(For the next 6 weeks I will be using this blog as a way to reach out to the women who are participating in the “Made to Crave” Bible study I am leading. If you are not in the Bible study I hope you will continue to take time and stop by my blog. If you would like to leave a comment or a question, you may do so at the end of each entry.)
Day 1 - Made to Crave
Have you ever had one of those days when you wake up, look at your day planner and think to yourself, “Today isn’t going to be too bad?” But as the day goes along things keep getting added to your day and instead of a smooth ride you encounter twists, turns and quick stops? That’s exactly how my day has been.
Everything was going along as planned until I left my office at noon for lunch and that is when the twists, turns and quick stops started. No emergencies, no drama or chaos, just simple things that were added to my schedule that needed to be done.
As I was coming back from my trip to the post office (which isn’t a very pleasant experience anymore, because it is now the only post office in our community and when you arrive there at 4:45pm you will undoubtedly find yourself waiting in a very long line) I found myself feeling a little bit out of control. I pulled into my driveway, went into my house and found myself standing in the middle of the kitchen. I walked over to the refrigerator and opened the door. Then I walked over to the cabinet and looked in it. Was I hungry? No. I stopped and walked out of the kitchen and up to my office. I knew what was happening. I opened my bag and pulled out a piece of paper. On the paper was one word spelled out in red letters, EMPOWERED. I read it out loud, “Empowered”. I read it again and again and again and then I walked back down to the kitchen, took a magnet and placed it smack in the middle of the refrigerator door.
Empowered is a word filled with hope and possibilities. It’s a word that can’t be said in a timid voice. Go ahead try it. It just can’t be done. It’s a word that makes you stand up tall with your shoulders back and your head held high. Empowered.
Being Empowered helps you make right choices. Being Empowered gives you the strength to say “NO”. Being Empowered allows you to look in the mirror and like what you see.
When we turn to God to fill the empty spaces in our lives instead filling it with food we are Empowered. God gave each of us an inner strength, that if we take the time to look deep within ourselves, and are willing to dig through the layers of self-doubt, anger, distrust, sadness, loneliness, despair, ect…, we will find ourselves becoming EMPOWERED.
Thought of the Day (from the Made to Crave devotional) – Unsettle me in the best kind of way. For when I allow your touch to reach the deepest parts of me – dark and dingy and hidden away too long – suddenly, a fresh wind of life twists and twirls and dances through my soul.