Day 15 – Monday, Monday

“This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it” Ps 118:24

We should rejoice in every day we wake up!  Every day is a gift from God.  If the Lord made it, He had purpose in it!

My question to self “did I fulfill the purpose of this day?”  How about you?

 We often dread Mondays – but yet it is 1/7 of our life!  Why dread 1/7 of life?  We should be as ready for Monday as every other day but yet, we don’t because it is generally the day we go back to work after the weekend!  God gave us the 7th day to rest, so we will be ready to give 100% on Monday!  The Bible says we are to do all (job) as unto Him.  Would we drag in before God and only give half hearted effort or would we joyfully anticipate going before Him and giving our all?

I am just as guilty as everyone else!  I whine on Sunday night when I have to set my clock for Monday morning.  But I have lately made an effort to rejoice in Monday just as in Saturday!  After all, Psalm says THIS is the day that the Lord has made!!  So my response should be “I WILL rejoice and be GLAD in it!!”

 God, I thank you for this day – help me to fulfill today’s purpose!  I don’t want to wish away 1/7 of my life, nor do I want to be ungrateful.  I thank you for every day you’ve given me!  I thank you in advance for tomorrow.  Help me to awake rejoicing in your goodness!

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  Day 16 – In honor of the “State of the Union” Address – I will give my “State of the Journey” Address!

                                     So far – So Good! 

 During this first 16 days, I have gone without sweets, fried foods, secular music, and have greatly limited my on-line time!  To be honest, I haven’t really missed any of it!  My focus was mostly on time-wasters!  I admit, I waste a lot of time on-line which is why I have greatly decreased that!

 Instead, I have spent my time in the Word of God, prayer, and fellowship with God!  I have made a conscious decision to spend more time with Him.  Yes, I had a plan! 

  I began reading the Bible – front to back, on Jan 9th and plan to complete it by May 9th!  That’s 4 months – not a year!  I think a year is too long because you will have forgotten what you read by then! I am now reading the book of Joshua!

 In place of time wasted on other things – I spend time in prayer and fellowship. 

I have only listened to Christian music because I want only positive messages bombarding my spirit during this time.

I’ve also read other Christian books.  “Made to Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst being one of them.  This is the book that my 21 day journey is named after.  I have written a review of it and posted it on “Laurie’s Book Club” at http://lauriewebbministries.com/lauries_book_club.html

I also completed reading “Healing a Broken Marriage” by Deborah Ross – a fellow Creation House author who asked me to review her book for her.(Again, review posted in “Laurie’s Book Club”)  I recommend this book if you are suffering through a broken marriage!  And I am about to begin “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Power” by John Eckhardt.

In my “State of the Journey” address – I would love to say that I have created more jobs and the economy is turning around but…I don’t have that power!  But I can tell you that if you joined me in this journey then this has been time well spent!  You can never outgive God – in finances or time!  He will always multiply it back to you! He will most certainly honor your commitment to place Him first in your life! Once you’ve  made that choice – He will set in place, proper priorities for all other areas of your life.  Right relationship with God brings about right relationship with other people and other things!

                              As I end my address, I say to “Finish strong” 

             “Run with endurance the race that is set before you” (Hebrews 12:1)

                                       And “God Bless America!”

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Day 17 –  No words of wisdom today!

Just me, thankful for all God has given me!  Thankful that God had a plan when He created us humans – a plan to redeem us and give us a chance at eternal life. 

It amazes me on a daily basis that God knew every mistake I would make and every time I would mess up before He even created me but He did anyway!  It amazes me that He made a way through His Son, Yahshua, to pay in full all we owed for all the sins we would commit.  It amazes me that when Jesus said “it is finished”, He meant “IT IS FINISHED“. End of story!  No questions asked!   

What a loving, merciful God!

Two songs come to mind right now – 1) How Great is Our God!  2)  He Loves Us

He’s great but He also is loving!

Again, I can’t muster up any great words to say or any great spiritual lesson – I’m just simply humbled…and amazed!

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Day 18 – Where you go I go

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2U3PU-E32E

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Where you go I go
What you say I say
What you pray I pray
(repeat 2x)

Jesus only did, What he saw you do
He would only say, What he heard you speak
He would only move, When he felt you lead
Following your heart, Following your spirit

How could I expect to walk without you
When every move that Jesus made was in surrender
I would not begin to live without you
For you alone are worthy you are always good

You are always good
You are always good
Always good
Always good

(Bridge)
Though the world seems to forget
We will not forget
Who you are and what you’ve done for us
You are my God

(repeat 5x)

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This song expresses my heart at this moment.  There’s a line that says “I would not begin to live without you”.  Living without Him is a miserable existence because our very DNA is formed to need God!  We were created for fellowship with God!

Watch the video and sing the words to God!  He delights Himself in the praises of His people!

As I near the end of this “Non” fast, I am overwhelmed by His love!  I am in awe of His grace!  I stand in amazement at His mercy!  Who am I to deserve this!  Even so – He has made me a King’s Kid – a joint-heir with Christ – an overcomer – a victorious warrior  – a Covenant partner…

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Day 19 – …and in this corner, walking about like a roaring Lion…the devil

Have you ever just had one of those days?  Yeah, me too!!  Today – in fact – was one of those days!  Unbelievably busy at work – patients coming out of the woodwork.  As if that wasn’t enough – coworker drama!  It just wasn’t a good day!!

It felt like Satan was bouncing around me saying “Put ’em up. put ’em up, put ’em up…! 

But then…I went to Friday Nite Live…and the presence of God washed all of that away.  Satan’s devices can’t stand up to the presence of God!  It was absolutley awesome!

Since I’m on day 19, I pretty much knew the devil wasn’t going to stand by and let me end my 21 days on a good note.  But like I said he is walking around “like” a lion – he’s not a lion!  He wants me to think he is!  But I’ve got the ultimate fighting machine in my corner – the blood of Yahshua!  And since I’m in Covenant relationship with Yahveh – all I have to do is point to the proof of covenant – His name on my heart and Holy Spirit within me!  And then Satan realizes he has a bigger contender than little ole me!

I was amazed that all of the day’s junk that was piled on me when I arrived to FNL was no longer there when I left!  Thank You Yahveh for fighting my battles – for being my comfort – my Father – and my strength!  Thank You that if we ask, you are faithful to deliver us from evil!

Again – God “Where you go, I go- What you say, I say – What you pray, I pray”

I am determined to live out this song!

Oh yeah –, tomorrow is Saturday and 68 degrees, and a sunny day is forecasted!  Thank You God for hearing my petition for warm weather

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Day 20 – Wow – only 1 day left!

Today was sunny – 68 degrees – I got some Vit D therapy!   yeah….

Today has been a busy day!  I have been cleaning up my computer room.  You don’t understand unless you’ve seen it!  It is a great example of organized chaos!  It was a total disaster yet, I could put my hand on anything I wanted within a minute.

I decided it need a good cleaning and organizing before I got my new computer.  Hopefully, I will get me a new Mac within the next 2 weeks – can’t wait.  This computer has been on life support for almost a year now.  It’s a good thing I’m a nurse because I’ve had to do CPR on it several times.

Sometimes life feels like my computer room!  Organized chaos!  We get so busy that life begins to pile up around us and we begin to neglect some things.  Although, everything is within arms reach, you tend to bury things from lack of use.  As we begin to look for our relationship with God – oh! there it is, underneath the stack of work papers.  Where’s my Bible? – there it is covered with church activities.  How about prayer?  Sitting underneath your laptop!  It is all found within a minute yet dusty from lack of use!

As I reach the end of my official journey – I have just now really formed some habits that I need to continue to work on!  Reading my bible daily.  I have a goal to read it through in 4 months.  More time in prayer!  Less time online!  Focus on relationship with God, family and friends.

I’m focusing on getting my life organized.  Forming new habits!  Living a thankful life!  Living a life of praise!  Living a life of purpose.  This year will be a year of focus!

Tomorrow I will attend church on Day 21!  The last day of my official journey but really just the beginning!

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Day 21 – Wow – The finish line!

It’s been 21 days without sweets, secular music, fried foods, and limited on-line time!  I really haven’t missed those things because I replaced them with time spent with God.  Time very well-spent!

I plan on continuing these new habits.  As I complete this 21 Day journey and many of you complete your 21 Day Fast – I want to share with you the definition of sacrifice.

The word sacrifice to us means to give up something of value, but one of the Hebrew words for sacrifice, korban, means to come near, to approach, to establish a close relationship with someone. In this instance, it means that the worshipper offers a sacrifice to God as an expression of his desire to draw near to God.  That was the whole point of sacrifice in the Tabernacle – to make a way to enter God’s presence?

The whole point of a fast is to sacrifice – come near, establish a close relationship with God.  Thus, the end result is Relationship!  The point is not to give up sugar or meats, etc just to give them up.  The point is “to establish relationship”.  Sacrificing points to just that.

I hope your 21 Days were meaningful.  I hope you came out of it with more than a craving for sweets!  I hope you came out of it with a craving for God!- With a new-found desire to see what He sees, to hear what He hears, to say what He says, to do what He does…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoU8zBQE6Q4Chris Tomlin “I Will Follow”

 Lord, I will Follow You…

…………………………..Thank You for meeting with me for 21 Days!

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