|My ambitious read!|
So I need more discipline in my reading. The classics? Biographies? Memoirs? And some mysteries chosen with a bit more care--not "cozy" mysteries however!
I also need discipline in my eating. I should lose 10 pounds for the threat of potential diabetes, for my joints, and for my appearance. But I love to eat and I don't think I overeat. So that means cutting out potato chips, chocolate, ice cream, and alcohol. Oh, no. Not that too. We already have stopped eating bread with supper and I have not had ice cream for dessert for three weeks. My dear husband can indulge as he pleases and he gains nothing. I dread the day I out weigh him! It is not going to happen!
Exercise- I often get my 10,000 steps a day and my 30 minutes of walking. I do eight minutes of back exercises each morning. It's certainly not enough for weigh loss even if good for general health.
Prayer and Bible reading- I read the lectionary every morning--but far too quickly. I pray at times during the day--and try to do so at night. But my concentration is weak and my prayers can just be lists of people and thanksgivings.
My daughter is very disciplined about her exercise and her reading and her eating. Jim is very disciplined as well. He did comfort me today by wondering how important discipline is at my age. I will ponder this further. I hope we have a few years left and are not ready to give in totally.
This past Sunday our pastor preached on "self-control," one of the gifts of the Spirit. She said it could be called "Spirit-control" and gave specific ideas at the end of her sermon. One was finding someone to be accountable to over your habits of eating, spending, use of time, or whatever. Another idea was fasting.
I decided to "fast" from constant looking at the news--especially the latest Trump tweets and the opinion pages reacting to him. I deleted the News app from my iphone and that has helped! The point of fasting is to give up something but to have more time for spiritual things. When I am tempted to read one more disturbing post, I should pray instead. Another thing to ponder.