Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!

I spent my Saturday watching college football, and although my husband and I don't agree on a favorite team, we do both enjoy watching a good game.



I just love this time of year! Football season is here and fall weather will soon be upon us. Another upcoming thing I enjoy about fall is the fair. I love riding the ferris wheel and eating a piping hot funnel cake! This year I have entered a poetry contest at the state fair. I need your advice on what to write about.

The categories for awards are:
Best of show
Audience favorite
Most inspirational 
Most entertaining 

I'm thinking about going for most inspirational, but I'm not sure. Leave me a comment with your poetry topic of choice and what award catergory it might fit under. I will write several based on your comments and then take a poll of which one you all like best. If I choose your topic and win, then you win a little something too. I will send you a $5 Starbucks gift card for being my inspiration. So comment with a topic you think would be a hit. And thanks for the help!







Sunday, August 24, 2014

Temptation

So in the midst of the first week of school the sugar challenge expired. I'm proud to say I made it 2 whole weeks without sugary sweets. Thus, I celebrated with a frozen coffee drink from my favorite local coffee shop. Thanks to everyone who participated in the challenge with me!




As many of you know, I love writing poetry and expressing my thoughts through written word. After all, I am Poet L. I had the opportunity recently to write a spoken word for my church. This was only the second spoken word poem I had attempted to write. The topic: temptation. The topic hit close to home, for who among us doesn't struggle with temptation of some sorts! I usually just write poetry about what inspires me, and it generally comes to me very quickly. This poem however, was different. I struggled to gain inspiration. 

So I started looking up Bible verses about temptation, and God slowly began giving me words and phrases. The final line of the poem was actually the first phrase that came to me. "When temptation draws it's line in the sand, take up My sword, and make a stand!" I knew right then I wanted this to be the last line of the poem. It reminded me of the Davy Crockett movie, when they are in the Alamo, and they realize no help is coming. LtCol William Travis takes his sword and draws a line in the sand. He says if you wish to fight cross the line, if you wish to leave the Alamo stay where you are. The story goes that every man crosses over the line, choosing to fight rather then surrender or escape. That's exactly how we have to handle temptation. The devil draws a line in the sand and if we remain where we are that is like surrendering, giving into sin. But if we cross over the line, that is us choosing to fight. We have to move from our current location and flee temptation, make a fighting stand. The great thing about it is that unlike the men in the Alamo, we can have victory by the power of God. 

Here is the video that my wonderful church media team created! They did an awesome job!!

Make a Stand


Below is the written part:

Who is Satan
The father of lies (John 8:44)
Who tries
To advertise and glamorize
Sin.

Men lusting after images in a magazine,
How obscene!
Women reading such lewd fantasies like 50 Shades of Gray
I pray, We throw this destructive material away!

Girls wearing immodest clothes which allow our brothers a peek
At something God designed to be mystique
Boys staring at a screen for satisfaction
Replacing love with pornographic action

Maybe you are tempted to
Have a bad attitude
Be a glutton of food
Drink until loved ones you exclude
Use words that are hurtful and crude
Follow the Hollywood notion that has misconstrued
Our family values, God’s name, leaving them devalued

Tempted to complain
Fill those around you with negative refrains
Tempted to overuse and abuse
Light someone up because you have a short fuse

The devil knows how to tempt each of us
Knows my unique kryptonite
And though I try with all my might
I fail time and again to do what I know is right (Mt 26:41)

Satan stands as my accuser
He calls me a loser
Sin over takes me like a cancer
It is everywhere, for I’ve let it sit and fester

Drowning in temptations seas
(God) pulls me up, says “don’t let sin seize
For I conquered it nailed to a tree
And my child, with you I am well pleased

Now rise I can help you flee from sin and youthful lust, (2 Tim 2:22)
Leave the devil in your dust
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to man (1 Cor 10:13)
And I have a plan

Don’t put yourself in a tempting situation
For fear of giving into sins gratification
Resist the devil, he will flee from you (James 4:7)
Because I have the final victory and will him subdue

The devil skillfully plays temptations song to sound like Mozart
But I am greater then he, I reign in your heart (1 John 4:4)
Listen to the words I impart
And do not let the devil outsmart

For the earth he will scour
Like a lion he seeks to devour (1 Peter 5:8)
Crush you, make you dour
Take heart child, I am with you in temptations darkest hour

Cloth yourself with my full armor (Eph 6:11)
So that you may stand against the deceiver
I have given you weapons to yourself gird
Draw out the sword, which is My inerrant Word (Eph 6:17)

This Word is powerful, sharp like a spear
For Satan trembles with fear
When he hears
One of My beloved speak the Word in his ear

So when temptation draws its line in the sand
Take up My sword and make a stand!



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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When Skies Speak

Here's a little onomatopoeia for you. It's such a fun form of poetry and writing in general. Hope you enjoy!



Storm
Boom pop boom
Lightning clack crack clang
Zip zap through the sky with clatter
Rattle rap rattle rip the night shatter
Lightning clack crack clang
Boom pop boom
Storm
Rain
Drip drop drip drop
Splish splash splish splash
Pitter patter on the roof, pitter patter
Plip plop plip on the street splatter.
Splish splash splish splash
Drip drop drip drop
Rain



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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Week 1 Complete!

Good news! I've officially made it one week without sugary drinks and sweets!! Go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back if you too have completed the challenge thus far.


Today was a tough day in the challenge. I was in professional development meetings all day, and they kept throwing sugar in my face. For the morning breakfast all they supplied were donuts! Ugh. I did manage to find half of an uneaten bagel laying around. Needless to say, by lunchtime I was starving! Why do they ALWAYS provide donuts for teachers? I mean, don't get me wrong, I enjoy donuts, after all I had a donut wedding cake. But other options would be nice, like maybe some fruit and yogart.


On the plus side, only one more week of this challenge! I'm thinking once it's over though, I will still limit myself. Perhaps one dessert a week or only on special occasions. Here's to making healthier choices.


It's never too late to join the no sugar challenge. You would only have to survive a single week. Don't forget to leave an encouraging comment or suggestion. I'd love to hear how you're doing!




P.S. New poetry coming soon! Poet L hasn't forgotten her poetry lovers.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

First Days of No Sugar Challenge

Well I have been 4 days without sugar. Ten more days to go! This challenge has been tougher then I expected.

Day 1: My week of no sugar began Thursday, August 7th. My poetry took me up to my church to record a recent spoken word I had written. Later I grabbed some lunch and headed up to the school where I work. I worked in my classroom for a while and sat in on some interviews with my principal. Afterwards I was hot, tired, and extremely thirsty, really craving an ICEE or Sonic slush. But no can do :( I resisted the urge! Day 1 survived.

Day 2: Friday I went to a school meeting all morning, then spent the rest of my day working a garage sale. They ordered pizza and a couple of cinnamon wheels. Oh man, here comes another sugar temptation! However, all I ate was the pizza. No cinnamon wheel for me. Day 2 survived.

Day 3: Saturday I helped run a garage sale all day. By the afternoon I was so hot and sweaty, probably dehyderated too. A nice cold ice cream shake sounded sooooo refreshing! My husband actually made one that evening. Once again though I resisted. Day 3 survived.

Day 4: Sunday I spent the morning at church. Usually after the service I get some coffee with 2 packets of creamer and 2 packets of sugar. Well, couldn't do that this Sunday. Darn it! The taste of plain coffee disgusts me. So needless to stay, I was a little drowsy with no coffee or sugar today. But, Day 4 survived.

I feel like I'm replacing my sugar cravings with protien or dairy, like peanut butter or cheese. Maybe that's what my body has been needing and lacking all along.

Leave me a comment with your sugar struggles and/or an encouraging word. Keep it up everyone: we can do this!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Pre No Sugar Challenge

So I have decided to undertake the no sugar challenge for 2 weeks. And by no sugar I mean no sugars like cookies, cake, candy, donuts, etc.


Natural sugar such as fruit is perfectly fine.


Also, and I realize these do contain some sugar, I am allowing sugar that comes from light yogurt or "healthy" cereals.


So there we have it. The rules are simple. No sugar/sweets for 2 weeks starting tomorrow. I am issuing this challenge to myself and any who wish to partake with me. If you want in on the challenge follow my blog for daily postings and encouragement.

On this, my last night to eat sugar, I gathered my spare change and bought a snow cone. Not just any snow cone, an extreme green snow cone. Ah sugar and sourness! With a very green tongue I bide thee fair sugary substances farewell. I will miss you!


And since I am a poet, I leave you with a haiku.

Sweet sugar no more
You make me fat and bloated
Now I close your door


Please follow my blog if you are up to the no sugar challenge, and/or leave me an encouraging commnet as I start this journey. I will be posting a different challenge when these 2 weeks are up so stay tuned.

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