Saturday, January 18, 2014

A New Home

As you can see, I haven't been posting for a while.  Today I decided to start fresh and I created a new blog over at WordPress.    I am still going to be focusing on serving the Lord at home but now that I'm no longer homeschooling, it seemed appropriate to make a change.  I guess technically I'm still a stay-at-home mom because I'll always be a mother, but now I'm a stay-at-home wife.

I will still keep this blog up for now but evidently (if I can figure out how) I'll be moving everything over to WordPress.  Update:  I was able to move everything over so I will be deleting this blog in about a month or so.

This is definitely a new stage in my life and I'm looking forward to new ways I can serve the Lord and what He has in store for me!  Please join me over at psalm16v5; I'd love to have you!!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

To Live Is Christ To Die Is Gain

Lately I have been listening to more and more audio books.  It is so convenient to listen in the car, in the kitchen, or during the afternoon when I rest a bit.  Recently, I finished To Live Is Christ/To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler.  One of my favorite books in the Bible is Philippians and I was excited to listen to this new book.  The narrator, David Cochran Heath, does an excellent job and I enjoyed listening to him.  

There is nothing new or profound in this book and that's ok.  Sometimes we just need a reminder of what the Christian life is all about.  Matt reminded me over and over that my sanctification is not a one-time deal...that I will continue to grow and mature in Christ every day.  And this takes work; not work to be saved but to grow.  He reminds the reader that "while we are not saved by our striving and in fact saved from our striving, we are also saved to our striving--a striving after Christ."  It was a good reminder that I need to also be striving to live out my salvation.

The book as a whole was a great encouragement to me to focus on Christ, to put Him first, to rejoice in Him, and to live for Him.  I appreciate that message!

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013

This and That

I am happy to report that I have now lost 10.5 pounds...and yes, that .5 is very important!!  I am learning to eat healthy and to eat good portions.  I am learning to exercise each day.   Right now I am doing that by walking but I'm thinking about joining a local gym.  I would love to swim and do water aerobics and I would also like to do some strength training.
The past three weeks have been so pleasant as far as the weather goes.  Temperatures in the 70's during the day, 50's at night, and low humidity.  We haven't had to run the a/c much this September!
On September 9, we had my mom's memorial service in NJ.  It was a bittersweet time but it turned out really lovely.    Here's a picture of me and my siblings after the service:

My brother read a psalm and Michael sang "Amazing Grace" and was able to share the gospel with those that attended.  Afterward, just our family went out to eat together.  Then Michael and I had to drive back to VA.
I know everyone says this all the time but it is hard to believe that September is almost over.  Seriously, this month went by so fast.  The leaves on some trees are just starting to change and I'm looking forward to October when they will be in all their glory!  Our hummingbirds are still coming to the feeders but less and less frequently.  I think they will be moving on soon.
I am enjoying swapping post cards and other items over on  I will post about it soon!!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Doris Trujillo 1929 - 2013

I haven't been around much lately because my mom passed away suddenly on August 7.  You can find a tribute to her that my sister put together here.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Slow and Steady

I have slowly incorporated walking into my daily life.  I've been trying to go around 7 in the evening.  Today was absolutely wonderful.  The temperature was about 80 and low, low humidity.  It's hard to believe it's August.  I'm enjoying it while it lasts.

Tonight was the first time I walked twice around the block.  That equals 1.25 or so miles.  Woot!  I am not out to win any races or see how fast I can go; I'm just starting out slowly and eventually working up to maybe an hour a day.

I bought some new sneakers and they have really helped with my walking.  My ankles are pretty weak but these give me good support.  They are called Addiction 10 by Brooks.  They're the only pair of sneakers that support my flat feet.  They're "running" shoes but also great for walking!

Thursday, August 01, 2013

A Good Start

On July 1st a good friend of mine, who had lost some weight, told me about My Fitness Pal.  It's a site where you keep track of your calories and your exercise.  And it's free!  I started using it the next day and in one month have lost 7 lbs!  When you first sign up, you put your goals in and it calculates how many calories you should have each day.  By keeping to that number, you will lose weight.

I also added exercise to my routine.  I joined our neighborhood pool and go when I can.  Although this summer it has really been rainy.  I do something called "water jogging".  Basically I am running and/or walking around the pool and, believe me, it is hard!  But my feet and ankles are really weak and this has been a way for me to exercise and not put a lot of pressure on my joints.  Plus it's a lot less sweatier!

Counting calories and watching portion sizes has really been great for me.  It was hard at first but now I'm used to it.  I knew that I needed something that was not a big change from what I've been doing but a slow, gradual change that I could incorporate into my daily routine.

I also purchased a Fit Bit Zip. It's a little device that I wear all day long that counts my steps.  When I first started wearing it, I only logged in 1000 steps.  Ugh; what a slug!  Now I am between 3000 and 4000 but am working on the goal of 5000 a day.  This little device has been a great motivation for me as I'm always trying to add a little more.  I park far away to add more steps, etc.  One of my friends has it and she has challenged me each day.  She does 10,000 steps each day.  I am nowhere near that but I hope to be someday.  Frankly, I'm not into a competition like that but is fun to see how much I do each day.  My competition is with myself.

Why after all this time am I getting in shape?  I guess I just got tired of being tired all the time.  I also have two events that I would like to look nice for.  One is my nephew's reception in September and the other is our church's ladies' retreat in October at the beach.  I want to be able to walk along the beach w/o huffing and puffing!!

Lord willing, I will keep up to date here with my progress.  There's a button on the right-hand side that lets you know how I'm doing!!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Lord Reigns Over the Flood

Tonight as I was working at my desk I was listening to BBN Radio's program called "Building Blocks for the Family".  The featured speaker was Elizabeth George and she was talking about trusting God's promises.  In her talk, she referenced about a friend who went through a terrible tragedy but gave thanks in the situation.  I found a video about this woman, Ney Bailey, and here is her story.  It's about 16 minutes long but worth watching.

The Lord Reigns Over the Flood

Would I be able to give thanks in a situation like that?  I really like what she said about knowing she had to "choose with her will" to give thanks.  Even when we don't feel like it, we must choose to obey. It was a good reminder for me!  That phrase "choose with my will" is such a powerful reminder that I have a choice when it comes to sin.  I don't have to let it rule over me.  I can choose, with the Holy Spirit's power, to do what is right.

Elizabeth mentioned that Ney had written a book about faith so I looked it up on Amazon and ordered it on my Kindle.  I can't wait to start reading it!

Let's choose to obey!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Thoughts on God by John Piper

Before creation there was no void, no emptiness.  There was only God.  God was all.

God is utterly free from any constraints that do not originate from the counsel of His own will.

God consults no law for the right.  No almanac for facts.  No guild for excellence.  He Himself is the standard for them all.

God is not becoming anything.  There is no development in God.  No progress.  Absolute perfection cannot be improved.

The entire universe is utterly secondary.  Only God is primary.  All of it depends moment by moment on His thought.