Archive | June 2019

Day 4 Victory

All I want to say about today is that God gave me a victorious day. Do you notice that I’m not posting my weight loss, nor my foods that I eat? That’s because I’m not measuring my success by the foods that I eat or the numbers on a scale. I’m not keeping a journal nor am I stepping on the scales each day.

My main focus is on obedience to the Spirit each meal, each day. After, all, Jesus is my primary care physician. I expect that His prescription will heal me completely. And when the time comes to help others, each individual’s prescription from God will be unique. Anyway, here’s the Word from God today.

Isaiah 1:18-20 The Message (MSG)

Let’s Argue This Out

18-20 “Come. Sit down. Let’s argue this out.”
    This is God’s Message:
“If your sins are blood-red,
    they’ll be snow-white.
If they’re red like crimson,
    they’ll be like wool.
If you’ll willingly obey,
    you’ll feast like kings.
But if you’re willful and stubborn,
    you’ll die like dogs.”
That’s right. God says so.

Feasting Like a Princess with excellent health sounds like a plan to me. Don’t like the other plan…just saying.

It’s exhilarating to be successful at what God is speaking to me! Onward, upward.

Day 3 – Lost Battle

All was well in the morning. All went well in the afternoon. Except for the incredible craziness at work, I felt okay. Just okay. I had a headache in the background. Do you know what I mean? It wants to be a full fledged headache, but it comes just ever so slightly.

On top of that, the pressure of the day was intensified. Residents had many struggles that day and as the social worker, I’m in the midst of those struggles. It was a long, drawn out day.

I left at 5:30 p.m. and had a 40 minute drive home. I talked to God. I debated whether or not I was going to finish the two glasses of wine left in the bottle. Oh, I just want to go home and relax with my husband. I called him to tell him that I was on my way home and he was visiting our friends and neighbors. Great, I thought. I’ll stop by and we’ll chat for a bit.

So, I did. “Do you want a glass of wine?”, says my friend. “Sure”, I said. And the battle was lost. After about an hour of great conversation and two glasses of wine, we went home. And I finished the two glasses of wine in my refrigerator along with my leftover hamburger (no bun). Life is good.

I decided not to feel guilty or condemned. I enjoyed the evening. I was relaxed. God said, “Remember that the battle belongs to Me”. Oh, yea! My job is to put on the armor. And I know how to do that. Read what He has written and put it in my mind. And, stand and let God fight for me.

Onward and upward, I stand still and see the deliverance of God. I may lose a few battles, but the victory in the war belongs to me.

Day 2 – Wine

I don’t know how long ago I started drinking wine, sometime in the late 80’s. One night, Skip came home late from work and brought a bottle of wine and 2 wine glasses and we just celebrated being together. I enjoyed the taste, the relaxation and definitely the glasses.

As time went on, I learned more about wine and enjoyed it on special occasions. Still do. Whenever we took a trip, we bought two lovely wine glasses to remember the event. I have quite a collection of wine glasses from the past 4 decades. My favorite is a very small – maybe 3 oz. wine glass that is probably…oh, I don’t know – old. It’s red and very light and fragile. I like to use it when I’m taking the Lord’s Supper at home.

I’ve gone through several phases in my enjoyment of wine and even a phase where I thought that was a sin to drink wine. I love God and I don’t want to knowingly sin, so, I stopped drinking wine. Then, I asked God about it and He impressed upon my mind to study it in his Word. So, I did. There are 233 references to wine in the Bible. I’ve read every one of them and pondered them. I even looked up the original meaning of the word wine as used in each Scripture. But, that’s not the point of this story.

The first references in Genesis show the fallen nature of mankind. Sadly, we are told about Noah getting drunk and engaging in sexual perversion. The next few examples are the same, involving incest and drunkenness. Clearly, God warns us that drinking wine in excess can lead to inhibition and fulfilling the lusts of the flesh. However, God does not prohibit wine. There are examples of certain individuals who may not consume wine, but that is a direct command from God in each instance. If God speaks to you and you are convicted to not consume wine, then don’t. But don’t mandate it to another individual. That, like every other word from God, is personal and should be a conviction from God, not a religious mandate.

With that being said, I love the first miracle that Jesus did when He started His earthly ministry. At a wedding (celebrate) He turned water into wine. Here’s the encounter from the Message Bible.

John 2:1-11 The Message (MSG)

From Water to Wine

1-3 Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus and his disciples were guests also. When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, “They’re just about out of wine.”

Jesus said, “Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn’t my time. Don’t push me.”

She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.”

6-7 Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim.

“Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,” Jesus said, and they did.

9-10 When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!”

11 This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

I’m certainly not a theologian and not even an expert on any subject in the Bible. But, I study and listen to what the Spirit is saying to me. So, I want to make it clear that God has spoken to me and has told me that wine has become an idol to me. Oh, I know, I blew it off too. But as I enjoy wine almost every night with my evening meal, I began to think about it more. It certainly has contributed to my weight gain. But, God, I said, I really love wine and enjoy everything about it. The taste, the relaxation, the glasses, the absolute pleasure of pairing a wine with a delicious meal.

Whenever I give up wine for a time period, the meals are boring. I don’t care about wine for breakfast or lunch or any other time, just with my evening meal. God was patient with me. This “discussion” has been going on for a few years with God. I really don’t believe that He is telling me to give up wine, but He is telling me something else.

In Song of Solomon 1:4 (again Message Bible), The woman says, “Take me away with you! Let’s run off together! An elopement with my King-Lover! We’ll celebrate, we’ll sing, we’ll make great music. Yes! For your love is better than vintage wine. Everyone loves you—of course! And why not?”

As much as I love wine and enjoy everything about it, God says that His love and (in another section of Song of Solomon) and kisses are sweeter than wine. “Ok”, I said to God. “I will leave the wine behind during this season together and spend more intimate time with You. I have great expectations that You will show me what You mean when You say that You are better than wine”.

So, that’s what He’s said to me on Day 2 of this Journey. Ascending. Onward and Upward.

Day 1 – It’s Saturday, June 1, 2019

I will be 66 years young this month.  God is calling me to a new journey, oh well, it’s a “been there, done that” thing, but it’s different.  This time, my motive is different. I’ve changed.  Some things may look the same, some will be brand new.  But, success is promised to me by Jesus. Complete and total success and bonuses to boot.  It’s about obedience rather than rebellion. His will rather than mine.  Taking the high road rather than the low road.  Feeding my spirit rather than my flesh.  And it’s not Monday, it’s Saturday.  I’ve done my last Monday.

I’ll explain.  The number of times I have started a new “diet” on a Monday I cannot count.  It’s been 40 years around the diet mountain for me.  It should have been a short journey, but my own rebellion and misunderstanding of Jesus’ power lengthened the trip.  Oh, too many days, months, years.  I am weary of the old paths that have led to failure.  If I must travel it one more time, I shall give up completely and die(t).  Today, I stand on the scales at 177 lbs.  I wear a 1x.  I was designed by God to weigh 105 lbs. and wear a size 5.  It’s overwhelming.

So, let the journey begin.  It’s one of ascension.  It won’t be a flat path, but rather a climb to victory.  And as one may guess, climbing a mountain rather than wondering around it will require a Guide.  I have my answer.  I have His promises.  The Last Monday is about going to a new level with Jesus and living in the supernatural provision of divine healing instead of mankind’s take on what it means to be healthy. Let’s discover what God says about being healthy. Here is a story that I’ve pondered for awhile.

Luke 8:43-45 The Message (MSG)

43-45 In the crowd that day there was a woman who for twelve years had been afflicted with hemorrhages. She had spent every penny she had on doctors but not one had been able to help her. She slipped in from behind and touched the edge of Jesus’ robe. At that very moment her hemorrhaging stopped. 

Here’s my version:

In the crowd today, there is a woman who for 40 years has been afflicted with poor self-image, gluttony, obesity and unhealthy habits that she could not overcome. She spent every penny that she had on cures, new diets, gimmicks, doctors, tests, but nothing had helped her. Her past victories were superficial and temporary. She was weary, ashamed and downtrodden. This day, she slipped through the crowd of lies and touched Jesus’ robe. At that very moment, He gave her victory over the lies of the enemy and she was no longer ashamed but empowered. God has given her the mountain that she seeks.