Archive | August 2015

Coming Unplugged

This coming week our church, Crossroads in Cincinnati, is doing 5 days of prayer and fasting.  When I first read that I experienced a moment of sadness because fasting from food simply isn’t a good thing in my job.  I am losing weight (2 more pounds down for a total of 25 lost since the first week of May), which is a good thing.  But my job is very physical and I cannot skip meals and be able to remain on my feet.  Then the pastor sent out a message about this event and talked about it can be ‘fasting’ from something other than food.  YES!

I’ve been struggling to get into the Word and so I downloaded the app from Proverbs 31 ministries, First 5.  I’ve read it in the parking lot at work some mornings, but at least it is something!  My faith is being stretched and kneaded and well it is just difficult.  So this week will be awesome for me, if I can find something to ‘fast’ from.  And so I have.

Beginning at midnight tonight and running through midnight Friday, I’m logged off of Facebook and not going to look at it. I’m logging out on both PC and phone so that no alerts come to me and tempt me.  Every time I wonder what is going on with Facebook, or do get tempted to look at it, I will use that time to stop and pray or be in the Word, or both.

I’m also signed up for the Proverbs 31 online Bible Study, Taming The To-Do List.  I’ll let you know how that is going.  I’m hoping by doing the journaling on my blog that it may help others who are trying to build up their faith!

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Faith – A Work In Progress

Update on the big decision:  I continue to tithe and I continue to have enough money.  God truly does bless us when we obey.

But the struggle to keep my faith intact is not nearly over.  2 weeks ago, after dinner, my mom told me and my sister that her cancer is back, and this time there is nothing that can be done.  She has been given a year or so to live.

I know that year to year the landscape of life changes, but that is one landscape, the one minus my mom, I am not at all ready to face.  The Diva Den as we call this great house we all live in, will never be the same.

The best way to strengthen faith is be in the Word of God, so I’m trying to daily get there.  I downloaded the First 5 app from Proverbs 31 Ministries and can say that this is going to be a huge help.  Work days are tough to make time and that app is going to be perfect.  I also signed up for their next online Bible study, and the book for that arrived today.  And I know that the best way to be in the Word is to simply DO it.  Pick up my bible and read a few verses or a chapter and contemplate on it. Pray my heart and mind are receptive to what God might be trying to convey to me.

My struggle is real, but my God, my Father In Heaven, is far bigger than any struggle I will endure.  Great is HIS faithfulness!