The Tried and True

I am enjoying my journey through “52 Small Changes” by Brett Blumenthal. I look forward to reading it. My scale stopped climbing and started going down – an ounce or two at a time.

“Lasting change happens gradually on the inside, often before there’s any outward evidence of it. …You’re a brand-new creation. But you have to retrain your brain to accept God’s forgiveness and the restorative work Jesus has done in your life.” “Retrain Your Brain” Jim Penner, The Word for You Today

The book goes over the basics – drink water, exercise, and get plenty of rest. The simplest things change everything. The tried and true are the right route.

Jeremiah 6:16, “God’s Message yet again: ‘Go stand at the crossroads and look around. Ask for directions to the old road, the tried and true road. Then take it. Discover the right route for your souls.’ ” The Message

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Stars Falling Out of the Sky

To get more exercise – I moved my library book!

“One big change takes many small changes. …Extremes don’t work. …Easing into change helps make it seem less overwhelming. …Small changes feed our need to succeed.” Brett Blumenthal in “52 Small Changes – 1 Year to a Happier, Healthier You”

Working my way through this book, I started drinking water every hour until 7:00 p.m. I made small changes for more restful sleep but got stuck on the chapter about walking.

I’m in my house 90% of the time. I leave a few times a week for 4 hours to play the keyboard. We live in a modest, ranch house.

Many suggestions are not an option for me:

  • Taking a walk before breakfast and after dinner.
  • Walking to work.
  • Walking the dog. (We don’t have pets.)
  • Walking or riding a bike on errands.
  • Parking far from the door.
  • Walking on my lunch hour.
  • Taking the stairs.

Wait! I could make more trips to the basement! I’m drinking more water and that means more trips to the bathroom. Using the basement bathroom would mean more trips up and down the stairs.

But I need an incentive or a reward. There are magazines in the girl’s bathroom upstairs. I’ll take my library book down to the boy’s bathroom. I can read a page every time I’m there.

I decided to record my trips up and down the stairs. I had several loads of laundry and ironing to do. The result?

21 trips!

As I brought the ironing board upstairs, I noticed it was darker outside. (I watch a movie while I iron.) A soft rain had started – a relief after several hot, sunny days! I opened the door to smell the clean air.

My plan was to sew after ironing. I finished and carried the ironing board downstairs. When I came back up, it was a lot darker outside. I had to turn on a light and it was only 3:00 p.m.

A storm rolling in can turn daytime into nightfall. I understand John saying “the sky snapped shut like a book.”

Revelation 6:12-14, “I watched while he ripped off the sixth seal: a bone-jarring earthquake, sun turned black as ink, moon all bloody, (13) stars falling out of the sky like figs shaken from a tree in a high wind, (14) sky snapped shut like a book, islands and mountains sliding this way and that.” The Message

Verse 13 really stuck out to me. Tornadoes are common in Iowa as are hail storms. “Stars falling like figs shaken from the tree” remind me of hail.

Hail can destroy a crop and severely damage a car or roof. I cannot imagine the damage falling stars will do! What an extreme meteor shower!

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