It’s The Little Things

So I have been trying to take care of myself. Sounds kind-a-like-a no brainer, but we wives and moms, tend to forget that skill while we’re learning how to take care of everybody else.

I had to make some big steps through a Doctor, a nutritionist and trainer, but don’t worry, if you can’t do that – its the little things we add to our daily routine that keep us moving forward.

The water bottle one of my adult children bought me really makes a difference to my water intake. The water tastes so good in ‘Swell’.

The natural thyroid and enzyme supplements I take every morning seem to be helping.

Today I smiled when I decided to get extra water in by drinking a small glass with each supplement, and vitamin. It was a slow process but I purposefully made it that way, no need to rush.

Three or so years ago I cut out specific food groups, which may not be for everyone but it definitely helped me.  One of new favourite cookbooks is called: “Against the Grain”.

Two years ago I made a point to not buy or drink alcohol in my home, regardless if it is considered an acceptable social trend. Who knows I may be able to cut out coffee soon too.

Yesterday I smiled while I took the time to rub cream on my arms.

Last night I smiled while I rubbed essential oils on my face and feet.

I am getting better at making protein drinks when I don’t necessarily feel like eating a meal.

Out of the blue I decided to grow my hair longer.

I bought my first belt in ten years, about one month ago, and now I am on the third notch.

There’s a shirt I wear that now hangs like it was meant to, rather than bunching up on top of my hips.

I am able to lift things easier, and my energy has improved.

Oh yes I bought a diffuser and run lavender oil beside my bed all night long.

Now when I exercise I enjoy the stretching at the end of the workout the best. Several years ago I really enjoyed the fellowship at boot camp, but this time ’round I am enjoying solitude and concentration, at my personal pace.

I keep a journal of the food I eat, and sometimes I forget to write in it, and that’s okay.

I don’t get on the scale and I won’t for at least a year – maybe never.

And goals, I have BIG goals, but I have a distinct feeling success is in the little things.

“Surprise, it’s Me”

Well, it is only halfway through the day and I now know what God had for me today. I arrived at the ‘School of His Presence’ presentation with Eric William Gilmour at CAPSS Conference 2018 in Niagra Falls.  After his first segment we set aside time to focus on Christ, to worship and listen for His voice, to enter into His presence.

I saw the picture of the little girl again (you know the same little girl that jumped out of bed like it was Christmas morning), only this time I was sitting on a beach, and my little hands smoothed out the sand in front of me with expectation.

I waited to see what God was going to say. Perhaps he was going to write something in the sand for me? Maybe a burning bush? A new assignment?And then I saw the feet of Jesus and looked up.

“Surprise” he said, “it’s me”.

How many times as Christians do we leave God out of the picture completely? We go ahead into the fray expecting great ‘things’ from God, when it is HE who is great! We look around us watching and waiting, but we don’t look for HIM specifically.

Listening to Eric’s message reminded me of a time when I was aching inside, and I didn’t know why. I went to the piano (my prayer closet) and sat still. I began to play and enter into Christ’s presence and Jesus answered me with these words…..

“When the silence shouts inside I know I’m overdue, for a cup of water and a living word from You. Oh just for once you’d think I’d meet you halfway, but You’re always first in line for me.”

Jesus knows we need Him. When you are feeling restless and can’t put a finger on what is wrong, it is really your soul missing His presence. If you are constantly aching and feeling like something is not right, it is time for you to call out His name. He will respond.

Today I want to be first in line for You Lord.

You are my surprise everyday, and You are everything to me.

 

Save Me From Myself

Recently I had the privilege of listening to Shane Idleman online, a Pastor from Westside Christian Fellowship in California. I had been digging around in the wee hours of the morning looking for devotional material, and found several of his sermons, one of which is called “Save Me From Myself”.He Saved me from myself

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTRuaFSk67k

This particular sermon reminded me of a song I wrote a long time ago, entitled “I’m the Unfaithful.”This song has never made it onto an album, but remains to be one of my all time favourites.

“I’m the Unfaithful”

When the silence shouts inside I know I’m overdue, for a cup of water and a living word from you. [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Oh but just for once you’d think I could remember who it was to save me from myself.[/clickandtweet]

When the wind blows through my soul I know it’s you I miss. No one else could ever hope to make sense of all of this. Oh but just for once you’d think I’d meet you halfway, but you’re always first in line for me.

I’m the unfaithful, eternally grateful child you died to see. Who seldom remembers how to surrender and give you all of me….

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I’m The Unfaithful,chord sheet

I’m the Unfaithful sheet music