doctor’s appointment scheduled. My day 10 was a full day of activities including work and helping others. I was exhausted! Thankfully I found that the scripture that says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13) is true. I am relying on that strength to continue to get me through each day this week. I am also relying on the Lord to give wisdom to the doctor in what to do for me whether it is adjusting my medication or running blood tests. I know that I am in the Lord’s care. I am thankful that He is in charge of my life and I submit to all that He has in store for me.

What are you thankful for today?

(Day 9) Give Thanks To The Lord

photo-1414589491349-2acf6131176ePsalm 105:1 NLT says, “Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.”  I could fill pages upon pages of testimonies to what the Lord has done in my life. I am convinced that I am alive today only because of His mercy and grace. I’ve done nothing to deserve it and I will forever give Him thanks.

Today has been another day of fatigue for me but I am working on getting back on track with my goals. It is going to take hard work and consistency for me to be successful. I already see one success that I haven’t really paid attention to and that is the fact that I am not giving up. I am not beating myself up for not following through on my goals which is huge for me. I used to be awful to myself. It really doesn’t help nor is it any kind of motivator. Proverbs 24:16a NLT says, “The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.”  I may trip or I may fall but I will get back up and keep walking in this journey. I just give thanks to the Lord for teaching me every step of the way.

What are you giving thanks to the Lord for today?