Roadtripping it… Be anxious for nothing.

This may seem stupid, but just bear with me while I explain some anxious thoughts I struggle with that involves travel.

I’ll start with a verse.  Philippians 4:6 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

We are commanded to not be anxious about anything, but after a long time of rigidly controlling my habits regarding eating and being comfortable with my healthy way of eating I found it difficult and almost terrifying to anticipate road trips.  I was afraid of road trip ‘junk food’, being sedentary, and fast food restaurants.

In truth, much of this fear has dissipated over the years, as I’ve been reminded that everything is in God’s control, and I need to trust Him, be grateful, and remember that God gave me hunger signals for a reason.  I can go on a road trip and eat when I’m hungry, and I won’t gain weight.

However, there are a few things that REALLY help me when I go on a road trip to help not completely throw my body for a loop.

1.  You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s easy to get dehydrated while traveling, because you don’t want to have to go to the bathroom all the time, but DRINK.  It’s better to drink than not, and get a headache and feel gross.  Trust me.  I’ve tried that before :D.

2.  Keep a good balance on the food.  I like a few handfuls of candy, but too much is just well… too much.  I like to eat apples or order a salad at the fast food.  I also enjoy the ice-cream from the gas station and thank God for the milkshakes.

Trail Mix.  Forgive the door in the background. 😀

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3.  When you get to wherever you’re going if it’s late get some good sleep.  It really helps to re-set my rhythm to get in, go to sleep for a good solid 7-8 hours and get up again.

4.  Move.  Exercise.  If you’re a runner, hit the pavement the next day.  I’m planning to hit the pavement to keep the routine and schedule up.  🙂

Yay, I remembered to stuff my shoes in the car. 😀

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However, there are a few things

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Feet. Hard Places. Beautiful Faces.

IMG_3918(You are never more grateful for your feet being able to run then after being sidelined with a foot injury for 9 weeks and not being able to run.)

God gave us feet that take us places.  There are many places in life you’ll go.  There will be hard places and dark places, but the Lord is YOUR Shepherd (Psalm 23) even through the dark places.  There will be mountains on which you can see the sunrise for the first time in months, and you are reminded that ‘the heavens declare the glory of God.’

There is beauty in all the places that God will take you.  God has created many beautiful women, and He makes us even more beautiful pieces of pottery through each trial and hardship we endure.  My sisters, God has given you an ability, a physical, emotional, and spiritual ability, through the body, mind, soul, and spirit to serve Him.  Don’t gaze at the mirror, but gaze at Him, the author and finisher of our faith.

So as your feet take you through life, remember that there is a Heavenly father that directs each one of your steps.

Jeremiah 29:11, “A man plans his ways, but the Lord directs His steps.”

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The Power of Fear. The Power of Love.

There is a power, an earthly emotion, that often overtakes us.

When we’re ‘stuck’ in the cycle of overeating, under-eating, purging, we are often overcome with fear.  It’s a fear of what other people would think if they knew.  It’s a fear of man, that displaces a loving fear of the one who made the universe, God.

Don’t let this earthly fear drive you.  Don’t be so consumed by what men think, and use that fear to destroy the good gifts that God has given you.

Look at God’s promises in Psalm 145: 18-20,  “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.”    God promises to preserve those who FEAR Him.  He is a great God, an awesome God who deserves a loving and awe-filled fear.

Don’t fear man.  May God fill you with the power, love, and sound mind, that only He can give.  2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

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Security. Find it in Him.

Often women are looking for affirmation, for love, for someone to tell them that they’re beautiful in all the wrong places.

We can’t find eternal refuge in anyone or anything but Jesus Christ. It’s not wrong for someone to tell another person that they are beautiful, but that should not be the source of our fulfillment, joy, or security.   Jesus Christ came down to earth.  He became a babe, so He could save us from our sins.  He died for our sins.  He rose to give us hope of the resurrection.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  (Psalm 46:1) God is there.  He is faithful.  Psalm 147:3 says, “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”  He sees our hurts, our regrets, our worries, and fears, and He calls us to have faith, to trust Him, to take refuge in Him, and to look to Him as the great healer and provider.

The Christian life is not easy, but it is secure.  The fact is that we are saved and redeemed in Jesus Christ.  We are walking on a new road, a narrow road to heaven.  God is the one who carries us through.  He is the one who binds up our wounds in the battle, and He is the one upon whom we depend.

Simplicity and Beauty

Tis the day to share some more favorite things, simple, beautiful things that make my eyes wide with wonder and my heart sing!

Newly Fallen Snowflakes on the porch… Each one is such an intricate design.  

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Cookies in the making.

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Beagles that make you smile especially when they’re CRAZY. 

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Broken. Who I really AM.


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Life is a road, a narrow road.  There are valleys and mountains, but in all of it the Son of God
never ceases to shine on our way and lead us through even the darkest of valleys.’

I’m a very broken person.  I have many struggles.  Just because I’m sharing this blog with you does not mean in any way, shape, or form that I never struggle with any of these issues at all any more.

Daily, I resist or, sadly, give in to the urge to gaze vainly at myself in the mirror, wondering if I just do it from a different angle, if I will like that person in the mirror more than I do now.  Daily, I have to tell myself that life is NOT about food, but about giving glory to a Holy, Infinite, Eternal, and Wonderfully awesome God!   Daily, I have to put off bad habits of .

Yet, I want to encourage any of you read this, that the more you put off these binding habits, these crushing idols, the easier it becomes. Psalm 73:25-26 says, “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.  My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”  In my struggles, when all of my hope or confidence in myself and my own capabilities is gone, is when I see the works of God in the most vivid detail.  Even when my body and my heart fail, God is and has and will always be the strength of my heart.

Image is taken from: http://www.mwordsandthechristianwoman.com

We serve a great God who can solve every problem, who can save the worst of sinners, like myself, and purge away the things that seem impossible.

I’m a sinner.  I’m struggling, but God is making new material out of me day by day.  Pray for me.  I will pray for you, as you walk the amazing road to living fully for the glory of our Almighty King.