Friday, December 30, 2011

What is a RESOLUTION??



Resolution

Definition:
From Google
  1. A firm decision to do or not to do something
  2. A formal expression of opinion or intention agreed on by a legislative body, committee, or other formal meeting, typically after taking a vote 
  3. The quality of being determined or resolute
  4. The action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter
  5. The passing of a discord into a concord during the course of changing harmony
  6. The disappearance of inflammation, or of any other symptom or condition
  7. The process of reducing or separating something into its components
  8. The replacing of a single force or other vector quantity by two or more jointly equivalent to it
  9. The conversion of something abstract into another form
  10. The substitution of two short syllables for one long one
  11. The smallest interval measurable by a scientific (esp. optical) instrument; the resolving power
  12. The degree of detail visible in a photographic or television image


    I've never looked at the definition of the word 'Resolution' before now. 
    I've said it, year after year, "This is my New Year's Resolution!", and year after year, I have dropped that thing like a hot potato, most years before the month of May had even arrived!

This year of 2011, I had decided to lose weight, like so many of us do; And I made it until the month of August, when we moved and the elliptical sat in our new garage among boxes for a few months, and unpacking, decorating, purging our 'stuff' took precedence over counting calories, jogging and working out. 
Between January and August, I had lost about 23 pounds, which was right at my halfway mark. 

And now, I sit here, to openly admit, I have gained back at least, if not more than, 13 pounds of that...and my clothes barely fit again, and I feel miserable. 

But guess what?

January 1, 2012 is upon us, and we have another year for a brand new resolution. 

The first definition of RESOLUTION is one of my favorites. "A FIRM DECISION"
  • Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13
  • They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. Psalm 20:8
  • He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:2
  • Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.1 Corinthians 15:58
I am making a FAITH decision to stand FIRM against the power that Satan has led me to believe my weight and food have over me! The only power over me is that of Christ Jesus who died for my sins and has brought me into freedom through the power of His Righteous and Holy Blood! And I fall to my knees to that power! I am HIS servant and my body should glorify Him. I should not indulge myself to food and laziness! It is sin! 

  • Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
The second definition I believe can be applied to group decisions: family, church, etc. Family resolutions are important; my family currently does not have one, but I am praying for my husband and I to discuss and pray on this issue and seek God's will for our family's direction and path, including our family issue with food and exercise. 

The third definition, in my opinion, goes right along with number one! BEING DETERMINED. Not changing your mind, or falling off the wagon. Resolving to stick it out! 

I like number four too: The ACTION of solving a PROBLEM, dispute or contentious matter. My friends, I have a problem with my weight and food! I have a dispute with the fat cells in my body! I have a contentious matter with my taste buds! And I am taking action against them all in 2012! 

I had to check on a few things for number 5: definition of the two words: Discord and Concord
DiscordDisagreement between people. ConcordAgreement or harmony between people or groups.
I can't really think of a way to apply this to my current weight issue, but I have a few relationships of discord in my life that I would like to resolve and bring into harmony. Some are simply in my mind alone. Anyone know what I'm talking about? I'm praying for your situation too. 

Number 6 is really cool: Disappearance of any symptom or condition! WOW! How about the disappearance of  my muffin top, thunder thighs and bubble butt! LOL I'm sorry! I just couldn't resist!  
But seriously, I am praying for healing from this condition...and for some family members that are fighting cancer as well. I know that we all know some folks who could use some resolution like this! Amen? AMEN! 

Definition 7: PROCESS of reducing and separating into components. Steps must be taken to take things apart. It took many pizzas, cookies, chips and cheeseburgers to put all of this together...and so naturally, it will take many jumping jacks, hours of jogging, hours on the elliptical and calories not ingested to take it off! There has to be a process! Step by step...it is not an overnight occurrence! 

And I will be stopping there with definition breakdown! Definitions 8-12 honestly bore me and I just couldn't think of any way to apply them. 
Besides that, 7 is a great number you know. Completeness. I think that these seven different definitions of the one word, RESOLUTION, could help me tremendously in my weight walk of 2012! 

I've just never looked at the concept of a New Year's Resolution. I've played along, spoken words that I really did not believe in. But this will be different! My New Year's Resolution is not just about weighing less or fitting into a certain size jeans. It is about STANDING FIRM and GLORIFYING GOD! 

That is what He has called us to do! That is our purpose in this physical life! 

Let's resolve to be obedient this year! 
Show the world that we stand on THE ROCK and will not be shaken! 



Praying for you for 2012! 




Thursday, December 29, 2011

Recognizable

So.

I had a thought this morning. A big one actually.

The thought led to the question, "Am I recognizable?"

  • To God
  • To Fellow Believers
  • To Strangers
  • To Myself













Let me tell you a very short story:

I was driving to work this morning, in a bit of a hurry. I was running really late. I mean, after 8 days off for Christmas vacation (a post and pictures will be posted soon), it takes a couple of days to get back into the swing of things. 
To get to my office, I have to turn down a dirt road and about 1/10th of a mile, come to a guard shack with a gate that is only opened with my ID badge, or the nice guards press a button and the gate opens so that I never even have to stop. :)
I barely made the turn down the road and the gate began to open. The guard, B.F., recognized my car and as I drove past, he smiled and waved 'Good Morning' to me. 

And at that moment ladies and gentlemen, I asked the question, "Am I recognizable?"
Not in the physical way.

In the Holy Spirit way.

A picture flashed in my brain: pearl and gold gates on a road of clouds
I turn down the road.
Do the gates begin to open?
Do I need to swipe my badge?
Do the guards recognize me and press the button and wave me through?

Do my brothers and sisters in Christ look at me and see the Holy Spirit in me?
Do my actions reflect Christ and His Presence in me?
Do strangers see me, hear me, and know that something is different and long for it too?

Do I look in the mirror to see a daughter of the King?
Do I know and believe that I am loved, forgiven and blessed?
Do I see a faithful Christ-follower and servant to the Mighty God?

One turn down a dusty dirt road and God had convicted me and placed on my heart so much to pray about, to seek His Word about. 
The most awesome part is that the study I am currently doing, James: Mercy Triumphs, is so much about these questions...The book of James stirs up buried things in the marrow of my bones, and brings them into the Light so that I can deal with them, be cleansed, be healed, be renewed, and walk in a way that is RECOGNIZABLE to God...to His people...to unbelievers...and to myself. 

I want to be recognized as His child. I want to reflect Him in every way possible. When I turn down that eternal road at the end of this physical life, I long for those guards to recognize me before they even see me, so that I can walk through and meet my Savior face to face without ever skipping a beat!!!


 I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God.
The world cannot receive him, because it cannot see him or know him. 
But you know him, because he remains with you and is in you.
 When I go, you will not be left all alone; I will come back to you.
John 14:16-18


My dearly loved brothers, understand this: 
Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, 
for man’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness. 
Therefore, ridding yourselves of all moral filth and evil, 
humbly receive the implanted word, which is able to save you.
James 1:19-21

First things first. Your business is life, not death. And life is urgent: Announce God's kingdom!...
Jesus said, "No procrastination. No backward looks. 
You can't put God's kingdom off till tomorrow. 
Seize the day.
Luke 9:60b, 62

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

CHRISTmas Spirit





My favorite time of the year! I don't like being out in the cold, but I sure enjoy it being cold, so that we can turn the heat on, wear warm, fuzzy pajamas and socks, make hot cocoa, chili and cornbread, bake cookies, snuggle under blankets, decorate the house, give gifts to family and friends (and even strangers), think back on memories from Christmases past, and really truly remind ourselves of the TRUE meaning of Christmas! (I posted about my thoughts on that back in November.)

As much joy as this season brings to me, sometimes I get a little down. Yesterday was the 2 year anniversary of my step-mom's death. Marla Hornsby. She became a good friend to me during her 5 or so year marriage to my dad before she passed. I was thinking of her, remembering times that we shared together, things that she said to me, her smile, her laughter, how she loved to dance with my Aspen...how she was the first person to make Aspen have a long, heavy fit of laughter when she was just months old. Part of me is still so sad...I miss her.
And then I am reminded, by Aspen last night, "You know you can talk to her. She told us we could. God will tell her everything you want her to know. And one day, mommy, you and me will see her again in heaven. She doesn't have to eat now, or drink, or go potty. She's ok."

I sat in my car crying, sad tears, joyful tears, proud-of-my-girl tears, thankful tears.

I cry a lot lately...for no reason...just out of the blue, crying until it hurts, until I'm exhausted.

I see God in it all! In everything! It is hard to see Him sometimes, especially when my stubborn self gets so worked up, so sad or so angry. But He is definitely opening my heart, my mind, my eyes, to look through the lens of the Cross in every situation of my life, to seek Him out in it, and find the JOY that He sent to earth so many years ago on a cold December day:

To be born
To teach
To heal 
To live
To be scorned
To be beaten
To be hung
To die
To be buried
To be resurrected
To ascend
TO SAVE

The Christmas Story is so beautiful, even with pain and sadness woven into it. 

The picture of a sweet baby Savior, sent as our undeserving Gift, to save us from the chains of sin and the nets of our enemies. 

I'm in awe today of the work that He is doing in my heart. The verse that I woke up to on my phone this morning says, 
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; 
And renew a right spirit within me." 
Psalm 51:10 ASV

He is renewing my spirit---creating within me, my CHRISTmas Spirit