Tuesday, July 19, 2011

food for thought

What is your favorite food?  I have been sitting here thinking what is my favorite and I can't rightly say.   I like healthy, whole foods.  I like chicken or fish, fresh vegetables cooked lightly and peppered heavily, I like a hearty salad.  My favorite dessert is chocolate cake and whipped cream!

Lately we have been 'watching what we eat'.  I am currently trying to only eat 1300 calories a day.  I will admit:  I am hungry!! I am hungry even as I write this, but instead of eating crackers with peanut butter (yes I enjoy that!) I am training myself to drink water instead.(gulp gulp!)  And I want to know why is it when I lose weight it is on my face and my butt??   Just not fair!  :-)

But that isn't really what I want to right about.  

I want to write about another type of hunger:
spiritual hunger

I want to write about another type of thirst:
spiritual thirst

this is where I spent my morning time with Him
I believe that we can replace spiritual hunger and spiritual thirst with activities that in an of themselves are good but they don't fuel our souls or connect our spirits with the Father.  I remember someone once saying 'we aren't human doings but human beings'.  In order to fulfill the spiritual hunger deep in our souls we need to learn to STOP.
  I am once again learning to be still, to be quiet before Him again.

I had lost that for awhile now.  No that isn't quite true, I didn't  really 'lose it\ I had 'left it'.   On Sunday, 
Hank, from the church in Pandy Town preached from Rev. 2 about the church of Ephesus.

"I have this against you.  \You have forsaken your first love"

~~~forsaken:  give up, left~~~

I haven't lost my times alone with Him and my devotion to Him
I have given them up for other things.

Yes that is the truth.
But on Sunday morning I bent my knee before Him in repentance and declared my devotion to Him.  My desire is to truly be close to Him.  I am inspired by young Samuel who slept by the Ark of the Covenant in order to be close to the presence of God.  Nothing matters more then walking in His presence, because where He is there is blessing, love and light.   I am ashamed to admit that sometimes my feet hit the floor and it is late in the day before I think to pray.  It never used to be that way but over the years I have slipped.

But I want to be like Samuel who listened and heard His voice, and spoke His words.

So this morning while I was quiet before Him I sensed Him saying, "Don't assume"

I asked, "Don't assume what?"

Don't assume anything!

I realize I often assume what the day will hold, I assume I know what is going on people's lives, I assume I know what I will do, where I will go, I assume I know how Bob will react.. etc etc. etc. etc.!

Don't assume anything!!

So being a dictionary type of person I looked up the word 'assume' and it means:  
suppose without knowing, or take upon one's self.


So I prayed,  if I am not supposed to assume then what should I do??

If you know the answer to that then you are my new bestest friend and mentor!!


In other words, don't assume I know what is going on, or going to happen
in the day or in the lives of those around me, but
expect that He will bring change!

I love it!!

So I prayed this and you can join in if you want to:

Lord, You are always active
You never slumber or sleep
You are working all things out for the good of those who love You.
Help me to not assume things because by doing so I am limiting You
and I don't want to do that.
I believe You are at work in my life and in the lives
of my family and friends.
I expect You to continue to do the work You began.
You are always at work
I expect change:  in me and in my world around me.
It's wonderful to trust You and I do!

One final verse:
Jer. 2:2
"I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved Me 
and followed me through the desert"

Let's pray that He won't have to remember the devotion of our youth, 
but the devotion of today and yesterday and tomorrow.



  1. Debi you truly have a gift. Your words go directly to my heart. You are such an Inspiration: "Divine guidance or influence exerted directly on the mind and soul of humankind." ♥

    all my love
    xxx Bonnie xxx