Because of Love

Imagine losing someone dear to you in a horrific manner. Imagine as a tribute to them, every year on the anniversary of their death, the details were played out as a dramatic presentation, for all to see.

I would find that hard to bear. I would consider that a cruel and hurtful thing for someone to do. Instead, on the anniversary of the day I lost someone precious to me, I want to remember what they gave me, both intangible and tangible. I want to mimic some of their ways, and philosophies that I admired and treasured while they were with me.

This leads me to the question, how do you feel about Christians crucifying Jesus every Easter? Not only once, but probably several hundred times, and all over the world! They reenact the scene on the cross. And because of technology, and the fact that many actors are active members of their respective churches, the dramatization is very realistic. Almost too much so!

We are made in the image of God, our bodies are his temple. So put yourself in our Father’s place. While, I believe he wants us to remember and honor the cross and what it represents, does he want to see his dearly beloved Son, crucified over and over again, year after year?

 You see the problem is that we spend most of the Easter service reenacting the death of Jesus, and usually only the last few minutes are dedicated to the resurrection. I feel there is so much we are missing about the message of the Gospel of Jesus. Since we see this every year, my worry is that are we becoming desensitized to the real meaning of the cross. I am not saying that this is wrong. If God has truly place in your heart that this is the way to honor what Christ did, do what you do.

 But I say, let’s not put Jesus on the cross every year. We do that enough when we sin effortlessly every day. I think to honor Christ’s death is to remember his life.

 Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus.

Still walkin’

Today went really well! I found this new way to make tacos! I take a romaine lettuce leaf, and Market Fresh Salsa brand from Walmart (only 5 calories per serving) and pan-fried tilapia fish (cooked in a non-stick skillet and sprayed with olive oil). I season the fish with a bit of salt, pepper and garlic powder. Once the fish is cooked, I spread out the lettuce and put in a piece of fish, and the salsa – roll it up like a taco and boy was it tasty! And low-calorie!

I am still moving, walked only a mile today though.  Want to dance to a really fun video!  Try Billy Blanks Jr., at Comcast – On Demand. He is a hoot!  I’ve lost 4 pounds so far!

Just walkin’

I went walking today on the track at Morgan Park High School.  Even though it was cold, walking in the fresh air felt so much better than sweating it out on some treadmill in a gym. 

My son burst my bubble because I thought my four laps around the track was two miles,  it felt like it.  But he said that was only one mile! Dang. I thought I was doing something. And he told me that I was supposed to walk as fast as I could. So today I did a mile and a half in 35 minutes. I felt it too!  Yup, I know I have a long way to go. But I am going….

So I will periodically post my updates. I am looking to make it up to two miles within a week or so, and improve my time. I am indeed a work in progress.

My Soul Has Got To Move!

Have you ever made a difficult decision that goes against what most think is right for you?  I had to do that recently, and after I made it I felt so bad. I could not understand why, but I have an idea.  I am so accustomed to resolving my own problems and dilemmas, and now I have to give it to God. I mean like really give it to him, and for me that’s really difficult!  Not knowing exactly what lies in front of me, is a lot of drama for me. 

However, it is nothing I can not handle, because “I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength”.  Like the Apostle Paul, I have to learn how to have much and to have little, and still be content.

A mountain in my way…..

Lately there has been a mountain in my way.  And I know just who put it there. I did! I’ve gotten in my own way and I need to move! I have been watching instead of participating.  I see exactly what I am doing wrong, but I am not so sure how to get this mountain out of my way. I know it’s temporary, and all I need is to speak to it, and it will  move.  I feel weird having this mountain in my life, considering the catastrophes going on all around me.

I know that “joy” will come in the morning…….

A Really Good Day

Today was fun! I got off by butt and did 20 minutes of walking; I worked on my music; I did laundry and touched basis with a couple of friends over the phone.

I am feeling really positive about myself and my life. I know that greater things are happening right now!  Not all are manifest but I know they are going to happen. I believe that 2011 is a phenomenal year. I cannot wait to see all that God is going to do. I see dreams coming to fruition, not only for me but for many. Good dreams, amazing blessings.

Blizzard: Chicago 2011

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As I was driving my family around today I am grateful that I was able to get my car out of the garage, and get down the streets when others still cannot get their cars clear of the snow. 

This is Chicago, this is a snow city, this place does not stop for anything! The schools don’t close, people go to work, stores and restaurants stay open, but not this time.  I believe God said stop, wait, sit down. This is a blizzard thunderstorm – I’ve got some business here in Chicago. You ain’t all that, I AM!

I know He made me stop, wait and think. How about you? And my travel for this day has not ended.  I still need to pick someone up so they can get to work tonight.  Wow!

February 2, 2011

I’m out here in chicago and literally stuck inside my crib. It’s one thing to not want to go out, but it’s quite another to not be able to go out. It certainly makes you appreciate the “ordinary” things in life. So I do look so forward to Spring!  I know it’s a way off but that’s okay.  I will take it one day at a time.

Since I had to spend so much time with me, I decided to clean my bathroom – yippee! Felt good. I also did some mental cleaning, and finished phase 1 of a project I am working on. So I guess you can say I should get snowed in more often?

January 31, 2011

This month was interesting, somewhat eventful on a personal and physical level.  Things are happening to my body, that I do have control over, and that I have finally reconciled in my heart to do something about. This has to be the day that I change where I am going physically, mentally and emotionally.

The change will be gradual, but also radical. One day later this year, I will look up and see a radically different me.  Yes, better!

January 28, 2011

Good morning,

Usually I am not up at 1:36am, but today thankfully is a new and beautiful day. I feel there is so much more that I can do, and see. So many opportunities to explore, and some to renew. Today I am different! Today I feel like doing 1% more! Sometimes that is all it takes to be an overachiever, to go where others have not been. I am so happy to be here.