Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We have so much to be thankful for! This time last year we (John and I) were grieving our first failed match on our adoption journey but this year we have been celebrating Turkey Day with our wonderful (almost) 7 month old daughter! We are so thankful for the chance to be Abby’s parents and to celebrate the holidays with our wonderful family! While words cannot express my gratiude for the blessings of my family, friends, and life, there is nothing more precious to me than the love of my Father and that I am adopted into His family by the life and blood of Jesus Christ and for that I am eternally grateful for! These lyrics have been on my heart today and hopefully they may touch yours as well! If you want to read about the story behind the song, grab some tissues and click here
Today’s words of faith were inspiring by my day of cleaning. That’s right folks cleaning. I took the day off from work to clean my house. John is away at a youth pastor’s conference and Abby would be in daycare the whole day so I would have the whole house to myself (well our other girls were here (aka the dogs)) so I leaped at the chance to deep clean before pulling out the Christmas decorations. I started with the kitchen because…well…it tends to get the grossest. So I started with the china cabinet and worked my way around the kitchen cleaning out cabinets and drawers. I moved my everyday dishes and put my beautiful holiday dishes on display. I reorganized the cabinet with all of Abby’s bottles and sippy cups (I can’t believe we’re starting sippy cups!). I continued with organizing storage containers (if it is possible to organize those things…don’t believe the Rubbermaid commercial about the tops that snap on the bottoms…it doesn’t work that way!) I went through the canned food cabinet and I’m surprised we haven’t died of something. I guess I never think to check the dates on canned food because its canned food and isn’t suppose to ever expire right??
So I’m still cruising through the cabinets and get to my last set. I am standing on a chair looking through the dry food items and my eyes happen to glance at the top of the fridge. I seriously almost fell out of my chair! It was SO gross! I guess I don’t think about cleaning the top of the fridge. I clean out the contents of the fridge and freezer and wipe down the door and the side (where the trashcan is) but I never think to clean off the top. I mean I should because I do actually store some things up there but I guess I’m not thorough enough (at least I wasn’t before today–it is now on my list!).
So this whole thing got me thinking, what areas of our lives do we neglect to clean? We may pray, read our Bible, attend a small group, but are there areas that we miss? Do we pay attention what goes into our minds (and hearts) through what we watch or listen to? Maybe its that gossip is our dirty little secret. Maybe it pride. In Matthew 23, Jesus rebukes the Pharisees stating, “You wash the outside of your cups and dishes but inside they are full of things you got by cheating others and by pleasing only yourselves. Pharisees, you are blind! First make the inside of the cup clean, and then the outside of the cup can be truly clean.”
The following paragraph comes from my devotional Bible, Becoming: The Devotional Bible for Women:
Last Thursday, my top 10 list gave my reasons for needing a weight loss buddy as I have been doing very VERY poorly on my own! The next day I discovered The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans! Its a fun site where women support one another on the weight loss journey! There are giveaways, articles, challenges, and even a forum called The ‘Hood! I invite you to check it out!
On to the depressing part of the day….the weigh-in. I am very frustrated to report weight gain from my last weigh-in which unfortunately was a couple weeks ago (I told you that I have been a slacker!) Today’s weigh-in was 163. So basically I am 38 lbs away from my goal weight. THIRTY-EIGHT. Ugh.
Today was my scheduled day 2 of C25K but the weather has it out for me. Fibro + cold + rain = flare central. I honestly feel like my bones are going to break. I am going to try to sneak in some yoga so at least I am active.