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Thanksgivings – Nov 1-3
I’m thankful that the Lord is my Provider. Whether He uses other people to give a gift or whether there are bill corrections, debt forgiveness, unexpected sales on the exact thing I was looking for, for the person who paid for a purchase I made today, and the one who paid for another person to come see me as a client, He has my back.
He provides all my needs according to His riches in glory.
I am thankful to God who watches my time.
I am a very busy person. My schedule is full. I don’t say that to brag but I say that because it’s the truth. I have a lot of very necessary things going on from the time I wake up until the time I go to bed. Every.Single.Day.
I don’t always manage it well but I always ask for help.
Someone said to me yesterday “I don’t know how you do it all”. Honestly, I don’t really do it all. I have a lot going on, but I do what’s necessary for the day. My time is ordained by God.￼
Yesterday And this morning, the Lord intervened on my behalf in my time. I was with someone yesterday and had to get an awful lot of things accomplished. This person is slower, likes to dillydally along the way, and I did not have time for that. I had lots to do. I watched how the Lord just made the way possible by not providing a motorized wheelchair cart for this person that was fully charged. This person was able to go so far but sit getting the chair charged while I went shopping.
I was in a parking lot and needed to exit on route 34 in Teays Valley. it was a parking lot where there was no light to help me leave and it was hard to see any fast cars coming from the left or from the right, and I said Lord, how do I get out of here? No sooner had I said that then a big semi pulls in front of where I needed to exit. This semi had Papa John’s written on it. Well, Papa John’s was right next-door to where I was at. The next thing I know is a man gets out of the truck, and he begins to direct traffic while this semi has to cross the road or block, the road and back up into Papa John’s. Immediately, I knew that nothing was coming at me towards the left and no cars were coming towards the right, and I was able to pull out of the parking lot and go in the opposite direction.
￼ About an hour later, same thing. I was pulling out of a parking lot and I had to take a right. Now I didn’t have to watch both lanes, but it was hard to see what was coming really quickly on the left-hand side of me. Just then a school bus pulls up and stops to let children out on the left-hand side of me and I knew that I was able to take a right. ￼￼
This morning, on the way to work, I pulled up to a stop sign, and there was some roadwork being done. The woman who was helping to navigate the flow of traffic, saw me coming and got out of her car and waved me on. I got the impression that she got out of her car for me specifically and they were about to let the other lane of traffic go through. But she waved me on, and I saw the line of traffic that needed to go through on the other side. It was about 3/4 mile long. Has she not gotten out of her car to wave me on through, I would’ve sat there until all those cars, and then who knows how many more after that had to go through. I would’ve been late for work.
He is the God of my time. My times are in his hands PS 31:15 and there is a time and season for everything under the sun. ￼￼
I am thankful for when I’m in a hurry, and there is an obstacle or obstacles in my way, he is more than able to send a semi, a school bus, or tell a woman in a car to get out and let me go through and to see to it that five carts were not fully charged so there was no time for dilly dallying and “just looking”..(fyi, nobody else seemed to need them either apparently- one person did and a woman who was finished with her cart allowed for the other woman to use). If He could stop time for Joshua, He could manage obstacles in my way for me.
He is The Lord Who Sits Above Time, the One who rules over time, the One who arranges, rearranges and orchestrates regardless of time. Time is a resource like money. You cannot serve both. It needs to serve you.
Joshua 10:12 Then Joshua spoke to the Lord on the day when the Lord handed over the Amorites to the sons of Israel, and Joshua said in the sight of Israel,
“Sun, stand still at Gibeon,
And moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.
I am thankful Restful Sleep and Awakening
Psalm 4:8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;
I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.
I am thankful. There is no fear in going to sleep, (many people are afraid to sleep) and no fear of not waking. I can sleep in peace.
I used to take it for granted until I wasn’t able to sleep. Lack of it caused stress and health issues and led to emotional issues. But I was blessed to be able to correct them. Sleep is a miracle that brings us so close to death but doesn’t touch it. When my body is resting, it is repairing. When my body is resting, it is resetting. When my body is resting, God speaks and I hear Him. When my body is resting I will awake and see His mercies afresh. I hear His voice.
I’m thankful to have found this wonderful place of being ready to sleep throughout the night and wake up again to see His face.
Slow Down. Wait. See His Goodness in the Land of the Living.
I had a vision of a car on the road, being driven at a high speed. The driver did not slow down around curves or when an oncoming vehicle approached. Water in the road caused driver to hydroplane, and car began to swerve as the driver tried to regain control. If the driver slowed down, there would have been complete control of the vehicle. If the driver had slowed down, he would have seen the goodness ahead of him.
We are coming into more turbulent, volatile times. You are the driver of your vehicle. Slow down, wait upon the Lord and you will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Slow down. That may mean some things will not be finished. That will mean some people will not have the same attention from you. That will mean some things will have to be let go of. That may mean less hours at work. That may even mean your ministry if performance or people pleasing or status was the reason you run with it. Slow down. Wait upon the Lord.
Psalm 27: 13,14
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
The Man I well Know – Old Poem
Old poem I found today – from 1997. I am sure this is my first husband I write about and the poem was prophetic. He is gone to be with the Lord since this poem, and I am certain my declarations for him were instrumental in his salvation.
Once upon a time, a long time ago
Appeared a man in a vision
A man I well know
A man mighty of God, one humble and meek
Yet strong as he stood
Strong as he’d speak
He was not adored by those who would mock
But he walked with the Lord like a lamb in a flock
To do the Lord’s will, to heal and save
Was all he could give, it was all that he gave
But once upon a time a long time ago
Twas only a vision of the man I well know
For before he was humble, before he was meek
He was strong of himself and yet in himself weak
Loud and aggressive, demanding and bold
A hard man to capture, let alone hold
A wild-eyed stallion or a stubborn mule
A man that no other could push nor pull
Once upon a time a long time ago
I was given a vision of the man I well know
It was given to me so that I may abide
By the man I well know, through a turbulent ride
Each day as I watch the vision come to pass
I see more of a lamb and less of a
An Attitude of Gratitude – Give Thanks
Luke 22:17 And when He (Jesus) had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves
Whenever Jesus broke bread, He always gave thanks first. He had gratitude. His gratitude, or thankfulness was beyond His words. His thankfulness was in His heart. He was truly appreciative of what He was about to partake in, and that His Father provided the food for Him. This is the example He gave to us that we should also be sure to practice.
Let’s move beyond the rote prayers we say and get right to what happens in the body when we truly give thanks from our heart.
Gratitude or thankfulness puts us at ease. Gratitude balances our PH. Gratitude helps digestion. Gratitude alerts the rest-and-digest position, or our parasympathetic nervous system.
Unthankfulness is bitterness. Bitterness is acidic. The very word “gall” means bitter.
Unforgiveness, resentment, bitterness, stress, frustration – all these lead to a digestive system that is not ready to digest nourishment.
Stress activates the fight or flight response, or your sympathetic nervous system causing digestion to shut down by shutting down blood flow, affecting the contractions of your digestive muscles, and decreasing secretions needed for digestion.
Stress increases cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone that buffers stress and alerts the body to deal with a stressful situation. Chronic cortisol release from chronic stressful events leads to obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, poor circulation, heart issues and more.
Create a central place to eat. Eating in the car on the way to work, or anywhere else, is not that place. Eating in front of the television is not that place. Eating while upset at your spouse or children causes food to go undigested. Stomach acid backs up out of the stomach into the esophagus causing acid reflux and when it backs up OUT of the stomach, it is not breaking down food properly IN the stomach.
I’ll take this out to the furthest extreme to give a snapshot of what a lifestyle of stressful eating can cause.
Stressful eating reflects a heart of anger and bitterness.
Anger and bitterness lowers the ph in the body, causing acidity.
A chronic high acidity level produces inflammation.
Any “ITIS” is chronic inflammation; arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, etc.
ALL CANCER is preceeded by chronic acidity.
Autoimmune diseases are preceeded by leaky gut (poor digestion), and poor digestion has a root in stressful eating.
Develop a heart of gratitude. Be intentional about your peace while eating. You have control over your emotions because you have control over your thoughts. Emotions are products of your thought life. It is important to focus on what thoughts you are giving power to, which is why avoiding distraction at the dinner table is critical to health and well-being.
Give thanks before each meal. Although you prepared the food, it would not exist if the Lord had not provided it. He knows exactly what you need. Release a blessing on your food, which covers it should there be additives or evil intent, or maybe unsanitary practices of the preparation.
Don’t put a bite to your mouth until you are at peace. Peace in your body activates the “rest and digest” response in the body, which signals that all is well. The esophagus doesn’t spasm, as when under stress, and therefore acid remains in the stomach and digestion is about to happen.
Resolve family issues before eating. This is critical.
1 Corinthians 11:27 exhorts us to examine ourselves before we eat. Check our hearts to see if there is any unforgiveness. Jesus says that many are “sickly and have fallen asleep” because we have not discerned the body correctly. I believe that means our own physical body and the body that we are apart of with others.
Are you in known sin? Resolve it. Repent of it. It has produced a lower ph in your body, which produced acid, then inflammation. You have time to gather your thoughts and do the opposite but not long because chronic inflammation raises blood sugar, blood pressure and affects sleep, repair of the tissues and organs and your peace of mind.
Eat together whenever possible. This goes along with the above. Enjoy each other. Let eating be combined with fellowship and blessings. Eating together in peace provides a sense of belonging, security, and joy. Healing takes place.
Thank the Lord for your body for it is fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139 says “I will PRAISE you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” PRAISE produces alkalinity and may lower inflammation. PRAISE is Gratitude. “I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart, I will enter His courts with praise.” (Psalm 100:4) When you thank the Lord for your body, knowing it is FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made, you know that God has created your body for OPTIMAL FUNCTION and WELLNESS. He didn’t design you to be sick. SO THANK HIM! PRAISE HIM!
Resolve offenses. It may have been years since you ate while angry with someone and stuffed it. Resolve offenses going forward. Ask forgiveness for those you have been angry with in the past. If restitution needs to be made, make it.
He made you to be whole.
The Science of Gratitude
Neuroscience of Gratitude
The Brain Affects the Stomach
Stress and The Sensitive Gut
Unforgiveness and Your Health
The Earth is the Lord’s and All Its Fullness
Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
vs 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
Psalm 49: 3 My mouth shall speak wisdom,
And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.
vs 5 Why should I fear in the days of evil,
When the iniquity at my heels surrounds me?
vs 6 Those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the multitude of their riches,
vs 7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
Nor give to God a ransom for him—
8 For the redemption of their souls is costly,
And it shall cease forever—
vs 10 For he sees wise men die;
Likewise the fool and the senseless person perish,
And leave their wealth to others.
vs 11 Their inner thought is that their houses will last forever,
Their dwelling places to all generations;
They call their lands after their own names.
vs 13 This is the way of those who are foolish,
And of their posterity who approve their sayings. Selah
Be ready to let go of doctrines learned but not revealed. What God has given you has been for you to steward. You do not have ownership. You never did.
Psalm 79:1 O God, the nations have come into Your inheritance; (HIS inheritence)
Your holy temple they have defiled; (HIS holy temple)
They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.
vs 2 The dead bodies of Your servants (HIS servants)
They have given as food for the birds of the heavens,
The flesh of Your saints to the beasts of the earth. (HIS saints)
vs 3 Their blood they have shed like water all around Jerusalem,
Psalm 139:13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
vs 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
vs 15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
vs 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
The house you live in is not yours to own but steward.
The contents of the house are not yours to own but steward.
The car you drive is not yours to own but steward.
The pets that live with you are not yours to own but steward.
The job you work at is not yours to own but steward.
The family you love and raised is not yours to own but steward.
You are not your own. You belong to God. You are to steward yourself.
1 Corinthians 6: 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
vs 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Everything belongs to God.
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
vs 2 For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the waters.
A storm is coming. Be ready to let go of what you held tightly to and did not steward as His. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever.
His love endures forever. Hold tightly to THAT alone.
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