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“I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.” Daniel 10:3 (NIV) 

The other day I finished a 21 day fast from sugar. Many people including staff from my church, LifeChurch.tv were doing a Daniel fast. Since I am already vegetarian that particular fast is relatively close to how I already eat besides the dairy, grains and sugar. So I decided to cut out the most challenging thing for me… sweets and that included sugar in drinks. I have always loved my desserts, especially ice cream (a major weakness for me!). This past month I had fresh fruit smoothies for breakfast or dessert if I was really craving something sweet and they were SO delicious and healthy too! The fast really helped me to see how much we truly do not need yet think that we do. I don’t need to eat sweets, especially every day but our minds can think otherwise and easily talk ourselves into having more than needed. And this is true in areas beyond just dessert, our minds can easily fool us into believing that we need more than we ever really do in so many areas… cars, types of houses, clothes, etc. My church starts every year in January with this fast (or a modified version) to start your year off fresh, cleansed and renewed physically and spiritually. It is such a great way to start each year off, the new things God teaches me or even just reminds me of are worth each day of the fast! If you haven’t ever done a fast consider starting with the Daniel fast, God truly does speak when we are depriving ourselves of things that are precious to us!

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Everyday Miracles

January 2, 2012 — Leave a comment

Yesterday at church we had a guest preacher, Dr. John Maxwell who spoke on miracles. He taught about Jesus feeding the five thousand. One of the points that he said that really stuck with me was the partnership we have to make with God for the miracle that we are needing. We tend to miss the miracles that God could do when we don’t partner with him and do our part, taking responsibility for whatever part He is asking of us so that He can perform that miracle. It’s like the boy from the story in Mark 6, he didn’t have to give up his lunch but when he did Jesus fed the five thousand. He did his part to partner with Jesus and then the miracle happened.

I also loved how in the message yesterday he said that anyone who had a problem is a candidate for a miracle. That is so awesome and something I think many of us need to hear. I think that many times we look at whatever problems we might have in our lives and we don’t count that as a need for a miracle because it’s not giant like feeding five thousand people. Any need, big or small makes for an opportunity to come to God and ask for a miracle. What we might consider small or even irrelevant is important to God. These problems that are placed before us, even the small ones, are a great way to remind us that we were never meant to do things on our own!

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I have mentioned a few times about the decision that Chase and I have made to become more strict with our finances and work to be debt free. It’s exciting to think about the result of not being weighed down each month with those bills. But, its intimidating and at the moment frustrating. Currently with birthdays, holidays and what not approaching it feels like there is a need for money, the money that we are trying so hard to really be disciplined with. I see money going but it feels like it’s not coming in. I know that God will provide, I have no doubt of this, I just have to remind myself sometimes. Today I came across a poem for times when we are discouraged and it really hit home with me about this issue. I love when God brings things to our attention just when we need to hear it most!

Never Be Discouraged by Helen Steiner Rice

There is really nothing we need to know or even try to understand.

If we refuse to be discouraged and trust God’s guiding hand.

So take heart and meet each minute with faith in God’s great love,

Aware that every day of life is controlled by God above…

And never dread tomorrow or what the future brings,

Just pray for strength and courage and trust God in all things.

And never grow discouraged be patient

 and just wait for “God never comes too early and He never comes too late!”

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He is Faithful

October 4, 2011 — Leave a comment

“Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided— Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!” Great is Thy Faithfulness by Thomas O. Chisolm and William Runyan

“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” Psalm 36:5 (NIV) 

I grew up in a church that sang the old hymns each Sunday. I haven’t had a hymn stuck in my head in a long time. Usually I have a song from Air1 playing in my head. This morning however I woke up with an old hymn on my mind, “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” Last night I got a text from a friend saying that they closed the deal to sell their house. They have been trying for a while to sell their home and the day finally came! God is so faithful! No matter the circumstance, whether we feel its big or small He never fails, He is always faithful! The chorus in the song says, “All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—” This was a great reminder for me, there has never been a need that He has not met. For some reason I still allow myself to get worried or stressed about things but eventually I am always reminded of the truth that God is always faithful to meet my needs!

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Faith: Road Blocks

September 27, 2011 — Leave a comment

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalm 18:2 (NIV) 

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22 (NIV) 

This past weekend at church something that my pastor said really stood out. He was talking about when we are trying to do what God has called us to do it often feels like we take two steps forward and three steps back. I know this is true for our family as we are trying to get out of debt. For instance, it was only a few months ago that we had to buy a new air conditioning unit for the house. That was a pretty penny I was not happy about. We felt the calling to be debt free, start making changes and then that happens. Of course that is only one example. I know I am not alone in feeling this way either. We have friends who are experiencing similar situations, God leading them to do something and they continually feel like they are hitting road blocks. It’s a very frustrating situation. But what I have to keep telling myself is that these things are happen because we are listening and being obedient to God, if we were not there would be no reason for objection because we would be doing exactly what Satan would want, not being obedient to God. So no matter the struggles we face, as long as we are on the path that God has called us on we can find comfort. Believe me though, I am right there with everyone else, I  can still find it hard to hold on to that comfort because lets face it, two steps forward and three back is never easy! So with that said my husband and I are still making financial changes and seeking God’s wisdom about how to become debt free and I am going to do my best to find His comfort because I know we are doing what He has called us to do!

 

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