Barbara's Plan Nov 16, 2017 11:52:19 GMT -5
Post by Cindy on Nov 16, 2017 11:52:19 GMT -5
So I will go back to the plan and re-read, and then start Colossians over with the plan in mind, and also start talking/praying to Lord about psalm 103:5.
Oh, by the way, I got the gizmo/gadget Oxygen thingy ....so far my oxygen is in the low 90's to mid 90's. Leonard's stays between 99 and 100.
That's good, I'm glad you were able to get it.
So far my oxygen stays around 91....which used to be worse, in the 80's.
Still it reminds me to sit up straighter and stretch a little.
For some reason, I cannot figure out, I am always slipping in my recliner to an almost laying down position.
I never ever notice it actually happening,
until I notice, just how far I have slumped or slid LOL
It happens over and over during the day.
I do have a pillow behind my back, and maybe that is the culprit, but without it I would be even more uncomfortable.
Anyway, all that to say, thank you for having posted about the oxygen meter and sitting up straighter ( I was already becoming aware of it myself, because of the constant sliding down in the chair) so the little gadget, helps me remember ( cuz its fun) to sit back up etc.
I am feeling a bit better today for the first time in about 10 days....I am still congested and sneezing, but I am hopeful I am really getting better...from the cold that is.
The thing is, I have to clean the B & B today
but even more ...a wee bit worrying, I have to watch Devon again.....having been sick, I hope he is also better and does not have another cold or worse, flu germ, as I have not gotten a flu shot for years now.
Yes, it is fun. When I got mine, I also got one for Jenn since Bob and Elijah have asthma. We got them just before one of Elijah's birthday parties, and all the kids wanted to try it. So we let them have it and they all had a blast trying to find out just how high they could get their pulse rates up to LOL. They ran around in circles, jumped up and down and did everything they could think of to get their pulse rates up and had a blast doing it! They probably got more exercise that day then they ever did in PE at school LOL. That was years ago and they still like to play with it every once in awhile.
I try to always get the flu shot. Only missed it once - last year, as I kept forgetting. I know it's helped me any number of times.
just as Paul and Timothy were chosen by the will of God, so am I chosen to be a child of God. So when depression tries to convince me, perhaps I am not a child of God ( too sinful, not loving the Lord enough etc.)....I will remind myself, that it is God who choose me, forgave me, and will complete that which He has begun in me and therefore, I will not fret.
v.2 "To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father."
When depression tells me I am too sinful, I will remember that because of Jesus, I am Holy...because He has imparted His Holiness to be...yes, I still fall into sin, but I do not need to listen to the lies, that is all I am....because God has made me more than a sinner, I too can have peace and unmerited favor with the Father because of Jesus.
Thanksgiving and Prayer
v. 3 "We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,"
During a depression attack, I can instead gives thanks to God for all my blessings and also pray for others.
v. 4 "because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— "
I will trust Jesus when depression strikes and also take my mind off of me and onto those I love.
v.5 "the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel"
I will reflect on the fact, that there is infinite love stored up for me in Heaven.
v. 6 "that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace."
I will remind myself, that it is God's grace I have been blessed with, and He has in fact, been growing me, I am not the person I was.
v. 7 "You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,"
Just as the Colossians believers learned from Epaphras, I too will remind myself, of the wonderful faithful brothers and sisters God has provided me with .
v. 8 "and who also told us of your love in the Spirit".
Instead of lies, because of Jesus, I have love in the Spirit, I will remind my self
v. 9 "For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,"
I will encourage myself, to never stop praying ( for myself and others) and will ask the Lord to fill me with the knowledge of His will, that the Holy Spirit gives.
v. 10 "so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, "
When depression attacks, I will remember I am growing in the knowledge of God and focus on living a life worthy of Him ( and depression would not be a part of that).
v.11 "being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,"
I will remember He has infinite power, and these trials can only strengthen me, and give me patience
v. 12 "and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light."
I will not only give thanks but 'joyful' thankful because God has qualified me to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light.
v. 13 "For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,"
I really need to remember ..and will.....just how far the Lord has rescued me from the dominion of darkness when depression hits, and how far into the kingdom of the Son, Jesus ( He loves).
v. 14 "in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."
Further, when or if depression starts, I will remember, I have been redeemed, my sins have been bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus on the cross...my sins ( all of them) are forgiven and that is surely a joyous thought!
I will work on the rest of chapter one tomorrow.
You said about v.5 "I will reflect on the fact, that there is infinite love stored up for me in Heaven.", but that's not what that verse says. “the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel” (Colossians 1:5) We have faith in Jesus and we love Him because of the hope we have of seeing Him and being with Him in heaven for eternity. Because of that Hope, our faith (trust) in Him continues to grow as does our love for Him and for others, as we abide in Him, waiting for the day He comes to bring us all Home for we know we will then be changed to be completely like Him, with no more sin nature and an incorruptible body as well. Our inheritance in Heaven is what what is stored up for us, not our love, faith or hope. Our inheritance includes eternal life and companionship with God, no sin nature, a perfect incorruptible body like the one Jesus had when He was resurrected, rewards, ruling with Christ, and everything else God has planned for us. God tells us that it's so fantastic that we can't even begin to imagine it. Knowing what God has planned for us, causes us to abide in Christ instead of living like the world does. It causes us to rejoice even during trials because we know our future is secure and nothing can prevent us from having it. You already have God infinite love and nothing you do or don't do can ever change that.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you,” (1 Peter 1:3–4)
Wow, you did really great! I loved reading it!