Day 23 of 40: God of Abundance or Just Enough?

Today is Day 23 of 40.

What if we did this for today?  But what if we did it for 40 days?!

{If you’ve heard my rant about this then scroll passed this to today’s account below the (*******) line}

Our goal for 40 days is to strengthen and nourish our spirit, soul and body.  Sounds so sophisticated and a little boring to me…  but what if it got kind of specific…  and…  what if it kind of worked?!!?

We create (Do you need the definition too?  Because I did!  So I looked it up for us!)

create:  (verb)  cause (something) to happen as a result of one’s actions

This drives me to become aware of what I am actually creating.  I’m REEEAAALLY good at creating a grumpy attitude, a negative outlook on life, an overwhelming feeling, 30 extra pounds, irrational thinking….  I am just one talented woman.  You too?  {Big sigh}

But what if we became more intentional about what we were creating each day?!

What if we did these three things each day?!

  1. Create conversations with God by talking to Him (prayer) and/or studying the Bible. 
  2. Create smiles, memories, feelings, giggles, and moments with people by taking the time to stop and be in the moment.
  3. Create fuel for our body with the foods we choose.

For my own life, I notice that I start going into a spiral of the “blues” then slowly but surely off track when I start hiding from God, from people and hiding IN my pantry….  {Anyone else do that too?!}

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Today’s Life with Jamye

Day 23 of 40.

You know those days when all you want to do is sleep BUT you really do want to get up?  Ya know, those days you are completely torn in two very opposite directions?  That was me this morning.  I woke up at 4 something to feed Benjamin then went back to sleep.  I really wanted to wake up and start spending time with God (getting strong in my spirit) but I just could NOT wake up for the life of me!

I fell asleep three different times and had three separate crazy dreams!  I probably had a dream about you!  It was such a weird hour of sleep.  Finally when I started dreaming about being 9 weeks pregnant with twins, I NEEDED TO WAKE UP!!  Anyone get me?!  That is NOT what I’m desiring right now.  Ha!

1. {Spirit}

So up at 6:00 a.m. to read the Bible and spend time talking with God.

I had the SWEETEST time with God.  I continued studying more about the Exodus in the word of God.  I read in Exodus 16 when the Israelites were whining and complaining about not having food.  They wanted to go back to slavery.

In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.  The Israelites said to them ‘IF ONLY we had died by the LORD’s hand in Egypt!  There we sat around pts of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.’

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you.  The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. IN THIS WAY I will test them and see whether they will following my instructions.’

Exodus 16:2-4

Long story short, about 45 minutes into studying this and my heart was overwhelmed with the teaching that maybe there are times in our relationship with God that is a season of testing and developing our character.  A season when God is a “just enough” God to reveal how strong we really are.

So is God an abundant God?  YES!  Absolutely!  But are there times when He gives us our daily bread, our manna, as the Israelites had, per say….  YES!  There are times when He’s a JUST ENOUGH God.

These are times when we have…

JUST ENOUGH energy for that day, that afternoon, that hour.

JUST ENOUGH patience for our children’s sibling argument.

JUST ENOUGH love and grace for that one difficult person.

JUST ENOUGH drive to get that one workout in.

So is God an abundant God as it says in the New Testament?  Yes yes and yes!  But are there times when there is JUST ENOUGH from God?  Yes.

Basically, based on the readings of the Old and the New testament, I feel like there are times when God is BOTH.  I feel like there are times, such as the one I’m in right now, when God is providing JUST ENOUGH of what I need to make me strong for that day.  Each and every day I get stronger.  But I’ll trust that through all of the struggles, fears, limitations, etc. that God is my everything.

2. {Soul-Mind, Will, & Emotions}

I went without my Band-Aid for the first time this morning.  Yes, after 11 weeks, I did it.

I wanted to crawl into a hoodie and hide.  I have been feeling so confident with my Band-Aid that I forget I even have one on my head.  Then this morning I felt the desire to go without.  One person stared for about 10 seconds (yes, I know that’s not long but it was for my insecure forehead this morning).  I know that it looks amazing but for someone who didn’t see the hole in my forehead, it might not look that great.

That said, I did run into a “mom-friend” of mine and she noticed my naked forehead and she gave me the quickest and beaming smile and poured words of affirmation over my forehead.  It was so sweet and what I needed at that time.  Beautiful moments God gave to me at that moment.  It was my JUST ENOUGH for this morning.  It was hard for me.

I spent the rest of my day recouping from that STRONG moment for me this morning.

Baby steps, right?

Basically, that was a big step for me since 11 weeks ago.  For that, I’ll call this day a big victory!

Thank you for the virtual hugs and high fives!

3. {Body}

I didn’t track a thing!  I didn’t lift one weight!  BUT, I did do a LOT of laundry today!  Actually, Mr. and Mrs. Washing Machine did that but I had to load it and empty it.  Seriously, that’s a lot of work. LOL

Now to finish the folding.  That’s a spiritual, emotional AND physical workout for me.  Whew.  Gearing up for that strong task for tomorrow!  😉

Good night my lovelies!

Jamye

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