Cleaning Out the Temple in a Seasoned Journey – God’s Glory

When I opened my devotional this morning I asked God to reveal Himself – To help me. He gave me Matthew 14:22-34. I have always loved this story. But it gave me new light into my struggles.

When I think of trials I don’ t think of the daily struggles – like losing weight. I think of the big things. When I have faced a big situation – I have NEVER had any problem trusting in Him.

But I cannot say the same about weight loss or beating my addictions. I figured out why. I have not seen these things as “TRIALS”. I have been looking at them as my problems and MY struggles that I have to overcome and am failing miserably at doing so.

That has been the issue. MY PROBLEMS, MY STRUGGLES THAT I HAVE TO OVERCOME. And I wonder why I have been failing?

It is not about ME. It is about looking to him as Peter did when he was sinking in the sea and crying out to God, “Save me Lord!”

As you flounder in the sea of weight loss or beating a life long struggle – see it as a trial. See it as another way that GOD’S glory will shine through. If the apostles had avoided the storm in Matthew 14 – “they would have missed the demonstration of Jesus’ power over the sea and wind” (In Touch Devotional, February 2017).

As Christ said to the apostles in the storm in Matthew 14: 27 & 31 – so He is saying to us regarding our daily struggles (trials), “Don’t be afraid. Take courage I am here. You have so little faith. Why do you doubt Me?”

We doubt Him because we are trying to beat things in our own strength. We doubt Him because we keep failing in our own strength. As Peter was relying on himself when he stepped off that boat, we are relying on ourselves instead of looking to the One who wants to hold us up and do a mighty work in our lives – for HIS glory.

Watch Jesus’ power over your weight. Watch Jesus’ power over your addiction. Watch Jesus’ power over your life long battle. Ask our Lord to let you truly experience His continual presence right in the middle of what you struggle with daily. Watch what HE can do in you. Take your focus of yourself and the weight and the struggle and reach for HIM.

Look forward to seeing HIS glory shine through.

Cleaning Out the Temple in a Seasoned Journey – Welcome!

Last year at this time, I was depressed and very upset with myself. Back in 2009, I lost 75 pounds and felt great despite many changes going on in my life.

When Dan (my husband now) and I started our relationship a couple of years later, I SLOWLY began to put on the weight again. Many reasons surrounded this: 1. I love food. 2. Dan loves food. 3. When you put two people who love food together…the weight is sure to follow.

But that wasn’t all that was fueling my weight gain. I discovered through a wonderful Bible Study called Hope Ahead by Cris Paulson & Barb Mulvey that I was using weight gain as a protection device to ward off unwanted attention. I was happily in a wonderful relationship with a wonderful and godly man and I didn’t want to hurt that relationship. So I was using weight gain to protect myself. When this finally dawned on me, it was then that I was able to lose the 35 pound I had put on since being married to Dan.

Now, I have been asked by several ladies in my life to walk with them in their journey to get healthy. I created a new Facebook page called Cleaning Out the Temple where we will help each other to move forward in our journeys of getting healthy and staying healthy. If you would like to join us…let me know.

As I post there and share here I pray this will be an encouragement to anyone out there struggling with weight and anything else that may be keeping you from knowing who you are in Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:19, ” Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.”

Am I My Husband’s Keeper in a Seasoned Journey?

Why is it that we think we have to be our husband’s keeper? Why is it that we think we can actually control what he thinks about, who he talks to and what he chooses to look at?

I put this article under health because I cannot tell you how many times I have talked to women about this issue and it is literally driving them crazy and making them physically and spiritually ill.

I learned long ago when I was younger that I have NO control over the man in my life. Babysitting my children was enough without having to babysit a grown man.

And now as a seasoned woman – I am too old to even want to.

Let me be honest with you…I have enough on my hands with my own thought life, what I chose to watch and with my own words and actions. Why do I want the added responsibility of my husband’s thoughts, words and actions?

I am one of those sick people who enjoys running and when I do – I think of the Apostle Paul’s words about running the race. I only have to focus on what is ahead of me – the prize of Heaven. When I am walking or running a race and I chose to focus on the person next to me, I WILL – I guarantee you, given my clumsiness – trip and fall. If I am worrying about how my husband is living his walk and not focusing on my own – I will lose sight of the prize and stumble in my own walk.

“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things.” Philippians 3:13b – 15a. 

Keep your eyes focused on the prize, sisters. Pray for and respect your husbands – as we are instructed to do and let God deal with him and his thoughts, words and actions…God is so much better at that than we are. To GOD be the glory!

Domestic Violence in a Seasoned Journey – Part I

It always fascinates me when I ask a woman about her possibly being in a domestic violence situation, that her immediate response to me is…”but he’s not hitting me”.

Sisters, domestic violence is so much more than physical abuse. Abuse can come in many forms. Emotional, mental, and spiritual abuse is just as damaging as physical abuse.

It is about a predator taking advantage of the heart and mind of a someone and using it for his/her benefit. Whether we as women like it or not the Bible itself tells us as women that we ARE the weaker vessel.  1 Peter 3:7 (ISV) says, “In a similar way, you husbands must live with your wives in an understanding manner, as with a most delicate partner. Honor them as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing may interfere with your prayers.

The International Standard Version calls the wife the “delicate” version…as a type A female I prefer this word over what most versions use – which is the word “weaker” – but whichever word is used, women are by nature physically weaker than men.  Not to mention due to our sensitive emotional nature we can buckle under pressure quicker as well.

However, the verse goes to say women are heirs in God’s kingdom as much as our male counterparts. In a domestic violence situation, women are not honored as the heirs that they are. And this is where the problem comes in.

Domestic Violence is an issue many churches will not address for various reasons. This is part 1 of a series on domestic violence that WILL be addressed in Her Seasoned Journey.