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Monday, November 23, 2009

Self Discipline

I have been contemplating self-discipline lately, and especially this morning. Maybe it's in light of my upcoming birthday. I have been thinking about the fact that in only a few years I will be 40, and I set a goal of being at my ideal weight by then. Maybe 3 years from now is too far away. I don't know. What I do know is that I have believed for years that I could never again be as thin as I was when I got married, but now I believe I can do it. I would only have to lose 2 pounds a month. I just have to figure out how to implement it in my life in a way that I don't resent the exercise and change in eating. And I may even reach my goal early! ;) I was afraid to share this with anyone because I still have that nagging voice in the back of my head that I can't do it, and I am afraid to let you watch me fail, but I decided to share so that I might have some feeling of accountability.

Anyway, that's just where my thoughts began, and I decided that I really would like to do a bit of study in God's Word on self-discipline. This led me to 1 Corinthians 9:25-27, "And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate (self-controlled) in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." These are going to be my memory verses this week.

There are many areas in my life that I need to learn self-discipline, I am ashamed to admit, but I am going to do something about it. Maybe as I get more comfortable with making myself vulnerable, I will share with you what some of those areas are and what I'm doing about them. For now, know that I'm not going to be content with where I am, but am going to push ahead with the help of the Holy Spirit to become an imitator of the Lord.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole

Cooking Time: 4 hours
Source: Rival Crock Pot

56 oz. Pizza Sauce
1 ½ lbs. ground beef; cooked and drained
1 lb. sausage; cooked and drained
1 lb. corkscrew pasta; cooked and drained
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
8 oz. mushroom stems and pieces
6 oz. sliced pepperoni
½ cup finely chopped onion
½ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1 clove garlic; minced

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or High for 2 hours.