Daniel 3 

Daniel 3:5. “As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.” 7. Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the nations and peoples of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 15. Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” 16. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” 19. Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual 20. and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. 24. Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.” 25. He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” 26. Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27. and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them. 28. Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. 29. Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.” 30. Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.”

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Struggling

When things are going well, look out. All was quiet for about a minute and internally peaceful with God’s love and grace and help. Still is really but seeing someone from my past pop up, someone I used to know every secret, someone who I obviously loved incredibly more than he loved me, who I haven’t seen in a long time, and now I am married to my husband and all is in the past. But seeing the face and hearing the name from a friend just reminded me of the weirdness and struggle with keeping focused on the now. It is easy for me to get distracted, my mind is always racing and God is the only one now who can focus me. And I had to refocus because it is strange to see someone you loved in the past out of nowhere when the loving someone now and being committed in marriage is happening. And I thought hard and really truly would not change a thing. If I had not gone through heartbreak, I would not realize fully God’s strength in restoring me and raising me from the dead. He saved me from myself, no question in my mind. I accept that everything happens for a reason, a blessing or a test, and that God gives grace when we fail the test if we ask Him and smiles if we pass the test. Tests must be. How else does anyone really know how they will respond in a specific situation if they are never in one. It is easy to say the right words without a struggle. When the struggle comes, you and God see what you are made of and infinitely more important what God is made of. How erasylse can we know with our tiny human minds? God has to show us. And I am so very thankful He chose grace for me and gave me a wonderful husband who takes such good care of us. I am content no knowing or contemplating the what ifs. What matters is the now. I choose God’s way and path for me. I am thankful for the blessings and thankful even more for the struggle. Pain is an impressive teacher sometimes if we are open to and decide to learn the leason. ❤

When to Give Up

Now, I was once of the opinion that one should never give up. And I believed this wholeheartedly to the point of such faith that indeed I succeeded at everything I started. The thing is that this will ONLY be true if you are starting to do something God put on your heart or wills you to do. When you are obeying God, never ever give up.

Just be sure that is what you are doing. I taught my children that when they decide something, their moral character will show up in the myriad of little decisions as they are on that journey. And this is true. We prove our moral worth by being consistent more than by doing a huge thing then nothing much after. I would rather hire a person consistently good than a person once impressive but now hit or miss.

So, they key is to know God wants you to do something. Then, do that and everything as you go your best, asking for God’s help as you go. Then sink in and never ever give up.

It is ok to give up if you realize God was not on board and it was just something you wanted for selfish reasons. Then letting it go and doing what God wants is absolutely the right thing to do.

The thing is that we are responsible to do something for God. It may be great things but maybe not, but regardless it is a million little good decisions. Not lie, be loyal, speak encouragement, practice good manners, put others first, persist, commit, try again, speak truth, don’t do wrong, don’t steal, be content, have joy, practice peace, so on. These things never ever give up on. This is moral success and God will smile on you for it shows and proves your heart’s loyalty to Him.❤

Why Weight Loss Numbers Matter to Me

So, I have lost 30 pounds since I started this inspired quest to be healthy. God was my motivation as I was blatantly living recklessly and with gluttony, as big a sin as any sin. I wanted to obey my dear Lord God in every area of my life. Not only that, but on top of it, I was unable to do everything He asked me too, not having enough energy or stamina and in pain when I forced it.

Thr numbers matter because to me, they motivate. When I see them go down, I know progress is being made. I know I am obeying God and that success is echoed by looser fitting clothing and greater energy and no pain. And today I was asked to play the piano for chapel services in assisted living facilities and that is something I can do bow and take my kids. How beautiful.

People say the numbers don’t matter. To me they do. I have to have that encouragement that I am doing the right thing. I get it very few other places. Most people I see regularly have not said one word- I am not sure if they are convicted and avoid the topic or they think if they compliment they would be misconstrued as flirting or perhaps 30 pounds is no big deal of a difference, but it doesn’t matter. I am not losing for them and just find it a curiosity, but the numbers encourage me. When I started in June and had 50 pounds to lose, that number was a bit daunting, even to me who rises to a challenge, but having 30 pounds gone in just 2 1/2 months the healthy way, I am more than half way there and it feels good that I am obeying. And I am healthy and strong doing it.

So, there is why the numbers matter to me. Other people have different stories and numbers are bad guys for good reasons and I get that completely and respect you for where you are on your journey. This is just my opinion and reasoning, in case anyone wanted to know. God bless you!❤

Journey Onward

My heart is uptight today. Not enough sleep is probably the reason but it is always really more than that, isn’t it. And we washed and waxed the vans today and cleared off and swept the back patio in preparation to finally put flooring down. And I have lost more so am at minus 24 pounds now and look great. All these things and I should be happy. Much moreso, I have the deep underlying joy and peace from God in my spirit and that is always my constant. However, today I have anxt. I know why. Sometimes the frustrations of life buckle down in us, just fall in and create weight on our hearts. And I feel things moving in the spirit world, being much more sensitive to that as I draw closer to the Lord and deeper in His Word. And things are going on. The enemy is stepping up his game and God is, in answer to faith and prayer, stepping up His game and reminding said enemy who really owns everything. And here I am doing my little work and feeling it all. And sometimes ya just gotta feel it and keep working and doing your best and just pray more. And that is my job. And I will be faithful in that work. God bless you all. Hang in there! Love you, friend.❤

Family Work Days

We worked more on the fence today as a family. It was a lot if work and replete with agitation and yelling, as usual. However, despite the noise we are all accustomed to, we completed the remaining fence skeleton, the last two 4x4x10 posts and remaining 2x4x8 stringers, cut to size. And this will complete our front and side fence portions, once the boards are cut and screwed on. And all we will have is a short back section and we can get a dog, fenced in yard ready for one. And this is our goal. So we work as a family for this family goal. And this is very good. God is good to us and sometimes it is good to work just for us as a family. This is a beautiful thing. And one more day will finish this phase 2 and the short phase 3 will not take long, as posts are already there. So yay!!! Hope God blesses you also to accomplish something beautiful with your family.❤

Silence Speaks

I sit in my silence

Alone in my room to sleep

And silence speaks to me.

It beckons me remember

That which I should forget

It speaks lies of another’s silence

Which speaks differently.

I detest the silence.

The silence speaks peace

In an alternate story.

The silence beckons my repose,

Assuring that all is well.

I love the silence.

The voice of silence, then,

Appears my choice.

My perspective loves or hates.

Silence’s story is in my interpretation.❤