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Hey there, I'm Sunny Shell, a wretch saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord. I'm married to the most incredible man on earth, who loves Jesus more than he loves me, and we have two precious adult sons.

The compassionately endures me through my metabolic disease (since 2004) that enables me to be more prayerful and careful about commitments I make and helps me to make the best use of my short time here on earth.

If you want to know more about me, click HERE.

Live Well - Burning Calories While....



Today at "Live Well Wednesdays" our precious sister Darlene continues to bless us with fabulous, fun and creative ways to lose weight by honoring God first in our lives! I just LOVE that about her! Please be sure to visit her today to read her post as well as others who are participating in "Live Well Wednesdays".

Like Darlene, I LOVE to garden! And it is definitely a wonderful way to have some sweet, sweet quiet time with the Lord, as it seems I can hear Him better when I'm in the midst of His beautiful plants and flowers! But as she stated, winters-a-comin' so we gardeners have gotta get goin' out of our gardens and IN some where else to stay fit.

Darlene has a fun and creative way to do that....but you'll have to go visit her post to find out what it is! *wink* *wink*

For me, well, it may not sound too exciting, but necessary....can I get a drum roll please?

It's, it's.......HOUSEWORK!!!! Yes, what you've all been waiting to hear and I'm sure long to do each day! I know you dream about housework because you love it so much! I sure do! NOT!!!

Okay, the truth is, I don't mind housework and I do very much enjoy when it's done (I LOVE a clean house, it's so satisfying!), but I certainly do not dream about it. :-)

Just in case you're wondering, refer to the table below to review the stats on how many calories you can burn doing housework :

**The numbers listed are determined for a person who weighs 160 lbs. and involve themselves in each "chore" for 30 minutes. People who weigh more than 160 lbs. or work longer than 30 minutes will burn more calories than noted.**












Playing with Kids192 calories
Cooking96 calories
Mopping112 calories
Dusting120 calories
Grocery Shopping190 calories
Making a Bed94 calories
Ironing Clothes190 calories
Vacuuming196 calories
Washing dishes144 calories

The thing that inspires me so much about this is that the ordinary always becomes extraordinary when given to the Lord. Everyone LOVES a clean house, but not everyone loves to clean one. Everyone LOVES to be believe they're right with God, going to Heaven and have a clear conscience before the Lord our God. But not everyone wants to repent (confess your sins, hate them, turn to God and love Him and all His ways) and get their hearts clean. Both are "dirty work"....but someone's gotta do it!

So, I propose to you today a different perspective on housework, that will not only benefit your body, but your spirit as well. Don't look at your housework as a mundane and necessary chore, like the world does, but look at it with the perspective of Heaven, as a child of God would.

As you clean your house today, pray (Psalm 139:23-24 and Psalm 19:14) and get your heart clean as well! Not only will you burn physical calories, but you will be burning away the chaff of your spiritual burdens as well!

No wonder God had King Solomon write in Ecclesiastes 3:13:

"Also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil -- this is God's gift to man."

So will you join me in taking pleasure in all our toil today? A clean house and a clean heart....ahhhh, what a beautiful pair!


cleaning house and heart today,

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9 comments:

  1. Sunny,
    Great reminder that Housework is benificial in many ways and who doesn't feel better when a job is well done.
    I love the book of Ecclesiastes and turn to if often. Thanks so much for sharing.
    More God = Less Me
    Joan

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  2. Thanks for stopping by on this Living Well Wednesday!

    And I AM encouraged by stopping by to visit you. It's easy to get in the doldrums about never ending housework and yet as we serve in this manner we are also doing something healthy...burning calories!

    Off to vacuum *wink*

    Blessings,
    Tammy ~@~

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  3. A great reminder about housework! (I just burned 96 calories :) )

    You also help me to remember that I am grateful to have a house to clean!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I'm glad I found yours. I'd appreciate continued prayers for my boys. They both have hemophilia and have just had a rough week.

    Blessings!
    Cazandra

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  4. Great verses! I have only been a Christian for a couple of years, so sometimes I am not familiar with a verse. The ones you picked out are so encouraging!
    Blessings,
    Sara

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  5. God sprinkled the world with folks like you and I am so glad. Housework while it may burn calories does not thrill me too much :-) But I love seeing that weighing more burns MORE calories...something to be thankful for, until I lose the extra weight!! Thanks for stopping by my place!

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  6. God sprinkled the world with folks like you and I am so glad. Housework while it may burn calories does not thrill me too much :-) But I love seeing that weighing more burns MORE calories...something to be thankful for, until I lose the extra weight!! Thanks for stopping by my place!

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  7. A great reminder about housework! (I just burned 96 calories :) )

    You also help me to remember that I am grateful to have a house to clean!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I'm glad I found yours. I'd appreciate continued prayers for my boys. They both have hemophilia and have just had a rough week.

    Blessings!
    Cazandra

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