Thoughts on “The Purpose Driven Life”

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About a week ago, my friend “L” and I began reading a chapter in this book every day.  This book is soul-searching.  I feel like I have been to a psychiatrist or something.

Chapter 3 is very thought-provoking.  The question covered is, “What drives your life?”  Warren talks about the five most common things that can drive your whole life:

  1. guilt
  2. resentment and anger
  3. fear
  4. materialism
  5. the need for approval

In the same chapter Warren discusses the benefits of purpose-driven living.

  1. Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life.
  2. Knowing your purpose simplifies your life.
  3. Knowing your purpose focuses your life.
  4. Knowing your purpose motivates your life.
  5. Knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity.

At the end of chapter 3, when writing about the last benefit, the author says,  “One day you will stand before God, and he will do an audit of your life, a final exam, before you enter eternity……. From the Bible we can surmise that God will ask us two crucial questions:

  1. What did you do with my Son, Jesus Christ?
  2. What did you do with what I gave you?”

This chapter has stuck in my head for the past few days.  I realize that life can be simpler and less stressful when thinking of what’s really important-what have I done with and for God?

There is a quote by C.S. Lewis in Chapter 4 that says, “There are two kinds of people:  those who say to God ‘Thy will be done’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right then, have it your way.’ ”  I had to laugh at this because of the McDonald’s slogan.  People are really like that!  They want to tell God exactly what they want in their life like a fast food order.

This is the same guy that prayed before Obama was inaugurated.  I loved his prayer.  He spoke every word with passion, like he meant it.  I want to share this video from YouTube with you.

Well, on to Chapter 5!

Peanut Butter Fudge-Finally!!!!!

I don’t know how many times in the last 17 years I have tried to make a batch of peanut butter fudge.  It is very important to me to make this for my husband.  It is his favorite desert of all time.  He might get some homemade peanut butter fudge at Christmas from a friend, but he’s never got any from me.  My concoctions have varied– from peanut butter syrup to peanut butter ice cream topping to peanut butter with sugar crystals.  Never peanut butter fudge!

Until now!  Yeah!!!!!!!!  This is a great day!  I can’t wait until my husband comes home from work.  Yesterday was a bad day for him, so I hope to lift his spirits tonight.  He won’t believe it.

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My Favorite Movie: Gone With The Wind

‘Gone With The Wind’ is my favorite movie of all time.  I love the romance of the movie.  This video showcases the sparks that fly between Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler.  The song in the video is great, too.  I found it on YouTube.  The song is called ‘I Want To Love You Madly’ by Cake.

I think Clark Gable in this movie is SO charming and lovable!  I fell in love with Rhett when I was a teenager and I’m still not over him.

I also love the part in the movie where Scarlett says, “Tomorrow is another day.” She has such spirit and passion to live.

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My John Wayne

I am so proud of my daddy.  I want the whole world to know.  He is the best father a girl could ever dream of.

He talked to me on the phone tonight.  We were discussing the weather.  When I told him about the forecast of snow here  for this week, he said that he might not be able to make it.  I said, “WHAT?”  My sweet daddy  was planning on surprising me by visiting me for my birthday this month.   Just knowing that he was wanting so much to see me is a gift.

I wish everybody knew my daddy.   He believes in spending time with his family.   He listens to me when I talk to him on the phone.  He  has a great sense of humor, too.  My dad is my hero.  Do you want to know why?

My dad is going through so much pain right now.  His doctor said that it is a matter of time and only God knows how long it could be before he would need dialysis for his kidneys.  My dad’s kidneys are deteriorating.  He  has gout in his legs and feet, too,  and his back is all used up.  His pain never stops.

I think that it would take an extraordinary man to be going through so much physical pain to continue showing his  love for his family like my dad does.    I tell him that he reminds me of John Wayne.

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Focus

The following definition comes from the online  MSN  Encarta Dictionary.

fo·cus [ fṓkəss ]

noun  (plural fo·cus·es or fo·ci [ fṓ s ])

Definition:
1. main emphasis: concentrated effort or attention on a part

There is something I have been thinking about during the last few days.  My current method to lose weight is not working for me.  Marking down every indulgence is only causing me to focus more on food.  Starting now, I’m going to try to begin writing down my ACTIVITIES that elevate me to fitness.

Please understand, I am being watchful of what I eat.  I am now deleting my food indulgence pages.   Instead, there will be a new page listing activities, exercises, etc. that I have done each day.

There has been a change in FOCUS on my pages today–from food to fitness.  I want my body to reflect that change day by day, until the goal has been reached.

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What is your favorite song?

I am interested in music.  How can a person live without music?  I don’t like to exercise without music.  I love music that makes you want to dance.  I love music that makes you want to shout for joy.  I love music that can take your mind off any matter and soothe.

Here is one video that expresses all those attributes.  I ran across it when checking out YouTube.  It makes me smile every single time I watch it.  The people on the video are clearly having such a great time being silly while dancing.

Here’s my advice for anyone:   let some good music shape your day!

Got To Give It Up- Marvin Gaye

I Need A Plan!

What am I going to do?  It looks like I’m stuck to the computer!  I stayed on the computer a lot yesterday checking out how many points I consumed.  I’ve never totaled points before.  I went to http://ronisweigh.com/ronis-resources/wwp-calculators.  I used the WWP Calculator from there.  I used up 29 points in one day!  I checked to see how many points I have to go by:  18!   No wonder I can’t lose any weight.

Madison also inspired me yesterday when I checked out her progress page( http://followmyweigh.com/progress/).   I made my own chart on my word processor.  I started at 142 and went by 1 lb. increments until I got to 125.  That is 17 lbs!  I’m trying to be more lenient by just trying to lose 1 lb. each week(that’s 17 weeks!).  The situation is looking like Mt. Everest to me right now.  I have been stuck on 140-142 lbs. since blogging.  Does anybody have any advice?  I’m working on the best game plan.     What do you think about the weight-watchers  plan?   I   really want to lose this weight.

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