Monthly Archives: April 2013

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

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Creme Brulee Soy Au Lait

Man. I am sore but, oh, so energized!! I have been doing a lot of full body toning exercises and continuing to eat all natural foods! For the most part. I have my splurge days on Apple Bee’s, Qdoba or Panera Bread every other week or so. 😉 I feel so focused in on life. I prayed a few weeks ago for God to renew my mind and keep my thoughts fixed on being active. No more procrastinating. I prayed completely against putting things off and in no time God had me believing that I really can do things instantly, longer, stay focused, say no to junk foods that hurt my body, say yes to things that are so good for me, and have more self control. I feel like I have more time when before I felt so busy and helpless. God really does give you strength; or whatever you ask for in confidence through prayer. Thank you, God!

For those of you who are wondering why I am working so hard to change my diet and exercise. For my family. For God. For me. I want to be an example for my family. I don’t want my sister to think I lost weight because I became anorexic or bulemic (I have a past of that, all part of my testimony), or any other girls who may look up to me to think that those played a factor in my weight loss. I have been cooking healthy meals for my entire family and filling our fridge with fresh fruits and veggies so we all feel better and live better. Also, our bodies are temples of God! We need to take care of ourselves (1 Corinthians 6:19,20)!! And lastly, for me. Because I am done procrastinating. Because I don’t want to be frail and small, but resemble a fierce warrior in God’s army. I want to be able to defend myself in this world. My body will not slow me down when my soul keeps on outgrowing it everyday. It is only a shell containing who I really am and I will push it to make the most use out of it to better this world. Thank you, God, for energy, patience, and perseverance. I am nothing without You.

Side note: I am STILL waiting on my acceptance letter for Christ For the Nations Institute. Called today and got no answer, and so I left a voicemail. No response. I’ll try again tomorrow. Sigh.

Love you all! God bless!

Bethany Lynn

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Haven

Longing to be close to my Father,
Craving a moment alone,
Captivated by His presence,
Surrendered to His unfailing love,
Saturated in His marvelous peace.
In the booming fullness of day,
I await an oppurtunity,
A single moment,
Where I can slip into an opening,
Into my haven that follows me.
The place where Heaven is open,
My soul vulnerable,
Raw.
Satisfaction through simply time,
Time spent touched by His love,
And embraced by His words.
I love you.
I love you, God.
I love you, God!
Thank you, Abba!

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“The bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold on me. It is meant to be bread for our daily use, not just cake for special occasions.”

“The bible is a…

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English Breakfast Soy Tea Latte

I hate being indecisive. I am one of the worst mental debaters ever. Seriously. I’m at a coffee shop: “What kind of bagel would you like? You said a bagel right?” Paralysis sets in. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT I WANT. And for some reason, “Hey God, what do I want?” doesn’t exactly make a golden Angel appear saying, “Your taste buds and mood would be quite joyful today if you were to get a Honey Wheat as apposed  to the Asiago.” I depend on God for literally everything. But how cool would that be if He could decide everything for you? That’s what I was just thinking about and as I’m typing this out I realize not cool. If He told me what to do all the time wouldn’t I naturally want to rebel from the feeling of imprisonment? That’s what I may have done if it had been my earthly father constantly controlling my every move. God loves us so much that He has given us free will. Choices. How wonderful are choices? I should be thankful I have choices. That I even get food. That I have so many options! He loves us that much. Did He make one tree? One plant? One flower? One bird? One laugh? One face? One hair color? One eye color? No sir/ma’am, He did not. He is a Creator for crying out loud! And if you go a whole day with focusing on just that…I promise you, that you will become that much closer to the heart of our Maker. He is, oh, so many things. But my favorite, besides Healer, may possibly be Creator. I have always been very creative. And I love that about myself because it is the most prominent reflective piece of imagery of the Father Himself in my being. He is a Creator, and if I’m made in His image than I myself am a Creator! Mmm. So good. God you are so good.

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Honey Buttermilk Cornbread& Chili

Finally finished Cold Tangerines and I was weeping by the last few pages. Life is such an amazing gift! We have so much to be thankful for and so much to rejoice about. Pray for God to change your perspective and He really will amaze you! When i’m living closer to God I laugh more often, smile every single day, dance in the kitchen, sing in my car, call up my friends, bake, cook, read, taste food for the first time, and hear the birds chirping from miles away! I become a whole new person when I’m no longer relying on my own strength. I never feel tired no matter how much sleep I get; endless energy without coffee (that’s just for the yummy taste). 😉 I always feel overwhelmed and filled with hope, love and joy. I know I am fearfully and wonderfully made by the One who loves me. The Divine has truly sewn me together by needle and thread and I live everyday allowing Him to mold me into the woman He has called me to be. Without God, I procrastinate, feel lazy and can sit for hours in front of the television filling my mind with garbage, but even worse, not growing. Not gaining knowledge, only memorizing lines from reruns and hundreds of things I have seen before. Something about being closer to God, having energy, makes me into a homemaker. Just today I read a book, baked, all from scratch, honey buttermilk cornbread, black bean chili and a chocolate pie. I’ve washed the laundry, folded it, vacuumed, cleaned up around the house. It feels so wonderful. I line up my accomplishments on the counter and let all the smells embrace me. I feel a sense of pride, that I can do all these things. But it very quickly turns to thankfulness. Thankfulness for easy accessibility to a store, to food, for a warm house, an oven, a working washing machine, dryer and fridge, for things I don’t need but have. Thankful for the library where I get my books, and for the couch I can relax on when the chores are done. Thankful for money, or rather God’s provision. Fresh water, and a warm bed. Sure there are still some crumbs on the floor and laundry to be put away, the weather is still an ice box. But I want to continue choosing to celebrate life! Live it to the fullest. I encourage you, when you are going through trials, or even if you’re just confused or bored, try laughing instead of crying, and smiling instead of giving up. The devil wants you to give up!! I always picture myself at a game of wits in a way with the devil, and when I am tempted with sin it makes it so much fun to smirk at the situation and say, “Oh, no you don’t. Not that easily. I am a woman of God, a child of the King. You really thought that THIS was going to pull me down? Try again. Better luck next time.”

Now i’m sitting on my couch waiting for my sister to get home from school to see her new earrings on the table I found for her in the clearance section and for my dad to get home from work to smell all this food I’ve prepared for dinner. My mom is gone for the weekend and I love spoiling my family with food and desserts. So excited to make his day after a long day of work. 🙂 🙂

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Bold Morning Prayer

I wrote this prayer on a sticky note about a year ago and placed it into my bible. I attempted to read it out loud every morning, and the mornings I followed through, I did not regret setting my alarm for a few minutes earlier. I encourage you to write this down, or make your own, change it up or just pray it once!

“I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am a beautiful Princess of God. This is my temporary home, God is preparing a place in Heaven for me. I should live everyday for the day I stand before my Father. Everyday I shall pray for a divine appointment and care for God’s children. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray for discernment and direction. My yes’ be yes’ and my no’s be no’s. I have the mind of Christ and God is my strength; I can do anything through Him and will not worry because He is always with me. Transform my mind and help me to not conform to this world. Give me boldness and courage. Thank you for who You are, Lord. I love you, Abba.”

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Beautiful Creek& Cold Hard Stones

“Metaphorically, each event of your past is a stone. Life is a giant, dangerous yet beautiful river. It could go good or bad based on how you use those stones; how you react and how you choose to live. So are you going to line up those rocks as stepping stones, touch them for a brief moment and then never look back at them again? Or are you going to hold onto them, allow them to weigh you down, and drown you? What’s even better though. Is when you’re seeking God and running across those stepping stones, and suddenly you’re soaring through the air, skipping a few stones; a few stones that you now, never even have to touch.”

“I pray that my future spouse would offer all of his dreams to the Lord, and pursue only those that bring God glory, and that count for eternity.” +Jeremiah 29:11+

DAY 10

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day nine; future husband
for his strength — physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. [Ephesians 3:16]

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