Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A fresh start

Hi Gals,
Well the scales have again groaned & the disappointment & shame begins as I see the numbers blaring evidence of My failure over the last few months & then i STOP & catch that thought- I remember that I don't live that way any more, I am not under guilt & condemnation, I am not listening to that negative, guilt ridden, destructive self talk.
I have a choice to make.
I'm choosing to look to the Word for labels for me, I don't hear those words said by the Saviour so therefore I should not be allowing myself to say them to me.

I know His Word says in Lamentations 3:22-23

 22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
   for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
   great is your faithfulness.

Today is a new start, I am not consumed, I'm not under condemnation, The Lord is looking lovingly at His gals & waiting for us to invite Him into this journey- so let's get started!!

Do you have specific scriptures that encourage you on this journey ?
Please share them in the comments for the other Glory Gals!!

Feasting and Fasting

A friend sent me a link to an article this week that talked about how our food habits have changed as a result of affluence - how special dinners for our grandparents were a few times a year usually birthdays & Christmas in comparison to the relative excess of food & wine that fill our usual fare and how many traditions of the past involved fasting & feasting.
I have been thinking on the article alot.
In the Old Testament fasting days were a way of remembering the significant suffering of the Jewish people in great events in their history. Feast days celebrated deliverance from a particular oppression or suffering or victory.
More "modern day" Christian fasting is directed at abstaining from a meal or favorite thing (some gals have a coffee or sugar fast) to wait on God for a particular break through or issue that they are seeking God for in prayer.
Is God involved in your food choices?
Do I use food to soothe myself or celebrate my Creator?
Do I miss meals because I'm rushed,disorganized or trying to obtain a diet goal or do I purposefully & prayerfully miss a meal to seek God?
Often my view of meals is very "me" oriented, I have to shamefully admit I have stopped the tradition of giving thanks before each meal as I was taught as a small child, it seemed to slip away when I started to grab a snack on the run as lunch or a coffee as a breakfast substitute. Jesus modeled giving thanks every time He ate or fed others.(see Mark 13:22-25, John 6:1-15, )
I would personally like to commit to thanking the Lord for His provision of my food, each & every time I eat and to change my thinking on my food being a "means to an end" to achieve my personal weight goals at the expense of considering my Lord.

What about you?
Do you fast?
Do you have feasts in your own family traditions that are specific celebrations of what God has done in your family or are purposefully to honor the Lord?
Do you give thanks or teach your wee ones to give thanks before meals?
Are we as Gods people loosing the attitude of gratitude & diluting the role of fasting & feasting in our relationship with God in our food obsessed, calorie counting, convenience lifestyle?