I can do all things. . .

Okay, I tihnk it’s time to ‘fess up. We did a great thing on this blog when we did the 90 Day Bible challenge. That was a resounding success! We have been less successful with the healthy living/eating challenge and the Purpose Driven Life group reading. I have some ideas on why we were unsuccessful in our last two efforts and I bet you do, too.

So what should we do? How about we take one day a week (or one day a month) and talk about how we gained ground in our walks with the Lord and areas where we need to gain ground? That’s just an idea. That way, we aren’t committed to a specific task. We’re only asked to reflect back on our week with the Lord.

Do you think this is a cop-out? Let me know your thoughts. We can get started in March if anybody’s on board. For those of you still doing healthy eating/living, you can update us on that. For those of you doing PDL, you can update us on that. Or you can update on something else. It’ll be our time to report back on our week (or month) in the Lord.

I want to hear back from you before I start down this road, so holla at a sistah!

8 thoughts on “I can do all things. . .

  1. Holla! I like the idea. I tried the healthy living/eating thing. Worked well for a while then I fell off the wagon. Good news is I’m back on. One day at a time. I previously read Purpose Driven Life, so I didn’t join in that. Besides I’m “joining” a bit too much these days and need to pull back. I like the idea of weekly reflection–on whatever is going on with each of us–as long as we end with good news/lessons learned. Challenges are part of the journey, and asking for help/commiserating with others is cool too but I’m just in a place of needing/wanting to be around uplifting minds.

  2. Hello All,
    As far as healthy eating goes, I have stopped eating all meats but seafood. This has been going on since before Christmas. I can truly say, I do not miss the meat. I am focusing on eating more vegetables and veggie based products. I feel lighter and not so weighed down after I eat. Although it can be a bit expensive to eat healthy it is sooooo worth it. I’m not sure about how many pounds I’ve lost but I am not really concerned with it. I do know for sure I’ve lost inches due to the way my clothes fit. I have recently moved and will start back on my daily walk on my treadmill. God has been and is soooooo good and I can’t wait to see what he has in store.

    Stay Blessed!

  3. I think that is a great idea and I will say ‘yes’ to every week. We all lead busy lives but publicly reflecting on where He has brought us this month or, what we learned from The Purpose Driven Life or, how we are doing with our healthy-eating regimen is a good idea.

    I am on lesson 5 in the book and it is my 3rd attempt at going through the WHOLE book but this time, by the grace of God, I will complete the task.

    I hesitated over the word task but, as the bible (and this book) point out, we are here for a purpose and we need to be prepared to accomplish this purpose. The Purpose Driven Life helps us to apply the teachings of the bible to our life which means we can explain it better to others.

    That was a long-winded way of saying, I’M IN!!!

  4. Greetings Angela and crew!

    At the beginning of the year I called together six of my sisters in Christ for an accountability session. We put together a list of our goals for the year and plan to meet quarterly to discuss our progress. In the interim, we call or email each other with progress reports, praise reports and prayer requests related to our goals. All of us have seen some progression forward in some areas, other areas we’ve not yet moved and still some areas we’ve fallen short but at least having the support of like-minded friends to be encouragers, and to call us out in love when necessary, keeps us moving forward.

    God bless and keep you all!

    Veronica Fields Johnson

  5. Are 40 days already over?

    Doing this, or trying to, while I’m moving and getting settled in, definitely was not the best idea I’ve ever had. Other things also came up like the passing of my sister-in-law’s mother on Jan. 30. It sort of got strung out until Sat, Feb. 24 when they had a memorial service. The viewing and good-byes were on the day she died with an open coffin–I wouldn’t have recognized her–with only family and selected others in attendance. The “funeral”, if you will, took place the same day at 5 p.m. followed by cremation, and then the visitation on Feb. 3.

    The memorial service was very beautiful even with a few snafus and lots of tears. That reminds me that I still haven’t seen my mother’s memorial service which took place Sept. 21, 2003.

    On Saturday night I felt really sick. I’m not sure what it was. I’d had several medical appointments during the week, fighting snow and freezing winds both days. I have a feeling my body just had enough of that as well as of the somewhat jumbled food. I hope a little rest right now will recoup the flagging spirits. My brother-in-law did a bunch of small carpentry jobs while my sister washed some of the dishes “dusted” from the wrecking that everything downstairs underwent while my stuff was still there. They came for the memorial service and to see Jamie’s mom who lost her husband about 5 months ago.

    Anyway, I think it’s a good idea to do a “day” a week. I’ve definitely still got a lot to handle if Saturday is an example of how much I can take at a time.

    God bless all of you.

    P.S. I was just going to ask you if you heard the siren going past. I guess I was suddenly thinking of the telephone call from my oldest friend this morning.

    Lots of sirens is just one of the hazards on the busy street just outside my window but minor in its impact when compared to loud voices and loud music that I don’t like. Or heat. I hope the neighbors have adjusted the thermostat and that it isn’t just some open windows that are making it cooler for me in here. I was starting to dread summer with its heat that so demoralized and enervated me last year, besides causing my perspiration to ruin my desk.

    Does anyone have any idea how to prevent that from happening again this year. It’s real teak wood, not just finish. I tried all sorts of things and one of the things I have to do in order manage the typing is put my right arm on the desk. I put towels and such under my arm but it still went through to the desk and marred the finish. Any suggestions will be gratefully accepted. I was getting there today already.

    Thanks everybody.

  6. I should have read all the comments first but I never know how long this old clunker will hold up.

    They had a workshop on “Self-Esteem” at our church on Saturday but it was for all of London, ON and apparently sold out a long time ago. Self-esteem is a huge issue for me and has been for a long time. They’re hoping these presenters (don’t have their names handy just now) will be able to come back soon.

    But any interaction with Christians, especially women, would be a plus for me. I’m going to the monthly seniors days with my pastor and his wife. They’ve been my biggest supportors among the people here in London–much more than my brother and his family. (Otherwise it’s my sister but she and her family live about 3 hours from here and you have to go through Toronto, though not the center.)

    That’s where being married or not being married can make a big difference, too–and, sadly, not always in the best way.

  7. Hi Angela. I Am Using My Cell Phone To Type This So Excuse The Caps! As Far As Healthy Living I Have Lost 27 Pounds And Have Kept It Off Since November. I Am Still Reading P D L. I Got Behind When I Was In Haiti, But I Am Reading It Every Day And It Is Changing My Life! Thank You So Much For Recommending It! Im On Day 28. Life Is Interesting Since I Have Decided To Go On The Missions Field Full Time. Using The Rest Of This Year To Close Up Everything In The States. I Will Check The Website As Often Is I Can. I Love Hearing What You Have To Say!

  8. Am glad I found your site. Believe it to me an inspiration for me Sister. I have started my web site for support to writers. Do you have any suggestions for promotions. Much success in your writing and in the wholeness of your life. May we all prosper and succeed in everything we do. In Jesus Name.

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