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Day 5:  I Hate Boundaries

“If we want to embrace our boundaries— and even grow to love them —we’ll have to get this idea out of our system that rules are bad…The truth is, we need the law [boundaries]to protect ourselves from our bad behavior.” ~pg. 22

Romans 13: 14, “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”

1 Corinthians 6: 12, “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”

1 Timothy 4: 7b, “exercise thyself rather unto godliness.”

James 4: 6, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

1 Peter 1: 14-16, “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

The assignment for today is to “choose two or three Bible verses from today’s lesson to memorize. Write the Bible verses on index cards so you can refer back to them.” ~pg. 24

Raveling, Barb (2013-12-23). Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study (p. 22-24). Truthway Press. Kindle Edition.

 

I really appreciate the emphasis that the author puts on Scripture and renewing your mind for lasting change.  If we want to follow Christ, He tells us to deny ourselves.  The areas of self-denial vary from person to person.  What may be a struggle for one may not even be a temptation for another.  I often have wrestled with the fact that this whole area of struggle for me is so unfair.  I seem to look at food and gain weight.  Why me?  The answer to that is not important.  This is an area that God has called me to self-denial if I am going to be a good steward of HIS temple.

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Update

This furlough has not gone as expected, but I know the events are not a surprise to God.  Although some things have been difficult, I am grateful for the Lord’s timing that has allowed me to be stateside at this time.  I have been on a long blog break and that probably needs to continue.  I would like to post some about the Taste for Truth Bible study that I have been doing.  If nothing else, it keeps me accountable.  =)  I’ve also been working on the author’s newest study The Renewing of the Mind Project.  I’m excited that my Sunday School class will be doing this as a summer study.  I recommend this book to anyone!!! It helps you take Scripture Meditation to a whole new level.  Thank you for your patience.  I will do my best to drop by from time to time over the summer.  My plans are to return to Japan sometime in August, if the Lord wills.

Break Time

It wasn’t my intention to take a blogging break right now, but I need one.  I have a lot of things going on and need to eliminate a few things from the schedule.  Feel free to peruse past posts.  =)  I’ll be back as soon as I can!  Have a great day!

Spring at my alma mater...a little touch of Japan!

Spring at my alma mater…a little touch of Japan!

Under His Wings

Under His wings I am safely abiding,
Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me,
He has redeemed me, and I am His child.

IMG_2618Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow!
How the heart yearningly turns to His rest!
Often when earth has no balm for my healing,
There I find comfort, and there I am blessed.

IMG_2620Under His wings, oh, what precious enjoyment!
There will I hide till life’s trials are o’er;
Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me,
Resting in Jesus, I’m safe evermore.

IMG_2621Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.

~William O. Cushing

Remembering…

…it still makes me hurt to think about 4 years later.

Japan marks 4th anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster

Jesus Loves Even Me

I am so glad that our Father in Heav’n

Tells of His love in the Book He has giv’n;

Wonderful things in the Bible I see,

This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me.

IMG_9063If I forget Him and wander away,

Still He doth love me wherever I stray;

Back to His dear loving arms would I flee,

When I remember that Jesus loves me.

photo[1g]Oh, if there’s only one song I can sing,

When in His beauty I see the great King,

This shall my song through eternity be,

“Oh, what a wonder that Jesus loves me!”

IMG_0061Jesus loves me, and I know I love Him;

Love brought Him down my poor soul to redeem;

Yes, it was love made Him die on the tree;

Oh, I am certain that Jesus loves me!

Fuji Flower/Wisteria

If one should ask of me, how can I tell?

Glory to Jesus, I know very well!

God’s Holy Spirit with mine doth agree,

Constantly witnessing Jesus loves me.

from year's past...

In this assurance I find sweetest rest,

Trusting in Jesus, I know I am blest;

Satan, dismayed, from my soul now doth flee,

When I just tell him that Jesus loves me.

Fuji Flower and the Flower ParkI am so glad that Jesus loves me,

Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me;

I am so glad that Jesus loves me,

Jesus loves even me.

~Philip B. Bliss

Can you tell spring is on my mind? =)

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Day 4:  Not Even One Bite

I haven’t forgotten about this study.  This is my second time through it and I’m taking it slow.  In the meantime, I have discovered Barb Raveling’s new book, The Renewing of the Mind Project.  I’ve started going through it as well.  I am learning to renew my mind on a whole new level.  I am so thankful for this new book!!!!  Sometime in the future, I may go through that here on the blog as well.  We will have to wait and see what the future holds.  Back to day 4 of Taste for Truth…

“Unfortunately, it’s not an accepted belief that we need boundaries. Maybe that’s because we aren’t able to say, ‘Not even one bite.’ We’d starve to death. But we can say, ‘Not even one bite outside our boundaries.’ The question is, what kind of a person needs to set rigid boundaries with food? I can think of three types of people: 1) those who love the taste of food, 2) those who turn to food for emotional reasons, and 3) those who think it’s fun to consume large quantities of food.”

One of the Bible study questions is “Read 1 Timothy 4:7. One of the current worldly fables is the idea that we’re happiest when we do what we want, when we want. The less rules the better.  Do you think this is true on a practical level? Why or why not?”  This made me stop to think not only about this philosophy in the world, but where this philosophy might be prevalent in my own life.

 “But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.”

~I Timothy 4:7

*Raveling, Barb (2013-12-23). Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study(p. 19-20). Truthway Press. Kindle Edition.

For more Taste for Truth, click here.

I’m not a good book reviewer.  I only know what has helped me.  If you would like to read an excellent review on this book, click here.

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