Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! Chances are good I’ll be away from Blogosphere today. Last Friday, DH joined the ranks of the unemployed. Our hope for another extension failed to come through, but given his original termination date was at the end of March then we count ourselves blessed for this little reprieve.
Job loss is nothing new to us…either of us, but more so for DH. Every since the 1985 RIF (reduction in force) at TVA, we’ve been dished the painful pink slip on several occasions. It’s never easy or fun, but we learn how to deal with each cut and trust God to tie us over until a new opportunity opens. My trust rests in Him.
The upside at this point in our lives is we are emotionally and financially better equipped. I have discovered maturing has its perks in the way I see things given to us ~ good or bad. Monetarily speaking, we are in a better place with no mortgage or credit card balance. These things strangled us in the earlier years. Of course, we have the usual obligations: utilities, groceries, etc. I think (I’m not sure 100%) with unemployment benefits (assuming things don’t go wrong…it’s a government program after all), we can manage these bills for a short time.
Electrical engineering jobs are tight in Knoxville. I’m not sure what this means now. Will DH find work locally or will he have to commute? Is a move in our future? What is God’s plan for us at this point? Only time will tell the tale and all I can do is walk by faith.
2 Corinthians 5:7
NOTE: Kindly keep us in your thoughts & prayers. Please, don’t worry, if I’m absent from blogging for a bit. We plan to take care of some chores we haven’t had time for in a while, while enjoying a little R&R in-between the job hunting. Thanks for understanding! 😉
Today’s Sunspiration is another in-box contribution from a dear friend…
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!
Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you…
Why is it some people need more inspiration than others? I find myself constantly having to motivate someone else. It’s not that I mind doing this, but rather it perplexes and concerns me. I think about my grandparents. They grew up during one of the toughest times in this country – the depression era.
It wasn’t easy and they didn’t quit on life. They accepted the things they couldn’t change and made the best of the situation, doing whatever it took to survive. How is it today people fail to be self-reliant with their own emotions?
What’s the best thing you can do for yourself?
The Bible tells us to love thy neighbor asthy self. Love is a deep emotion connection we all need. If you don’t like yourself very much, then how can you be happy or how do you really begin to love another?
With feelings of unworthiness, you must learn to accept yourself for who you are. None of us are perfect. God loves you with an everlasting love just the way you are. That’s comforting and powerful – He loves you with an everlasting love!
How do you love yourself? Here are 7 Ways!
1. Surround yourself with friends who are morally good. You’ve heard the saying, “There’s no honor among thieves”. Don’t choose people who are out to hurt you. With friends like this, then who needs enemies, right? Avoid negative people like a plague!
2. Get a job (or a hobby) – idle hands are the devils’ playground. This can be translated literally or more commonly apathy sets in. Depression is the new idle hands of Satan. Don’t be fooled!
3. Do something special just for you every day. Taking care of yourself will make you not only feel good, but to have a greater appreciation for others. Relax, have fun, and enjoy life!
4. You have only one life, one body. Avoid harmful substances – alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Treat yourself well with exercise and good nutrition – your body is a glorious temple!
5. Say good-bye to self-criticism and worry and say hello to being kind and positive! We’re often the hardest on ourselves than anyone else, which leads to anxieties. Trust your abilities and forgive yourself when you make goofs with affirmations of “I’m uniquely made by the Master and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
6. Daydream. There is nothing wrong with nurturing your dreams. This enables you to love the life you have been given. Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than the by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
7. Walk with God daily. Look to Him for direction in your life. In His presences you can’t help, but to love yourself. For God so loved the world… this definitely includes you, wouldn’t you say?
Words to ponder on by Virginia Satir…
“I am Me. In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it — I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself. I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know — but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me.
However, I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at any given moment I’m authentically me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and reinvent something new that I discarded. I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me. I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me. I am me, and I am Okay.”
Weight loss is a subject many of us can relate to. It’s definitely a struggle, especially as we mature. While I was scouring the net this morning searching for inspiration I to pass on to you, I found this little jewel of a site embracinghome.com . The site isn’t solely dedicated to weight loss, but rather a site to help you embrace many aspects of your life. I loved the charming layout and the author’s use of scripture to support her own weight loss management, which spoke to me. That’s what I wanted to give to you. The author also has a spot where you can sign up for a daily encouragement to be delivered to your email.
Also, I stumbled on a cool app called Bible Encouragement for your iPhone, iPad, iTouch,… which gives you scripture for dealing with none other than weight loss. You can learn more about it by visiting worldlinksapps.com. I am definitely going to see if I can download this app to my MacBook.
Thanks to Patrice @ Everyday Ruralty, she kindly hosts Wednesday Words of Weight Loss and today’s questions she asks are:
1. Do you consider cutting the grass relaxing or torture?Once upon a time, I consider cutting the lawn as a source of relaxation. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to cherish these same sentiments for yard work. Allergies to grass keep me from enjoying the outdoors, as I did years ago. Despite my problems, I do get outside to do some light gardening such as tend to my few flowers and blooming bushes.
2. Are you a fast eater or a slow one? As a kid, I was a slow eater. Often times, others considered I picked at my food, but that would imply I had selective tastes and that’s not correct. I was a small child who filled easily, so I can see how one might misunderstand. These days, I’m a middle of the road eater, not too slow and not too fast. I accelerated my eating speed with the onset of children where you have to eat fast if you plan to ever eat again. The truth of the matter is if you are a slow eater it’s better for your digestion and it will prevent you from over-eating. This allows your brain to catch up with your stomach sending a signal that says, “I’m full”. Slow down and taste the flour.
3. If you could travel to any country in the world to have the dinner of your choice, where would you go?(You wouldn’t have to pay a cent.) I love Italian food. I think I would like to go to Italy to get an authentic Italian meal. The most thought of Italy cities would be Rome, Sicily, Venice, & Naples
4. Does your dining room table have place mats or a tablecloth right now?I use tablecloths all the time. Currently, I have my favorite one on the table of pine trees and moose. I love this theme and relish the idea of having a log cabin in the mountains one day. I do use placemats to protect my tablecloth because our dining room table is like Grand Central Station. This is where everything happens – school, crafts, writing letters, etc.
5. What’s the best positive thought you could tell yourself day in and day out? Will you be trying it? Reminding myself, if I am worthy of God’s love, and I should love myself. It’s up to me to make daily shifts in my personal critiquing to make sure I reach my weight loss goals for not only appearances but overall good health and well-being. I only have one life and it’s my job to make the most of what I have. If I treat myself well today, tomorrow I will reap the benefits. And, yes I will try this as these words are what I live by every day. You deserve this, too!
Do you need daily encouragement? As a Christian, I feel God’s word is chock full of beautiful words which can lift us up and motivate us to do great things. In truth, we can apply scripture to our daily challenges with weight loss.