Thursday, November 12, 2015

For the First Time Ever ~

Feeling a bit inspired to try new things?
This was a banner week for first time ever stuff, starting with Yoga.
Never taken a Yoga class prior to this week and I have taken three!
Not a fan of Yoga speak which one instructor used plenty of, I just replaced
my own words those of the instuctor. 
I don't have a third eye (?) 
a lotus flower between my eyebrows is not my foundation.
I have two eyes, and if something is between them I need tweezers :-)
My foundation is found only in Christ.

I'm not trying to be critical of the practice, I just modify it to work for me.
I found myself in many positions that I actually could not get out of,
other than just falling gently to one side. I'm sure it was comical to some....

I actually had some very sore muscles so it for sure is a work out.
I purchased a yoga mat and bag, and yoga socks, going to continue as long as
I feel it benefits me....the stretching and relaxation that came with it is great.

On Veterans day I spent the day with my favorite veteran,
we hit the gym and then off to the golf course.
We didn't actually play as those behind me would not have been at all happy.
I practiced my swing (a lot) and actually got pretty comfortable with it.
I will admit, if I had to say after day one, it may not be the sport for me...
I spent most of the hot time in the sun imagining a
 shaded golf cart and a nice cold drink
in my hand ;-)

Then we moved on to chipping and putting.
With the condition of my back, being bent over just enough to kill my lower
back was required.
We ran into a friend who took the time to advise me for a good amount of time.
Bless his heart, he had to be so frustrated with me....but he hung in there as did I.

At the end of the day,
well, lets just say my body was feeling three days of Yoga and my attempt to learn golf.
I'll continue to learn the sport of golf, with a deep desire to just drive a golf cart
with a cold drink in hand.

This all got me thinking, perhaps I should start creating a list of things I want to try.
It won't be anything like jumping out of a plane or flying one, lets not get too crazy.

Any first time things you would like to try?
I would love to hear about them.

First times, it's what echos from my heart today...

Friday, November 6, 2015

Thankfulness, Create the Habit ~

So begins the month of posting something we are thankful for daily on Facebook.
Of course, we should be living a life deep in thankfulness daily.
Somehow typing it out everyday of November is good for creating 
 the habit of thankfulness if you are one who has not yet created the habit.

I encourage giving it a try if you aren't already,
its great for removing oneself from a pity party we 
may have invited ourselves to. 
Putting the focus on all that one should be thankful for,
 often times shrinks the size of the proverbial  mountain,
 formerly known as the molehill.
Granted your molehill may be one of a more serious nature,
there is still room for thankfulness. 

No where in the Bible does it say we should save our thankfulness for a particular season of
the year, but instead, it teaches we should express it constantly in speech and action.

"Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks 
through Him to God the Father."
Colossians 3:17
God wants to meet our needs, he tells us many times throughout scripture to petition Him with our requests.
He came to meet our needs, emotional, physical and spiritual.
Often in times of trial, we tend to respond in the form of self-pity, anxiety and resentment,
 it seems justifiable to do so!
That my friends is when Satan is attacking those very vulnerable places in our hearts, 
which then threatens our confidence in God.
His attempt is to get us to focus on what seems to us,
an overwhelming situation.

I hope you will attempt to make a practice of thanksgiving regardless of the season.
Thankful for each of you!
It's what echos from my heart today.

Monday, November 2, 2015

October Comes to an End ~

October has ended, but what a sweet ending !

Cake and Ice Cream?
 Yes please!

Ellery's Momma made the Ice Cream costume, isn't it amazing! So proud of her, it took a lot of work. So thankful she is the Momma to my sweet grands!

I continue to be very busy sometimes overwhelmed with my three Bible Classes I'm taking. Yet, after each class I know I will see it through to the end, so amazing and very timely for my life right now. God just always knows.

Christmas cards ordered, several gifts purchased in hopes to keep those last two months of the year a little less hectic. My DIL has offered to do Thanksgiving dinner at there new home, time to put that beautiful kitchen to the big test right? I am so thankful she is up to it!!

Excited to say the Core Four Cousin trip is officially planned for March of 2016. We are taking a cruise from San Pedro to Catalina Island, to Ensenada Mexico. It's my first cruise so I am kind of excited about that, a little anxious as I don't know what to expect. What I do know for sure is our time together will be amazing as always!

Southern Ca. is finely getting some cooler temps, low tonight is suppose to be 51 degrees. What so I have to say about that.... YIPPEEEEEEE!  Still, over the heat we have had this year..... I'm just to old for it....

Hoping all is well with all of you, wishing you calm as we move into the holiday season!
It's what echos from my heart today.