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Have you looked around you recently? No, not just a quick look around you without taking in the reality of the situations you see around you, but a proper look where you notice the heartache felt by the man next door, or the exhaustion on the face of the new mother at the end of your street etc.

People all around us are starving for love and kindness.

When we think about starvation, I guess we always think about those who don’t get enough food and water to sustain their life. However as the above statement reminds us, starvation comes in many forms. No matter what form starvation takes though, it can have devastating consequences if left untreated.

So here’s my challenge to each one of us today…what are we going to do to try to put an end to this type of starvation? After all in this day and age, how can there still be those in our towns and cities who don’t know what it means to be loved and have never experienced the kindness of another human being!

At the start of this year, I shared with you my aims for this year (Welcome to 2012) – not my new year resolutions, but what I aim to achieve this year. Then at the end of each month I’ve given you my monthly update on how I’m doing. So now it’s time for my May update:

  • Eat healthier
    • Not been the best of months between one thing and another…I was on holiday from work for just over a week and look Mum out for lunch, dinner or coffee every day…then I’ve been out for several meals with colleagues/friends from work due to some people taking on new roles or retiring.
  • Lose some weight
    • Not the best month as I have put back on a couple of pounds, mind you give all the eating out I’ve been doing, it’s not really any great surprise.
    • On the plus side, over the last month several people have commented that it was noticeable that I’ve lost weight, so that has to be a good sign!
    • because of the great warm weather we’ve had in the last week or so, I’ve been wearing my summer clothes again,and it was great to find they were no longer tight/too small for me, and were in fact, if anything, a little bit too big for me now!
  • Spend more time reading my bible
    • Been a slightly less successful month on this aim too this month.
  • Don’t let painrule my life
    • Still suffering a lot with pain these days, and sometimes it’s almost unbearable, but I’m still managing to force myself to keep going and not give into it, even though it maybe means my pain levels remain higher for longer
  • Get back to playing tennis as stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
    • My target time for getting back to trying to play tennis again was Easter, and so for the last few weeks I’ve thought about going round to my tennis club if some of my friends were there…but none of them have been!
    • I know that just sounds like an excuse, but it is difficult to try and play tennis by yourself!
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
    • Been another reasonably successful month with this, as I’ve made a point of trying to spend a minimum of 10 minutes “quiet-time” with God most days
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
    • Continuing not to make any progress with this one!
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
    • Again, no progress on this one yet!
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
    • Been doing a bit more housework in the last couple of weeks, although there’s still loads of room for improvement, particularly in tackling the ironing mountain
  • More patience and understanding of others
    • I’ve said it before, but I must say it again, this is definitely one of my most challenging aims, as I definitely still need to be more patient!
    • More prayer for patience is still required!
  • Stop procrastinating
    • Continuing to do much better with this

So that’s my honest answers to how I’m getting on with my aims for 2012 – To summarise my progress to date…it’s continuing to go OK as, in general, I’m still heading in the right direction with most of my aims. However there are still some which I haven’t made any progress on to-date, so there’s still room for improvement in the coming months.

How about you, are you succeeding with your aims for 2012 so far?

Whatever your aims for this year, I pray you may be making progress in your aims for 2012, and that come the end of the year you will have achieved all God had planned for you this year!

At the start of this year, I shared with you my aims for this year (Welcome to 2012) – not my new year resolutions, but what I aim to achieve this year. Then at the end of both January and February, I gave you a monthly update on how I was doing. So now it’s time for my March update:

  • Eat healthier
    • Been a good month as far as healthy eating is concerned as on the whole I’ve been very good. The one exception to that was Easter weekend when I must admit to having had a couple of cream eggs and an Easter cup cake!
  • Lose some weight
    • Yay, I’m still losing weight but not as much as I did in the first 2-3 months of the year…but I’m definitely still going in the right direction.
    • I’m also happy to say it’s now becoming noticeable that I’ve lost some weight as several people have commented to me recently that I look as though I’ve lost weight.
  • Spend more time reading my bible
    • Been much more successful with this one in this last month, so happy with progress with this aim too!
  • Don’t let pain rule my life
    • Still suffering a lot with pain these days, and sometimes it’s almost unbearable, but I’m still managing to force myself to keep going and not give into it, even though it maybe means my pain levels remain higher for longer
  • Get back to playing tennis as stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
    • My target time for getting back to trying to play tennis again was Easter
    • In the last few weeks I’ve considered going to my club for a wee hit around for 15 minutes or so before Mum and I go to visit my aunt on a Saturday afternoon. However each Saturday so far, there’s been no-one playing tennis at my club that I actually know!
    • So maybe next month!
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
    • On the whole been fairly successful with this one, as I’ve made a point of trying to spend a minimum of 10 minutes “quiet-time” most days this month
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
    • Still not managed this one!
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
    • Again, no progress on this one yet!
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
    • Definitely not getting anywhere with this one again as still too many other demands on my time any my energy these days…and it shows!
  • More patience and understanding of others
    • As I said last month, this is definitely one of my most challenging aims, but I feel I am a little more patient these days, however I would certainly not say I’m a patient person yet!
    • More prayer for patience is still required!
  • Stop procrastinating
    • Continuing to do much better with this, as I’m been much more focused in this last month

So that’s my honest answers to how I’m getting on with my aims for 2012 – To summarise my progress to date…it’s continuing to go OK as I’m still heading in the right direction with a number of my aims. However there are still some which I haven’t made any progress on to-date, so there’s still room for improvement in the coming months.

How about you, are you succeeding with your aims for 2012 so far?

Whatever your aims for this year, I pray you may be making progress in your aims for 2012, and that come the end of the year you will have achieved all God had planned for you this year!

At the start of this year, I shared with you my aims for this year (Welcome to 2012) – not my new year resolutions, but what I aim to achieve this year. Then at the end of both January and February, I gave you a monthly update on how I was doing. So now it’s time for my March update:

  • Eat healthier
    • As I was on a couple of courses at work during this last month, I didn’t manage to eat quite as healthily as previous months while at work
    • Having said that, overall I still think I’m doing ok with this one, as I’m still eating healthier both at home and in the office, including eating lots more fruit that I used to!
  • Lose some weight
    • As I said against my previous aim, I was on a couple of courses at work during this last month, so didn’t manage to eat as healthily at work as I had been previously, so I thought it unlikely I would have lost any weight this month
    • Much to my surprise though I found I had lost some more weight…not as much as previous months, but it was still another pound! So very happy to still be moving in the right direction
  • Spend more time reading my bible
    • Struggled a bit with this in this last month, mainly do to the amount of pre course work and homework we got on the training courses I attended at work in the last month.
    • I know I should manage my time better to ensure I am still able to spend time reading my bible each day, but between homework and struggling physically quite a bit in this last month, it’s just not been possible
  • Don’t let pain rule my life
    • I’ve had quite a few days this last month where I’ve really struggled to cope with pain levels, however I’ve managed to keep going each day even although it was really difficult to find the physical and emotional energy to keep going at times…but I managed it!
  • Get back to playing tennis as stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
    • Still managing to go for about a half hour walk most days (apart when on my two training courses), so I’m happy with my progress on this, and have noticed a difference in my stamina levels.
    • This nice warm weather in the last few days has even got me feeling like I want to play tennis again which is good news
    • My plan at present is to hopefully go and hit a ball around for no more than 15 minutes the first time, hopefully sometime in the next 2-3 weeks…I’ll let you know in my next update whether I manage this
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
    • As with reading my bible more, I’ve not managed this much this last month. Agin this is mainly due to the amount of pre course work and homework I had to do for my two training course, as well as because I was struggling with pain levels
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
    • Still not managed this one!
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
    • Again, no progress on this one yet!
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
    • Definitely not getting anywhere with this one either as still too many other demands on my time any my energy these days
  • More patience and understanding of others
    • Definitely one of my most challenging aims, but I am finding that when I’m getting impatience I am reminding myself not to become impatient…it’s definitely not working all the time, but has helped a little!
    • More prayer for patience is still required I think!
  • Stop procrastinating
    • Managing a bit better with this one both in February and March, so definite progress being made

So there you go, there’s my honest answers to how I’m getting on with my aims for 2012 – To summarise my progress to date…it’s going OK so far, as I’m continuing in the right direction with a number of my aims. However there are still some which I haven’t made any progress on to-date, so there’s still room for improvement in the coming months.

How about you, are you succeeding with your aims for 2012 so far?

Whatever your aims for this year, I pray you may be making progress in your aims for 2012, and that come the end of the year you will have achieved all God had planned for you this year!

At the start of this year, I shared with you my aims for this year (Welcome to 2012) – not my new year resolutions, but what I aim to achieve this year. Then at the End of January I gave you an update on how I was doing, so now that February is just about over, it’s time to review how I’m getting on so far, with my aims:

  • Eat healthier
    • Doing ok with this one, as I’m still eating healthier both at home and in the office – and yes I am still managing to eat between 3 and 5 bits of fruit a day just in the office
  • Lose some weight
    • Once again I was a bit apprehensive of checking my weight as I’ve simply been eating a bit healthier and getting a wee bit more exercise, rather than actually going on a diet as such. So I was pleasantly surprised when I weighted myself this morning to find I’ve lost 5 lbs!
  • Spend more time reading my bible
    • Much the same answer as last month as I am reading my bible more than I was last year, but I could definitely still do better.
  • Don’t let pain rule my life
    • On the whole February’s been a better month than January was, as managed to keep going every day – though some days were a struggle..
  • Get back to playing tennis as stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
    • Still nowhere near ready to try to play tennis again yet, although I’m still going for about a half hour walk most days, so I’m happy with my progress with this one!
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
    • Been managing this more in February than I did in January, but there’s still room for improvement
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
    • No progress on this one yet!
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
    • Again, no progress on this one yet!
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
    • Definitely still not succeeding with this one,as too many other demands on me these days
  • More patience and understanding of others
    • Finding this very difficult and challenging…more prayer for patience required I think!
  • Stop procrastinating
    • More success on this one this last month than I did in January, but still lots of room for improvement

So there you go, there’s my honest answers to how I’m getting on with my aims for 2012 – I think if I had to summarise my progress to date, it would be, doing OK so far, but still room for much improvement.

How about you, are you succeeding with your aims for 2012 so far?

Whatever your aims for this year, I pray you may be making progress in your aims for 2012, and that come the end of the year you will have achieved all God had planned for you this year!

At the start of this year, I shared with you my aims for this year (Welcome to 2012) – not my new year resolutions, but what I aim to achieve this year. So now that January is over I thought it time to review how I’m getting on (or not!) with my aims, so here goes:

  • Eat healthier
    • Doing not to bad with this one, as I’ve been eating healthier both at home and in the office – I’ve only be drinking tea, coffee or water at work and I’ve been eating 3 or 4 bit of fruit in the office every day too
  • Lose some weight
    • I was a bit apprehensive of checking my weight as I’ve not really been on a diet, but simply eating a bit healthier and getting a wee bit more exercise. So I was pleasantly surprised when I weighted myself this morning to find I’ve lost 5 lbs!
  • Spend more time reading my bible
    • Have been reading my bible more than I had been, but I definitely could still do better!
  • Don’t let pain rule my life
    • This has been a struggle quite a few times, but I’ve only given into it twice…and that was at during a weekend, so all in all I’m happy with that.
  • Get back to playing tennis as stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
    • Nowhere near ready to try to play tennis again yet, although I have been getting a bit more exercise every day, as I’ve been for about a half hour walk almost every day this year so far, so again, I’m happy with my progress with this one!
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
    • I’ve managed this some days, but could definitely do better
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
    • My first complete failure so far as not been anywhere near a piano this year…yet
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
    • Another failure. Although it’s a bit early in the year to say I’ve failed at this one, especially as this relies on how my husband’s health is as well as my own
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
    • Fail!
  • More patience and understanding of others
    • I’m trying my best, though it’s still a huge struggle sometimes…more prayer for patience required I think!
  • Stop procrastinating
    • Didn’t start off the year very well with this one, although I think there’s been a small improvement in the last week or so

So there you go, there’s my honest answers to how I’m getting on with my aims for 2012 – I think if I had to summarise my progress to date, it would be, doing OK so far, but still room for much improvement.

How about you, are you succeeding with your aims for 2012 so far?

Whatever your aims for this year, I pray you may be making progress in your aims for 2012, and that come the end of the year you will have achieved all God had planned for you this year!

Welcome to 2012! I hope it’s a guid’un for you and yours.

Personally I’m quite pleased to see the back of 2011, as it wasn’t the best year for me or my family.

So what about 2012, what am I hoping to achieve this year?

I say “what am I hoping to achieve this year” rather than what are my resolutions” because personally I think whenever we use the phrase “new year’s resolutions“, they are doomed to failure before we’ve even finished making them up!

As 2011 wasn’t the best year for me, some of my aims for this new year will hopefully help me to make this year a better one for me and my family. So here’s my list of aims for 2012, in no particular order:

  • Eat healthier
  • Lose some weight
  • Spend more time reading my bible
  • Don’t let pain rule my life
  • Get back to playing tennis as stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
  • More patience and understanding of others
  • Stop procrastinating

Come the end od 2012, I wonder how many of these aims I’ll be able to say, “yes I’ve achieved this”, only the next 364 days will tell!

Whatever your aims for 2012, or your new year’s resolutions, I pray your year may be one in which you experience God’s love for you and your friends and family, whatever 2012 may hold for you.

Have a great 2012! God bless. 

Exercise:

  • to put into use; employ to exercise tact
  • to take exercise or perform exercises; exert one’s muscles, etc., esp in order to keep fit
  • to practise using in order to develop or train to exercise one’s voice
  • to perform or make proper use of to exercise one’s rights
  • to bring to bear; exert to exercise one’s influence
  • mental or other activity or practice, esp in order to develop a skill
  • a set of movements, questions, tasks, etc., designed to train, improve, or test one’s ability in a particular field piano exercises

As you can see from the above definition of the word exercise, we can exercise in different way. We live in a time when there is much obsession about how we look, and as part of that many have an obsession with keeping fit or taking physical exercise.

It’s good for our health to get some exercise however we must be careful not to become obsessed by our physical bodies or in how we look.

Physical exercise is good for our health, but what about mental exercises?

Well it too is good for us – As you may be aware I was recently off work for a few months and I must admit that when I went back to work I found it very difficult to concentrate for very long on my work and I put this entirely down to the lack of use of my mental skills for so long that caused my problems. I’m happy to report, normal service has now been resumed.

Finally what about our faith? Do we need to exercise that in the same way we need to get physical and mental exercise? Of course we do!

How can we claim to have a faith, and be a Christian, if we do not put into practice what God teaches us?

How do we learn from God? We read the bible and we pray.

So to exercise our faith we must put into action God’s teachings, we must read our bible and we must pray.

Make sure you exercise every area of your life, so that your physical, mental powers grow, but also so you grow in faith a love.