[Lundie], give up your [comfort eating]!

I will answer your prayers

and take care of you. I am that glorious tree,

the source of your fruit. If you are wise, you will know

and understand what I mean.

I am the LORD, and I lead you

along the right path.

If you obey me,

we will walk together,

but if you are wicked,

you will stumble.

Hosea 14:8-9 (Contemporary English Version)

Hearing and Doing for the Glory of God

Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”
Luke 11:28

This morning I realized that I spend a lot of time asking what God’s will is for me, but after I get ideas of what I should do, I fizzle out. I don’t take those directives seriously. Sometimes it’s because I forget, and get distracted. Sometimes it’s just hard – or I don’t want to. But that is not who I want to be. I want to be a “hearer” AND a “doer”.

One of the things that I do is overcomplicate things. 🙂 Big surprise there, right? I keep envisioning God’s Will as this huge overturning my life kind of thing – waiting for some big news that will change everything. But really, it’s the little stuff. I don’t think if I keep asking God what He wants me to do each day, and then I ignore the little things that I believe are His will for me, that I’m ever going to make progress in this journey.

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

Why is it that I can’t seem to see that doing the little stuff can be done for the glory of God. Where did I get the idea that in order for it to glorify God, it had to be huge and life altering? This verse tells me point blank that even my eating and drinking (something that everyone does and doesn’t put much significance in) can be done for the glory of God.

God cares about the way that I eat. I can do His will in my simple acts of eating, drinking, cleaning, exercising, working, taking care of my home, and taking care of my son. And it can be to His glory.

By Faith, Lundie…

At the end of the Believing God book, by Beth Moore, we’re to imagine that our name goes at the end of the “By Faith…” chapter in Hebrews.

So, what have I done today by faith? I resisted the urge to eat something…anything…during my work time this evening. That has become one of my “usual” things to do. I think I do it so I don’t feel sorry for myself that I’m working late in the evening. It’s like a special “pamper me” thing that does me no good whatsoever.

As a Daughter of God, it’s my place to trust God and to serve others. As I wash out my son’s sippy cups for the 27th time this week, and pick up toys that seem to migrate back to their locations all over the floor moments from my cleaning up, I have been reminding myself that this is the work that God has given me. It’s the work of a mother. It is what I have wanted. I just didn’t realize that it can cause such mental wear and tear.

I have been a semi-regular reader of Ann V. of The Holy Experience of Listening. She has been an inspiration to me on how routine, everyday tasks are truly a form of worship. I have so much to learn. I have been crabby and ungrateful and I feel awful about it.

I am blessed to have a job that I can work at any hour of the day or night. It’s time for me to start seeing all of the “issues” that have cropped up lately as challenges for my mind. I forget that I am still capable of setting my own boundaries and these issues do not always necessitate losing sleep.

I am extremely blessed to have a loving, hardworking, super-smart husband who makes it possible for me to be our son’s primary caregiver, rather than a stranger. I have a son who has the purest heart and is the sunshine in our days.

It’s past time for me to live in gratitude and praise, and in living, moment-to-moment faith that God has indeed blessed me and has placed me exactly where I am for His own purposes. Instead of focusing on any little stressor, I need to view my day as it comes, seeing instead, the hand of my Father, holding me and molding me – just as I do my son.

Well, this post sort of wandered, but I want to come back to my point. I would like to live my day so that at the end of it, it can be said of me, “By faith, Lundie….”

My body

I was reading another chapter in “Believing God” this morning. The chapter on “I can do all things through Christ”.

I have been floundering about what God’s plan for my life is. I keep getting lost in the hazy mist of imagined missions and huge new projects and church organizations. I think that has been satan’s way of scaring me off. I keep trying to see the God’s eye view of my life and ministry and it has had me pretty demoralized. I try to cast “vision” (which I don’t believe I’m gifted in) for myself and end up getting overwhelmed.

I began to question whether my struggle with my weight was even on his radar. I started to become discouraged that my desire to be set free from my fat and my food idol was selfish. That even though it was the biggest desire of my heart, that God had other “higher” plans for me and that I would just be stuck with fighting the food battle on my own.

After I finished my chapter, I just felt the need to read something scriptural. I needed to hear a biblical answer. I needed to hear God.

And this is what He told me:

And so, dear Christian friends, I [Paul] plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice — the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Rom. 12:1 (NLT)

I have been so focused on the huge big overwhelming picture that I have been denying the one thing I CAN do. Right now. Give my BODY to him. My whole physical body. The tangible representation of me. He wants it. And that means I am to give it to him and follow what I know to be the “right” methods of caring for it.

He wants me to lose this weight. He wants me to eat when I am hungry, and to abstain from any food when I am not. I don’t think it can be more simple and clear-cut than that. That’s what I have been asking for. To know the path he wants me to walk. This is the path he has chosen for me right now. I just need to WALK IT!!

For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. Phil 4:13

I am…God’s child

“I am God’s child for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God which lives and abides forever.” TW p125

For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.
1 Peter 1:23

Well, to be honest, this one is starting out a little dry for me. I think I need to read some of the context.

Verse 21 says, “Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.”

Christ is the connect to God. It is my acceptance of the gift of Christ’s death that puts this all in to action. It’s honestly hard for me to read and truly *feel* anything about being born again, as I was raised “in the church” and so I don’t have a powerful conversion experience, or any one event or timeline that shows the “before Christ” and “after Christ” Lundie.

That doesn’t mean I am excluded. It does not mean I am not born again. It just means I will need to study and understand and contemplate it more, I think. I do believe in Christ and what he did to save me. I have been given a new life. I want to be converted to this new being. I know that I already *am* this new being, but I want my outsides to reflect it as well.

My new life has its source in the Word of God, so the more I am in it, the more my new being will be fed.

Hope and Energy

Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)

God gave me this verse this morning.

Then I got it again in my TLT study.

That always stuns me when I realize it. Not coincidence.

So…will I get the point? THAT is the question.

Book Meme

My bloggy friend Janis, over at Dandelion Mama, tagged me by default (as a reader of her blog), to do this Book Meme:

  1. Grab the book closest to you.
  2. Open to page 123, go down to the 4th sentence.
  3. Post the text of the following 3 sentences on your blog.
  4. Name the author and book title.
  5. Tag 3 people to do the same.

So here goes:

“The same instructions and regulations will apply both to you and to the foreigners living among you. The Lord also said to Moses at this time, “Give the people of Israel the following instructions: ‘When you arrive in the land where I am taking you, you will eat from the crops that grow there. But you must set some aside as a gift to the Lord.”

That was from the Bible – Numbers 15:16-19.

I don’t have many really close blogging friends to tag, but I’ll throw out a couple names anyway – Amy and Shannon (if you’ve started your Customer Service tales blog).

One Day at a Time

This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24 NLT

One of the phrases I picked up from my time involved with OA is “One Day At A Time”. The verse above come to me via my K-LOVE Encouraging Word of the Day.

Whether it was the half hour I laid on my floor in prayer, or the sunshine, or the effects of the Zoloft. Or, as I believe, a combination of all of the above, I feel a bit better today. I’m not all “puppy dogs and sunshine” (in fact, my dog is really getting on my nerves.), but I’ve gotten some work things accomplished and that makes things better.

God made me. He made today. I will take what I’ve been given and try to rejoice in the little good things. Will be blogging them on my random wanderings.

Why He did it…

1 Peter 2:21-25 (New Living Translation)

For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.

He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.

He had a purpose for His death. He had a plan. And part of that plan was for ME. To make it possible for me to live for what is right. I was really hit this morning with just how ungrateful it must seem (and rightfully so) for me to continue to dawdle and dabble in my cherished sins – things like gossip, criticism, overeating, and the like.

Several years ago I went to see The Passion of the Christ with my husband and a couple of friends. When I left the theater I could hardly speak. That was the first time in my life I think I truly felt the impact of what Christ did. For me. If I keep that image in my mind, and based on the scripture above, he did all that so I could be dead to sin and live for what is right.

Lord, forgive me for easily dismissing my sinning without thought of my purpose in life. I am so grateful for your ready willingness to forgive me and to continue to set me on the path you’ve got planned. I am so excited to see where it takes me.

I have been called to do good. It seems like it’s the right season to get in the spirit of doing good for others. May you be so blessed as to be able to do what you were called to do!

Today’s instructions: Love God

I just LOVE it when God sends me the same message more than once. It grabs my attention. It makes impact. There’s something healing in knowing that God really does communicate back. I know some people might think that it’s just coincidence, but these God messages almost always relate directly to some struggle I’ve been having, or question I have been asking.

As you may have noticed, I’ve been struggling with the Law vs. Grace dilemma. Yesterday, I discovered the the OT laws aren’t where I should be focusing my time and effort (as I am a Gentile). Today I got Matthew 22:37:

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’

So, how does one go about loving God with everything?