‘It’s a long and winding road….’
Hey, I’m on a trip… again! We’re on the road for a wedding. But I thought it would be fun to get it on the the fun with the Top 3 with Kate and Friday Favorites with Heather. Can you feel the excitement vibrating off of me because I’ve been wanting to do Kate’s Top 3 for weeks now and I’m finally writing a post at 1:12 AM just so I can participate?
Well, I won’t drone on and on, but can I just say something first? I am SO grateful for the assurance of God’s love and the constant reminder that even when I’m struggling, bloated, uncomfortable, miserable, my identity is in Christ, not in my circumstances.
My emotions are definitely mixed this week like Alison put it so well in her post. Kat also what I just couldn’t put into words about Orlando. #PrayforOrlando (SOO much…) I want to hold and hug the hurting so much right now, so this is my virtual hug.
(The One Arctic Zero flavor that I could buy again… It’s pretty tasty. Thank you again Arctic Zero for the little care package!)
Can we start with the Top 3 Foods of the week? Cause… I’m just enjoying so much freedom with eating and enjoying God’s gift of food lately without focusing on it. It’s awesome, even when it comes with a little bloating.
Top 3 Foods:
#1 – This amazing plate of ‘Hawaiian food’ from a place called ‘Aloha Cafe’ in Bend, OR! Who doesn’t love fried chicken, noodles, coleslaw with pineapple and macaroni salad?
#2 – McDonald’s soft serve cones. I love soft serve cones. I will always love soft serve cones. And you know what? I was TERRIFIED of this second dessert last night, but perfect love casts out all fear! And I was so impacted by this one counselor on a podcast that I was listening to saying that the most repeated command in scripture is, ‘Fear not.’ The Lord enabled me not to fear this cone, and it was a delicious midnight treat before bed. 🙂
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
#3 – The creamiest oatmeal (add yogurt to your oatmeal) with Naturally Nutty on top. After a night with a pretty epic stomach ache/bloating, it was nice to put something bland, yet tasty into the stomach!
I wish there was a ‘Top 6 foods,’ but let’s go on shall we to other parts of the week and lessons I’m learning to share with you?
Top 3 Lows of the Week:
1. Really bad carsickness yesterday… Yesterday was HARD. I admit, and yet, it made me thankful, so thankful, because I realized just how much of sickness and how my body feels is based on perspective.
There are things I have to tell myself over and over when I’m suffering… a lot.
1. The sufferings of this present time aren’t even worthy to be compared with the glory, the place that Jesus Christ has promised.
2. These sufferings are refining me. God even uses chastening to purify me. (Hebrews 12)
3. This trying of my faith and my body works patience and hope and endurance, waiting on the promises of God.
Am I perfect at applying these? Not at all, but I’m so thankful that God uses suffering to teach His kids.
#2 …. This is a low, because it seriously has been weighing on me. I hate all the death that happened in Orlando. I really am sad that man’s sin brought death into the world, and I have to keep reminding myself that Jesus Christ gives me hope and gives the hurting and the broken HOPE when all seems so dark.
And I’m clinging to this promise from Isaiah 25:8, ‘He will swallow up death for all time, And the Lord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces, And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the LORD has spoken.’
And I don’t really have a 3rd one, because that 2nd one has been weighing on my heart and prayers so much.
Top 3 Highs of the Week:
#1 – Ok, so this caption was not from this week, but seriously Lyss makes me smile, and she shows me the joy of Jesus in her recovery every day. Stay tuned for a guest post from her next week!
#2 – New life. Praising the Lord for new life. It’s such an evidence of His grace to me that He constantly brings new life into the world.
#3 – I know this is another food picture, but it holds special significance, because it was my Daddy’s 52nd birthday.
I can never really express you to the impact my dad has had on my life.
My dad has loved, shepherded, gently led, guided, listened, cared, and preached the gospel and the power of Jesus Christ into my life constantly. He doesn’t boast about himself but Christ’s power. He is always desiring the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace. He is humble. He speaks, but he likes to fade into the background and just write… like me, except I’m still a little too much of a spotlight stealer. He lays down his life for others in so many ways all the time. He is always wise, kind, and a QUICK listener, slow to speak.
Dad, I love you. I did not deserve a daddy like you, but you are a sweet savor of the greater love of my Heavenly Father to me. <3 Happy Birthday Dad!
Top 3 Instagram Photos
#2 – Ok, so this photo is from one of my ED Recovery inspirations on Instagram, Janie at Live Healthy and Free. Janie recently started a blog called, ‘Janie’s Got a Chicken’ where she shares her WHOLE recovery story. You will be BEYOND encouraged and uplifted and pointed to Jesus Christ in her story. It is worth a read.
#3 – Sometimes, I just feel so messy, like I’m such a HUGE project, and that my life does not look well put together like so many others, and this caption from Kristy reminded me of how God’s grace and power can sanctify ANYBODY, and that we are a work in progress.
Last but not least, I’ve just had so many moments of reflection on God’s goodness and incredible grace and mercy while sitting in the car for hours. These are just a few tidbits of how I’ve seen those this week. 🙂
God’s goodness…. tasted in a plate of crisp and ice cream…
God’s MERCY and GRACE and power and love and justice and gift of His Son in reading this book and thinking, ‘This is … was me.’ I was so lost and broken like this story, and just like this woman’s story my life was filled with a TRAIN wreck. Realizing who I was and coming, crawling to the feet of the cross and crying out to Jesus Christ, knowing that only His blood could cover my dirty self. Wow, this story flooded all those feelings, all that truth back into my soul.
God’s beauty and peace reflected in the still waters and green trees of His creation….
God’s majesty in towering West coast trees…
1 Chronicles 29:11, ‘“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.’
Top Blog Post Finds of the Week
Marina: The Difficulty of Bloating (How to Deal) – A TOUGH part of recovery but worth every fight.
Young Face Problems – Poly Glot Jot – I get this all the time… It’s kind of funny, actually.
Katalyst Health – Thinking Out Loud – <3 I always love Kat’s thoughts, and this girl is one of my inspirations.
An Open Letter to the Fitness Community – Compassion not comparison. Love not ‘judgmentalism.’
Fighting Yourself to Rest – In the midst of a BUZZING world, it is so important to truly rest.
With that, I’m signing off with love and prayers and hope for every person that reads this blog. <3 Know that you are made in God’s image, and He knows EVERYTHING about us. Come to Him. If you are weary and heavy laden, He gives rest.
What were some of your highs from the week?
What were some of your lows?
How do you celebrate birthdays? What do you appreciate about your dad?
Read Em’s post for inspiration on writing a letter for our dad’s this weekend… And you can make ANY day you want Father’s Day.