This last week has been a trying one. Not that it has been out of kilter with troubles and worries. Just that it has been a busy week and it has been a bit difficult in staying on top of the study. I have not been able to participate as I would love to, but I am able to keep up with my readings and devotions. I have a wonderful supporter who brings beautiful tidbits of the study to me almost every morning through email and text, which gives me a desire to join in again, no matter what is happening around me. 🙂 Thank you again my sweet daughter. I love this devotion you shared with me as well.
I find it rather interesting when I start out ‘gung hoe’ on something but after the first couple of days it becomes a chore. I look at my first blog and it is hard to believe that I have allowed my thoughts to become as far away from that day as they could be. It ‘s amazing as to how easy it is to forget that there is an enemy out there that wants to completely destroy us. Thankfully, I start to become stronger when I do remember that.
I realize that this week has been a real struggle only because I have taken my eyes off the prize. 🙂 My Lord and my relationship with him is where I want my focus to be, even more so than my goal for losing this weight. Although my losing weight started just two and 1/2 weeks ago, my journey away from the Lord’s arms started 8 years ago and with this study He has welcomed me back into His loving arms without reservation. Needless to say this study couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.
The Lord has always been there for me, but because of hurt and my own selfishness I did not always acknowledge that fact, or even embrace it for many years. It wasn’t until this study was shared with me by my sweet daughter that my eyes were opened to honestly looking at my life and what my goals in it really were. From doing that this first week, I have found many ‘cravings’ that have taken my eyes off the Lord. Just about everything in my life has been used by the enemy to keep my focus on anything else but the Lord.
Truly it is ‘freeing’ to finally come to a conclusion as to what it is that has come between my relationship with God, and now I can name it in just one word…CRAVINGS. Cravings that have consumed my thoughts and a drive to be better in the realm of work, being a wife, mother, daughter, friend, sister, loosing weight, looking good, and household financial contribution just to name a few. By continually trying to stay so focused on it all I have managed to set God aside while I work it all out myself. Well, what has come from it all is that my life has become a mess of unresolved issues that continue to eat at me on a daily basis until I have no more room for anything else, including the Lord. By becoming involved with this study, I have at least come to the above conclusions and honestly can’t wait to see what more the Lord has to show me.
You see, up until now I wasn’t listening to God. I didn’t have time withing my heart or mind to hear what He was trying to tell me. I didn’t have time with everything else taking up space within my mind. There was absolutely no room to bring in doubt that I might not be going about things in the way the Lord may have wanted me to. But this week, the Lord has literally provided more time in my day and has directed me to the Made To Crave study. He has broken through my barriers with a flood of insight, and has promised to walk me through each ‘craving’ that includes a victorious ending, and today I am so excited to take His hand and let Him lead me. Thank you God!!!
I pray for strength and direction and a hope for solutions of honor for my Lord. AMEN
Well, I don’t know where to begin but to say…AWESOME. This study has already proven to me a miracle for me. I joined this study thinking that I was going to get to share study time with my daughter who is almost 2000 miles away and that we would somehow be side by side on this actually talking to each other during the study, and to lose the weight I have been trying to lose for going on 8 years now. What the Lord has shared with me today though is that He has a much bigger picture He wants to paint in my life. That I wasn’t even close with the reason’s I joined this study. 🙂 I am so excited to reestablish my relationship with my Lord and watch how He makes changes in my life that will glorify Him. I feel that I have a lot of work to do within my life, but I finally know again that I am not alone and that He will be with me every step of the way. I can’t tell you how much that means to me after the failures I have made in my life. My God is amazing and so full of grace and mercy to welcome me back with open arms and no reservations.
He has promised me that this is going to be a journey for me that I will never forget. 🙂
To add a little more encouragement was our theme song: “Overcomer” WOW…what a message. I love this song for so many reasons. I am inspired and almost overwhelmed with the significance to this song. All I can say is: “Thank you God for thinking of everything”. 🙂
YEP, JUST ONE MORE DAY. I WAS READING PROVERBS 31 TODAY, NOW MIND YOU IT HAS BEEN A WHILE SINCE I’VE OPENED MY BIBLE, AND WHAT I FOUND WERE SO MANY REASONS FOR ME TO BE HERE. I HAVE MISSED MY GOD SO MUCH, AND AM BUSTING WITH HAPPINESS THAT HE HAS REACHED OUT TO ME ONCE AGAIN THROUGH MY DAUGHTER AND THIS STUDY. I WANT TO BE BETTER THAN I HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST AND BETTER THAN I WOULD HOPE TO BE WITH MY OWN HOPES. GOD HAS SO MUCH MORE FOR ME THAN WHAT I HAVE BEEN ALLOWING IN MY LIFE. I HAVE BEEN SHORTING MYSELF OF HIS BLESSINGS AND I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT LEARNING WHAT IT IS HE HAS FOR ME TO MOVE FORWARD IN MY WALK WITH HIM.
I CAN’T TELL YOU ALL HOW EXCITED I AM ABOUT GETTING STARTED WITH THIS BIBLE STUDY. IT HAS BEEN 11+ YEARS SINCE I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH A BIBLE STUDY OF ANY KIND. MY DAUGHTER HAS SIGNED UP FOR THE STUDY AS WELL, IN FACT, SHE WAS THE ONE WHO SHARED THE INFORMATION ON THIS STUDY WITH ME. ANOTHER REASON I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS. BLESSINGS, AND I CAN’T WAIT TO MEET YOU ALL.