Stock Yard Mama

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Tuesday thoughts…

Well on day TEN of the Daniel Fast I have to say that I am learning that I CAN live without good food 🙂 and instead eat food that is good for me & good to taste!

I’m also learning that my metabolism is higher than I ever knew before. With running and eating on this fast I have (as of today) lost 10.5 lbs. I know that dropping this much weight so fast means that it is very possible to come back just as quickly so I will have to make the hard decisions on how I am going to live & eat after this 21-day challenge is over. I have to say though that I am so proud of my hubby (and myself) for not cheating as of today (day 10 of the fast). I have added eggs and cheese to my ‘diet’ but that is simply to give me more protein as I am very active ALL day long with the kids and the house to keep up I don’t have much (if any) down time. So my normal day looks like a fruit & eggs for breakfast with a fruit juice (I found some unsweetened natural juices), a snack of some dried fruit or carrots around 10ish,  lunch is either some salad with oil & vinegar dressing or an assortment of fruit with chips & guacamole, snack again on some fruit or carrots in the afternoon, and dinner is either a salad or stir-fry veggies with long grain brown rice. I know, mouth-watering huh??:)

I have however come to notice something about myself. I have little/no patience 😦 This is not a good thing with my family. I am asking any of you who read this blog to pray for me. I need to be able to stop & breathe instead of yell and over-react. Thanks to you who will pray!

Now onto other news…I am SO proud of my little sister. She has recently recognized her distance from the Lord and is drawing back to Him!!! I Love you Laura and I am SOOO excited to hear all that God has planned for you and Devin! In fact in my reading a few days ago I came across a verse that I hope will speak to you. I’m reading through a One Year Bible plan using the Message translation so here it is:

Matthew 11:28-30
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

I know that you, Laura will now feel a free/lightness that only God can offer you!! I’m praying for you and want to hear all about God’s grace/mercy flowing through you!!

Here are some other things that I want to share with you all from my last week of readings. First I’ll start in Matthew.
I’ve read from Matthew 9 – Matthew 12. I was reminded of the incredible life that Jesus lived, the miracles he preformed & yet was still questioned and doubted, the men he chose to follow him & how he used them to His glory. I could go on and on but instead I’m just going to share the verses that spoke to me the most.

Matthew 9:10-13

10-11Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew’s house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus’ followers. “What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff?”

12-13Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.”

 

Matthew 9:34-38

34The Pharisees were left sputtering, “Hocus-pocus. It’s nothing but hocus-pocus. He’s probably made a pact with the Devil.”

35-38Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!”

 

Matthew 10:1-11

The Twelve Harvest Hands

1-4 The prayer was no sooner prayed than it was answered. Jesus called twelve of his followers and sent them into the ripe fields. He gave them power to kick out the evil spirits and to tenderly care for the bruised and hurt lives. This is the list of the twelve he sent:

Simon (they called him Peter, or “Rock”),
Andrew, his brother,
James, Zebedee’s son,
John, his brother,
Philip,
Bartholomew,
Thomas,
Matthew, the tax man,
James, son of Alphaeus,
Thaddaeus,
Simon, the Canaanite,
Judas Iscariot (who later turned on him).

5-8Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge:

“Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously.

9-10“Don’t think you have to put on a fund-raising campaign before you start. You don’t need a lot of equipment. You are the equipment, and all you need to keep that going is three meals a day. Travel light.

11“When you enter a town or village, don’t insist on staying in a luxury inn. Get a modest place with some modest people, and be content there until you leave.

 

Matthew 10:17-23

17-20“Don’t be naive. Some people will impugn your motives, others will smear your reputation—just because you believe in me. Don’t be upset when they haul you before the civil authorities. Without knowing it, they’ve done you—and me—a favor, given you a platform for preaching the kingdom news! And don’t worry about what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there; the Spirit of your Father will supply the words.

21-23“When people realize it is the living God you are presenting and not some idol that makes them feel good, they are going to turn on you, even people in your own family. There is a great irony here: proclaiming so much love, experiencing so much hate! But don’t quit. Don’t cave in. It is all well worth it in the end. It is not success you are after in such times but survival. Be survivors! Before you’ve run out of options, the Son of Man will have arrived.

 

Matthew 10:40-42
“We are intimately linked in this harvest work. Anyone who accepts what you do, accepts me, the One who sent you. Anyone who accepts what I do accepts my Father, who sent me. Accepting a messenger of God is as good as being God’s messenger. Accepting someone’s help is as good as giving someone help. This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it. It’s best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won’t lose out on a thing.”

 

Matthew 11:28-30
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

 

Matthew 12:30
“This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse.”

 

Matthew 12:33-37

33“If you grow a healthy tree, you’ll pick healthy fruit. If you grow a diseased tree, you’ll pick worm-eaten fruit. The fruit tells you about the tree.

34-37“You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”

 

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  1. Thank you Katie. I am glad we are both learning such valuable lessons right now. Apparently the patience thing is inherited as it is one of my biggest struggles as well. Hopefully we can continue to be redeemed and become more like Christ who was patient in all things.

    Loves,
    Laura

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