OPENING THE GATES
The entrance to the Precious Moments Theme Park in Carthage, Missouri.
Even good things like reading something special must come to an end.
I've been reading Rettacat's Journal. Her posts are chock full of quotable Quotes
I had to stop reading for a while or nothing else will be accomplished today. I'm trying to discipline myself to reading no more than 2 months worth of posts in any one sitting. That's not so easy especially when Loretta writes about things I want to explore in greater depth. I can do this slowly, exploring all her sources and insights and working through my own stuff as I go, or I can read through as quickly as I can then go back and savour her writing. I'm trying to do the latter. I found I could relate to something in every post. That has never happened before.
Loretta is an artist and made up this button for Happy Bloggers. I've put it on my sidebar to remind me to stay positive and let Joy flow. There are always hard days, some more so than others and I'll be honest about them. But I want to keep my attitude right. I don't want to be a mumbler and complainer.
Years ago, when I was a young Christian I wondered a lot about Joy. The Bible talks about Joy bubbling up inside like an ever flowing fountain. I wanted so much to experience this.
One day I was journalling and crying out for this quality in my life. Gradually I began to understand that Joy is a growing thing.
Joy is like a tender plant,
The seed is sown,
One day a tiny seed,
A sturdy plant,
A magnificent tree,
Into it's canopy.
In healthy soil.
Understanding began that Joy is unlikely to endure let alone grow, unless I worked at caring for it.
One day, many years later I had a special experience and uncontrollable laughter bubbled up from within. My heart sang with joy. My whole being was engulfed. I was in cloud No. 9.
Then I discovered a quieter joy, one that gently flowed throughout all of life's experiences, activities.
I can't explain it better than to say there is a real need in my life to nurture the joy because it remains a tender plant, withering all too quickly when not watered and fed.
The Joy of the Lord is My Strength.
Joy is my peace,
What keeps me going,
Prevents me from falling into deep depression,
I'm not a Happy Clappy Christian or Blogger. I know the pain of heartbreak, disappointment and grief. I know the pain of dreams that don't work out. I know how hard it is to find Joy in the midst of devastation. It's not called a Sacrifice of Praise for nothing.
More than anything I know choosing to keep the Joy alive in me is the most precious gift I make to myself.
So I happily embrace the thought of being a Happy Blogger and may that button always remind me of this as I wrote.
This is the link to the Happy Bloggers button button Loretta's Journal.
I want to write today about another quote from Loretta's Journal about maintaining a Low Carb lifestyle.
I feel like I have been on a treasure hunt all my life, and finally...at LAST, have found the treasure...the last piece to a puzzle. The last few years I have been consciously trying to make real, lasting changes.
I want to hang on to this because until I discovered a Low Carb eating plan I had no hope of being healthy, physically or mentally. I have no idea why but there is something in the 'normal diet' that poisons me. When I look at the traditional food pyramid I feel angry, sick in my heart because I know I cannot eat that way and be happy and healthy. Had I discovered the Low Carb lifestyle 35 years ago I would have saved myself so much grief, physical pain, excess weight and general unwellness. Instead I plodded on doing the best I knew, yet knowing that somehow I was poisoning my body. My body was sick, crying out for change but I didn't know what to do to make it better.
Writing this makes me want to cry. It's sad. My husband would have enjoyed a better marriage. Our children would have had a much better childhood if I'd known what I know now. I know the pain of lost years. But I cannot turn the clock back. What is gone stays there.
Finding out about the Low Carb Lifestyle has changed my life. The benefits for me go way beyond anything the promoters could have said. The hard part for me has been accepting that I need to be consistent, I need to be single minded and I need to believe in myself on this.
There is still too much criticism of the Low Carb eating style, calling it a 'Diet that cannot work long term.' I would listen and at various times let the doubters overwhelm me. I have decided that this will never happen again. I fall down often, over-eating Carbohydrates, but that is becoming less frequent. I am learning to make this way of eating my way of eating. I too have found my treasure, the thing I've been hunting for, the one thing that makes it possible for me to have a healthy life and lose weight permanently.
I have faith in calorie counting, WW program and many other excellent helps to weight loss and improved health but for me the Low Carb Lifestyle is the right one.