“Stop Eating And Pray”

“Stop eating and pray.” Yep, that’s how my morning time with the Lord went.

To explain, we’ve been staying home because of coronavirus for a couple of weeks now. (Today, our governor issued a required ‘stay home’ order.) Due to staying home, I’ve been eating a lot of comfort food. Yep, lots of comfort food.

So this morning I prayed, “Lord, forgive me for I’ve been eating a lot of everything. And now I’ve gained more weight. Lord, help me.”

Then I flipped over my daily scripture calendar, and saw this-

God declares us “not guilty” offending Him if we trust in Jesus Christ, who in His kindness freely takes away our sins. Romans 3:24 TLB

Because of coronavirus and staying home, I’ve been eating and eating, wasting time either watching TV, or zoning out on social media. But my greatest sin was none of these. No. it was my failure to pray.

“Lord forgive me. Help me pray for those who need You.”

I can’t send medical supplies, or food to those in the hardest hit areas. But what I can do is pray.

Yes, I can pray and also reach out to those in my life. I might not be able to be with them in person, but I can talk on the phone or use social media to stay in contact. Help me encourage others.”

We’re all stuck at home. All our lives have changed. We’re all overwhelmed by the reports of sickness and death. Maybe we’ve become fearful as we go to the grocery store. What if someone comes in my personal space who has the virus? And we’re real careful not to breathe toward anyone because what if we have it?

Funny note: I’m at the store standing close to the checkout counter hesitating . This lady looks at me. So I say, “I’m debating on buying ice cream.” To which she replied, “Buy it.” Then a man standing by, looked at me and said, “Buy it.” So I took that as a sign and bought ice cream. When I told Hubby about it, He asked, “When did you start taking advice from strangers?”

When I compared the time I’ve spent eating, cooking, discussing menus, or grocery lists to the time I spent praying, guess which one got the most time during my “stay home” day? Yep. Busted. It was food and more food. So I need to stop eating and pray.

A friend once told me the highest prayer you could pray is “Lord, Your will be done.” (See Matthew 6 for “The Lord’s Prayer”.)

So here’s today’s challenge. Let’s get out of our chairs, turn off the TV, turn off social media, and start praying for others. They need our prayers. This USA needs our prayers. The World needs our prayers. So lets stop eating and pray.

Our leaders need our prayers, President Trump, Vice President Pence, our Governors, our Senators, our Congress, and our Mayors. All our government leaders need prayers.

We also need to pray for our truck drivers, store employees, medical staff, first responders, people still working, people not working, families with children out of school, the children themselves, those who are by themselves, and those who are contained with others. We also need to pray for our spiritual leaders and for all who believe in Jesus that their faith will hold strong. And especially pray for those who don’t believe in Jesus that they will come to know Him.

Now I’m thinking of those leaders whom I don’t like and who I wish I could throw rocks at. Is this part of “Turn the other cheek?” Guess they need prayers too. Maybe that’s what the scripture meant when it instructed us to pray for our leaders so that we would have peace in our land.

Maybe we all need to repent. After all, 1 Chronicles 7:14 says-

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

So y’all, if you’ve been like me, lets stop eating and pray.

 

Walk In Obedience

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to Him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:1-2 NIV

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You know Lord . . . I didn’t walk in obedience yesterday. And now I’m here before You asking for forgiveness again, yet another time. Because I know I don’t deserve it, Your love amazes me.

Please help me walk in obedience today. And please forgive me. We both know that I didn’t bring You any honor, glory, and praise yesterday. Help me to fulfill Your will in all I do, say, think, and even to what I eat in Jesus’ name.

Lord, . . . all I can say is I’m sorry.

Child, I’m sorry too. You could have had victory, supernatural victory. But now you don’t. Instead you have weight gain. 

Yes Sir.

So you didn’t weigh yourself today, did you?

No Sir.Romans 8:28 and trust

I see . . . if only you would come to Me. Then I could deliver you from this bondage. After all, I have many plans of victory for you. 

Oh Lord, I do want victory.

Then come here to Me. 

Yes Lord, here I am.

Know that you are Mine and nothing can change that. I love you, My child. 

Sir, I love You too. I’m sorry I wasted yesterday. I do want to serve You. Yesterday, I know You saw it all.

Yes Child, but I’m not giving up on you.

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Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 NKJV

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Yes Child, I will complete My work in you. So you can rest assured I will have My way in your life. And you can rest assured I will complete My work of victory. 

But Lord, I don’t understand. Why don’t You give up on me?

Because you are Mine. After all, you are marked by My blood covering your sin. 

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And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ- to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11 NIV

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Child, I want you filled with the fruits of righteousness. Overall, I want you filled with My Presence, My Holy Spirit. 

But Lord, how?

Through praise and worship. Then you will be filled with My joy, My love, and My Presence. 

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Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to Him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:1,2 NIV

Because the Lord is on my side, I’m expecting a great 2020, full of weight losses and victorious wins. How about you? What do you expect for 2020?

So now, I’ve got my walking shoes on. And I’m ready to go forth toward my victory. What about you?

Walking in obedience

Romans 8:28 and Trust

I’m learning about Romans 8:28 and trust. Here’s how the conversation went:

Lord, the scales went up even though I only ate broiled seafood (notice- broiled, not fried like I love it) , 2 cups of gumbo with no rice (notice- no rice), 2 rice cakes (notice- with nothing spread on them), one small satsuma, and one small apple. That’s all I ate all day long and yet the scales went up.

Now Lord, I ask You, how can that cause a one pound weight gain?Romans 8:28 and trust

Child, yesterday you drank no water and had very little activity. I’m teaching you.

Well Lord, . . . what am I learning?

Child, you’re learning about Romans 8:28 and trust. Both yesterday and today you ate past full. You chose to eat past full. When you don’t follow instructions, you get what you get.

Consequences always come from all decisions. Whether they are good consequences or bad, there are always consequences to every decision. Weigh your thoughts and consider your consequences.

Today focus on following the eating plan I gave you: 1) Wait until hunger before eating. 2) Seek My guidance concerning your food choices. 3) Trust and obey My instructions. 4) Stop eating before you reach full. 

Your desire is to lose weight, but My desire is to teach you about Roman 8:28 and trust. Trust and obey. Throughout this process I am teaching you how to trust and look to Me. 

Learn this now and when a crisis comes you will know how to come through victorious. Now today focus on the words and instructions I have already given to you. You will have victory today for I have already ordained it. 

Yes Sir. Thank you Sir. Forgive me for my complaining and choosing to go against Your instructions. Help me to focus on Your will, to trust and obey You in all things even with the food I eat and how much I eat.Trust

Romans 8:28 and Trust

And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. Romans 8:28 AMP

What then shall we say to all these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 AMP

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. Romans 8:37 AMP

Victory

 

 

New Victory

Lord, I need a new victory.  Finally I’m losing weight again, but it’s through using an App on my cell phone, My Fitness Pal-  https://www.myfitnesspal.com/ .

Am I taking credit from You? By using this App to count my calories, how can I say it was You? (This was hand written over a week ago.) Continue reading New Victory

Trust and Obey – Focus

Trust and obey, Child. To begin your new year, I want you to focus and listen for My guidance. For I will lead you as you seek My will. Then determine to trust and obey My will,  for there is no other way to your victory.

Trust and Obey
Trust and Obey

Yes Sir. Just help me. Continue reading Trust and Obey – Focus

Fat People With Jesus?

Lord, were there fat people when You walked the Earth?

(Note: I can ask this because I have been obese most of my adult life. And I’m 30 pounds overweight now. So isn’t it nice that we can talk to our Lord Jesus about anything and He doesn’t condemn us for asking silly questions.)

Soon I wont be one of the fat people.
Soon I won’t be one of the fat people- only 30 pounds to go.
I'm one of the fat people
What I used to look like at 241 pounds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Scales Went Down. Wow!

Last Friday, the scales went down. Wow! It’s a miracle! During two days I ate three meals with chicken & dumplings, green bean casserole, and squash casserole. And I actually lost weight. Wow! That’s not what I expected! But if I can, then you can too.

On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, I had two different groups of ladies to come eat a meal with me. Yes, that’s what I served them. So much for low-calorie food. I was going for large volume with lower cost to serve 16 ladies. Even though I ate small portions, I never expected to lose weight. Wow!

Scales went down
This looks gross. I know. That way you won’t be tempted to want some. Good.

Child, I told you that if you seek My will and follow My advice, then you’d lose weight.

Wow! Lord, it’s amazing! Last week after having chicken and dumplings for three different meals, I actually lost weight. I can’t believe it.

Child, you sought My advice. Then you listened to My instructions for your portion size. Child, why do you doubt Me? For I know exactly what I’m doing. After all, I’m The Creator.

I created food, although you enjoy mixing up my natural ingredients with other stuff. I also created you body and I know not only what you should eat and not eat, but I also know how much you should eat.

So even if it’s not considered a “diet” food, (chicken & dumplings) if you follow My advice concerning portions size, you will still benefit with weight loss. The key to your success is to seek My will first, then listen to My guidance, trust Me to know what is best and then follow how I lead you. 

Remember that fruit and vegetable diet you tried a few years ago. You ate natural foods, but still gained weight. You gained 5 lbs. in a week. Volume eating of oranges was not good for your body even though it is a natural fruit. 

At that time, you weren’t seeking My advice. Instead you were trying every man-created diet of the month. 

Child, it’s better that  you seek My advice and follow My instructions for I know what is best for your body.

Okay Lord, but now I have two pots of chicken and dumplings left. What do I do with them?

Note: I gave them away. But I’m still amazed that the scales went down 2lbs. Wow!

 

 

 

 

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FEED ON THIS

     Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on Him to guide you, and He wil lead you in every decison you make. Become intimate with Him in whatever you do, and He will lead you wherever you go. Don’t think for a moment that you know it all, for wisdom comes when you adore Him with undivided devotion and avoid everything that’s wrong. Proverbs 3:5-7 TPT

The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace. Psalm 29:11 NKJV

 

 

Help Me Listen

Help me listen
40 Days of Victory
Day 7

Lord, help me listen to You. I do need to talk with You. But most important of all, help me to listen as You lead.

Yesterday, even though I’ve followed Your basic instructions for my eating I didn’t listen. Therefore this morning the scales went up. Lord, I know why. Not only was it wrong food choices but I didn’t stop eating when You led me to. Open my ears and my heart to listen more intently. Continue reading Help Me Listen

Remember Your Victorious Future

Victorious FutureRemember Your Victorious Future

Lord, I remember my victorious past.

Child, I remember your victorious future.

But Lord, what worked in the past is not working now.

Child, what worked in your future is working now.

But Lord, what is it? What worked in my future?

Me, My Presence with you. I worked in your victorious future. I worked in your today and your yesterday too. 

So Lord, what would You have me to do?

Submit your will to Me. Let go of your desires for food gratification. Overall, trust Me to lead you. Obey as I lead you. Victory will only come forth as you submit your will for self-gratification to My will for your deliverance. 

Child, this time of deliverance has already been ordained for you. Therefore, it can never be revoked for I have determined and spoke it forth. 

But Lord, what would You have me to do?

Submit yourself to My will for your food and your life. Also submit fully your heart love to Me. Then I will fill your heart with so much love you will no longer desire food gratification. Allow Me to fill you with My love. Then the desire for sweets will be a thing of your past. For you will be filled with the sweetness of My Presence.

Lord, I want this. So I ask You now to fill me with a desire for more of Your Holy Spirit, more of the sweetness of Your Presence.

Thank you Lord, for talking with me and loving me in spite of my many failures. I know I have disappointed You many times and yet, You will love me. Why?

Because you are My child. I love all My children and you are Mine. I never give up on Mine. So I always do whatever it takes in the life of each one to bring them back to My Presence. They expect My punishment, but that is not My intent. My intent is to bring them back to the sweetness of My Presence so that I may bless them beyond their comprehension. 

Lord, I want You. Thank you for loving me even though I don’t deserve it. Direct my steps today so they bring You honor and praise.

Child, I am drawing you to Me now. I am turning all things around. What you saw yesterday will not be today. It is all turning around for My pleasure and the good of those who love Me. For I am God, the God who delivers and sets free. I am the One, the Winner above all others. 

Yield yourself to Me. Your body is the temple of My Holy Spirit. Now yield yourself to Me. 

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Your Victorious FutureVictorious Future

I will give you a new heart and out a new spirit within you, I will take out the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you to walk in My statutes and you will keep My judgments and do them. Ezekiel 36:26-27 NKJV

Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you,   whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a   price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.1Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV

 

Celebrate National Food Day

Celebrate National Food Day

October 24 was “National Food Day.” The newscaster on television said so. After I heard that good news, I got all excited about a day to celebrate food. Wow! What a wonderful idea. How can I celebrate? Celbrate National Food Day

So . . . after thinking about it, I came up with an exciting plan to celebrate. It’ll surprise you. So . . . can you guess what I did to celebrate?

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