Archive | February, 2014

Courageous

27 Feb

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Our hashtag this week in our Made to Crave study is courageous so I set out to study that word.  I’m learning when it comes to food, well I am a bit weakhearted and not gutsy, and definitely not self-disciplined on most days.  Our first chapter this week was  “Why Diets Don’t Work”.  We all want to take those extra pounds off TODAY, and that just is not possible.  How long did it take us to put them on?  I know that and I don’t want to diet and I refuse to, but what I am noticing is that I don’t have a plan.  Lysa TerKeurst said, “I’m not on a diet, I’m on a journey with Jesus”  and “I’m on a journey with Jesus to learn the fine art of self-discipline for the purpose of holiness.” Powerful words.  She suggests we be prepared, have a plan and to plan while we have a full stomach, and that we need to decide what we will and will not eat because that is crucial.  Some weeks I plan, and some I don’t so that’s the first step I have to accomplish on this journey.

So just how do we change those habits, those sins that we have lived with for years?  How do we make it a life-long journey for the future, instead of a temporary one that will fail tomorrow?  One quote that pricked my heart was from 1 Cor 10:14, “my dear friends, flee from idolatry.”  Does this point a finger right back at you?
Some other things that Lysa shared that spoke to me in Chapter 16 were:

“I’m on a journey with Jesus to learn the fine art of self-discipline for the purpose of holiness.” pg 158

“We aren’t to flee food.  But we are to flee the control that food can have on our lives.” pg 159
“If we are willing to obey.”
“God wants us to step back and let the emptying process have its way until we start desiring a holier approach to life. The gap between our frail discipline and God’s available strength is bridged with nothing but a simple choice on our part to pursue this holiness.”

So what have I gleaned about that word COURAGE this week.  I am a courageous woman of God.  My courage is infused by Jesus. and I need to trust Him daily for my strength to make the right choices.   Relying on God’s strength each day will help me  make courageous choices,  and I will continue daily to make them again and again and again and eventually it will become a habit.  It is going to take courage to change – it’s a journey of change one step at a time.

We learned a few weeks back that everything is permissible but not beneficial.  I wrote that on a Girl Scout cookies box – it worked I never ate another one.
Watching the video this week brought tears to me as I listened to Lysa’s prayer and how she shared that she would never have discovered all of God’s beautiful truths had she not had a problem with food.  She thanked God for allowing her to have a food issue.   So how about you?  Are you ready to THANK God for allowing you to have that addiction?  It’s time to turn it around, time to let go, time to say “Satan get thee behind me”, and time to let God direct you to eat in a way that honors Him.  It’s time to live holy, it’s time to holy in our eating.
Americans are overfed and over-indulged so how do we learn self-discipline.  It’s making one wise choice after another day after day.  It’s about becoming a habit.  They say you can break old habits after twenty-one days so I am going to start counting down.  Those old habits can be broken.  It’s about wise choices and honoring God in those choices.  It’s about letting Him be our portion instead of food and other things.  Every choice that we make of what to eat or not, what to drink or not to drink, what to watch or not to watch, will I exercise or will I not exercise, will I spend money or save money is a choice.  It should all be based on our absolute dependence on God.
I made some cards to remind me these next 21 days.
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I WILL NOT be consumed by food.  I CAN, I WILL, I AM COURAGEOUS!
 
 
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1 Corinthians 10:13

27 Feb

 

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As I unpacked this scripture I thought about temptation and how we all deal with it in some way – some of us food, some of us spending, some of us drinking or drugs, some sex or gambling or lying and that list goes on and on because Satan knows just how to tempt each and every one of us.  He knows exactly where each of us is weak.   I have learned during this study that food is a form of idolatry.   That has changed my perspective quite a bit on how I view food.

My temptation is food and has always been.  Yep it is, and I don’t like it and want to say well it’s better than having an affair, it’s better than being an alcoholic or a drug addict.  In a sense it may be in that I am not hurting my family, but in another sense I am killing my body and shortening my life.   Have you ever found yourself saying I would never get caught up in that sin – adultery, drugs, sex addiction, alcoholism – I’m too strong?  I have, oh yes I have and now I am finding here I am caught up in something as bad and that’s idolatry of food.

All of  us are human and make mistakes, are tempted, fallen, come short of His glory, share temptations, share struggles, and we sin daily.

Are you running to the throne or to those addictions?  I find myself tempted by food and DO NOT run to the throne when I am.

Lysa TerKeurst said it is a daily choice, not a daily battle.  We feel deprived because of healthy choices and so we have a diet failure.  We feel frustrated and defeated eating all we want.  We don’t want to be in either place.  We need to make good, healthy choices.  Not about the scale, and knowing no matter what that scale says it is not our worth.  But you know that goes for any temptation – we feel deprived, frustrated and defeated so we make bad choices.

Those things can fill our mouths or our minds for a few minutes really never bring peace, rather they bring guilt and sadness.       Lysa suggested in chapter 19 that, “Moment by moment we have the choice to live in our strength and risk failure or to reach across the gap and grab hold of God’s unwavering strength.”  I’m ready to grab hold of that unwavering strength.  Are you?
Each day it is a choice.  Each day it is a step by step journey of moving forward.
VICTORY and JOY – are you ready for victory in Him?  I am!  Are you ready to feel that joy of being obedient in all things?  I am!
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5K for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) and Colt and THANKS

25 Feb

Last fall when our grandson was just a few months old, my daughter-in-law Whitney worked with the EB folks and arranged for us to run/walk in the Cowtown Marathon for EB awareness and fundraising for research.  I signed up even though I had never done anything like this.  Because I’ve been so busy there was no time to get ready and the most I ever walk is a mile.  I was not prepared as I went last Saturday, and a little bit scared if I could make it 3.2 miles and really began to wonder as we started that first few minutes uphill, but the further I walked the better it felt and the more fun I had.

We raised over $10,000 for EB research.  You ask what is EB.  It is the worst disease you have never heard of, and it is  a horrible skin disease and our grandson, Colt was born with it last August.  We are still waiting on gene test results to know just how bad his is, but have been so blessed because he has not had the typical EB issues.  So far only his feet and mouth have been affected for the most part – with him being born with no skin on his feet and blisters under his nails and a few on the feet and hands.  Unlike most EB children, we can do just about anything with him, but it was several weeks before we were able to touch him like we yearned to or hold him as he was in intensive care,and they did not know how bad his disease was.  Here is a picture of him last Saturday before the race.  His mom pulled off his shoes for those of us there at the race.  One of my group members commented about his “miracle feet” because they truly are a miracle from God to look back when he was born and see where he is today.

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And here is a little bit of info about EB and what it is.EB Basics

Here are a few of the pictures from the weekend.

Cowtown-Group pictureCowtown-Us                               Four OBS Sisters   I was blessed to have friends join me from my Bible Study Group 31 of Proverbs31.Org Online Bible studies.  Three of them came to support me and Colt and his family and gave of their time and monies to help us fight for a cure.rs

Cowtown - BacksBacks of our shirts with the Colt signs that our friend Sally brought for us.

Colt with his Mom and Dad!       Cowtown-Mix, Whitney and Colt b   Cowtown-Mix, Whitney and Colt a

It’s not too late to donate for research.  Here is a link.  I hope you will prayerfully considering giving to EB.

http://support.childrenscancer.org/site/TR?pg=fund&fr_id=1180&pxfid=7580

I would like to thank the following friends that I saw on the EB page tonight that had donated and also my special friends Sally Partida Phillips, Melissa Nagengast and Loretta Kostyo who came and walked with me:  Thank you

Lamentations 3:22-24

20 Feb


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I love our reflection verse this week in the Made To Crave study.  Don’t you?

Because of the Lord’s great love – Just because of His great love what does that speak to you?  For me it means that He died because of His great love for us.  For me He covers me with His wings of love and shelters me when I am hurting.  Because of His great love I can face today and I can face tomorrow no matter how much my heart is hurting.  Because of His great love I am motivated to become more like Him and love and help others.    I believe the more that I understand how He loves me, the more I will be able to love others in a similar way.  The greatest and the first commandment was to love God with all our heart, all our mind and all our strength.  The second commandment was also about love – “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

I love, love this song that talks about God’s love for us.  Oh how He loves you and me!

we are not consumed – Are you consumed some days with life?  Are you consumed by guilt, food, temptation, depression, unforgiveness?  Honestly I do struggle at times especially with food, but I don’t have to be consumed or destroyed.  In those overwhelming, deep heartaches or temptations, we can only turn to the One who will walk me through it – my Savior who is there to love and comfort and carry us through those.  Sometimes I just have to stop and say, “God, I know your plan is perfect.”  Sometimes I quote one of my favorite verses – “In everything give thanks.” 1 Thessolonians 5:18.   It is His  priceless, unfailing love that gives me hope each and every day.  DSC02210

his compassions:  God’s compassion is so overwhelming.  These last two weeks we have had a very sick dog.  I find myself trying everything to get him to eat including boiling chicken and making rice with some broth.  I cannot imagine if I am this compassionate to a dog, how compassionate the Father must feel towards me.  Ps. 103:18 says that  “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.  “Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.”  Jesus was moved with compassion When Jesus saw His friends weeping at the grave of Lazarus, He felt compassion for them and wept alongside them John 11:33-35.  

never fail:  He never fails.  Hebrews 13:5 says “I will never leave thee, not forsake thee.”  and Joshua 1:5  “I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” 

Fresh each and every morning are the mercies of our God.  Do you savor them?  Do you see these beautiful gifts of mercy from God, or do you go through each day wondering if you can endure tomorrow and go to bed exhausted and stressed, and even sometimes find you can’t sleep as you lay there worrying?  I have to admit I’ve been there many times.  But His tender mercies of forgiveness, tenderness, kindness, love and blessing after blessing are fresh each morning if we are available.

great is your faithfulness:   He is loyal and He’s always there every moment and this song says it all.

The Lord is my portion.  When I think about that I remember a similar verse in  “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup.” Psalm 16:5.  When there is a hole in my heart He reminds me He is my portion.  When I’m missing my mom and dad I’m reminded He is my portion.  When I face trials and hardships, I need to look like Jeremiah did and find the light simply by humbling myself and being in His presence.

This spoke to me as I thought about how often I don’t let Him be my portion – how often I don’t let Him fill me up – how often I am consumed with fear – how often He is not ENOUGH!

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God is our portion TODAY!  He is my portion at every stage of my life.  Jesus is all we need.  He meets all my needs.  He is MORE than enough!

therefore – for that reason, consequently

I will wait for Him – we are told over and over in scripture to wait on Him.  Why is this so difficult?  In today’s hectic society, we don’t want to wait.  We need to trust and be confident that He is at work in our lives and find peace while waiting for Him to bless us.

 


 

 

 
 

Permissible but not Beneficial

20 Feb

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That verse just keeps coming up in our study of Made To Crave.  Actually the verse in the NIV version was the one they used in our study.  I wrote it on a box of girl scout cookies several weeks back and yes that worked.  I never ate another and it looks like they are gone from the pantry so I’m thinking I either need to toss the unhealthy things or write on all of them.

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What does this verse really mean?  To me I am learning that food is not my enemy.  It is wrong to eat to much, it is wrong not to eat enough.  It is my self-control and my attitude about food that is sinful.  It’s about discovering that my Lord is all I really need.  It is about planning to succeed and not to fail by making menus and healthy choices.  It’s about finding the time  and putting aside all my busyness and stopping to think about my thoughts and my actions toward food. It’s about being disciplined and a lifestyle change.  It is about not over indulging and gluttony.  There is nothing wrong with good food but those non-disciplined desires are what is wrong.

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