M2C Blog Hop Week 3: PEACE

P31 OBS Blog Hop

#Peace ~ Is it possible to make #peace with the realities of our bodies? How?

I am coming to terms with my body.  Slowly, we are reaching an understanding.  I want to say I am fighting to overcome Diabetes Burnout, but I feel like that is a losing statement.  So, I am learning about the physical needs of my body, learning that there is more I need to do to care for my body because I have type 1 diabetes.  I am learning this all over again.  I knew this once upon a time, and cared for my body for years.  Even just two years ago, while I was pregnant with my son, I took great care and caution.

The Lord has been revealing much to me the last few weeks.  It is not the shell of my body that needs caring (though I still do shower and comb my hair, brush my teeth, etc.).  It is what is within that needs the TLC.  What I put into my body matters.  After decades of Nutrasweet and other artificial sweeteners, I have cut almost all of it out of my diet.  When I go grocery shopping, I am not buying candy bars any more!  I did buy sugarless gum last time, and I am not chewing it as frequently as I did in college.  Progress!  We are not going out to eat as a family very often.  We’ve been 3 times this last month, and one of those times was for our son’s birthday celebration.  We are cooking and eating family meals.  I haven’t had regular family meals in forever!  I love it!

And more than all of that, I am getting up in the stillness of the morning to spend time with God, with His Word, with Made to Crave, and with blogging my reflections.  I have my cup of coffee, black, beside me, the backyard full of snow to my left, and a mosaic of the Loaves and Fish from the feeding of the 5000 on the wall beside me.  God provides!  He IS Jehovah Jireh, the GREAT PROVIDER!  He alone provides the #Peace that surpasses all understanding.  He alone fills me with hope, desire for Him, the wisdom and knowledge needed to implement what I learned so long ago about physical health, and helping me apply those same concepts to my spiritual health.  He is my Great Physician.

One passage of Scripture that comes to mind when I am dwelling on His Peace is Psalm 42:

As a deer pants for flowing streams,
    so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
    for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?[b]
My tears have been my food
day and night,
while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”
These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I would go with the throng
and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise,
a multitude keeping festival.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation[c] and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;
therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
at the roar of your waterfalls;
all your breakers and your waves
have gone over me.
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.
I say to God, my rock:
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning
because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my bones,
my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”

11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation and my God.

When I am depressed, when I am lost, when I am in a state of unrest, I turn to God.  He is my HOPE, my STRENGTH.  He alone defines me.  In His definition of KARA, I can be at PEACE.  He defines me as His daughter, His creation, His masterpiece.  Yes, I am a masterpiece!  And the finished masterpiece is the day I stand before His throne, covered in the blood of my Savior, falling down to the floor in worship of Him.  Until then, I am on the Potter’s wheel, being formed, shaped, centered, and even trimmed, cut, and broken to get the impurities removed.  It is not an easy process, and it is a worthy process.  Lord, have your way with me!

 

Jeremiah 18:1-6  The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.

Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.

In Your Word, Lord, I find peace.  In Your Presence, Lord, I find hope.  You are my strength, You are my everything.  May my desire for YOU continue to grow, and the things of this world fade into darkness.  “Turn your eyes upon Jesus; look full in his wonderful face.  And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”  ~Amen.

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4 thoughts on “M2C Blog Hop Week 3: PEACE

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this post today! I too have diabetes and it is definitely a struggle but so glad to hear that you are being filled with His peace! We are masterpieces!! That is my life verse, Ephesians 2:10. You have filled me with hope and perspective!

    Blessings and love to you, sweet sister!

    Raelene Osborn – Group 30 OBS

  2. Wow, I loved reading this! I especially liked the scripture in Psalms and the song. Just tonight I was with a close friend who is having many struggles right now and says she just doesn’t care any more and that she has no hope. She is angry—with everyone and everything AND with God. It broke my heart to hear her say that. She asked me why she had to reach out to Him and why He couldn’t just see what she was going through and do something about it. She asked why He was allowing all this to happen to her. She was sober for 90 days, and Saturday she fell of the wagon hard, and today she was drinking again. She is hurting so deeply, and she seems so despondent. I hurt for her. What you wrote here I sent in pieces to her, hoping to reach her. Thank you.

    • Wow, I am so thankful that my words can help you help your friend. It is such a hard place to be when one feels like it is rock bottom…I’ll be praying for your friend! A great devotional that helped me a lot is Streams In The Desert. There is a CD that follows that book as well.

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