40 Day Sugar Fast….Day 8

DAY 8 — Monday, January 13, 2020

What have you turned to in your stress over the years? If it is anything other than Christ, it wasn’t created to carry you through this life — let alone into the eternal-life prepared for us? You may have known that at the start of this fast (that it’s not sugar’s job) but what are you learning about Christ’s desire and ability to carry you through?

Isn’t He faithful? Isn’t He strong? Isn’t He wonderful?

Tell me if you’re finding Him true to His Word: “Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.” (Psalm 54:4)

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This first week has opened my eyes to how I mindlessly reached for something sugary and sweet just because….whether it was my grief, boredom, stress or anxiety or watching Netflix, I always had something within reach to snack on……but now, I’m turning to reading Scripture, praying, even coloring while listening to instrumental music when urges really hit.

Just a little while ago, while going through some totes, my thoughts, on this unseasonably warm day in January, went to my late husband. Tears started to fall as I remember how much he loved this kind of weather, excited to put on a pair of shorts and grill something on his Weber. Suddenly it hit me that tomorrow will be 39 months since he died. Truth be told, I wanted to pour myself a glass of wine and break off a big ole piece of dark chocolate for lunch..instead I sipped herbal tea while reading Day 8 and writing this…….and I remember a late summer day in August of ‘17, 10 months after my husband died, and I wanted nothing more then to be with him..so much so I had written goodbye notes to my children. I sat down on the floor and for the first time in my life I really Really turned to God, telling Him I couldn’t do this alone anymore, I didn’t want to do it alone, and I needed Him. My life forever changed that day. There is no doubt He is truly the upholder of my life 🙏

Not long after that, Psalm 94:4 found its way to me…it’s become my life verse.

He shall cover you with His feathers,

And under His wings you shall take refuge; ( Psalm 94:4)

Happy New Years Eve 2019

The hands of time

Tick tocking the moments away.

Soon,

The final chapter

Of this book will be written,

The last period put in place.

And the book will be closed.

Reflection will follow.

There were stormy seas

That pounded and tried to break me.

There were times of peaceful calm,

When all seemed right.

What I have found

On this journey,

Is that my life

Is/was somewhere in the middle.

The rough seas help make me stronger.

The calm revitalizes.

In the middle, I find a cohesiveness

That makes my life’s journey

Explicitly my own.

The book is closed now.

A new one ready to be written.

While I hold the pencil ( I like to have the ability to erase)

God will guide my hand

and help me turn the page,

Let the journey continue.

©linda_december

Happy New Years Eve Folks!! This gal is under the weather, so I’ll be snuggling in with meds, tissues and Philip 😻

There’s gonna be a whole lot of reflection going on, a decades worth 😳 as I say bye bye 2019 and hello 2020. It boggles my mind to think that 2020 will be the fourth full year that Jim isn’t here. So much change, growth, transformation has occurred in my life. The me-myself and I, I am today, is unrecognizable of who I was at the end of 2016. I know he’s proud if me. I’m proud of me.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

30 Days Of Gratitude…Day 21

Day 21 : His light guides me and helps my inner light to shine on through these cracks of mine ☀️☀️☀️☀️💛💛💛💛💛🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏✝️✝️✝️✝️✝️

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5)

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1)

30 Days Of Gratitude…Day 19

Day 19 I Am Enough….Embracing the me I was born to be. What a gift to know my real Father made me for His purpose, and His love for me is unconditional ❤️🙏

But now, O LORD, you are our Father;

we are the clay, and you are our potter;

we are all the work of your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)

“Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.” ~Sister Catherine of Siena~