30 Days Of Gratitude…Day 13…Jim’s Words

FROM THE BEACH

The Mystery Of Life can not be more clearly explained then by

comparing Human Life to an Ocean Wave.

Human Life begins as does the Ocean Wave, mysteriously beyond

the horizon and out of sight.

Yet, from the time of their creation, we know they exist. In their

infancy they are recognized as a miracle, a gift from our Creator

and watched with awe.

As they grow, they are affected by the elements and forces of

nature which cannot be; controlled, contained and at times

explained.

In maturity, they can be warm and gentle or cold and forbidding:

productive or destructive.

As they pass maturity, they both strain to hold on to their

individuality and existence.

The Wave, after crashing onto a beach, surges in a froth, spreading

more and more slowly until it can no longer continue, in ‘death’, it is

forced to retreat back to the Ocean, its universe, to be reborn as a

new Force Of Nature.

Man, when no longer able to sustain a worldly existence, in death,

retreats back to his universe to be reborn as a new Force Of Nature, A Child of God.

Life Is Precious…Life Is Eternal.

©JF_June2008

Happy Autumn 🍁🍂🍁🍂

With my arms wide open

I welcome the dawn

On the first

Of this

Autumn morn..

The sky lightens

The birds they sing

Welcoming the Equinox

And the changes it brings…

The trees dance on the breeze

As the sun begins to rise

Sky gets brighter

Morning has broken and

Autumn arrives…….

©lindamarie

#autumnequinox #hellofall #myfavoriteseason #godscreation #godpaintsabeautifulpicture 🙌🍂🍁🧡

2020 Photo Home Challenge

2020 Home Photo Challenge

This was my backyard view this morning. An incredibly beautiful start this new day courtesy of God 💛☀️

“In the morning, LORD, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly.” ~Psalm 5:3~

Father, thank you for intervening in my life and allowing me to have a personal relationship with you. Thank you for your love for me today and forever. Thank you for the blessings you’ve given me and my family. Help us use those blessings to bless others. May I live a life of true joy as I see you at work around me today! In Jesus’ name. Amen. -~Ron Moore~

40 Day Sugar Fast…Day 14

DAY 14 — Sunday, January 19, 2020

Today’s reading is packed with great quotes! Which words leapt off the page as you read today?

Also, I’d love to know, what are some of the other misplaced cravings you are having to lay down on the altar beside your sugar?

I can’t wait to hear how the Lord is kindly convicting you and giving you the courage to GIVE UP MORE, that you might EXPERIENCE MORE OF HIM!

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What jumped out at me was “what you live to fill, Christ died to fill!”

I’m good during the day. Making healthy meal choices and spending time in God’s Word, Bible Study, Prayer Journaling as well as quiet time to Just Be with God……But as I said yesterday, though I replaced the not good stuff I was reaching for while I Netflixed and Facebooked in the evening with healthier options…..that’s not exactly what this fast is all about now is it?! 🤦🏻‍♀️ I’ve still got some major work to do.

“GOD Has the power to turn our hollow places into a hallowed place.”

40 Day Sugar Fast…Day 12

DAY 12 — Friday, January 17, 2020

Have you been able to pin-point some of your gnarliest food triggers? I love how Asheritah Ciuciu says it in her book, Full.

“It’s useful for us to determine what our particular triggers are, and when faced with that trigger, we can make the intentional choice of whether to go to God or go to food.”

Share a bit about your most stubborn food triggers and what God is teaching you. I can’t wait to read what you’re learning!

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There is no doubt that my main trigger(s) were/are feelings…loneliness, grief (sadness) mindless boredom. My husbands unexpected death in ‘16 found me at the age of 53 alone for the first time in my entire life. That first year, I lived on coffee …. grapes (aka wine)…the good ole cacao bean (aka dark chocolate in any form) and ice cream, with the occasional salad thrown in for good measure. 3 + years later, I still struggle. I struggle with cooking for one, wondering what’s the sense in it. It’s easier to pour a glass of wine ( I always cut mine with club soda to make it a bit more justifiable to myself 🤦🏻‍♀️) and snack on said chocolate or cheese and crackers or pretzels or whatever. It’s the nights though, when I’m settled in…whatever show I may be watching on Netflix, I need to have my hand busy feeding myself…..cue the big bowls of ice cream…or just a jar of peanut butter and a spoon.

Knowing all this and making the changes needed is slowly happening. I know I have to eat. I can’t fast in the sense that I not eat, that’s just not an option. What I’m learning here is that I can make better choices for myself and know that when I feel the urge to reach for something I don’t need, I can turn to my Bible, I can turn to my prayer journal, I can turn to silent communion with God, and feast.