I love Christmas! Obviously first and foremost I love Christmas because of what it is. Christmas is nothing less than the birth of my Lord and Savior. Without His perfect and precious birth, we would be nothing. Without His life begun, He could not have laid down His life for my sins and there would be no hope in this world. We are nothing, there is nothing, there would be nothing to have faith in or hope for…without Him we would all be sentenced to eternal death. Not only did He do all of that for me and you, but He has showered me with blessings of life, love, family, food, shelter…and on and on. I also love Christmas because, as you all know by now, I adore being with family and friends. I enjoy gathering around sharing food and fun memories while making new memories. It is a special time filled with traditions.
The enemy does not love Christmas. In fact, He knows that we are saved because of the birth of Jesus Christ. I think that is why there is so much pain at Christmas sometimes. He attacks people at their weakest at a time when they are praising the One who saved them. He attacks and tries to turn their vulnerability into a reason to distrust God. This is when we need God the most! He will not let us falter, He will not let us down, He does walk through every joy and every sorrow with us.
Hanging the ornaments on our Christmas tree each year is bittersweet. There are ornaments that were meant for Joshua. There are ornaments from people that are no longer here…that died too young. There are bitter memories along with sweet ones. My parents just attended a funeral of a great man who was attacked by cancer. His family knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is celebrating Christmas with his Savior this year, but each Christmas will have a scar as they remember the husband, father, brother and friend that they lost. My friend just was served divorce papers this week, a friend who has done nothing but try to save her marriage as her spouse has thrown it away. Another friend is facing her third Christmas without her husband at home. Life is tough and it seems to get harder at the times when we think we should be untouchable. Satan may attack, he may even win a few battles, but we know that the Lord is the ultimate victor. We know the end and He has already won. Don’t lose hope, don’t lose faith, put your trust in the One who is with you each step of the way. Celebrate Christmas and have joy in the Lord!
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV)
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
It is tough to be a dad…especially today. Happy Father’s Day to all the awesome dads out there!
I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak…
This is my prayer…for the lost to seek Christ, for them to KNOW Him, for them to live with Him in eternity some day. This is my prayer first for my children and family and then for the rest of the world.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Love the Chris Tomlin song Whom Shall I Fear
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
So I screwed up today. I feel great…because I had some awesome treats. But, I feel horrible…because I blew it. I went the WHOLE DAY eating so well! I was hungry and beat my hunger all day. I was doing so well that I was on target for staying below 1500 calories. And…all I wanted was to end the day with a bowl of cereal. Of course we don’t have any cereal in the house (because I would eat it…duh). So I found some graham crackers and the next hour went down hill…big time…fast! erg!
To top it off, despite my intentions, I did weigh myself today. There was hardly any progress in weight. 😦 However, I also determined my bmi and my body fat percentage. Even though I won’t admit my weight yet, I will give my BMI to be 20.5 and my body fat percentage is all in athletic categories…so that is good.
Saturday is my real weigh day, so hopefully I can do better than I have been and make some real progress. I know not much between now and Saturday but hopefully I can make some long term gains.
Today is also my light day for working out…Wednesdays are light and Sundays are off completely. I did the lightweight Linda Crossfit this morning. I really like that…but really need to add some weight. I may do some booty and thigh exercises this evening, because that is my trouble area. Yesterday, I saw some pictures of me…from the past…when I weighed 20 pounds lighter and also current pictures. I will admit that I didn’t look good when I was 20 pounds lighter. But I will also admit that no matter how you look 20 pounds lighter…gaining 20 pounds is hard. And seeing myself now with meat on my bones will take some getting used to. My body is different now…I have more muscle, which is good, but it is not all muscle and it is not the skinny, fragile, feminine look.
Bit I digress…even with the extra weight being hard to get used to, and even with the knowing that I need to lose some, I have to say I like having a little bit of muscle. As long as my hubby is ok with me and I start going in the right direction all will be well.
I will be back for a normal food and exercise report tomorrow.