Joel 2:12-14 The Message
Change Your Life
But there’s also this, it’s not too late—
God’s personal Message!—
“Come back to me and really mean it!
Come fasting and weeping, sorry for your sins!”
Change your life, not just your clothes.
Come back to God, your God.
And here’s why: God is kind and merciful.
He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot,
This most patient God, extravagant in love,
always ready to cancel catastrophe.
Who knows? Maybe he’ll do it now,
maybe he’ll turn around and show pity.
Maybe, when all’s said and done,
there’ll be blessings full and robust for your God!
I broke my fast this morning with a half-frozen banana; no added sugar, yet it started my day sweetly; coffee black and an omelet with cheese and bacon that looked something about the size of the one below without the green onions and sans the toast. I was satisfied and pleased with myself.
I spent the morning doing a bit of book shopping and had an early lunch; I ate out and my chef salad had no croutons, or tomatoes, but was loaded with bacon and ham; it was a large salad that will give me what I need for playing pickleball today.
While I was out and about, I was surrounded by Valentine candy in every store. I would have usually bought a candy bar or some other chocolate treat I just knew I deserved; but I didn’t succumb. Lord, I was so proud of myself. The day is not over yet, and I have another meal facing me, yet I think You are speaking to me, I really do. I know our talks are taking on a focus of my life that needs addressing; absolutely there are many other areas that still fill my heart, mind, and soul; even so, I am drawn at this time toward facing my dietary habits head on. Thinking of You as I continue my fasting, avoidance, as I attempt to abstain from sugar and chocolate, I feel Your presence. Continue to take my hand, Father, and guide me away from the harm sugar and chocolate has and will continue to do to my overall health. I thank You for showing me I was not alone so far today in my choices. Thank You, Dear Lord, for assuring me I would be satisfied with the foods I have eaten so far today. Keep me near You, Loving Father. I want to succeed with Your help, encouragement, and Omnipresence. You are a Good, Good, Father. Bless You and to You be all the Glory, Power, and Praise. Amen