Sunday, October 30, 2011

No regrets!

Hey everyone,

A friend of mine died this morning.  She had cancer.  A terrible disease.  Her last few days, I just couldn't get to her.  Every time I plan to see her, something came up.  When I heard that she passed, I felt regretful.  I sat in the sea of regret for awhile.  Feeling like I let her down.  But I didn't.  Thinking back on the times when I visited her in the hospital, our conversations.  The cancer had spread through her entire body and the doctors were at a loss.  She accepted it and gave God praise always.  It is amazing to see someone praising God, knowing that their days on this earth is about to end.  She was not afraid because she knew where she was going.  Only God can give her that kind of peace and strength.  So remembering her attitude, her believing and trusting in God, I did not let her down.  I did what God wanted me to do.  I will miss her but she is in a better place with the Father.
God is in control.  Before she was born, God knew the day she will die.  Like her we have to accept. TGBTG!!!

Dinner is not served!  Yet!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Trust...beyond our understanding!

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Hey everyone,
You are looking at the cover of my soon to be released book of spiritual poetry.  You might say, "wait a minute, its the same name as her blog" and I will say, yes it is.  I was fighting over this but the more I wrestled with the title, the more God is saying it is the title to use.  As a matter of fact, I started the book months before I started this blog.  I wondered  why they should have the same title. Thinking that it would not work.  Even a dumb thing to do. Then the scriptures in Proverbs 3:5 and 6 came to mind: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths.  So I am trusting God as I always do.  He is saying do it so I am doing it. He has this amazing way of showing up and showing out.  He is in control.  He is driving.  I am only a passenger.  He is the Potter, I am the clay.

  More to come about the release date and the book signing dates and locations.

 I had a bowl of Lucky Charms cereal with Smart Balance fat free milk for breakfast and a McDonalds chicken club sandwich with a medium coke (probably a million calories) for dinner.  Am I writing about my intake to stay interested?  I guess so.

And what happen to my salads?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Insight!

Hey everyone,

When I first started this blog I said to myself that I will write at night.  After a full day of activities.
Of course God had another plan.  To write when He prompts me to. 

Last night I went to the Women Rescue Mission in Miami with our outreach ministry.  What makes last night different is that the lady that watches the children while the connection is going on did not come .
I volunteered.  Wow!  Those kids did a job on me.  I kept  praying, Lord, let me do this with love, patience and kindness.  At times all I can see is movement.  Although I am with my grandson a lot, he is quiet.  He likes to watch Tv, play games and have these amazing conversations with me. He is one.  Last night, it felt like I was surrounded by a million kids.  I was totally out of my environment.  You say, but you raised 4 girls.  yes, 4 girls that were avid readers.  Quiet!!!  If I have to do it again, please Lord, be in the room with me!!!

I found out why my left side hurts. (from my hip to my toes). When I step out of the church van, I put my entire weigh on my left leg.  You see, I am short (5ft) and the van is high.  So to get out, I will slide to the ground, using my left leg as cushion.  I now have to figure out a way to get out of the van safely.

God have a way of revealing things to us and testing us!  Those kids last night was a test for me.  Putting the fruits in action.  My concern about my left side. Showing me the reason why.

My appetite is changing.  I am now eating to live, than living to eat.   Thank you Lord!!!!

Pay attention, God is speaking and working!!!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Understanding!

Hey everyone,

When God is blessing you, making your crooked paths straight, turning your frowns into smiles, making you shout for Joy, praising Him and thanking Him in any moment, stay focus.  If you say that you know how He is blessing you, focus on that.  Don't follow the crowd.  You will end up in a ditch.  You can stand.  He said that He will not give you a burden you cannot bare.  So you can bare to stand.  You can keep His commandments.
If you grow weak, ask Him to help you, to strengthen you.  He will.  I am a witness.  That's how I learned to talk and listened to Him all day long.  Because I need Him all day long.  Have the understanding that You can do all things through Him.
 
 For dinner I had  curried chicken and diced  Irish potatoes over a bed of white rice.   Delicious!  

I want to have a week of just salads.  Why is that so difficult??

The pain I had a few days ago is gone so I was able to run 4 miles today with ease.  November 1st I will be adding a half mile to my jog.  By the end of this year I will have completed a 5 mile jog.  That is my goal.  To jog 5 miles a day.  I will not push my self beyond that point.  Checking into entering marathons next year.  One of my many dreams.  Thank You God for time!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I am not ashamed!

Hey everyone!

Should I not mention that I know who God is?  Should I only acknowledge Him in church?  I am happy when someone say that I will correct them  to do the right thing.  Or when I am called  sister Paula. I am not embarrass to be recognize as a servant of God in public. Jesus said that if  we are ashame of Him and His message, He will be ashame of us when He returns. I know that God is proud to know that His light can be seem shining through me.  I am boasting because I am boasting in the Lord.  I am not ashamed to be associated  with Jesus.  After all He is my best friend and my First Love!  Lord, thank You for reaching down from Heaven and taking my hand.  I am proud to be a servant and a soldier in the Your Kingdom.

I went to a birthday celebration for our first lady last night.  Had a great time!  She was really surprised. I ordered a salad then changed my mind.  Wanted to eat something different, so I ordered the endless shrimp entree and lost my appetite.  I packed everything up for my grandson.  He loves shrimp.  Ok, now I need a salad.  One that I can dig into, veggies galore, meaty and nutty.  Where oh where can I find such a salad?  You might say make one.  I tried that.  Something is missing.  There is something to sitting in a restaurant and eating a salad.  Its the atmosphere! The ambiance!  Its lost on a home-made salad.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Be careful!

Hey everyone!

The devil is so busy.  If you relax for a minute, he will walk right in and catch you off guard.  We must always be on guard.  I am truly convicted for my lack of caution.  I spoke out of line and is so guilty.  I begged and screamed for God to forgive me.    I know He will, now I have to forgive myself.  That red devil is dangerous.  It can help and it can hurt.  It can build up and it can tear down.  Please Lord let me use my tongue to help and to build up.  So sorry!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Service!

Hey everyone!

God gave us different gifts, have us on different levels.  God is working everything out for our good.  We need to let God work.  Trying to force someone to be in a ministry because you enjoy it is not right.  Your calling may not my calling.  Let me seek God's advice.  Let me let God lead me.  I am not less faithful than you because I am not doing what you are doing. There are so many different ways to advance God's Kingdom.  Lets do everything in Love.  Don't judge me!

Everything will run so smoothly if we will stop trying to do God's work!!  Lets do the work He called us to do.  Do our part!!!

After visiting one of our sisters, our group stopped at Popeye's on state road 441.  Of course I had to have some Popeye's chicken.  Dinner was a chicken sandwich on Nature's Own 100% whole wheat bread.
I am going to have a salad on Thursday.  Do anyone knows where the best salad is?  Ale house? TGIF?....
Please let me know before dinner time on Thursday, ok?


Monday, October 17, 2011

Keep at it!

Hey everyone,

Sometimes when you are doing something and the results are slow, you can get discouraged.  I am here to tell you that if what you are doing is pleasing to God, don't stop. Keep at it.  Our time is not God's time.  A thousand years is a day to Him.  I am not cheering you up?  Don't worry, God will come through for you.  Hang in there.  Do you want microwave blessings or blessings that will stand the test of time?  When God shows up, trust me, you will scream.  With joy!

What did I eat today?  I was picking at stuff all day.  I am so glad that I take vitamins (Geritol complete - one a day) and jog or else I will be a mess.  Ok, what did I eat?  Had a raisin bran muffin and cup of green tea for breakfast, during the day I had some unsalted mixed nuts, a banana, a peach, and a egg sandwich with pepper jack cheese.  I think I need someone to cook for me.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Full Day!

Hey everyone!

I just got back from the celebration for the candidates that went on the spiritual retreat I talked about on Thursday.  It was awesome to see the candidates stand up and say what the week-end meant to them.  Some cried.  Some got so excited they couldn't find the words to express their feelings.  I pray that they will take what they have learned and implicate it into their lives. I sponsored someone and pray that I will be available for her and make it a point to be real with her.  Serving God is serious business!

Church this morning was soul searching.  The sermon was, "What are you going to do with the talent that God gave you?" (paraphrasing) Are you going to take it and use it for His Kingdom or just buried it into the ground?  God wants us to be productive, fruitful.  Couch potatoes are a disappointment to him.  Serve!

After church, my cousin, her niece and I went to Subway for dinner.  I had the tuna salad.
I asked for three scoops of tuna instead of the allowed two.  Since I don't eat salad dressing, I am safe.  If not, oh well.  I ate it.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wait, wait, wait, wait!

Hey everyone!

Be Patience!  Was not one of my favorite things to do. I want it and I want it now used to be my motto.
But now I have learned that patience is really a virtue.  Having patience gives you time to work things out, see things in a different light.  Not rushing means that you don't overlook small but equally important things.

On this journey God has me traveling, I am learning to wait on the Lord.  Wait for His direction.  To lay aside my bright ideas and let Him be my guide.  I am in a waiting mode now and I am praying to God that I do not faint.  Praying that He tighten His grip on me because leaving me on my own, I can do damage.  Teach me Lord to wait!!!


My grandson and I stayed at home all day eating and watching movies.  It is so funny because I have two TVs in my room.  The TV on my night stand is his and mine is at the foot of my bed.  Friends are amazed that he and I watches our TVs at the same time.  Its called concentration. 

We ate raisins bran muffins, black seedless grapes, chicken fries and later fish soup.  Oh yeah, I made the soup.  Ground veggies and snappers.  This is the life!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Was......not now!

Hey everyone,

Why is it that your family and friends, who know your past, do not want to accept your change?  "Yeah right" they say.  You can see disinterest in their eyes.  They know that you are different but they do not believe its real.  Well, I will not dance for you.  I will not perform for you.  God's light is shinning in me and through me.  .  I will continue to do what is require of me.  But it does bother me sometimes when my loved ones reject me.


King David said that though my mother and father forsake me, God will receive me.  So there!
I just wanted to point that out.  Back to when you know that you know you are on the right track, NOTHING or ANYONE  can (should) make you change directions.

I jogged this morning.  My side still hurts but not as much as yesterday.  Dinner tonight was a 6-inch  ham and cheese sub from Subway.  Yeah!!!  Someone asked me if I eat during the day. Yes I do.  Mostly fruits  and lots of water.  I loves Welch's seedless grapes from BJ's.  You can find the black, green and red varieties at BJ's.  For a unfruit (is that a word?) I will have Planters unsalted mixed nuts. 


Thursday, October 13, 2011

My First Time!

Hey everyone! I just got back from a spiritual retreat send-off. It's a celebration for all candidates who are going on the retreat. We worship and pray for all first timers, so that their hearts will be open and they are humble enough to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to them. I hope I am explaining this correctly. I remember my first time! I got sick days before and the doctors wanted to admit me in the hospital but The Holy Spirit spoke to me, telling me that I had an important appointment. The retreat. I listened. I was very sick, breathing problems, but God kept me and that experience changed my life forever. After coming off the retreat, I gave my life totally over to God. There is nothing that can be said and there is nothing can be done that will make me turn back. Like I said last night, I didn't jog this morning. I am feeling better. One thing I noticed is that the days I don't jog, are the days I eat everything in sight. I am so mindful of what I eat on the days I do jog. Why is that? I had stewed conch with peas and rice, Mac and cheese, and a toss salad. Everything is a non-no for except the toss salad. But tonight, it went down.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

No worries!

Hey everyone! Even when you know that you are doing what God called you to do, There are times when someone will say something or something will happen that can make you doubtful. But if you know what you know. In your quiet time with God, you know what is drop in your spirit. You know what you believe, you know what His Word says. So take all that knowledge and stand. Block out all the stuff, noise that is around And stand. Don't look at the circumstance, the situation. Seek God! I had a Subway tuna salad for dinner. Either I was very hungry or they are now making them smaller. I am not jogging in the morning. My left side is hurting. Maybe I pushed myself a little to hard this morning. Hopefully a day from jogging will ease the pain. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Progress!

Hey everyone!

I was looking for blogs to follow.  Not only making my blog more friendly but wanting to see what is going on in blog world. I find that there are many blogs that started with a bang and died.  I pray that every day I will have something to say that is uplifting, encouraging and positive.  I pray that followers will be waiting anxiously to see what is written on Smoothies For The Soul.  I pray that this blog will show that being a Christian is being a person of compassion, a person who cares about others.  Not someone who will beat you over the head with the Bible.  Jesus was all about Love.  Without Love you are nothing.

Too late to eat anything.  I am drinking water.  Oh, I forgot to tell you. Yesterday I went to Two Bills Fish Market off Griffins Road and brought four snappers.  I seasoned them and put them in freezer bags.  Iwill be making my fish soup this weekend.

Monday, October 10, 2011

House in Order!

Hey everyone!

It is plain and clear as the nose on my face(old saying) that I am doing what God called me to do.  I am where He wants me.  Doing His will. Everything is falling in place.  Why?  Because I obeyed Him and waited patiently on Him.  I never tried to exalt myself.  I let him do all the exalting.  After all, He can do it better than I can.
I have no worries, no doubts!! NO FEAR!!  I spent the day paying bills, grocery shopping and taking care of all unfinished business.  During my time waiting for God's answer, I put some stuff aside.  Those are all taken care of.  Forward march!

For breakfast and lunch I had grapes and pineapple spears.  So for dinner I treated myself. I fried a chicken breast in extra virgin olive oil.  Two slices  0f 12- grain bread , mustard and a cup of green tea.






Sunday, October 9, 2011

My worship!!!

Hey everyone!

I went to dinner with my cousin and aunt at TGIF.  During lunch I got a call.  I got an answer to something I was fasting and praying for.  Waiting patiently for God's answer.  Boy, did He answered.  I started screaming.    That is part of my worship.  I couldn't help it.  I jumped and screamed.  You might say that is not call for.  But if you knew how long I was waiting and being faithful, THE PRICE OF MY OIL, you will understand.  I surprised the people in the restaurant.  The waitress said that she thought something happen.  Something did happen.  God came through like He said He would.  We have to trust Him and hold on.   We serve an awesome God!  And I am not ashamed to worship Him wherever and whenever!


I had the pecan-crushed chicken salad (750 calories), two glasses of rash berry iced tea (didn't want to know how much calories) and a glass of water to wash the sweet of the iced tea away.  If I keep eating like that I can never stop jogging.





Saturday, October 8, 2011

Passion!

Hey everyone!

Let me ask you a few questions.  Does it seem like the members of the church you attends have lost their passion?
I mean do they come in on Sundays, have church and then go home?
Do they seem like they are not interested in doing anything beside putting in two hours on Sundays?
What about new programs?  Are they excited at first, maybe for two meetings and then they disappear?
I really feel that we as church members should be more concern than 2 hours on Sundays. 

I notice that for the "fun" stuff, there is a big turnout but for positive, long term stuff, the stuff that will make a difference, the attendance drops quickly.

Passion!!  Are we really living or just exiting??

My daugther brought me a delicious Asia chicken salad from McDonalds. That and a glass of water.  A must have!
Oh. have you ever had zucchini nut muffins? They are a little sweet, so its best to have them for breakfast.
With any flavor tea.  Another must have!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Connection!

Hey everyone!

Have you ever notice as you grow in your relationship with God, you can pray for something and you get it? Your words become powerful?  I pray and God answers.  This happens more times than not. I hope I am explaining this correctly.  Anything concerning God, I want to get right.

This morning when I opened my door to go for a jog, it was raining.  (I never hear the rain when I am inside the house. Is that good insulation?) I prayed " Lord, please I want to go for a jog.  Please hold the rain."  In less than a minutue it stopped.  I said "Thank You Lord."  As I was jogging a guy said you will get wet (dark clouds). I said I won't and I didn't.  I was able to run 4 miles.  The minute I got home, the sky opened up.  We serve an awesome God!

I am still eating the lemon pepper chicken. Leaving some for tomorrow.  I think I am going to have some Kellogg's low fat Granola with raisins and fat free milk for dinner.  Don't knock until you try it.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Grace!

Hey everyone,

I was told that I needed to complete the layout of my blog before launching it.  I understand what that special one was telling me but for 2 years now I was interested in writing a blog.  For some unexplained reason, I never was able to.  Then a few nights ago, I was playing around on my ipad and Google blog came up.  My spirit said, "do it."  Lo and behold I set one up.  I was so excited.  Screaming (yes, when something awesome happens for me I scream, I mean scream. I am sure my neighbors think I am a nut. Oh well) and running through the house.  My daughter put the covers over her head.  She is used to me by now.  My grandson thankfully was asleep.  If he was awake, he will say "grandma (or mommy) everyday you scream. 

I had a name ready and I knew what I will be writing about.  So I got comfortable on my bed and started writing. I guess I will create my layout as I create. Got that?
Writing is my passion.  I must write. I write whenever and wherever I can. 
I always pray before I write anything and its flows.  What are you passionate about?  What floats your boat?

No salad tonight.  I went to Publix and brought a lemon pepper rotisserie chicken, a loaf of 12 grain bread, green tea and brown sugar. Add some mustard and enjoyed myself. I will jog it off in the morning.  Wait a minute.  I didn't eat everything. I just made a sandwich and a cup of tea. Gotcha!! 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Special!

Hey everyone!

Saw a friend today in noon-day Bible Study I haven't seem in a long time.   I was so glad to see him.
Do you know someone that when they come around, you get a sense of contentment.  You do not have to worry if they are up to no good?  You just know in your spirit that they are good?  Well, this friend, to me, is like that.
Do you have anyone in your life that you genuinely love to have around?  When you see them, you face lights up? Their face lights up? Time and space do not matter.  They are in your presence now. I hope you do because we need those kind of people in our lives.
Lets talk about special friends.
Had another juicy salad today with grilled chicken, pecans, cranberries and slices of oranges.  There is a name for it.  I don't care about the name.  It was delicious!! 

 Oh! I jogged 4 miles this morning.  I am adding a half of a mile each month up to 5 miles.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

He is in everything!

Hey everyone,

I was making tea this morning and I said, "Lord I want a juicy salad."  Let me tell you. God is awesome!
Around lunch time, someone was going to get some lunch and asked what I want?  Hello?  Exactly what I asked God for.  A salad!!!  It might seem small on a God-giving scale but He is providing.  Big or small, He has something to do with us receiving.  What happen to you, though it might seem simple, for you to say "It can only be God''. 
You will not need a dictionary to read this blog.  All are welcome!! 
Ok, time to find something to eat.  I wonder if my grandson left any pizza rolls on his plate?




Monday, October 3, 2011

Quiet Time!

Hey everyone!

Did you read my profile?  If you did, you will see that I created a pen name.  Joggingpoet.  I love to jog and I love to write poems.
Every morning (except Sundays) I jog between 3 and 3 and a half miles.  I am very slow(my grandson can keep up with me).  It takes me about 45 minutes.  I use that time to mediate.  To commune with God.  To listen to him.  To hear Him. I do not not use an Ipod or any other kind of tool to keep me in the groove.  I jog and listen.  My thoughts are on Him who gives me the strength to move. I call this time QUIET TIME.  I look forward to this time and gets very upset if I wake up late.   Late means its hot. Heat is not my best friend.  Sometimes even when I wake up late, I jog anyway.  Jonesing for my quiet time!  Gets home and screams "water, water."  Do you have a "quiet time?" Where do you and God hang out?
I really need to do something about cooking. Craving for some Turks and Caicos Islands-style fish soup.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

It's Sunday!

Hey everyone! After staying up most of the night creating this blog I was almost late for church. Now we can't have that. Or can we? Let me ask you a question? Do we have to go to church every Sunday to be close to God? Will you feel guilty if you miss a Sunday? I will feel out of place if I stop going completely but not one Sunday. I love to fellowship with like-minded people. I love to praise and worship God In church. I love to get fill with Wisdom, knowledge and understanding. But I do not limit What I receive or need to the church. It's a building. What do you think? Got home and fix myself something to eat. I asked my grandson( a 4year old) why didn't he fix grandma some food. He said that I have to teach him how to cook. Now that will be a trouble. But I will try. You see since I am an empty-nester, I try to stay away From the stove. The food I fixed was just to feed the flesh. Where the Bahamian food at? Looking forward to your comments God Bless!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Now is the time!

Being an empty-nester for me, is a wonderful experience. Most people will not embrace such an opportunity. But I have. God have blessed me with time. The saying goes "time waits for no one" but the time we have can be used in so many positive ways. Lets face it. We do waste it. We can find the time for things we want to do. Entertainment is on the top of most people's list. We will make time for that. Hanging with our friends, shopping, movies, laying around the house. Anything that is not "work" we will gladly make room for. Ask most of us to do something that requires movement and there is no financial gain, we will not have time. Who wants to give time away? Although we do it freely, daily but only for our benefit. For me, my children are grown and spreading their wings. That leaves me to fill those hours that I have gained productively. I choose ministry. Well God choose ministry for me. Any free time that I have is spent serving. Knowing that I Can reach out to someone, put a smile on their face with encouraging words or just my presence gives me a sense of fulfillment. Showing that someone care enough to take the time to say "you are not alone" Time!