Sunday, 27 March 2011

Serenity.

God
Grant me  the Serenity
to accept the things
I cannot change, 
Courage to change
the things I can
and Wisdom to know
the difference. 

KP Reinhold Niebuhr

This is my prayer for the day. I am working on not getting stressed about things that are beyond my control and focussing on the things that I do have the power to change. 

Blessings, 

Jenny

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Visitors.

It is fascinating to me to see where the visitors to this site come from. I love the stats page that shows which country people are in and the sites that led them here. I guess it just amazes me that people read my ramblings! 

Most of the people who read this blog are in America. By a vast majority! England and Canada are second and third respectively. There are also visitors from France and Germany and Australia! I like that this site shows the traffic sources as I like to visit the sites listed. Too inquisitive by half! It feels like a bit of a community on here with people posting lovely comments and guidance. 

Also interesting to me are the figures on which post has been most popular. The top three most read posts at the moment are PlanningA Daughter at Home and Pretty Dresses. I know that when I read other people's blogs there are some posts that just touch my heart and some that really make me think and look at myself and the world in a different way.

I love getting comments too! Also questions are always welcome. At the moment I seem to be the one with all the questions and seeking advice. Blogging is so much fun, I don't know why I didn't start earlier! 

Blessings, 

Jenny

Monday, 14 March 2011

Made by God.

Something recently occurred to me, something I hadn't really given much thought to before. God made me. Me! He chose my hair colour, my eyes, my height and everything. This is just amazing to me. I am so blessed to have a healthy body and mind and what do I do with it? I eat unhealthy food, don't do enough exercise and don't do all those things I know I should do. 

If I know what I should be doing why aren't I just doing it? I guess for a long time I have struggled to value myself or to see myself as worth the effort. I sometimes felt worthless but God made me so I have a purpose and I have been designed to suit that purpose. Somewhere along the line I lost track of eating for health and started eating for other reasons. Eating for pleasure, eating when bored and eating emotionally. None of which are good for me. By treating myself in this way I am not cherishing this wonderful gift that God has given me. 

The big changes I am making are getting plenty of fresh air, drinking more water and eating things that God made not that are overly processed and man made. Fresh fruit and vegetables! Is there really any convenience food that compares to a fresh crisp apple or a ripe juicy strawberry?  

It seems to me that life is a series of choices and so is diet. Each time I decide what to eat or drink I am choosing to either enhance my health and value my body or to damage my health and to disrespect my body. Now, I don't expect to make the right choice every time! My aim is to pick the healthy option the majority of the time and not to feel guilty if I eat something less healthy. 

Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple.

Corinthians 3 : 16 - 17

Blessings, 

Jenny

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Statue.


This statue has been in the garden for as long as I can remember. Up until recently I never paid much notice to it. I knew it was there but it just blended in with the rest of the garden. Lately though I have started to notice her each time I am outside. 

She sits so quietly praying. Her head bowed respectfully and her hands clasped on her knees before God. Eyes closed and trusting totally that God is there and listening with no doubt of His care. She is quiet and focussed totally on her prayers. She isn't being loud or acting wildly to get Him to notice her - it isn't necessary, she knows that. I need to learn this! God knows I exist and loves me for who I am. I don't have to act in a reckless or undisciplined manner for Him to pay attention to me. He has a plan for me even if I am as quiet as a mouse! 

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. 

Matthew 10 : 29 - 31

Blessings, 

Jenny