Sweet Place of Breakthrough

1-peter-5-7I had some symptoms back in 2012 that had actually been happening for a few years before that… I rationalized it as thought my allergies were acting up and sometimes that maybe I was sick to my stomach. Finally I decided that something was wrong that I needed to go to the doctor to get checked out. I ended up going to a GI doctor and had an endoscopy done. Discovered the cause of my problems was a hiatal hernia, GERD, and a very bad case of Acid Reflux. The doctor told me that it was getting worse because of how much I weighed. SO back then my first plan was to stop drinking cokes, then I cut out fried foods period, and lastly I started by working out (just moving along the best I could with a Zumba game I have on my Xbox 360 to walking on my apartment’s treadmill in their little gym) for 20 min every day except on Sabbath (Saturday my day of rest and worship). It really worked for me. I lost 25 pounds that time and got down to 160 pounds.

I wish I could say that I won that achievement and kept the pounds off… I have to say I didn’t. I now weight the most I ever have in my life. I think that if I can just get the motivation again like I had that I could get back under 200 pounds easy. If you see my motivation anywhere will you return it to me? I somehow lost it along the way and I really could use to have it back sometime soon. I do know that since I had this “personal victory” with loosing weight in the past I have faith in God and myself that I can do it again! One of the things we were asked to do in my online Bible study this week was make a list of excuses that we use to eat what we want… so I figured I would share some of them with you. (See below for my list)…

I have been doing good all week so I deserve to eat out this time.
I am so tired that I deserve to grab something quick to eat so I don’t have to cook.
I can really start eating better again tomorrow.

These really are just a few of the many ways I can rationalize the need to eat whatever it is that I have in front of me…
imageI have to say that I really love the verse of the week… 1 Peter 5:7-8 ~ Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. ~

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Anxiety 1. a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event of something with an uncertain outcome. (Synonyms: concern, apprehension, fear, angst, tension) I feel all of these feeling quite often and now that I have started this Bible study I have started to ask myself why??? I should as this very verse suggests “cast ALL my anxiety on him (Jesus)… why not only because the Bible tells me so but because when I tend to talk about things it is like I let out all the worry nervousness, concern, apprehension, angst, and tension I feel inside by talking about it. This verse alone tells me why I should pray about such things because Jesus himself CARES FOR ME!!! Plus unlike friends (now don’t get your feelings hurt my friends out there who maybe reading this) Jesus is never in the middle of something and needs to call me back later… or is too busy for me or would have to fit me into his schedule. SO why do I end up having to try and fit him into my busy schedule? Just some of the things that this bible study has me pondering recently… when I remember to pray more and read my Bible more it’s like receiving this:

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So what I have learned now from week two is that the key to being #Empowered is to read the Bible, memorize scripture, and spend time in prayer. This week I am learning to be #Determined to let go of the excuses and take one step at a time. To take even my struggles to Jesus in prayer, to lean on the good friends I have, and to say to my worries that my God is bigger than them and they should be worried about what He will do to them… and to remember the saying (while at work especially) that “If this is the WORST THING that happens to me today, it’s still a pretty good day.” (Thanks to Lysa TerKeurst for that motivational phrase!)

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Such a great memory verse!!!

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Verse of the Week: Psalms 84:2

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I have loved learning more about this verse and I think this will be my first memory verse to memorize to start back doing that again. I also looked up a blog about verse mapping. I had never done this before but thought the way it was presented was very cool. So I did my first verse this way using that tool and just meditating on what the verse meant to me. I will share what I ended up getting out of the verse in just a little bit. So basically this is how I mapped my verse. I used the one from our study… I then took out a notecard and wrote the verse out on the front of the card. I didn’t really take all day to figure out what this verse said to me but I could have… maybe next week I will do that… then I circled words that jumped out at me or I jotted down what spoke to me out of the verse. I found more then I had space for on my notecard to write in this one verse alone. Then I turned it over and wrote out a prayer to God about how I could use the things I learned from this verse from here on out in my life. Also if He would help me finish what I started (great at starting stuff and being all motivated then poof I hardly finish what I start…). So below see my picture of my verse mapping…

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So by doing this and reading the verse quite a few times I ended up almost having it totally memorized which was the final plan for me to accomplish! Woo Hoo!  I had started memorizing scripture last year (see I started something and didn’t keep it going!!!) Now I plan to pick back up and make memorizing scripture a way of life. Along with picking back up my prayer journal. It is such an uplifting way to look back at answered prayers and see how you have changed along the way. It might help me get my prayer life back on track. Man if you read this you will think I am all outta shape with my spiritual life! I want to assure you that I have taken to heart my motto this year… “To know Christ, and to make Him known.”

So who is with me to memorize scripture with me this year?

Made to Crave

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Looking forward to the start of this new bible study I am participating in… Made to Crave online with over 40,000 other women! So here is a little about why I decided to do this bible study. 1.) I want 2014 to be the year I come closer to Jesus. I came across this study being done by Proverbs 31 Ministries and I was like this is something I should get involved in!!! Was so excited so I texted some friends and found out at least 3 other people I knew are also doing this journey with me. So if you haven’t signed up take a look at the link I shared, pray about it, and come join me…

I wanted to share one of my favorite bible promises with you taken from Isaiah 54:10 (HCSB):

Though the mountains move
and the hills shake,
My love will not be removed from you
and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,”
says your compassionate Lord.

Whenever I am down or think I can’t go on I just repeat this verse to myself. Jesus loves me and always will be with me… even to the end of the age (Matt. 28:20). I also try to memorize scripture and my verses that I have chosen to be my prayer to God this 2014, to memorize them, and to put them into practice are below from Psalm 119:33-40 (HCSB).

Teach me, Lord, the meaning of Your statutes,
and I will always keep them.
Help me understand Your instruction,
and I will obey it
and follow it with all my heart.
Help me stay on the path of Your commands,
for I take pleasure in it.
Turn my heart to Your decrees
and not to material gain.
Turn my eyes
from looking at what is worthless;
give me life in Your ways.
Confirm what You said to Your servant,
for it produces reverence for You.
Turn away the disgrace I dread;
indeed, Your judgments are good.
How I long for Your precepts!
Give me life through Your righteousness.

Do you have any bible promises that you just love and cling to? Do you have have any verses you plan to memorize this year and put into practice in your life? Please share them with me…

If you want to join in the fun of blogging along with the bible study just click the link on your left (Big Blue Circle)… I hope to see you there!

New Years Resolutions…

Doesn’t everyone end up with a list of what they hope to do in the New Year to come? I have never waited this long to come up with some but I felt these were very important… I REALLY liked this list that I have copied here; not that it is meant for being resolutions for just a year but for the life of a Christian:

1. Never neglect daily private prayer; and when you pray, remember that God is present and hears your prayers. Heb. 11:5.

2. Never neglect daily private Bible reading. All backsliding begins with the neglect of these two rules. John 5:39.

3. Never let a day pass without trying to do something for Jesus. Luke 5:13-15.

4. If you are in doubt as to a thing being right or wrong, go to your room and kneel down and ask God’s blessing upon it. Col. 3:17. If you cannot do this, it is wrong. Rom. 11:23.

5. Never take your Christianity from Christians. 2 Cor. 10:12. Ask yourself, “How would Christ act in my place?” and strive to follow him. John 10:27.

“Five Short Rules for Christians” by E. J. Waggoner written in 1889

Now to add to that list…

6. Memorize Scripture. Joshua 1:8. 2 Tim. 3:16. Deut. 11:18.

7. My life goal for 2014 is the same as my church motto… “To know Christ, and make Him known.”

8. Want to share the Good News more… which in my case means preaching more this year. Plus sharing Christ with anyone who comes into my life who is willing to hear… (divine appointments).

9. Get healthier by making better choices, working out when I can, and eating better.

10. I give myself permission that if I fail on one or more of these at some point this year to give myself FORGIVENESS and pick back up and continue onward…

I am actually happy with my list. I feel if I stick to it for even most of the year I will end up 2014 having a closer relationship with Jesus. I will have 365 days worth of doing little good things for others…(what a fun challenge). I hope to know more about the bible and memorize some new verses. I hope to be healthier at the end of this year spiritually and physically.

What are your New Years Resolutions? Anything different this year then in past years? I know that some of mine ended up being different then in previous years. Some more open ended which makes them easier to comply with and more able for me to complete them. Now I need to find my partner in encouragement, you might say to check up on me 2 or more times a week so we can encourage each other through out this year… any takers?

Love,

Your Sis in Christ ~ Carolyn