Thursday, August 16, 2012

Marking Time ...

School is starting around the Ozarks. From elementary schools to college classes, the new school year begins.

When ever these regular calendar events come around, they have a way of making me realize that time is passing by. It doesn't make me feel older, but it does make me pause and look to see if different areas of my life are on track.

Recently (thanks to meeting regularly with my accountability group), I've got my daily Bible reading back on schedule. I'm also more deliberate about my prayer time.
A couple of conversations with friends and a glimpse of a video (and a few pics) of an overweight preacher/magician has me watching what I consume and actually getting a little exercise. The exercise is pretty much limited to walking. I'm keeping a diary of foods and drinks and counting calories. I'm trying to keep away from processed foods and have pretty much cut out diet sodas and drinks that are artificially sweetened. Water, coffee, tea and a little milk are the drinks I've pretty much cut back to. There was a soda last Sunday morning that was purely out of habit. I was throwing away the empty can before I realized that I even bought the Coke Zero.

I've got a few things coming up in the fall; a one-day class to prepare and teach on sharing your faith, a weekend event at Tabernacle Baptist is Piedmont MO, and a week long revival in Galena MO. Preparation for these kinds of events always make one reflect on your own faith walk and I generally ending up preaching the message that I need the most. The preparations also have a way of distracting me from the focus of diet, exercise and whatnot. I'm going to have to keep on task.

September also means that the Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers (OCACW) will begin meeting again. Please join us if you're in Southwest MO and can make the 2nd Saturday of the month meetings.

Well, since there isn't anything political or controversial about this post, I probably won't have to worry about offending anybody. I also know that the hits on this post will be about 1/4 of what I get on the more controversial posts which is a little ironic--the posts that are unoffensive get fewer hits, but the ones that tend to make people mad many more hits. Go figure.

John <><


eViL pOp TaRt said...

John, it sounds like you're approaching diet and exercise in a healthy, beneficial way. Good luck with it!

I enjoy your posts. I shudder to think what my most popular posts were!

Anonymous said...

I don't recall reading anything offensive. Is this a ruse to get people to go read posts they might have missed? Steve

Big Sky Heidi said...

I enjoy your posts, John. You are a true seeker of spirituality.

Mike said...

Exercise for me too. Then mail me the weight loss credits.

Duckbutt said...

"Offensive" or not, you're posts are fine. I like to read them.