Sunday, September 30, 2012
My husband and I recently spent some time at a local park, taking in the wonderful fall colors. I love autumn. Who can deny the dramatic, vivid explosion of colors?
Friday, September 28, 2012
We need to keep this simple, much used, staetement in mind. Nothing we go through lasts forever. "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:18 Never give up; God's moving in our lives!!!
One of the hurdles I’ve been working on overcoming has been the extreme, all or nothing, kind of thinking. This approach to life can often lead to eating disorders and addictions. It certainly did with me. If I wasn’t astonishingly beautiful, I was ugly. If I wasn’t impossibly rail thin, I was grotesquely obese. If I wasn’t completely perfect, then I was a miserable failure. Extremes. But none of it was healthy or orderly. And, like the scripture goes… “Let all things be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:40 Yeah. That wasn’t me. Neither was the scripture… "Let your moderation be known to all men". Philippians 4:5 Nope, not me either. Recently, I came across this image and quote from the late Marilyn Monroe. You know, the beauty icon and pop culture symbol. And she makes a great point. While there’s nothing wrong with doing our best in life, each of us needs to be careful not to cross the line into believing we need to attain unrealistic standards of perfection. There’s no doubt Marilyn was beautiful, flawed and had a good heart. That comes through in the images and the stories about her. But she recognizes her inability to attain the impossible perfection does not, however, disqualify and cancel her already existing qualities. And how much more would God’s Word and His beliefs about us do the same thing…if we let that happen? God says the following about us: “Since you were precious in my sight… I have loved you…” Isaiah 43:4 “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…” Psalm 139:14 “O my dove…let me see your form…for your form is lovely.” Song of Solomon 2:14 “…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 We’re not to have super-inflated ideas of ourselves. God doesn’t want arrogant or prideful thoughts. But we’re not to have a poor, wretched sense of self, either. The point to our lives is not image and perfection; it’s about relationship with God. “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8 We need to keep in check what are attainable Godly requirements versus what are our own oppressive, rigid rules. Moderation. Balance. Healthy perspective. And no, not easy; it’s often a lifelong, work in progress which is, yes, imperfect. But it can be done; it can be started, now, wherever you and I find ourselves in life. God’s inviting us to think differently about ourselves and our lives? Will we? “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 Copyright © 2012 by Sheryle Cruse
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 I love the Disney classic, “Dumbo.” It’s the story of a little elephant who learns to accept himself and his large ears. Doing so, he grows into his potential. A good lesson. I wonder how many of us are fighting our bodies, our physical traits? What if we embraced them? Look at this image of Dumbo: It’s like a “before and after” photo, isn’t it? Could it possibly be a situation of “before acceptance” and “after acceptance?” God has created us to be who we are, traits and all. “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13 Why are we spending so much time fighting it? And could fighting that reality be exactly what makes us so miserable? Think about your self- concept and your self- talk. Are you closer or further away from being the fulfilled potential you’re called to be? Fulfilling your potential starts with accepting your God-given, God-created identity. Are you doing that? Could it be that is the basis of joy? Knowing and celebrating yourself are not wrong, selfish things. Knowing and celebrating Who God has created you to bring Glory to God, health to yourself and others. But you won’t get there unless and until you stop hating and rejecting yourself. God has decided each one of us is worth loving. After all… “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 So love yourself! Start embracing God’s acceptance and delight of you. And start applying it to yourself, step by step, bit by bit. It won’t be perfect and it won’t occur overnight, but God will honor it. Let your light flourish like Dumbo’s ears! Be yourself! Be God’s wonderful creation! And be happy! Copyright © 2012 by Sheryle Cruse
Monday, September 24, 2012
Our cat, Glory has developed a new habit. She spends an inordinate amount of time on our bed, looking out our window, getting her head stuck in the blinds.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
In the Disney classic film, “Bambi,” the adorable rabbit, Thumper repeatedly speaks before he thinks. Case in point, when Thumper offers his commentary on Bambi’s awkwardness as a new fawn, making some unkind remarks, we next see Thumper’s mother chastising him: “Thumper, what did your father tell you?” Busted! Thumper responds, looking down at the ground sheepishly,
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
I admit it; I’ve tried yoga. (This is not the point in which you laugh yet). Although, my yoga odyssey is humorous to watch (both my husband and my cats cock their heads to the side in bewilderment), it has helped me to at least address, if not practice, the concept of balance. And one pose, in particular, seems to concentrate on that goal: the tree pose.