Archive | January 2014

One word

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Pete and I are plugging away at our daily Bible studies and came across one called One Word a few weeks ago. We found it through the Bible Gateway app, but here’s the website it’s taken from.

The idea is to carefully consider one word that you can focus on for the year. Not something you pull out of thin air, but a word that demonstrates something you feel God calling you to work on. People have chosen words like passion, listen, determination, love, brave and sober. My word is humility.

Humility is the opposite of pride. C.S. Lewis once said:

There is one vice of which no man in the world is free, which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else. … The vice I am talking of is Pride. … Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind. … As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.

Pride is easy. It’s not wrong to be proud of things we accomplish or to be proud of our spouses or kids or friends, but I’m thinking more of the pride that’s synonymous with conceit or thinking that you’re better than others. The kind of pride that says, “Look at me and how great I am.”

When I decided on my word, I thought of a verse that stuck out to me earlier. Romans 12:3:

Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment.

I’ve told several people about my word, and a few people have been surprised, saying they don’t think of me as prideful. I’m glad, but there are a few ways I can think of trying to be more humble:

  • Who doesn’t, at one time or another, find themselves judging someone else? I’ll catch myself thinking I am somehow wiser or kinder than someone else, but we all have our strengths and weaknesses. And I have plenty of faults.
  • Selfishness. How easy is it to think only of yourself and not want to consider someone else’s time or needs? But I think when you’re humble, you’re more aware of serving others and not putting yourself first.
  • One definition of humble is “not costly or luxurious.” You often hear the phrases “humble beginnings” or “humble abode.” To me, this definition of humility means being wise with money. What’s necessary, and what’s excessive? Can I make do with what I have? Am I being generous with what I’ve been given?

One way I’m trying to keep my focus on humility is by taping the word next to the bathroom mirror. The goal isn’t to be self-deprecating, but to be more modest in my view of myself and more apt to seeing the best in people. We’ll see if this one word thing works!

Exciting P.S. Remember how I started my Ireland fund this time last year? So far, I’ve saved $579.70! Part of that is from this month’s birthday money. I also started an extra savings account this past year, so it’s likely that some of that will go toward Ireland as well. Woot woot!

Be the ball

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Pete wasn’t home, so I had to take photo matters into my own hands.

I have lots of books at home that I haven’t read yet. A couple of days ago, I was browsing a bookshelf and found an exercise book I forgot I had.

It’s about working out with an exercise ball, so last night, I found my deflated exercise ball in storage, pumped it up and put the book to use.

Here are the pros and cons:


  • It was very calming. The movements are slow and controlled, which reminded me of yoga. I was a little wobbly, but I’m sure I could get better. I was also surprised how hard some of the movements were, which is good. Room for improvement.
  • I didn’t sweat. This was nice because my hair looked good, so I didn’t have to wash it afterwards. Today, I did my Zumba cardio party DVD and my heart was pounding within 5 minutes. I like the feeling of having a hard workout, but it was also good to work on strength and balance. (Side note: I asked for a Jillian Michaels DVD for Christmas and also like that workout. She doesn’t yell at me in the video like I was worried about. I don’t like mean women.)
  • The book is good about explaining what certain movements do and the benefit of each one. I spent about an hour going through almost every exercise, but when I got to the back, the author said you could make it into a 20-minute workout. It’s nice to have the option of spending a little time or a lot of time on it.


  • My exercise ball smells like those icky Valentine’s Day heart candies, which I hate.
  • I was close to the ground for most of the workouts, so I noticed that I need to vacuum. Again. That was distracting.
  • The book. While it’s nice to go at my own pace and have pictures and more explanation of what I’m doing, I think I would have a more continuous workout if it was a DVD. I read about each movement, tried to do it and looked over at the book during the movement to make sure I was doing it right. With practice, though, it might not be an issue.
  • Anja kept interrupting. At one point, I told her to go to the other side of the room so I could do my inner thigh lifts, but she didn’t listen. This has nothing to do with the book or the exercise ball, but I wanted to give you a comprehensive review.

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The book is called "Exercise Ball" (imagine that) by Sara Rose. It's a quick, easy read with 8 short chapters. It covers things like body and mind basics, spinal strength and mobility, and upper and lower body.

The book is called “Exercise Ball” (imagine that) by Sara Rose. It’s a quick, easy read with 8 short chapters. It covers things like body and mind basics, spinal strength and mobility, and upper and lower body.