Friday, March 14, 2014

Praying for an Undivided Heart

Breaking Free.  A Journey to Being Truly Satisfied.
Day 10

Bible passage: Psalm 86:11-13

My body is a temple of the Living God.  By not taking care of it I am not caring for his temple.  Though I wanted to avoid it, and solely focus on the healthy eating, according to the devotion today exercising needs to be part of the plan.  I have lots of excuses.  I have lots of young kids and little extra time.  The time I do have I would rather relax.  It’s time for me to make a change in this area.  Giving up this struggle to God is supposed to hurt and I am to deny myself and surrender to him.  I am offering up my me time, the time at night I spend staying up late to relax rather than go to bed.  The early morning hours I lay in bed getting a little more sleep I also give to him.  This is my sacrifice.  I have long used the excuse that I am a night owl.  If I am honest with myself I am neither productive nor more rested with my late nights and not so early morning routines. 
Praying the scriptures is a powerful and effective means of communication with our Lord.  It's something that automatically connects us with God, we are praying His very words.  We can be certain that we are praying in accordance with His will because His words are TRUTH AND LIFE!

Let's pray together today for the courage to live an undivided life, a life devoted to Christ, to caring for our bodies as his holy dwelling and also for the desire to give God all the praise and glory for even the tiniest shred of goodness and blessing in us.

"Teach me Your way, Yahweh, and I will live by Your truth. 
Give me an undivided mind to fear Your name. 
 I will praise You with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honor Your name forever.
 For Your faithful love for me is great, and You deliver my life from the depths of Sheol."
Psalm 86:11-17 HCSB
My journal companion while working through the Made to Crave 21 day challenge and the book Made to Crave.



Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Two Choices

Breaking Free.  A Journey to Being Truly Satisfied.
Day 9

Bible Passage Galatians 5:22-23

It is easy for me to see that I am lacking self-control and not because I try so hard and I just can’t seem to stop myself.  I can feel that I really don’t want to let go and yield to the healthier choice whether that be not having seconds, a healthy option for a snack or going to bed at a reasonable hour.  Do I not want it bad enough or is the problem with me being too satisfied with the way things are?  I don’t want hard and I don’t desire to be uncomfortable, let alone in pain over the loss of my stuff or in this case some food and unhealthy habits.  Today I pray for dissatisfaction with my current state of being.  I want to have my feathers ruffled and a little bit of discomfort if that’s what it will take to have lasting change and a deeper relationship with my Lord.  This has gone on long enough. 
My journal companion while working through the Made to Crave 21 day challenge and the book Made to Crave.