Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Holy Guacamole!

First of all, did you know that was how to spell 'guacamole'? Looks weird to me.

Secondly, "Holy Guacamole!" again! I did something unusual yesterday commonly referred to as "working out". Let me preface all of this by freely admitting that I am a big baby! I'm usually good to hit a bit of Pilate's every other week or so...I know, I know, my cardio health is probably down the tubes. But yesterday I accepted an invitation to the community center w/some of my girlfriends.

I just walked a bit then stretched out, did some Pilate's leg exercises etc...but then...the pressure was on! All my other girls were hitting the treadmill or "aaack!" running! If I run, I will surely die (however, this post from last year WAS for real). I'm still on my cute little mat in the corner of the weight room where big burly men are pumping some serious iron...and I'm wondering what in the world to do now.

I for sure can't act like I don't do this every single day of my life so a great plan is born! Let's do some crunches...side lateral ones...okay! Now let's do some push ups...12 down and I'm feeling S-T-R-O-N-G. Let's try some tricep dips...oooooh, that burns, but I'm small but mighty! WHAAAAT? WHAT WAS I THINKING?!!! Thankfully, my pals came in to make lunch plans at the Pizza Shoppe before I went really wild and did some lunges.

Today, tonight especially, I ache! My arms would like to fall off. My abs...well, they aren't quite as bad, but they hurt to. WAAAAAHHHHH! Okay, so I'll probably do some more tomorrow...and just push through the pain. Before you roll your eyes, remember that I prefaced all this...and now you know it's sadly true.


Happy Fat Tuesday!

So tomorrow Lent begins...I've never before given up/taken up anything for this season. Growing up around Catholic friends, I observed lots of "NO POP" or "NO GUM" Lent attempts, but had NO CLUE what any of it was about.

Older and somewhat wiser now, here goes nothing...

No MySpace, no surfing Cake Central---yeeeiiikes! (I'm reserving the right to visit CC if needed for TSL!)

The challenge is from Rustin - my friend & pastor and only rock star that knows my name (not to mention one of the whopping 3-4 people that I think read my blog) - a challenge to create more space for God during the season of Lent...and he's right...giving up chocolate isn't going to make a hoot of a difference to me...but giving up free surfing and lollygagging on those two sites...it's a bigger deal than it should be! Hey, I might even blog more often--about serious spiritual things of course :-) .

Peace, Resa

Friday, February 16, 2007

How, Now, Do We Live?

As I read this devotional today it just clicked. This is how I desire to live my life. This is what glues generations together. This is what I've been called to and for--at least in this season of life. How nice that someone was able to articulate it for me! (In case you don't go read it...it speaks of practically demonstrating God's hand in our life to our kids...and ways to do it).

When we had our first child, an aunt wrote in our congrats card that we had just entered God's greatest mission field...being a parent. Not having grown up in a spiritually nurturing environment, translating that truth into my reality has been challenging. But God has been SO good and faithful to demonstrate the "how tos" through his Word, friends, family, LB and the always present influence of dedicated bloggers :) !

Mark 4:10-11, “When he [Jesus] was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. He told them, ‘The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables’” (NIV).

Friday, February 02, 2007

American self-Idolatry

I really enjoy watching American Idol...well, enjoy may not be the correct word for the first auditions...sometimes they require cringing or hitting the DVR fast-forward button. Anyway, last year the small group I was in discussed the cultural peril of being TOTALLY self-delusional in one or more aspects of our lives. This epidemic is magnified by American Idol and other similar shows.

Today I ran across a good read that discusses this in more detail and the spiritual aspects that go with it...Michael Craven is the author.

And if you want another fun audition show to watch...check out Grease, Your the One That I Want. Totally cheese-ball entertainment and some really BAD performances and certainly makes Idol look like they've got it all together (format wise etc.)...but fun still if you're a Grease fan! Now, only if I could sing...I could be on Broadway...oh, wait...am I self-deluded? Probably, but don't tell me about it...it's a happy place!