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Precious Lord, take my hand,

Lead me on, let me stand,

I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;

Through the storm, through the night,

Lead me on to the light:

Take my hand, precious Lord,

Lead me home.

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When my way grows drear,

Precious Lord, linger near,

When my life is almost gone,

Hear my cry, hear my call,

Hold my hand lest I fall:

Take my hand, precious Lord,

Lead me home.

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When the darkness appears

And the night draws near,

And the day is past and gone,

At the river I stand,

Guide my feet, hold my hand:

Take my hand, precious Lord,

Lead me home.

Break…Literally

My hard drive crashed and I am still regrouping.  Sorry for the unexpected break.  I have not backed up regularly.  Unfortunately, my last back up was in December.  If you have not backed up your computer for awhile, do it today.  Lesson.learned.  Will be back soon.

 

Bloom where you are planted,
Shine where you are sent,
Know that God has used you here,
Just the way He meant.

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Love where you are living,
Serve where it’s His will,
Know that God has plans for you,
Only He can fill.

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Grow where you are going,
Weep when you’re in pain,
Know that God restores your soul,
Makes you whole again.

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Pray when you are breathing,
Laugh when you exhale,
Know that God is near you,
Never will he fail.

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Cherish all the memories,
Make a brand new start,
Know that God has placed you
Forever in our hearts.

—A Missionary’s Poem

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*It’s plum blossom season here.  Shortly after they finish, the cherry blossoms with begin.  This is my favorite time of year here. =)

Taste for Truth

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Day 10:  I Deserve a Donut

“It’s hard to break free from entitlement eating because we hear the message everywhere we go: You shouldn’t have to suffer. You deserve the good life.”

“Our best – and maybe only – hope for breaking free from entitlement eating is to give up this whole idea of entitlement. We do that by getting a biblical perspective of life.”

This chapter is primarily a Bible study with questions such as the following.  

“8.  It’s interesting to see how Jesus responded when James and John asked if they could sit next to Him. He didn’t get mad. He didn’t get frustrated. He didn’t say, ‘I can’t believe how self-centered you guys are.’  Instead, He just patiently told them what He expected from them as Christians. Why do you think Jesus was so understanding? (Hebrews 4: 15, Matthew 4: 8-9)”

This chapter helped me to understand areas of my life where I feel “entitled.”  

Raveling, Barb (2013-12-23). Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study (p. 45-46). Truthway Press. Kindle Edition.

 

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Day 9:  But There’s a Good Reason to Break My Boundaries

“The more I work on breaking bad habits, the more I realize how deceitful my mind is. I rarely come right out and say, I’m going to break my boundaries. Instead, I try to make it seem like I’m not really breaking my boundaries. I do that by telling myself little lies.”

“Here are a few times I would break [my boundaries]: When your 4 year old brings you breakfast in bed. When someone you don’t know very well invites you over for tea and makes homemade lemon bars just for you. When you’re visiting a foreign country where it would be rude to not eat. In some situations, you may need to break your boundaries in order to love well.

But those situations are few and far between. Usually, you can plan ahead for occasions like that. If an unexpected occasion comes up, examine your thoughts and ask God for wisdom. Are you justifying the breaking of your boundaries? And if so, is the justification valid? The vast majority of the time, the answer to that question will be no.”

I’m really good at coming up with reasons to break my boundaries.  I want to get better at coming up with reasons why I should keep them.  

Raveling, Barb (2013-12-23). Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study (p. 41-42). Truthway Press. Kindle Edition.

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Day 8:  The Anatomy of a Habit

“God has a reason for not giving us the quick fix: He wants us to be conformed to His image and He uses trials to help us grow. Weight loss is one of those trials. It’s not fun, but God can do great things in our lives if we persevere and keep going to Him for help.”

“Pray for the willingness to change.”

If you want to live in victory, “1) Keep renewing your mind. 2) Don’t become complacent. 3) Stay in the Word.”

This chapter was helpful on many levels.  I appreciate the emphasis on renewing your mind.  Change is never easy, but in this chapter there is hope.  If we renew our minds and stay in the Word, God will transform us. (Romans 12:1-2)

Raveling, Barb (2013-12-23). Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study (p. 34-39). Truthway Press. Kindle Edition.

Planning, Part 2

As I said in my previous post, I have come up with a way to combine digital and paper for the perfect-for-me-now system to stay organized.

My husband has asked those of us in leadership at the ministry here to use Google Calendar so that we can see each other’s schedule. I didn’t really like this at first, but now I have learned to use it with ease. I like the fact that my calendar is on my phone and it sends me reminders of what is ahead. I need those reminders. Trust me!

Instead of carrying around the big, fat notebook from the past with sections for projects and notes for meetings, etc., I use Evernote. I have posted about this app before. I have “notebooks” for Bible studies I am teaching, projects I am working on and recipes that I want to try. The sky is the limit. I have the app on my computer as well, so it is easy to copy documents and pictures into a note. It then syncs to my phone or ipad automatically.

Another tab that used to be in my big, fat notebook was lists. I had lists for everything!!!! I like lists. Someone introduced me to the app Wunderlist . This is wonderful. I use it for lists of things I don’t want to forget like things to buy when I am in the USA or things I need to look for whenever I run errands. I also keep a grocery shopping list for short runs to the store. For my bigger grocery runs or trips to Costco, I have a shopping list on my computer that I can print, check off what I need and go. This helps me to think and not forget something when I make the longer trek to Costco.

In days gone by, I kept a flipper for chores. I learned how to do this when reading The Messie Manual. It was a life-saver when I was raising kids and trying to keep my house from becoming a warzone. The Home Routines app replaces this now. I like that I can add my own chores to the lists. You can check them off and they reset each day. There is also a built-in timer. Now that there are only two of us in the house, I don’t need this app as much as I used to. It’s sort of second nature to do some of the chores on the list and others don’t have to be done as often. I do refer to it from time to time to see how I am doing and if there is anything I need to work on. This app is currently $4.99 in the iTunes App store.   It is worth the money.

Another tab in the big, fat notebook was for addresses. This is now on my devices in my contact list. It is always at my fingertips and it is easy to edit when necessary.

Today we talked about my digital tools. In part 3, we will talk about my paper tool. I am enjoying using this and it is keeping me on target!

Until the next time…

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