Monday, January 4, 2010

Turning over a new leaf......


Well I am certainly not the sort of person who makes New Years Resolutions but starting out the first week in January and I am definitely seeing that I need to make some changes. I have time to contemplate this as my family has sent me to bed! You see I have not been taking care of myself I have been busy, busy with our move and now I have some nice muscle spasms in my neck causing me great pain and I also found out while visiting the hospital today that I have also gained about 15 pounds ugh! Not exactly how I had hoped to start the new year. But I do believe what the bible says that a cheerful heart is good medicine and I will seek to be cheerful and I will take the wonderful advice of my husband who likes to say when times get tough, just keep smiling.

Sometimes when we won't be still God steps in and depending on how stubborn we are and how hard he has to pull on the reins....he slows us down. When ever I am going through a difficult time I like to pull out my old journals with notes I have taken from my daily bible reading. I wrote a verse in my journal awhile ago that I found to be a reminder and an encouragement that I will share with you.

Journal Entry :
James 1:12
Blessed is the man that perservres under trial because when he has stood the test he will recieve the crown of life that God promised to those that love him.

~No-one should say God is tempting me but rather it is our desires tempting us. Our sinful nature leads us into ungodly desires which become the root of our sin when they are acted out.

Sometimes we make wrong choices but we can always ask God to forgive us and the good news is He does! So here I am not exactly where I had planned to spend the beginning of the year in bed in pain but I am feeling rather grateful that I get a chance to try again and make some better choices in this new year. Which probably means no cookies lol!! So better than just turning over a new leaf I will turn my face towards God who with, anything is possible

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
Psalm 145:18-19


  1. Yes, anything is possible with God so you are looking in the right place! I hope that you get the much needed rest you need and soon will be feeling better! What a blessing to have a family that will send you to bed!! Enjoy!

  2. Oh my dearest friend, why does it always have to come to us getting sick, to finally stop and allow the Lord to show us the right way?

    You know that I am in the same situation as you are. Since my diabetes diagnosis, I have had to make such drastic changes to my lifestyle, my eating habits, that somedays I just plainly say - God I want cookies! Why can't I have cookies?

    It is terrible to crave something that is so bad for my health...but I am learning and like you said, I continue to turn my face ~ my whole being towards HIM that sustains me (cravings and all :-)

    Praying that you will get better...but remember you must take it SLOW :)

    Grace & peace to You dear one,


  3. Dear Heather, what a beautiful post! Know that you are in my prayers and thoughts. ((Hugs))!!


    P.S. I love the photo!

  4. Awww, Heather. I do hope you feel better soon! I love the James 1:12 verse. We have been persevering for a very long time in a difficult situation and waiting on God for his help. Actually, if you are lead to pray, an appointment tomorrow just might open the door to answered prayer.

    Relating to you on another note...I checked Wal-Mart tonight for some Slim-Fast. It always helps me kick-start dieting and break my appetite. Apparently, there has been a recall and no one has any. So tomorrow I will be enjoying a "generic" version of an already not-so-wonderful beverage :)

    Rest well, sweet friend,

  5. Heather~
    I am so sorry to hear that you have been sent to bed because of overexertion! Praying you will soon be back to your old self (not the 'old nature'!) Think of this as God's way of having special time together with His child. He delights in our conversations with Him and you will be blessed because of it! (And this is excellent training for the children to learn to serve others.)

  6. Dear Heather,

    Thank you for the beautiful scriptures~God certainly does have a way of getting our attention, doesn't He?

    I have confidence that your time spent recuperating will bring new blessings and insight into your life.



  7. Hello!

    Wonderful thoughts today - and such beautiful scripture that we should remember!

    I pray your New Year and new place will bring much joy to your heart!


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