2020 Home Photo Challenge 1-24-20

2020 Home Photo Challenge via Lillie-Put

This beautiful cross was gifted me from one very special Earth Angel. It was handmade by a homeless man she got to know and help. He has since found a place to reside as well as a way to earn an income through his gift.

Let every skillful craftsman among you come and make all that the LORD has commanded ~Exodus 35:10

40 Day Sugar Fast…Day 17

DAY 17 — Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Don’t shoot off your mouth or speak before you think. Don’t be too quick to tell God what you think he wants to hear. God‘s in charge not you – the less you speak, the better. Ecclesiastes 5:2

“Hearing God’s voice has become the singular quest of my heart, the sole pursuit that alone satisfies the great longings of my heart. I strongly advocate for a prayer life that is comprised mostly of silence. It’s a great delight to talk to God, but it’s even more thrilling when He talks to us. I’ve discovered that He has more important things to say than I do. Things don’t change when I talk to God; things change when God talks to me. When I talk, nothing happens; when God talks, the universe comes into existence.” Bob Sorge, Secrets of the Secret Place

Is hearing from the Lord the singular quest of your heart? I’m not there yet, if I’m honest. I have the tendency to read a verse or two and then tell God (and others) all about it. However, I want to learn to be a better listener. I want to learn to sit for a long time with the Lord in His quiet and calming Presence, and let Him transform (not only my figure, but) my life.

What was your main take away from today’s reading?

40 Day Sugar Fast

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“Things don’t change when I talk to God; things change when God talks to me. When I talk, nothing happens; when God talks, the universe comes into existence.”

I live alone now. So I have plenty of alone and quiet time on my hands. I do make it a point, almost daily, to spend quiet time, or as I like to call it, time to ‘just be’. Is it always with God, no. Is it always quiet, no. I have a mediation app I like to use to help empty my head of all the stuff clogging it. My go to in the afternoon is a calming guided prayer meditation that really helps put me in a calm quiet state. Afterwards, I try, (emphasis on try), to hold on to that quiet feeling of calm for a bit longer, ‘listening’ for what God has to say.

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Jeremiah 33:3

What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9

40 Day Sugar Fast…Day 16

DAY 16 — Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Amazon Prime. Target. Social Media. Starbucks… What is the Lord teaching you about Himself today?

I’ve been thinking about Amazon Prime myself… how I can place and order and two days later (BAM) it shows up on my front door. BUT WITH JESUS… with Jesus we’re told that He’s already on the front door knocking. He’s already there, eager to be let into the deep empty places.

I want to be filled to overflowing, how about you?

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“A full cart never makes a heart full.”

“run to the Comforter, He will fill you with His comfort.”

My life changed drastically the day my husband died unexpectedly of a heart attack. 3 weeks after his death found me packed up with few belongings and moving in with my son and his family. Things eventually settled down and I was able to find my own place to live…I get by on a fixed income..the thing I discovered was how much stuff I can truly live without……though admittedly, I have used retail therapy to help me get through some of those tough days when grief comes knocking at my door. Instead of letting it in and addressing it and turning to God, I’ve opened up Amazon, or taken a walk through Kohl’s for my sneaker fix. I know I need to turn … no actually I do need to run to God and His Word, and remember I am full, with the Holy Spirit:

But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; Acts 7:55

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26

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)