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A Heart-to-Heart and a Plan

A dear friend, concerned.  Understood last week’s yuckiness. Over diet soda’s she shares and builds me up.

You tell yourself all the negatives.

I agree.

You never see what good you do.

I look off.  Uncomfortable.  Do I do good?

You hear a critic and you latch to those negative words.

I look down.  Uncomfortable in my own skin.

Truth in those words, I hear.

Surround yourself with the positive.

I agree to.

Boundaries I need.  Affirmations I long for.

Embrace. Give. Love. Serve.

The small echo in my heart.  Cracks in my harden heart gorge from truths.  Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed and get a new heart and a new spirit.  Ezekiel 18:31  Rid myself from the negatives. Rid myself of the hurtful words.  Rid myself of the impurities found in binge eating. Rid myself.  Embrace the new heart and spirit.

2 Corinthians 12:9-11 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…. For when I am weak, then I am strong.'”

His grace.  His love. This everlasting love is sufficient for me.  I don’t need empty calories, guilt, nor negatives.  God weakened me last week.  So I may be strong.

Give yourself away…. one pound at a time.

Love given so I may love myself

Serve God.  Serve others.  In order to forgive myself.

Earthly weakness….. God’s strength for me to grasp onto.

Embrace it. “For I am the Lord, your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.”  Isaiah 41:13 

Embrace. Give. Love. Serve

So God put it on my heart.  Confirmed with Ann Voskamp.  I need to plan my days better.  It is all a part of forming a habit.  (And our Pastor’s sermon summed it up for me….Jesus in the middle of it.)

Planning my meals.  Planning my daily routine.  Planning everything…. my prayer time, Bible readings, and my water in-take.  Ann Voskamp has two planning guides that are helpful.  Take a look. You will have to scroll down to the Weekends are for planning post.

Now, for the important note of the day.  We walked  49.98 miles. We’ve walked a total of 103.44 miles. This week we ended up near Eddington, ME. We’re 3.06% of the way there!

God bless……

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Won’t you please, grab a cup of coffee, a frappe, or a soda…….(whatever it is that perks you up)

Sit back

Get comfy

And listen…….

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Hold on tight, my friends…..  God bless

Pancakes, Headaches, and a Handbag

 

I hope you made pancakes today!!  Today is Shrove Tuesday.  In many parts of the world, folks make pancakes to use up the milk, eggs, and butter before observing Lent.  They become vegan for the next 6 weeks.  I did that last year.  This year I am partaking in the Daniel Fast.  It will be tough and I am really afraid.  But I just keep reminding myself that God tells me time and time again “not to be afraid.”

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.   Isaiah 41:13

I trust in that verse.  God will help me.  God will hold my hand.  God will ease my fears.  And giving up sugar and caffeine scares me to death.  My body will freak out!  My thoughts will be racing and trying to convince me to cheat.  My heart will pound from the fear of failing.  Praise God, though.  He will be holding my hand.  I may squeeze the fire out of it but He will be there, nonetheless.

I’ve been preparing a speech now for an entire week.  Snippets of things I want to say are swimming in my head.  I can’t seem to pin down a single idea.  I am getting anxious and worried that I will not be able to pull this off.   I prayed so much yesterday that I made my head hurt.  I got so frustrated with myself that the veins in my head pounded.  Then last night, I went to our prayer service.  I walked in the sanctuary and immediately began to cry.  I laid it all out there for God.  My fears,  my anxiety, my pride..  It all just flowed with the tears.  I was emotionally cleansed and felt so weak.  This morning, I opened my Bible and found this…

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.   Isaiah 40:29-31

I must admit.  After a good cry and a night’s rest, I feel more confident.  I put my weaknesses before the Lord last night.  It is His hope that has given me the strength I need for today.  Praise God!!

Okay, now I have this beautiful handbag I want to give away!  All you have to do to get your name in the drawing pot is simply leave a comment.  I will announce the lucky owner on Friday!!

 

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Enjoy your Day!

God Bless…

Hold My Hand

Long time ago.. back when dinosaurs roamed..

No, seriously, back in 1994, Mark invited me to New York for spring break.  I was so thrilled.  Young and in love, I could hardly wait to see The Big Apple.  Mark showed me all the sights.  Crowds make me nervous and a crowd of what 17 million is down right nerve racking!  To ease my mind, Mark told me to hold his hand.  He would not let go.  I was afraid of getting lost.  Think about it.. the biggest city I have ever visited was in fact, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Holding his hand…probably more like squeezing than holding, brought me such comfort.  I felt save and secure.  ((Sigh))  Even today, when Mark holds my hand, that same warm fuzzy safe feeling stirs.

Which brings to mind a verse I found..

Isaiah 41:13  For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

Doesn’t that make you feel warm and safe?  To think God hold my hand..oh, how wonderful.

Enjoy your Friday… God bless..