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Archive for April, 2012

The Voice

And before I begin, no, I am not referring to the TV show.  🙂

Saturday morning, I woke up with a “Good Morning, Lord” and was immediately told to fast.  It had not entered my mind to do it prior to this on this particular day.  And in case you are wondering, it was not an audible Voice.  It was the Voice of the Spirit speaking to my heart.  I’m learning to listen to this Voice, even as still and small as it may be. I’m always eager to hear the Father speak to me.  Whether through His Word, a song, another believer or that inner whisper that you know can only be from Him.

I have fasted a few times in the past few months but this time was different.  I felt the Spirit leading me and I wanted to hear what God had to say to me.  I had some issues that I had been wrestling with internally and I figured that today was as good a day as any to clear my mind and focus on Him for the day and search the Word.

Issue #1:  I only lost 5 pounds last month.  Yes, it was a loss but I am still struggling with it because I still have 70 more to lose, even after losing 91. That’s a lot of weight to lose. So I am wondering:  What did I do wrong?  What do I need to change?  What have I changed in my diet that I need to revert back to the start? Is it slowing down? Lord, please say no to that last question!

I purchased the book “Foundations for Healing” by Dr. Richard Becker.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with him, he’s a Christian doctor (D.O.) who battled Hodgkins Lymphoma with holistic medicine and natural food and won.  He now has a TV show (“Your Health” with Dr Richard Becker and Cindy Becker) and tries to help as many people as he can with healing their bodies naturally, which, takes time. I’ve learned a lot watching him but I was determined Saturday to read his book.

I learned a lot reading it.  His “healing diet” is basically a “no-grain” diet.  I originally started my weight loss with no grains and had gradually incorporated them back in.  I’m not at my goal weight yet, so I need to go back to basics. I realized a couple of weeks back that I had stopped drinking as much water as before. Not because I didn’t want to drink it, but because I was so busy at work, I didn’t think about it.  That’s not a good thing. 

His book also teaches how much of the supplements to take.  How much vitamin D we need for each issue in our body or the types of antioxidants to take as well.  Lots of really good information.

I had no idea that Stevia had additives in it….IF you purchase the wrong one.  Something always steered me away from Truvia and Purevia but I didn’t know why until I saw, within the last 3 days, several resources (Dr. Becker, Dr. Mercola and Livestrong) telling of the additives in those products that are potentially dangerous for our bodies. 

So I’m going back to as much water as I can stand and eliminating the grains for a while.  Those were answers to prayer. 

Issue #2: I am trying to focus on getting pain-free as well from this sciatic nerve that has wreaked havoc in my life since last summer.  One of Dr Becker’s shows was on therapeutic healing and forcing yourself to move, even if in pain, may be counter intuitive but it is the only way to keep your body from “locking up.” 

So, I will be “moving” more and trying to strengthen parts of my body that I have lost muscle capacity due to this pain and asking for His continued help.

I did ask how long He wanted me to fast and it was only a 24 hour period but constant prayer got me through it.  That is what fasting is all about, right?  Clear the mind, the body and free yourself to focus on nothing but Him. 

I really enjoyed my day.  🙂

 

Never Let You Go

I was leaving Kroger the other night and a song on Air1 caught my attention.  The lyrics were so powerful.  I couldn’t wait to “Shazam” it (iPhone app tells you what song you are listening to) to find out who it was and what the song was so I could download it. 

Here’s the part I heard…

Hold on when everything is shaking
stand strong the ground is falling through
reach out to my hand in the darkness
That’s holding you
I’ll be your Peace in the waiting
your Strength when you’re broken on the floor
Hold on, it’s all worth fighting for
cause I will never let you go
I will never let you go…

It’s the latest release from Manafest and the rest of the song is definitely worth listening to.  I play it over and over and over and over.  There are some awesome truths from God’s Word in that song about how we are loved and secure in Him and He will never let us go.

 

Earth Day

Sunday, April 22nd is “Earth Day.”  There are events going on nationwide to celebrate “earth.”  Everything from picnics, to planting trees, to festivals. One site says that Earth Day is a day to reflect on nature and what one can do to help better his little part of the planet.

I am all for taking care of what God has entrusted us with.  We are His stewards.  The only thing that concerns me about this “earth day” is that how it is approached. 

Are we worshipping the earth in this celebration?  God says that you shall have no other gods before Me.

What exactly is considered worship?  According to one online dictionary, it means to show reverence and adoration for (a deity); honor with religious rites.

Are we honoring the “earth” with this day instead of the Creator?   Just a thought…

 

Changes

I’ve been on a social media sabbatical, so to speak for a little while now.  I didn’t want to blog.  I quit playing games on Facebook.  I almost quit Facebook altogether but I didn’t.  I just felt “tied down” to these items and I needed a breather.

You know what I discovered?  I really don’t miss Facebook games at night (or trying to harvest crops on my lunch break).

I am still going to keep my account and friendships (although I’ve downgraded to real friends, not just gaming acquaintances that I’ve accumulated).  I still post my daily Scripture verse and anything in the world of health/organics that could help somebody.  Other than that, I’m not on it much.

I’ve been free from anti-depressants for over 30 days now.  I don’t miss them either. :-)l   All I can say is Praise the Lord!  He is the only One Who could have ever gotten me this far.  He’s helped me go from 286 lbs to 195, so far.  I’m still journeying on that one.  It will be a while before I reach my ideal body weight but it really didn’t start out as a diet to lose weight.  It was a lifestyle change to get healthy.  I’m just going to say “Only God.”  Only God could have done what He’s done with me. 

My husband and I are closer than ever before.  We are both studying God’s Word, getting closer to Him.  It makes a HUGE difference in your marriage, let me tell you.

If you don’t think that God can make a difference in your life, I’m living proof He can.  I look back at my life a year ago and I am amazed.  He’ll only do it if you let Him.  He will never force Himself on you. 

And, a word to the wise, it does not happen overnight.  I remember as vivid as it was yesterday, in 2004, I prayed that He would take me, break me, mold me, make me into what He wanted me to be.  I was at rock bottom and I had made a mess of my life and needed Him to take over. 

Each year has its challenges and there have been gradual changes inside but I’d have to say that this past year was the most vivid because of staying in Scripture, doing daily studying and constant communication with Him.  It is VITAL to the relationship and your maturity in Christ.

Invite Him.  Take that first step of faith and you’ll be surprised what He can do.

 

 

Versatile Blogger Award

I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Thanks so much Sarah Hamze for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!  It means a lot to me!  🙂

The Rules for this award are as follows:

  1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging (or whose blogs you enjoy most).
  2. Let them know that you have nominated them.
  3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
  4. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your blog post.

7 Random Facts About Me

  1. I am an empty nester.
  2. I am obsessed with Christian music–it is my lifeline some days.
  3. I am learning AutoCAD and I love it.
  4. I don’t go on vacation.  Un-American, right? I’m a homebody and not much for traveling so it works for me.
  5.  I am into organic food.
  6. I used to be in real estate. (Ha! who hasn’t, right? lol)
  7. I love wearing blue jeans and comfortable clothes. Don’t try to dress me up.  lol
My Nominations (in no particular order)

Healing

“Do you want to get well?” Jesus asked the man in John 5:6 NIV.  At first glance, we may think what a silly question! Of course, I want to get well!

But, after going around and around with the Lord on this one for the past year, I totally understand what Jesus meant.  Healing is a process that sometimes we are not mentally ready for.  Being made well will change a lot about us. It will change our perspective.  It will change our attitude.  It will change our focus. 

If we are mature enough in Christ, those are good things.  If not, it can cause us to be puffed up with pride and toss Jesus to the curb, so to speak.  It may sound harsh but think about it, if we are made well, we tend to think we don’t “need” Him anymore.  We can walk on our own two feet.  We can walk with our head high.  No need for crutches, right?

Jesus Christ is NOT a crutch.  He holds all things together (Col. 1:7), including you and me.  We can do all things through Christ (Phil 4:13), which means we can do nothing without Him.

Do you want to be made well?  Ask Jesus to soul-search you and pray to see if you are ready to give Him the honor and glory and not yourself. 

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