I’m not there, yet …

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I’ve got the right idea; I know what I don’t need; I know what to get rid of; I know there are things I can’t give up; and I know this isn’t gonna be easy.

I’ve already interrupted my fast from sugar and chocolate; it didn’t take long. The only good thing is that I know what I’m doing wrong; I know I’m trying; I know there will be times I will fall off the fast train; I also know You, Lord, are speaking to me gently. You don’t seem to be angry with my lack of will power. I hear Your voice as a confident coach cheering me not from the side lines, but by my side, understanding my frustrations, anxieties and doubts that I can achieve my fasting goal.

I walked an hour yesterday afternoon; this morning I cleaned house; I’m here at the library, to which I walked; I’ll be walking to the restaurant for lunch next. I plan to have salad and baked spaghetti. I know the noodles are starches that turn to sugar, but, well, almost everything has sugar or turns into sugar. I will pick my battles and be glad I had unsweetened tea with lemon for lunch yesterday, and this morning I drank my coffee black. I did not miss the sugar in either beverage.

Lord, help me along the way to put less focus on food and more focus on what I’m actively doing. At home I want to walk more; I plan to play more pickleball during the week; and as the weather permits, I will look forward to digging into the spring soil enjoying my love of being outside in my garden planting, weeding, and planning new features.

I thank You, Father, for Your time and patience with me. There is so much need in the world; my problems are small and insignificant, yet here You are, coaching me and encouraging me towards the elimination of sugar and chocolate in my diet. You are Almighty, Powerful, and a Mighty GOOD friend.  Amen

 

 

Day by Day
Author: A. L. Skoog

Author: Carolina Sandell  1865

 

 

Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best–
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

 

 

Ev’ry day the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He whose name is Counselor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

 

 

Help me then in eve’ry tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.

 

Life’s problems wouldn’t be called “hurdles” if there wasn’t a way to get over them. ~Author Unknown

 

God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow in them. ~Author Unknown

 

Galatians 6:9  The Message
So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.

 

Proverbs 16:3  The Message
Put God in charge of your work,
then what you’ve planned will take place.

 

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