Wednesday, October 10, 2012

While I Was in the Kitchen

Last night I was in the kitchen making dinner.  My kids were in the bathtub.   It was mostly quiet.

Don't worry.  My kids are old enough to be in the bath by themselves.  Plus, from the kitchen I can hear all the goings-on in the bathroom without having to actually be in there.  My floor plan is a real gem, I tell you.

Anyhow.  Kitchen.  Cooking.  Praying.

It comes to me out of nowhere, this question:

Tomorrow, if you are treated by everyone the same way you treated everyone today, what will your day look like?

I rambled through my day in my head.  The friends I saw.  The drivers I passed. The peers I attended class with.

How did I treat others?

Did I offer comfort and compassion?  Was I a good friend?  Did I listen?  Was I fully with them (rather than on my phone)?  Did I offer grace and mercy?

In many places, yes.  In other places, no. Isn't that how it always goes?  I am so thankful that each day starts anew.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this question.

Tomorrow, if you are treated by everyone the same way you treated everyone today, what will your day look like?

Linking up with Shell at Pour Your Heart Out!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Daniel Fast ... Again

Have you ever heard of The Healing Journey?

It is a 29 week (yes--29 WEEK) Bible study geared toward helping us right our relationships with Jesus by finding our wrong beliefs/perceptions and replacing it with truth.

I start week 6 today and it is intense.  So many parts of me are being destroyed and these ugly thoughts I push down into that place where no one ... well, almost no one... looks are being brought to light.  It is scary.  And wonderful.  And ... I cannot explain it.

For example, for one assignment we had to rate these statements.  If you had a low statement, you had to write what you really think and then find scripture to counter wrong beliefs.

For example, I rated low on: Even though I may have done wrong things, it is not a part of my identity.
What I believe is this: I am the sum total of my failures.
The scripture to counter this is: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.


Anyhow, a year and a half ago Matt and I did the Daniel Fast to bring our bodies, minds, and souls back into closer connection with Christ.  Fasting has a way of drawing me near.  (You can read about our first fast HERE).

So we are doing the fast.  Again.

We aren't doing it to lose weight or to "try on" veganism for a while.  We are fasting to draw near to the heart of Christ.

Please pray for us during these intense 21 days.  And if you have must-eat vegan recipes (no sweeteners, no leaven), please pass them along!

I will be following my three earlier meal plans but switching up some of the meals.