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Tuesday, 1/7/14

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

My day started by taking my dad for his 6 month check with the doctor. All was fine. I was able to come home for about 15 minutes and work on laundry before heading to my weekly appointment with the Nutritionist. My ketone level is still not right, but as I just began some new supplements last week we are letting ride another week. I did have a decent loss today so am hopeful things will swing back to normal.

After lunch I got busy doing schoolwork with the kids. I was thankful they did so well after being so tired from the first day back at homeschool co-op. They have actually played nicely all day. Whew!

Much of the time this afternoon was spent on food prep for tonight and tomorrow and finishing up the email address change. Have a couple places to call tomorrow and then it should be done.

Tomorrow will find me on the road often. 1) Meeting a gal to sell some items I had on Craigslist, 2) a trip to Boise to sign Isaac's budget plan and 3) taking Maegann to her Bible study and getting her back home. Hopefully we can get a full day of school done, but at this point I'll take as much as we can get through!

5% Challenge - Team Daisy: We are only 12 days away from the beginning of the Winter Challenge! The current pre-challenge activities are as follows:

*Choose motivational words to help find success.
*Work towards losing at least a pound before the challenge begins.

I'll be working on both! Now...just going to watch for that Daisy Team invitation in my SPmail!

"Psalm 127:1 – Vain Life: Your House"

Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

In the Bible, the building of a house can often be referred to as your life or family (Genesis 16:2, Ruth 4:11, 2 Corinthians 5:1-4). The most important part when building a house, or any building for that matter, is the foundation. I have a favorite Starbucks where I lived because of how big and open it is unlike the other two Starbucks in town. The reason it is so much larger and open is because it was built from scratch. They were able to lay the foundation they wanted for it while the other two Starbucks were built on foundations that were previously used for fast food joints. They were constrained by the size of the foundation they were using.

All of our lives are built on foundations which determine their direction. If our goal in life is to retire early, then we lay our foundation for that and start building a room for college, for our first management job, for our first business we open, and then maybe we make a small room for a family. Jesus also tells us in a parable that when we build our house on our own foundation, it ends up crumbling when the bad times happen (Matthew 7:24-27). When we build our own foundation, instead of a foundation that is on Christ and his words, we build it in vain. All the hard work we put into it ends up crumbling down from one thing or another.

Lastly, as we lay the foundation for our lives on Jesus, we allow him to do the heavy lifting. When we let God construct the foundation, He is the one who ends up building our house and the direction of our lives. When this happens, all things work for our good (Romans 8:28) and when the storms of this life come, we are still left standing (Matthew 7:24-27). We also begin to pray that not our will, but His will be done (Luke 22:42). We find our lives are no longer built in vain, but on a foundation that will never fail. Be encouraged that you can start anew with Christ as your foundation today.

Examine the foundation of your life today.
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