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Spiritual Nutrition Challenge--What Are You Afraid Of?

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Week 7
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.”  (Psalm 23:4 NIV)

Paralyzed with fear, I lay in the dark crying and whining and carrying on.
I implored myself, “Robin get up, get to work. You can’t let one more day go by without working on it.  Get it out of your head and onto paper.”
"Not-Good-Enough", my own personal demon ran me, “You can’t do this. It’s not going to be good. You have waited too long. Any effort you make is useless.”  The lie ruled my actions.
The more I fought myself, the more immobile I was.  Time ticked by. The deadline drew closer. Zero progress made.
Lost, alone and unable to do it on my own, I prayed.
A wee bit of light peeked through the dark clouds in my head.  
Verses surged up from the depths of my memory banks “…take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.”“…With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”“…t…

Dear One: A letter from God to You

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As I was lightening bug hunting with my son and daughter this week, Psalm 23 ran through my head. Although the Psalm is most notably read at funerals, I have always seen it as a love letter from God to all of humanity. As we dawdled down the darkened path looking for insects with fluorescent bottoms, I thought over and over about the picture of a good father. When I got home and cracked open the scripture, I personalized the Psalm as if God were talking directly to me. Here’s what it said to me:


Dear One,

I am your Father. I love you and want the best for you. Whatever I have to do to provide and protect you, I will do. Nothing can separate you from me. I will shelter you from harm; you will have everything that you need to grow. Sometimes the best thing for you is to rest, especially when you are hot, hungry and tired. When you feel completely wrung out, I make you sit beneath the shade, have a nutritious, well-balanced meal and give you a refreshing drink of thirst-quenching water…

Born Ones of God--A Message

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Dear ones, 

I have lavished my great love on you that you are called children of God.  

My children, you are precious to me. You are inscribed on the palms of my hands. 

The reason that the world rejects you , beloved, is that they rejected me.  

Continue in my love for you. Know me as a child knows their father.

Dwell in the home that I have put you in for this season. 

Cultivate faithfulness to Me and the purpose that I have given you in this season.  I will bless you with my love so that you bear the fruit of that love endlessly.

Remember...I love you.  Pour out my great love for you in the purpose that I have assigned you.  

Others who are in darkness and in chains need to know My Great Love.  

Take the Message of My Love to them.


(Psalm 37, Isaiah 43, Isaiah 49John 15, 1 John 3)


Spiritual Nutrition Challenge-- Have You Heard the News?

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Spiritual Nutrition Challenge Week 5-- Can You Roll the Right Way?

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Spiritual Nutrition Challenge--Are You Fluffy or F.A.T. ?

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Week 4...The easy part has been to accept the challenge.  The hard part has been to walk it out. Through the struggle to walk it out, God has pressed into my heart that I still have attitudes and behavior patterns that are not serving me or Him.

In fact, these patterns prevent me from pouring out in my God-ordained purpose.

What are they? Giving up. Being inconsistent. Being fluffy.

Being fluffy?  Yes, fluffy. 

Fluffy things are light and airy, like cotton balls. They don't have any weight and can't do much damage until your 7 year old stuffs a whole bag down the bathroom drain.

Picture a drain pipe stuffed to the hilt with fluffy cotton balls.  Can water pour through that? A trickle may eek out, but not enough to drain the tub.

Those once beautiful, airy cotton balls are now sopping wet pieces of concrete in the drain. The beautiful pool of water in the basin backs up and becomes stagnant and stinky.

Stagnant, stinky water is not drinkable.  It cannot accomplish its purpose to slake…

Spiritual Nutrition Challenge-- Who Are You Following?

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What I learned in week 1:

Whether trying to get in shape mentally, physically, or spiritually, consistency is the key.

This word consistency stems from the word consist which means to stand firm, to exist together, to be compatible of one accord or in harmony with something.

Let's look at that in context of the physical challenge we have taken up.

To start exercising and eating right, you must decideto stick a stake in the ground and do something different. To stick a stake in the ground is to STAND FIRM on the exercise and nutrition regimen you have chosen. Then to DO IT is to work in harmony with those programs.

Spiritually and mentally we can do the same thing.  

You can STAND FIRM on the rock of Salvation.  Know that your foundation, Jesus Christ, cannot and will not be moved.  

To DO IT is to set our minds and spirits on abiding, resting, standing still, and not flinching in the knowledge of who Christ is and what He empowers you to do as a believer.  

In the famous words of Sonny…

Spiritual Nutrition Challenge -- Get Back Up.

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How did Day 1 go?  

Spiritually and mentally, I found great treasure in Proverbs 1 and Psalm 1.   Physically, it was a win-lose.  I exercised but my diet was not as I expected.

By Day 2, the enemy was already onto my attempts at transformation.  Yesterday he employed the same scheme he always uses when I attempt to believe that God redeems every part of our lives. Including the physical mess I am in.  

What's that scheme?  Self-Determination-->Frustration--> Discouragement--> Retreat

Look how I allowed the enemy to steal the joy I had found in the Word.
Step 1)  I did great on focusing on Him spiritually and mentally.  Feeling so good in that way, I thought I must have done well eating.  This is where the enemy got me to trip over my stupid competitive streak (a.k.a self-determination/pride).  Step 2)  I added up the points that I received on the physical nutrition challenge.  I quickly realized  that on day 1 I earned only 1 point out of 10.  Mind you...I ate like a champ c…

Spiritual Nutrition Challenge--You Are What You Eat...

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My gym is doing a nutrition challenge this month. We are working our physical bodies out and now we are being challenged on how we FUEL them. (Thank you 524 Training!)

God is pressing on my heart today that we need to  also look at how we fuel our minds and spirits. 

The Divine God of the Universe works in the physical, mental, and spiritual.  

The words YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT are blinking like a neon sign.

If this age old adage is true of our physical bodies, then it is also true for our mind and spirit as well.  

What we feed our mind and spirit fill our hearts.  Whatever our hearts are full of will direct our feet.  Where are you headed?

Are you spiritually malnourished?  Are your mental faculties groggy, foggy, and confused?

Spiritually, we have grounds to be full.

When the enemy was tempting and trying Jesus in the desert, Jesus combated him not in the physical but with the spiritual.


Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on breadalone, but on every word that comes from the mo…

Growth Opportunity

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Spring...

An ordinary flower and broken baby bird shells are signs of new birth, new life, time to begin again.  

God is communicating something through the sights, smells, and sounds of spring.  

He wants us to know about His unending Faith, Hope, and Love.

Ponder with me...

How long does the Dogwood look dead during the winter, yet in the branches still courses sap storing up energy to put forth blooms in season?
How long does the mother Robin wait before she lays her eggs; then waits again, patiently hovering over them until they hatch?
How long does the bloom within strain against the hard bud's exterior?
How long does the baby bird struggle against the fragile, shell membrane?
Faith...
He is always doing something, even when we don't see it with our eyes.  Despite what our senses can perceive, He is at work creating a new thing.  Maybe you are in a winter season, desperately anticipating spring.  If you are waiting in faith for something to change, believe in Him.  What looks dead …