Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Proceed with Caution

 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble on its own. Matthew 6:34

What a day! It started out pretty good - the alarm went off and I jumped out of bed eager to begin the new day. Well, that's an exaggeration, didn't really leap out of bed, but I did have a plan!

Yep, I was going for "day two" of exercise! Several months back I purchased my "magic bullet" - an exerciser to end all exercisers, one that I knew would give me that slim trim look in only 30 days! Well, the problem with it was you have to use it more than three times for it to work. Sigh.

Today was the day! I pulled out my trusty little exercise DVD, set up the Core Body Reformer, had my exercise gear on and away I went....I was huffing and puffing and really thought I was going to die, and then she said "that was round one, now that you know the routine we are going to do it three more times"...and that's when I put in the stretching DVD from yesterday - that was hard enough! But I did it, I stretched and patted myself on the back for at least moving and not falling over. It's a start!

So far so good right? Well, just when you think it's safe to go back into the water something goes wrong...very wrong.  Seems our bathroom sink has been stopping up lately. Liquid Plumber was working over time but needed a little help....and then it happened. The pipe broke and flooded the cabinet underneath...Time to call a professional plumber...sigh...

 It would be afternoon before I could be worked into the schedule. That's okay, at least I knew help was coming. We only have one bathroom and trying to remember NOT to use the sink was most difficult. Good thing I am a resourceful woman - I mean, who else do you know that keeps caution tape just laying around the studio!

On to bigger things. This lovely batik quilt was up next on the frame. You'd think that it's beauty would keep me glued to the machine, but alas, I was battling with my mind today. Worry was creeping it's way back in. The clouds had rolled back around, figuratively and literally. Oh how I miss sunshine. I turned the praise and worship music up really loud.... God inhabits the praise of His people right? And music calms the soul...as does a conversation with a good friend reassuring me that I'm not alone in this sometimes upsetting world.

I had hoped to have a photo of the completed quilt, but found myself taking time off while the plumber was here - sorta hard to run the machine with someone working in your house...besides, it was someone "live" to talk to for a bit (grin). Seriously, I didn't hover, I respect a working man too much to do that.  A few hours later I have new pipes and an unexpected repair bill!

And a day that has gotten away from me, again.  Goodness. I don't have an answer for that one. Some days are diamonds, some days are stone...but in retrospect I can say that I did accomplish a few goals: (1) I exercised - what doesn't kill you makes you stronger right? (2) I managed to eat healthy all day (3) I have now "gone back to work" after the holidays and illness - a little slower going, but I do need to apply the grace factor here, maybe it was just a half a day, but it was pleasant and I did enjoy the process and (4) I have a new set of pipes that won't leak and because of the process I have a clean bathroom and clean cabinets! and (5) I learned that God gives you people to come a long side you to encourage you when you are down - reminding me that I don't walk this journey alone.

One of the songs today was most meaningful..."He gives and takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord". Whatever lesson it is that I'm suppose to be learning I hope I passed the test. It wasn't in my budget to have repairs but I'm trusting that God already knows that and He has a plan to redeem what was lost.  I'm thankful that He always provides, even when I slip up and worry

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. Psalm 8:3-5


Beverly said...

Just scrolling through allquilting.biz and saw your post. Very funny. You do have to work out to get the benefits.I ordered yoga dvds so feel no guilt while waiting for them to come in the mail...then the work will start. Very inspiring too..."God inhabits the praise of His people." This morning when I was bombarded with worries, I turned on Pandora radio to change my focus. Glad all was fixed re:plumbing. Thanks for the post.

Karen E. Overton said...

I love Pandora! I set my "channel" to Third Day and turn up the volume! Thanks for stopping by Beverly!

Vicki W said...

I think you are off to a great start exercising. when I got my exercise bike I started with 10 minutes. I knew it wasn't really giving me physical benefits. I had to work the mental side first and develop the habit. I "let" myself increase time only once every 2 weeks. It took me 3 months to set a habit but now I exercise an hour every day. Take it slow, you will get there!

Karen E. Overton said...

Yes, you are right Vicki, it takes a bit to develop a habit...my goal right now is to just keep moving