40 Day Sugar Fast…Day 13

DAY 13 — Saturday, January 18, 2020

If one verse could sum up the way we are crowding out sugar, it’s this one here: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

When we fix our eyes on Christ (and His righteousness) it’s miserably hard to fixate on foods.

Please take a moment to give me a big, juicy update. What is the Lord teaching you these days as you fast and pray? How has the Lord encouraged you? Share it below so that you might encourage others!

40 Day Sugar Fast

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Wow! This Chapter was just WOW. I’ve pretty much dieted on and off it seems like my whole life. I’ve been extremely heavy and I’ve been thin and everywhere in-between. When I hit the thin stage my thought was nothing feels better then skinny feels. I was treated differently thin..people made it a point to acknowledge me….when I was heavy, they did not. Thing was, even at my thinnest, I wasn’t fully happy or content. There was always something missing……………my journey has taken me up and down and all around, and because He is a loving and patient Father, He never gave up on me.

1 Samuel 16:7 really speaks to me…”The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

While I’m making progress in spending more time in Gods Word and prayer instead of reaching for the chocolate, wine and ice cream, I have to admit I’m still reaching for something to help me get through the nights. I’m making better choices in what I’m reaching for, but I’m still reaching.

Dear God I come to you for strength—strength of body, strength of mind and strength of soul. I feel the infilling of your Spirit. I feel the assurance of your upholding presence. Thank you, God, for strength.

40 Day Sugar Fast….Day 2

DAY 2 — Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Today’s scripture is one of my favorite verses to meditate on as as we fast from sugar — or anything else holding us back from the One calling us back to Himself.

Did this chapter resonate with you today? How about this passage?

It’s OK if you are feeling lousy today — both physically and emotionally. Let me encourage you to embrace the sadness. Physically, your body is reminding you that you’ve been running to the wrong stuff for far too long. Detoxing feels yucky! (Drinking lots of water will help.) But emotionally you should feel sad too. Allow those feelings to carry you down to your knees and back to Him!

We are literally turning away from sugar and returning to our sweet Savior. It’s good to feel back about having strayed… that’s why we often weep as we return to Him.

Anyone else feeling sad (or sick) today?

40 Day Sugar Fast

I’m quickly realizing how much thoughtless snacking I was doing..whenever I walked into the kitchen I’d grab a handful of chocolate covered coffee beans, or jelly belly’s or whatever leftover Halloween candy I happened to snatch when visiting my grands. Not gonna lie, I’m missing it.

Choosing to read scripture and sip on herbal tea on this rainy damp and chilly second day.

An Open Letter To Those Who Would Diminish My Fire…

This popped up in my DayOne Journal. I posted it 2 years ago today…….2 years ago Stephanie Grays’s words spoke to me…..and they still do. I Am, for all intent and purposes, my own worst critic..always have been. So I’m posting this to my own inner critic and doubter who still lingers within. I’ve made some strides over the years, but I’m now looking at some of these reminders of past posts with ‘new eyes’, new ‘feelings’ and ‘heart’.

an open letter to those who would diminish my fire.

To whomever seeks to diminish my flame — consciously, unconsciously, maliciously, or with the best of intentions (my beautiful shadow-self included),

Thank you for your attention. Thank you for wishing me well and trying to save me or put me on the right path. Thanks also to those with an envious nature and hidden resentment, who choose to shoot invisible beams of meanness my way. Thank you, as this adds fuel to my fire… and by the way, I am just fine.

My way may not look like yours. My way may look like nothing at all. My way may even look as if I am lost or floundering, but I assure you this is not the case.

My life is precious, encompassing the good and the bad. The hard parts are welcome just as much as the fun and easy stuff are. My life is plainly ornate, small in the biggest of ways, and full in its sparsity. My life sparkles from the inside out, and it suits me.

I have days when I feel weak and voiceless… I embrace them, for I know they will come and go. I have days in which I feel on top of the world and that I am the luckiest woman alive — these are a bit easier to embrace, but they will also come and go.

I have finally figured out that all of my life has purpose, and I will no longer try to sit on the things that I feel ashamed of or that feel uncomfortable. I will allow them to teach me something I need to know. I will acknowledge that they are there for a reason.

I will allow it all to unfold in the most sacred of ways at my cold and eager feet.

I have spent years cultivating the flame you seek to cover with your well-meaning dirt. You will fail. I am no longer a woman who can be broken and molded. I am a woman on fire, and I have things to say.

~Stephanie Gray~

Day 2 Of My Meditation Journey 🙏

Today’s meditation, Day 2 of the 21-Day Meditation Experience had us focusing on ‘the present’, instead of ‘being stuck’ in the past and/or future.

Day 2 – Why Do We Get Stuck?

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, let the mind remain in the present moment.” – Buddha

Today’s meditation shows us that the root of getting stuck is awareness leaving the present moment and attaching to the past or the future. But present awareness is never stuck or limited – it flows effortlessly in “the now.” In order to release the blockages and frustration that occur when our attention attaches to the past or future, we must learn to recognize the presence of our true self in each present moment.

TODAYS CENTERING THOUGHT


This is something I do strive for, everyday. 

It’s only human to get lost in the past or to worry about a future that hasn’t even come to be yet..and goodness knows I get caught up in those thoughts just like everyone else. But, because of my practice, I am more aware of those thoughts,,and when they do creep in, I pull out all the stops to push them away and bring myself back to my present, my now. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t………which in a nutshell means, sometimes I manage to unstuck myself and sometimes I don’t!!! Some days I may be just ankle deep, others dam if I don’t need the waders I’m in so deep! 😊 either way, I try and keep myself open and aware and roll with it……..

SANSKRIT MANTRA

Om Hreem Namah

Life is one unified wholeness.

Just Had To Share!!!

So, I’m sitting here, enjoying an iced coffee….flitting here and there. I recently started following my_soulflower over on Instagram and decided to pay her blog a visit…..I haven’t gotten past today’s blog post,,,,cause I had to jump over here and share it!!!! I’m thinking it may resonate with a few of you!!! MySoulFlower-Self Heal

https://mysoulflower.com/blogs/news/101576577-but-wait-theres-more



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