Sunday, June 19, 2016

Pardon Me: The Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today:  Sunday, June 19, 2016

Outside my window  Partly cloudy with temperatures in the mid 80's.  It's a perfect day for a walk or ride, and I'm in bed feeling achy and down.  I've got to break out of this somehow.  It's going to get too hot to play outside again soon.

I am thinking...   about today's sermon.  Pastor Staples taught on forgiveness.  I'll be the first to admit that part of my depressive state comes from fighting bitterness of heart.  Forgiveness of others is something I strive for.  But forgiveness of self?  I once saw an article that said that forgiving oneself wasn't a biblical concept.  How so?  If God took the time to put in His Word more than once that we should "love your neighbor as yourself," why would forgiveness not be a part of that love?   The question for me is how?  I've not seen anything on the subject other than "just do it."  Sorry, but this isn't a Nike commercial. 

I am thankful...  for this respite from the hot humid weather.

From the Workshop...  My goal this week is to finish up a quilt-ghan I've been working on for a while.  Also finished up a project on my 101 in 1001 list. Read about it on my sister blog here.

I am reading...  I finished My Daddy Was a Pistol and I'm a Son of a Gun by Lewis Grizzard.  The review is here.  Along with working on unfinished selections I started the beginning of the year, I'm now in the book of Job in my read through the Bible.

I am learning...  I've had a "God breeze" this week.  After all this time, I finally understand what people mean when they say that I need to make things happen.  I though they meant that I literally had to MAKE something happen.  I'm not God (and that's a good thing--I'd have gone Old Testament on a bunch of people).  What they mean is that I need to be more proactive than reactive.  Why they didn't simply SAY that I don't know.  Now, I looking for ways to be more proactive.  The biggest challenge is my eating; it is still very reactive.  I've got to get more control.
I've also got to learn how to relax.  Those I trust tell me that I'm too hard on myself and I need to learn to be gentle with myself.  Wait, I thought since I was still fat that  I wasn't hard enough on myself.  But seriously, where has all this mental punishment gotten me?

Favorite quote(s) of the week
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marrian Williamson
I am looking forward to...  trying again.

And now for something totally different...
Workout of the Week:  Last Saturday I tried my first yoga class.  I've been quite leery of yoga, but tried it anyway.  Everything that bothered me about it happened during class--the chanting, the meditations, the finding my chakra.  I was hoping the class wouldn't have all that.  I know that some people can simply do the stretches and ignore the rest.  I can't.  I purposely set out to think about Bible passages as we did the movements.  It was like hitting a spiritual brick wall.  Over a year ago, my friend Jhona gave me a DVD called Praise Moves.  It's yoga poses, but the meditations are on Scripture and the focus is on Christ.  I've watched it, but never did it.  Maybe this will fit the bill.
Five Minute Friday Word of the Week: Lose.  I knew it would take me into a dark place, so I abstained from participating in the blog.

See y'all next time.


  1. Friends of mine who do yoga just learn the moves and do them at home where they can focus on Scripture or pray certain prayers that fit their spirituality.

    1. I want to work on it. I think the stretches will help my flexibility.