Monday, January 1, 2018

It's a New Thing...

One chain-bound child of God is too many.  We will have problems in this life, but our problems should not weigh us down, they should be the stepping stone to the next glory, allowing God's grace to transform us so that we are the light of the world, growing brighter and brighter each new day.  

Grace boggles the mind because it is so hard to think that we can obtain freedom and grace without "helping" Him by doing our own thing, which always ends up being a struggle for us, and probably frustrates Him. 

Take diets, for instance.   I can't count the diets I've started, broken, restarted, struggled through, obsessed over, and failed at, left to miserably wonder, "What is wrong with me?!"   Well, nothing is wrong with ME, but everything is wrong with the way I approach the problem, because I made it my focus, and not Him.  

This year, He's doing a new thing...and I'm going to let Him.  He is the road to freedom, and I am going to joyfully travel that road.  

When You said, Seek My face; 
my heart said to You, Your face, LORD, will I seek.
Psalm 27:8

Memorize this week:
Isaiah 43
16) Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea
And a path through the mighty waters,
18) Do not remember the former things,
Nor consider the things of old.
19) Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.

Sunday, November 5, 2017


Please bear with me...I need about a week or two to tweak this blog and get it more along the lines of what I am trying to accomplish with this blog, which is exchanging food obsession for a much deeper relationship with Christ.

Helen, GA

Nashville, TN

Pigeon Forge, TN

Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Day Six: Stumbling Blocks and Stepping Stones

Weekends are great!  I love getting off on Friday afternoon, and even more so when there is the promise of beautiful weather!   But weekends can also be my downfall.  For some reason, my body likes to think of Saturday and Sunday as free-for-all days.  It takes effort to eat responsibly.

May I be painfully honest with you?  I am not at a place where obedience to God is more important to me than gluttony.   It’s a hard truth that I admit.  As I sit with a great meal before me, I choose to overeat…and I usually recognize that point where I am getting full.   But still I eat.

Food is necessary for life, a stepping stone, you might say.   It is also my stumbling block.  On The Brown Recluse/Margaret’s Musings, I have preached being responsible with yourself.  Usually, I am talking about getting drunk at places where there are lots of alcohol and lots of over-indulgence.   But I should pay attention to my own directive and be responsible for my health and well-being by being careful about what I put into my body…God’s temple. 

Create in me a clean heart (and a tender heart), O God, and renew a steadfast (unwavering, committed, loyal, dedicated, true, trusty and faithful) spirit within me.  (Psalm 51:10) 

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
(Isaiah 41:10)

Memorize This Week:   Psalm 103

I got a part of it memorized.
Lesson learned:  Memorize verses at a time, not chapters.

When you run into a stumbling block:  Step over it, step around it, step on it to make it a stepping stone, but take that step!  It’s the only way to continue the journey.  Stay where you are today and you’ll still be where you’ve been when tomorrow arrives.

I can’t argue the fact that sometimes it feels good to stay where you are and do nothing.  We must be careful to not grow stagnant while we are resting.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Day Five: Does God Really Know Me?

It is important that we know God; conversely, it is important that God knows us.   We were created for His enjoyment!  He wants a true relationship with us, and He gave us the right to make the choice when He gave us our free will.

In His sovereignty and omnipotence, He has the ability to know everything, but I believe that because He wants to know us individually, He defers His all-knowingness to our will without invading our headspace.   Out of His great love for us, He allows us to choose Him, and He will not force His way into our lives.  That’s why He speaks to us in a still, small voice…one that we can only hear when we are listening.

I know God understands our thoughts afar off (Psalm 139).  It is up to us to invite Him in to our innermost being.  There are times that it is very important that He intervene on our thoughts because left to our own devices, some of us (me, for example) would be thinking some crazy stuff.  I think He chooses to let us think on our own, however, and He always lets us make our own decisions.   

If He didn’t give us a choice, and if He invaded our headspace continually, He would find no enjoyment in us.  How could He not be bored if He allowed Himself to know what our every next thought and movement would be?  

Search me, Lord, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  (Psalm 139:23)

Memorize This Week:  Psalm 103

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb .… Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:13, 16)

Be open and be real with God.   Tell Him how you really feel, not what you think He wants to hear.  Spend time in prayer, but also spend time listening.  Praise Him with your whole self, not just with the words from your lips.   It isn't the worship He wants, it's the worshiper.  

The goal of freedom is not weight loss.  
It is a close relationship with my creator.