Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rough Waters

"Don't be afraid, I've redeemed you.
I've called your name. You're mine.
When you're in over your head, I'll be there with you.
When you're in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you're between a rock and a hard place,
it wont be a dead end -
Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior."
Isaiah 43: 1-3

When you feel surrounded by rough waters you have a choice to either dwell on the troubles that you are experiencing OR focus on the things are going well in your life that you HAVE control over: clean up your eats, go for a run outside, do a body weight circuit at home, pray and meditate on God's plan for you.

Recently, Pastor Wende described trials and tribulations as God's way of smoothing out our rough patches. We all walk around with burrs and God uses these trying times to smooth them out and shine us up! Relish this time and try to find the purpose of God's plan for you. Today I heard another Pastor refer to humans as butter and he described God using his Son and the Holy Spirit to melt us into his image. Isn't that a fabulous thought?!?

Here are my eats for today:

Meal 1 - the usual... egg whites + chicken sausage + cinn-raisin sprouted toast
Meal 2 - yogurt + gingered/mint fruit + granola (at a brunch meeting)
Meal 3 - chili leftovers
Meal 4 - Vita Mixed: protein powder + 1/2 frozen banana + 2 strawberries + 1/2 serving spinach (in the car on my way to run errands)
Meal 5 - 1 banana (on my way home from running errands)
Meal 6 - Yummy Pasta Pomodoro (a new recipe that I made up the other day, this was its first day in the Test Kitchen)
Meal 7 - 1/2 serving pineapple (if necessary)

I am realizing that on days that seem to "escape" me, I tend to not eat enough veggies and rely too heavily on fruit. I would really like to work on that!

My knees have still been bothering me, but I managed to squeak out a 30 minute interval (incline) workout on the treadmill. By the end I was SWEATING!!! What a great feeling!


AzLinda said...

Hey there Maria! I just love the referral to Humans as butter molded...such a lovely thought :D

Ya know, my knees have been bothering me the past couple weeks. Have really been careful to use good form with my squats and lunges and they still hurt. But they are getting better.

I still need to try the chicken sausage you use

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your words of wisdom today. The subject was most appropriate as I have been emailing back and forth with my daughter this morning as she is feeling bad about considering filing bankruptcy. Moments later I checked your blog and there were the words of comfort on rough waters. I emailed them to her to read.