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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.  🙂

 

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.

 

 

The Last Minute

The past two weeks have been interesting. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said in exasperation, “Lord, I don’t know what to do?!” We’ve all heard the saying “When in doubt, don’t.” So what do you do when you don’t know what to do?

I prayed, listened, waited, prayed, listened and waited some more. I even brought up to the Lord yesterday that I know He didn’t want us testing Him but to please be patient with me and guide me in the right direction. He wants us to pray His Word so I brought up the Gideon incident where Gideon prayed to the Lord for a sign and was granted his request via a fleece and some dew. All I wanted and needed was a “fleece” moment. I feel like I have spent most of my life screwing up and I needed His guidance.

I was rambling and praying most of the day yesterday and it was something like, “Ok, Lord, if this doesn’t happen, then I’ll assume You meant for me to do this other thing. Just open a door somewhere and I’ll go through it. I need a push in the right direction!”

Allowing my husband to make a tough call yesterday, I was attemping to be submissive (which can be hard for me if I don’t agree with the calling) and I was trying to show God that I could be. He knows my heart and my willingness.

Remember Abraham and Isaac? God told Abraham to take Isaac, his only son, and sacrifice him on the altar. The Bible doesn’t imbelish on what went through Abraham’s mind but just the fact that he moved and attempted to go through what the Lord asked of him, showed he had a willing heart. He was obedient. Right at the last minute, God stopped him and provided a sacrifice that day. And because Abraham was willing and showed obedience, even to the point of sacrificing his only son, God blessed him. Remember, too, that Abraham was no spring chicken. He was over 100 at this point and even in that time, was beyond the age of giving offspring. So, potentially, he could have killed his only son and not been able to have another. Of course, God being who He is, could have risen Isaac back from the dead. Abraham had to have great faith for this act of obedience, don’t you think?

Yesterday, it came down to that for me. I was willing to sacrifice something I loved and be obedient. Yet, God came through for me at the last minute. I thanked Him profusely and humbly. I think sometimes He does that, just to see if we are willing and how obedient our hearts truly are.

There are many times in my life that He has come through at the last minute for me. Are they tests? Could be. Are they pruning of something that needs to be gone? Could be. Only God knows why. We just need to be obedient.

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