When God Moves, There Is No Question

When God Moves, There Is No Question

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Good Morning!

Last year I wrote the post My Eating Disorder Recovery Anniversary.  I wrote about how I had always wanted an actual day to celebrate my recovery. But since there was never one specific day that I just woke up and was all better (it was a gradual process), I opened the calendar and put my finger on a day that would be the “recovery anniversary” that I celebrated each year. That day was May 15th, two days ago.

When the 15th came, I did think about my recovery. I was very thankful to the Lord for bringing me through it. But I thought about something else very important that I need to share with you today.

When I wrote that post last year, I had come a long way. My desires had changed. I wanted to be fit not skinny. I never starved myself, I had what I thought was a healthy relationship with exercise.

But in that post, I said this: “But it did, in fact, end for good. If you are reading this right now and going through the struggle, know that it is very possible to be 100% better no matter how long it’s been..”

This statement is completely true. But unbeknownst to me, it was not true then. I was worlds better than I was. I was not dying of bulimia. I wasn’t starving myself. I was fine with eating junk on occasion. I had healthy eating days. I had days where I overate. While this is normal and good, my mind and heart were still not right. I still had my identity in the wrong place. I was “the fit girl” but Philippians 1:21 did not apply to me.

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21

There have been times in my life where I have said God did this or that, or “God told me”. But today I have to say that when God moves in your life there is no question that it is Him. It is unmistakably God. You will know without a doubt what it means to be a completely new creation in Christ.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17 

So while last year, I had many band-aids covering my wounds and making life livable at the moment, I was not a new creation.

Know this, when God moves, you will be changed. Your thoughts will be different. Your desires will be different. You will be different. Life will seem strange to you at first because it is a whole new one. But there will be no question in your mind that the Maker of the universe has come near to you.

And you will be thankful.

Blessings,
Angela

 

 

 

 

To the Aspiring Proverbs 31 Woman, My Mother’s Day Gift to You

To the Aspiring Proverbs 31 Woman, My Mother’s Day Gift to You

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Hi Peaches!

Mother’s Day being this Sunday must be why Proverbs 31 is on my mind. Before reading the Bible, Proverbs 31:10-31 was my favorite set of verses (I was a Christian a long time before I actually read the Bible). I love the Lord, I love my husband and kids. I want what is best for them and Proverbs 31 seemed to give what we all are looking for in life, a sure fire way for everything to turn out well. I want my husband and I to love and respect each other forever. I want my kids to seek the Lord, love others, and be fully equipped to succeed in their endeavors. The Proverbs 31 woman seemed to be the formula for success in all this. If I do a, then b will happen. So appealing!

If you haven’t read Proverbs 31:10-31, here it is.

10 A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

I love the picture of this woman and desperately wanted to be her. I got up early every day making sure it was still dark. It had to be dark! I had quiet time with the Lord, I watched sermons and read Christian books and blogs.  I worked out daily (making my arms strong). I cleaned the house and planned healthy meals. I even had my MLM business that was in my mind a version of “making linen garments and selling them”. As a stay-at-home mom, I felt that I was “watching over the affairs of my household” every day!

But now that I actually have read the Bible, I know that in all my doing, I was still missing the mark completely.

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 

Why can no one find this woman? What makes her so valuable?

Well, we first have to look at what the Bible says is also more costly than rubies.

Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention;
    the price of wisdom is beyond rubies. Job 28:18

For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. Proverbs 8:11

Wisdom. She is wise.

Wisdom is in the beginning, middle, and end of these verses.

She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue. Proverbs 31: 26

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30 

A woman who FEARS the Lord is to be praised. Fear? Why fear a loving God? And what does that have to do with wisdom?

And he said to the human race,
    The fear of the Lordthat is wisdom,
    and to shun evil is understanding.” Job 28:28

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10

So you will not be the Proverbs 31 woman if you do not have wisdom, and a fear of the Lord is wisdom. So, there ya go. It’s all understood. Just fear the Lord and be wise!

Not so fast.

But where can wisdom be found?
    Where does understanding dwell? No mortal comprehends its worth;

    it cannot be found in the land of the living.  Job 28:12-13

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 1 Corinthians 1:25

So now what? How am I supposed to obtain this thing that is supposedly not in the land of the living?

You go to where it lives!

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. Hebrews 1: 1-3

I heard Jen Wilkin say that the Bible is our burning bush. I agree! The Bible is how God speaks to us. The Bible is where he grows us and prunes us.

Spurgeon says: “It is the Word that prunes the Christian. It is the truth that purges him The Scripture made living and powerful by the Holy Spirit eventually and effectively cleanses the Christian.”

I can tell you this, I did not have a fear of the Lord until He gave it to me through His word. You cannot be the wise Proverbs 31 woman without reading the Bible.

In a world full of “follows”, we must make sure we are following the right thing. We can’t follow our feelings, they all the time. We can’t follow our hearts either.

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Jeremiah 17:9 

And I hate to break the news but the gut isn’t worth much either.

Wisdom comes from nowhere other than God and to get it you must read His word. If you are like me and have been a Christian for a while but have yet to read the Bible, you are missing the mark. Christ is our wisdom from God and we hear Him through His word.

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 1 Corinthians 1:30

My Mother’s Day gift to all of you aspiring Proverbs 31 women is to direct you to where wisdom is found, the Bible.

Blessing to you all!

-Angela (who is by no means wise)

 

 

 

The Refining Fire

The Refining Fire

 

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If you have prayed from your heart to God for wisdom and understanding, you may now be experiencing the painful experience of refining. Take heart! He prunes every branch connected to the Vine.

He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  John 15:2

Job 28 spells it out wonderfully.

There is a mine for silver
    and a place where gold is refined.
 Iron is taken from the earth,
    and copper is smelted from ore.
 Mortals put an end to the darkness;
    they search out the farthest recesses
    for ore in the blackest darkness.
 Far from human dwellings they cut a shaft,
    in places untouched by human feet;
    far from other people they dangle and sway.
 The earth, from which food comes,
    is transformed below as by fire;
 lapis lazuli comes from its rocks,
    and its dust contains nuggets of gold.
 No bird of prey knows that hidden path,
    no falcon’s eye has seen it.
 Proud beasts do not set foot on it,
    and no lion prowls there.
 People assault the flinty rock with their hands
    and lay bare the roots of the mountains.
 They tunnel through the rock;
    their eyes see all its treasures.
 They search[a] the sources of the rivers
    and bring hidden things to light.

 But where can wisdom be found?
    Where does understanding dwell?
 No mortal comprehends its worth;
    it cannot be found in the land of the living.
 The deep says, “It is not in me”;
    the sea says, “It is not with me.”
 It cannot be bought with the finest gold,
    nor can its price be weighed out in silver.
 It cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir,
    with precious onyx or lapis lazuli.
 Neither gold nor crystal can compare with it,
    nor can it be had for jewels of gold.
 Coral and jasper are not worthy of mention;
    the price of wisdom is beyond rubies.
 The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it;
    it cannot be bought with pure gold.

 Where then does wisdom come from?
    Where does understanding dwell?
 It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing,
    concealed even from the birds in the sky.
 Destruction[b] and Death say,
    “Only a rumor of it has reached our ears.”
 God understands the way to it
    and he alone knows where it dwells,
 for he views the ends of the earth
    and sees everything under the heavens.
 When he established the force of the wind
    and measured out the waters,
 when he made a decree for the rain
    and a path for the thunderstorm,
 then he looked at wisdom and appraised it;
    he confirmed it and tested it.
 And he said to the human race,
    “The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom,
    and to shun evil is understanding.”

So if things don’t seem to make sense, know that there is, in fact, a purpose. You are in the season of pruning. Hang in there.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.  Micah 6:8

 

You’ll Never Guess What I’ve Been Up To

You’ll Never Guess What I’ve Been Up To

Hey Peaches!

I’ve been away from the blog for quite some time. You’ll never guess what I’ve been up to. This morning, I finished writing my first fiction novel. It feels strange to even type that, but it happened.

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So, I am aware of the fact that the content of this blog is now NOTHING like it was in the beginning (a fitness blog), but for those of you with any interest, stay tuned for my journey to traditional publishing! And if you don’t mind, say a prayer (or two) for me as well. 🙂

Hope this finds you all well,
Angela

Questions:

Have you written a book? 

Did you ever end up doing something you never thought you would?

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Have You Ever Read The Bible Cover to Cover?

Have You Ever Read The Bible Cover to Cover?

Happy Sunday Everyone!

I hope you all are having a great weekend!

As of yesterday, I can finally say that I have read the whole Bible cover to cover.

What. A. Ride.

I keep typing and deleting. I cannot find the words to express how deeply I have been cut. “Cut to the core” doesn’t seem to be enough. Hebrews describes it best.

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It pierces to the devision of soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and I am forever changed.

My first thought when I finished the last words of Revelation was that I needed to tell you all what I read. I would go through, chapter by chapter, and explain to you all what it says! But then I remembered that those words I was writing to you would be my words. So many of us read other’s words. This is what I did for years, read everyone else’s words about God and life and even the Bible, but I wasn’t reading actual Bible! No man’s words have any power. Only God’s words have that. So instead of telling you all what the Bible says, I will do my very best to urge you to read it for yourself.

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Luke 21:33

Have a wonderful week Peaches!

Question:
Have you ever read the Bible cover to cover?