Saturday, February 22, 2020

Fasting

Blessings from the bower on Church St.

Being diabetic, I'm not supposed to do a full day's fast. It is a suggestion in "The Lord's Table," to fast for 9 different days out of the 60. But, I can do a partial fast. So, every 3 days I am fasting from chocolate. Partial fasts are okay with God. Daniel did in the Book of Daniel eating only vegetables and water. It must have pleased the Lord as Daniel and his friends grew stronger than any others. I don't expect to gain any physical strength from abstaining from chocolate, but I do feel stronger spiritually. I'm putting my focus on the Lord for strength to get me through the cravings and it seems to be working. I usually give up chocolate and/or sweets for Lent and will probably do so again this year.

Speaking of Lent, I've been looking for things to do during Lent this year and have found a few things I may try. Here is one that has me really intrigued:

Hmmm. The server won't upload the picture. Interesting. Anyway, it is a "Photo a Day" challenge from Rethink Church that gives a topic each day. Sounds interesting and I think I'd like to take that challenge. And if you've been following my blog for any length of time, you know how I love a good challenge! I rarely can say no! lol

Here is the link to the challenge if you are interested in reading about it. You will be able to download the picture there.

https://www.umc.org/en/content/lent-photo-a-day-2020?fbclid=IwAR23uaLfIR_oziBpLYZnS_VyyyN6G01YXOWGhEjpZSJUo2pRTewRB-2IH8o

                                                       (click on photo for larger view.)


There's the picture! Had to do it another way.
Leave me a comment to let me know if you'd like to join me in this creative way to journey through Lent.

Gratitude:
1. New ways to make this journey
2. Beautiful, sunny February day
3. Time spent with God

Blessings,
Deborah

Psalm 34:8
O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Dieting and Other Stuff

Good morning from the bower on Church St.

I receive a Word of the Day in my email each morning. A while back "bower" was the word for that particular day. It means a ladies private apartment in a castle. I fell in love with the word and started including the above message at the end of all my emails. My house is far from likeness to any castle I know, but the old saying about your home being your castle just sits well with me, so I grabbed onto the word bower and hugged it tight. I have a love for words and keep a long list of my favorites.

In the dieting department, I was given an early birthday present from my SIL. A book called, "The Lord's Table," by Mike Cleveland. Oh, my. Just what I needed. It is filled with scripture and questions to guide you on your journey to substitute your cravings for food to the love of Jesus. It is filling me up spiritually and taking me to new places on this journey. Like I said, just what I needed. Something different and something focused on God. It's a win/win. Here is one nugget of goodness that filled my heart: "No food will satisfy my heart nor fill the emptiness in my soul. That is what Jesus Christ is for. He is "real meat" and the "bread of life" and I am to feed on Him." Now there is something to think about. I eat out of loneliness sometimes, but I can fill myself up with reading my Bible or other spiritual books instead of reaching for chocolate. I'm just skimming the surface here. The book goes much deeper than this. I highly recommend it if you're like me and have tried diet after diet with some success, but not the results you really want. I'm not getting any compensation for this review. Just wanted to share a good find.


Gratitude:
1. Help with dieting
2. Spiritual deepening
3. You, dear reader

Blessings,
Deborah

1Corinthians 10:31
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do,
do all to the glory of God.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

New Book Release

My sister has a new book out. You can get it for free on your Kindle or download it for you PC.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082XHMN6J

It's called, "Buried Secrets," by J. E. Grace.




Blessings,
Deborah




Monday, February 3, 2020

It's One of Those

Good morning and welcome to my little corner!

I read an article this morning by Ann Voskamp that gave me that little flick to the forehead and maybe even gobsmacked me at times. She is so darn good at that! It was one of those articles.

She talks about our thoughts and introduces a book written by Jennie Allen called "Get Out of Your Head," subtitled "Stop the spiral of toxic thoughts." Man, I have been there. I've worked very hard this past year to stop sinning through my toxic thoughts, so this article drew me right in.

https://annvoskamp.com/2020/01/you-have-a-choice/ 

One thing Ann didn't talk about, but maybe it is addressed in the book (which I have ordered) is that the thoughts are usually lies planted by you-know-who! At least I have realized that is true for me.

You can get the link for the book in Ann's article if it looks like something that might appeal to you. I'm not pushing the book. I haven't read it yet, but I loved the title. I'll let you know what I think.




This sweet cat, Dusty, is one of our 8 ferals we care for. They have all been spayed/neutered and live outside. Their choice not ours. We would gladly share our home with them, but they are too afraid to come in. Miss Dusty loves to grab one of the beds, drag it off the porch to the patio, turn it upside down and then lay in it. Yes, she is a strange cat indeed.
Here is her brother, Chen.  Gorgeous boy! He's weird, too. lol



Gratitude
1. Cats of all kinds
2. Dogs of all kinds
3. All animals we share this earth with

Enjoy your day!
Blessings,
Deborah

Psalm 73:25-26
...God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Another One of Those Moments

Welcome!

I know I've talked about those serendipity moments before, but I just seem to keep having them and I feel so blessed. They make me smile and feel like God is close.

This morning I thought that today was the day to take that first step...again. Like they say, "Everyday is a new day to begin again." I wasn't liking my diet routine. This may sound funny, but it was making food feel like it was too much up in my face. It was all I thought about when it was the last thing I wanted to think about. I don't want to think about food that much. I don't want track it. I don't want to weigh it. I just want to eat healthy, lose the weight I need to lose and be done with it. I know how to lose weight. I want to do my plan, not someone else's.

So, I'm on a new journey. It's almost a new month. This one's goals are over. Time to start new ones. I love this month by month goals instead those new year's resolutions, like I talked about the first of the year. This is so much better!

February's goals:
1. Continue to lose weight
2. Continue to exercise
3. Continue to study
4. Send a card to friend

My serendipity moment this morning was getting a quote in an email by Henry Ford.

     Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently."

Although I really don't feel like a failure, since I lost 5 pounds, it was more about the starting again part that made me smile. And doing it more intelligently. :)



I loved this spot by a lake we camped near a couple of years ago. Such a great place to sit and commune with God.

Gratitude:
1. Lakes to camp near
2. New beginnings
3. Sun on a crisp winter morning

Blessings,
Deborah

Ephesians 3:16
I pray out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

One Step at a Time

Good morning!

I made it through yesterday and today looks a little brighter.

I began 2020 with some old left-over goals and made some new ones. I like the new idea of making goals for one month at a time instead of for the whole year. Very few of us achieve the goals we make for the whole year and this just seems a better way. I don't like feeling like a failure. None of us need those extra burdens. Life throws enough of them at us; we don't need to pile more on ourselves.

One old goal I carried through to 2020 is to take off the rest of the weight I wanted to lose last year. I managed to take off 25lbs., put 10lbs. back on and now, since the 1st, I've taken 5 of those back off. Yay, me! I want to lose a total of 20lbs. this year. When I reach that goal I will see if I need to lose more. I'm sticking with Weight Watchers, as that diet works for me. I am riding my exercise bicycle 3x a day for 30 minutes each time. I love to read a good novel while I'm pedaling and that seems to make the time fly. I got discouraged yesterday, thinking I was working so hard and the weight wasn't coming off as fast I'd like it to. That was part of the funk yesterday, too. Then this morning as I was reading Psalm 18 and then my devotional, "Jesus Calling," both gave me the same message. It says in

 Psalm 18:33 He makes my feet like hinds' feet, And sets me upon my high places.

Then in "Jesus Calling," today I read in

Habkkuk 3:19 The Lord is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds' feet, And makes me walk on my high places. 

Don't you love those serendipitous moments when you get gobsmacked with an answer?!! In "Jesus Calling," I also read we have to walk the path with Him and not try to run to the high places alone. I'm not going to wake up tomorrow 20lbs lighter. I have to take each step each day to get there. I have to do the work, slog through the deep water, climb step by step up my mountain of weight loss with Him cheering me on! And He is.



I can do this!
I'm also doing a 45 day sugar fast. I'm sailing through this one. I've got this!

Blessing, Deborah

Psalm 18:36
You enlarge my steps under me,
And my feet have not slipped.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Must Be Cabin Fever?

Welcome and blessings!

It's only been two days since I was out and about, so the fact that I feel like I have cabin fever makes no sense to me. Here is my backyard today and my driveway.


Even though I've lived here for 13 years, I still don't like driving in this stuff and stay home when it looks like this. Yes, retirement is nice. I'm usually so excited when it snows and can't figure out what this funk is all about. I do have a sick friend I wanted to visit and finally exchange Christmas presents with, so that is part of it, but I can't figure out the rest. Oh well, this to shall pass. It won't last forever. Eventually it will melt. 

I'm working on a winter scarf for my oldest son in his favorite color. Whenever I make something for someone I always pray for them while I create the item. Makes me feel close to them. My son lives about 6 hours away. We don't get to see each other very often. I miss him dearly. 



I hope you have a very blessed day,
Deborah

Numbers 6:24-26
The Lord bless and keep you;
the Lord make His face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you
and give you peace.

Fasting

Blessings from the bower on Church St. Being diabetic, I'm not supposed to do a full day's fast. It is a suggestion in "The L...