Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Friday, May 11, 2012

It is Possible

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Okay I have to set the scene first.  I am an over-middle-aged woman, trying to bring some youth back into her 50-plus-pounds-overweight body.  So what do I do?  I go to the gym.   I am a member of a very small gym which affords me the luxury of exercising alone many days.  This has made sweating my fat off more comfortable to me.  The other day I was fine with this "exercising alone" routine when my 16-year-old had to remind me that there were cameras....well thank-you very much!!  I am sure they caught me getting tackled up in the machine the other day and falling on my face...just great!

So last week I hauled my reluctant body back to the gym hoping few, if anyone, would be there.  It wasn't bad, only two young men, ages of my own sons.  One a trainer for motor-cross riders, the other a motor- cross rider...not too intimidating.

Adele's voice came powering through the gym.  I enjoy her voice and she motivates me to run faster.  While sweating and desiring to stop  I was propelled to continue as one young man began to sing with her.  It was comical.  Something I would hear at my own house.

The song was Set Fire to the Rain.  He was having fun, although no one would vote for him on American Idol or the Voice,  his comical singing inspired his trainee to continue.  Then he commented, "now listen to the words...set fire to the rain.  How dumb is that?  You can't set fire to the rain."

I started to grin as my head started rehearsing the story of Elijah and the priests of Baal.
I Kings 18:38Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

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I resisted the urge to tell this young man he had forgotten his Sunday School lessons, instead, I just continued my rehearse of the Word of God. Isn't that what happened, God set fire to the rain?  Yes I realize it wasn't literal rain and it was "licking up the water", but God was going to move me to another truth. This scripture ended my thought process as the timer went off on my work out machine.

Luke 1: 37
For nothing is impossible with God."

You see, going to the gym can be good for your spirit also.  That day I left feeling I had improved my physical and spiritual health.   All it took was for one young man to start singing...oh the power of music.  Even these 50 extra pounds that need to be shed aren't impossible with God, nor anything else in life.

23 Joining in with more words:


I love all the ways that God speaks to us.

And 50 pounds ... that is just one pound ... 50 times. Good for you for going to the gym.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You go, girl!!! I'm all for bringing some fun and joy back into the 50+ sector. ;)

I've been listening to Adele, too. Good music to clean house to! LOL! Glad both your body and soul were blessed! {hugs} tanna

Cindy said...

Love this! I like Adele too. "Rumour Has It" is a great warm-up song. lol

Vee said...

I have the feeling that you find God's truths in every situation. You are doing great to be down there working out.

Debbie said...

YES!! That's exactly what he did. He set fire to rain.

Oh, I can't tell you how you have made my mind race this morning with possibilities.

And I have to ask, could you just love Elijah any more? He gives us some of the best stories in the entire Word. I love him.

Maryann said...

He speaks to us anywhere and though anyone doesn't he...all we need are ears to hear.
Keep it up with the gym...thats on my next to do list...I think its gonna be sooner than later :)

myletterstoemily said...

i wish i had was that free from being
self concsious . . to sing with that
kind of abandoment.

this is a great post about the truth
that the Lord is is all His creation
and He was encouraging you!

Mary said...

I just love when God meets us in our moments!j
We have such a personal, kind, caring God!


Nancy said...

What a beautiful illustration of how God interjects Himself into our everyday life if only we are listening.....thank you for reminding us to listen where ever we are and whatever we are doing.....

Congratulations on working out....I am on and off with mine....

Farm Girl said...

You are so funny, I didn't know there were cameras. I am glad you have a gym to go too that isn't packed.
Very good verse to remember on this day.

Debbie said...

I just love those moments when God speaks to you using such an ordinary thing...Good for you working out at the gym! You were doubly blessed...both body and spirit! : )

NanaNor's said...

Hi friend, I had to giggle at your post-because like you I joined a gym here which has a senior cost and it is reasonable. I always take headphones so I can listen to music or watch HGTV. Of course we were gone for 2+ weeks and now with the puppy I haven't gone this week. I so need to, I have about 8-10 lbs to loose but I still feel very old and out of shape when I am there. I love Adele too, have a c.d. of hers. Music motivates me too. Glad you had a good time while there. I bet you will be a shining witness to those around you.
Hugs, Noreen

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Yes ma'am... LOVE this! Those God-inspired workouts are the best, huh? They let us see the "big picture" -- and forget the momentary pain!

Shanda said...

OH...I haven't been to the gym in 2 years. Every week I say I will go back. Maybe I need Adele and a motivator!

Sue said...

Hi Janette,
Ain't God Good! He knows we women fight exercising, so He just comes up with the best ideas, to keep away the boredom of actually doing it, and I bet the time just flew by for you too. ~smiling~. I told a friend the other day that the older I get the more I realize how much God is involved in my life, even the itsy bitsy things.

I have been off line this week, just so much going on around the farm, and I am so sorry I missed Benjamin's reveal of his room, but have seen it tonight, and I think you and him did a marvelous job. You both are so gifted and talented, and what"s more you make a great team! I sure could have used you both around here this week.
I also want to wish you a most blessed and Happy Mother's Day.

Petra said...

Thank you, Janette, this post really cheered me. Now, all I need is to join a gym and find some good songs. A young guy singing would help too.

I'm so proud of you!! :-)

Sarah (Nikki) said...

hahaha. I laughed at the picture you painted. Love this. And I like Adele and how real she is and that she took a risk to put herself out there and it paid off. And you're taking care of you will pay off too.....you certainly shine here in blog land. Hey...wishing you an awesome mother's day.

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

good for you - going to the gym.

I keep trying to walk regularly, but life keeps getting in the way.

:) Oh well, we can always keep trying. Have a good day.

Shanda said...

Hi Janette...just wanted you to know I passed an award on to you:

A multi-dimensional life said...

Amen! He can set fire to the rain and He can set a fire under you!
I loved this post...as always
your analogies are so creative.
I love the feeliing of that smile (just between you and God)
right there on the treadmill!
Happy Mother's Day!

Sally said...

Have a great Mother's Day weekend. Went to Austin and brought L home for May and send him back in June. Having him home is the best Mother's Day gift for me.

Sharon said...

This was such a cool lesson! Setting fire to the rain - yes, God indeed did do that! What else can He not accomplish?!

And keep it up, Janette. A little over two years ago I lost 35 pounds. It was well worth the effort - I feel so much better. I just know that you will accomplish this...

Hoping you're having a wonderful MOM's DAY! May all of your terrific family give you the day that you so deserve. You are an amazing woman, and a mom who teaches her children so much.


Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Ah, Janette. I know why I didn't have the chance to read this sooner! It was today I needed to read your experience! I am on my own odyssey to lose weight and have struggled with motivation the last few days. Now, thanks to you and your spiritual insight, I am reaffirmed that several impossible areas of my life are not impossible when I intertwine them with God's will and ability. Thank you!

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