What Do You Mean “Where Have I Seen God?”?

There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.                      – Albert Einstein

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I think the same can be true about seeing God. There are some people who see God everywhere – in everything that they do, in nature, in others, in their actions, the actions of strangers, in animals, in quiet, in loud voice. These people are a huge blessing to have in congregations but often they have the greatest problem with being asked “Where have you seen God?” because they do not know how to answer a question for which the answer is always “everywhere.” Unfortunately, in my experience at least, these people are rare.

There are for more people who do not see God active in their daily lives and therefore when asked “where have you seen God?” their response is more often “nowhere.” Or maybe occasionally they can name that great miracle that happened – but those events don’t come around that often. Fortunately if you are one of these people, you can learn to start seeing God everywhere.

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Tuesday Thoughts

Tuesday Thoughts

  • As much as I LOVE the stories of Holy Week and the significance it has on my faith.  Being a Pastor during Holy Week is TOUGH.
  • We got a major upgrade in computers at the office.  Two new desktops (main office and my office), a new monitor, and an iPad 2.  Thank you to Best Buy for working with me to make this happen!
  • Had my 50th training session at No Mercy Fitness. Since starting on this journey in October I have lost close to 30 pounds and several inches.  It feels so good to have success, when for so long I have failed.
  • I created my first Facebook ad.  I made it for St. Mark’s for the Easter Season.  It has been up for about 3 days.  We have had about 20 hits so far.  It leads people to this page.  I am not sure how that compares but it is a good first try!

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Losing weight with my iPhone

This weekend I finished my 50th workout session with my trainer.  I really enjoy working out and I have learned a lot during my time at No Mercy Fitness.  I have learned more about myself and my relationship with food and exercise.  I have lied to myself SO many times over the last 33 years of my life.  I have told myself that it doesn’t matter what I eat as long as I take the stairs instead of the elevator, as long as I go for a walk, as long as I do…….whatever…..

So I would end up eating most likely 3000-4000 calories a day…..take that and then I don’t do the stuff I say I am going to do when it comes to exercise — which has lead me to where I am right now.

But now I have someone keeping me accountable.  It has not always been easy and I am far from being perfect, but during the last 50 sessions I have lost close to 30 pounds and I feel more in control of what I am eating.  Instead of not knowing what my next meal is going to be, I have a plan  for my meals.  If I eat something that is not good for me that is a choice and I have to live with the consequences.

Right now those bad choices are becoming less and less.

Part of the training is the exercise-  I am moving my body on a consistant basis and I am feeling like I am getting stronger and stronger.  The other part of my success has come from nutrition.  I need to know what is going into my body and why I am putting in there.

No Mercy has some food journal pages that they give me to help keep track of the food, calories, fats, proteins, and carbs.  This a great resource for many people.  But I know this does not work for me.  I have never been able to keep a notebook like that.  There were many times that I did not have the book with me and I would not write down what I had for a meal that day and then I would forget and I would get to the end of the day and only record  800 calories — I knew that was not right…..

So I went from the papers to a notebook which was better, but again – if I did not have it with me I would not record something or I would not be able to find it the morning of my next workout.  So I racked my brain to figure out a solution.

So I did a search in the app store and I found many, many apps to use for recording food choices.  So I started using some of those apps on my iphone to record what I was eating.

I evaluated many apps but I have settled on two that have really helped me.

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New ELCA Camp Opens This Summer

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be announcing the opening of another outdoor ministry site later this week, in central Maine.  “This is the most excited I have been in all of my years of involvement in outdoor ministry.”  Mark D. Burkhardt Director for ELCA  Outdoor Ministry said earlier this week.  “Not only will people be able to experience the beauty that Maine has to offer, but we expect that people from all around the United States will come and experience this place.”

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The new camp is called Camp Wobegone (pronounced “woe-be-gone”) — the name is inspired by the popular fictional town created by radio personality and storyteller Garrison Keillor.  “I think this is a wonderful idea” Keillor said about the camp. “The people of Lake Wobegon have always enjoyed the outdoors.  At first we were wondering why the Lutheran Church chose to open the camp in Maine instead of Minnesota.  We were informed that there was a smudge on the paperwork and the clerk thought it was an ME instead of a MN…..Mistakes happen.”

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