Saturday, August 27, 2016

Be Alert

Early this year I started working on eating better and exercising.
I vow to do this most years- but this year I actually kept up with it 
and have lost 50 pounds! Woo hoo!

Part of that included walking early in the morning. 
Since I'm now deaf in one ear and wear headphones while walking 
I've learned that I have to really be super alert and pay close attention to my surroundings. 
This is because I can't tell what direction sounds are coming from 
(call me from behind and you'll see- I turn to the left always!) 
and unless I'm looking will not know of any oncoming car or walker/runner. 

I've almost walked out in front of a car or run into a runner coming in the 
opposite direction countless times because of this. 
As I walked early this morning in the dark and yet again 
almost ran smack dab into another walker 
(because I was looking down and didn't see or hear him) 
I thought about what a an example of life my needing to be alert was. 

Because the enemy is ALL around us-
(The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy- John 10:10
just waiting for us to slack off and let our guard down so he can swoop in 
and pull us away from the Lord and His works- we MUST be super aware and diligent. 
And that even though I know I need to be uber alert- 
I get distracted so often that my eyes stray from looking ahead- 
where I should be looking to be safe. 

Memorizing this verse today as it's such a great reminder!
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls 
around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 
-1 Peter 5:8


  1. Amen! I love this verse and I'm going to work on putting it to memory today, too. I'm "semi-know" so many verses, I want to get this one down and complete!

  2. Smiled as I read about another one-eared hearer! I have no hearing, except for ringing, in one ear and I totally relate to the lack of periferral hearing. I walk with a husband and if not, with a dog, who usually reacts to oncoming people. The dog is a big people licker, so it's usually by jerk. Congrats on the weight loss. I've been creeping up and need to react to that. Health issues take my morning upshun right away. Thanks for the reminder to get up and moving. The better eating is in the very starting stages. A bit of eating what is here, and not bringing more 'garbage' into the house. What's you biggest eating change?