This morning I am anointing myself with Valor and Magnify Your Purpose essential oil to strengthen, empower and help me focus in on this weeks events and challenges that I am proclaiming I have Won in advance.
Yesterday I was weary.
Yesterday I was seeing 100% effort -100% positive result.
Yesterday I was a breathe away from being done.
I anointed myself with Frankincense.
My wise son encouraged me to go to the creek, take off my shoes and ground myself physically but most importantly Spiritually. (He knows what he sees works for me.)
And then today I get this post from my friend I met while in Ohio last year:
It was the day I almost quit.
Because in that season I was carrying around more loneliness than anyone knew.
Because in that season I was experiencing more heartbreak than most realized.
And I had almost forgotten.
The paper nearly popped to the surface among the others on a cold fall morning in late October. The paper that had well documented - the day I almost quit.
The date was November 13, 2013.
And I had found myself frustrated with God.
Questioning His plan.
Contemplating my purpose.
Doubting my effectiveness.
Challenging my call.
I remember the day it happened.
Moreover I remember the night before.
It was a bible study I was leading at the time.
And everything about that night made me feel like a failure.
And one heartbreaking personal attack.
And I remember returning home in a tearful demeanor.
Riddled with weariness, sadness, resentment, and discouragement I was throwing in the towel.
I’d say it when my head hit the pillow, “Tomorrow… I quit.”
Because sometimes the assignment is too difficult. And the burden seems unworthy of effort.
And then the morning came.
Ahh, yes, always the morning.
I’d find myself making bread for my family.
And in an attempt to remedy by soul fatigue, I’d listen to a podcast while working.
It seemed random at first.
But now I see that nothing is random in the Kingdom of God.
The message was being given by a young pastor. Younger than me. And much wiser.
The story was Joshua. The warrior leader who was given charge over Israelite management, and would see to it that victory was achieved.
The story was familiar.
The walls of Jericho and the takeover of an entire city.
But the commission was odd.
Joshua was to lead his men around the walls once a day for 6 days.
Walking around the wall. Just… walking.
No swords. No shields. No fighting. Just… walking.
Then on the 7th day, seven times.
And victory of takeover was promised.
It was strange request for militant men.
But Joshua obeyed.
And you could imagine these men and their doubt.
“Are you SURE you heard the Lord correctly Joshua?”
“This doesn’t seem legit!”
“We’re soldiers, you know that, right?”
And when day 6 was closing up you can assume their frustration set in.
“I can’t do this anymore.”
“This is crazy!”
“Tomorrow… I quit!”
But it wasn’t to be.
Because God - had a better plan.
He always does.
And that plan requires our obedience to be fulfilled.
And we know what happens.
Day 7 comes. And victory is the outcome.
But it might not have happened if they had stopped on 6.
The promise missed if they hadn’t obeyed, “Don’t stop on 6.”
I would hear the words on the November day 7 years ago and run immediately to the workbook I had been working through with my bible study class. In almost a franticness I would look to recall the chapter of that study we were in. YEP! Just as I thought. Week 6!
And it would have been week 7 that I would announced my retirement.
I might have stopped on 6.
But God - had a better plan.
He always does.
But that plan required my obedience to be fulfilled.
I can’t stop now!!!
I’d almost scream it with excitement in an empty house on a Friday morning.
“I can’t stop now!”
So I ask you the same questions I wrestled with God to the ground about then,
“Will you do God’s will even when it’s not working? Even when it’s hard?”
Because the truth is that we’ve gotta take the lap… make the turn… even when nothing moves. Even when the promise looks unfulfilled… even if. Even IF. EVEN if. Because He IS good and His plan IS better than anything I could imagine for myself.
God is telling you the same thing.
Before you quit!
Remember… Recall… Repeat.
Even when it’s hard.
Even when it’s lonely.
Even when it doesn’t make sense.
Even when it doesn’t feel good.
Even when it’s not popular.
Even when it’s all uphill.
Even when other’s don’t go with you.
Don’t stop short of the promise of God in YOUR life.
Don’t quit now!
There’s so much better ahead for obedient, faithful, God-fearing people.
The best… is yet to come!!!
- Wendy Bender, 2020
What have you quit or almost quit in journey?
I am re-focusing on our nutritional input. Told my husband, Randy Wendt, we needed to focus on adding more fruits and veggies to our daily eats and less meat.
Got the 😳 response then he said ... with a big 😁 ... he would definitely be willing to drink an extra or even two! of our yummy packet of fruits and veggies antioxidant “cover all the nutrient needs you might not get In your food today” drink.
He even added as a reminder ... like I needed it but I’m glad he’s knows ... that it also helps with his extra protein his body type needs to maintain health. (Got to 💜 this man that proves he does listen to me when I’m teaching.)
I laughed and told him I was thinking the farmers market type of food shift but am totally on board with the increase in what I call my "miracle juice".
My friend Heather DeJong posted this picture today and I’m like ... this, THIS will make my husband Randy Wendt very happy to consume as part of his plant food nutrients!
He is my major chocolate adorer! He even puts chocolate almond milk with his chocolate protein drink. 😛 Yummy to him but too chocolate for me! 😎
What are you doing to support the season change?
Many of you know my heart and passion to serve and love to my best ability. This includes what I allow into my home whether it be food products, cleaning products, books, etc. I have stood my ground in some areas and even switched our toxic cleaners to natural health building ones once I saw the research but other areas ... time and the constant action of others have worn me down and I have accepted into my life and world.
With my history in Western medicine and Natural wellness, I am well aware of how one Introduces a very small amount of a substance and then builds from there to create a tolerance in our bodies. That applies to more than chemicals.
And the story goes ...
My wife and I have been talking about cancelling Netflix because of all the issues with one of their recent movies.
We are doing our homework to be well informed about our decision but I ran across this very timely story which seems to put it in a very sobering perspective!
Some years ago when I was a pastor, I walked into my church office after a Sunday morning service to find a little brown bag on my desk containing three chocolate brownies.
Some thoughtful and anonymous saint who knew my love for chocolate had placed them there, along with a piece of paper that had a short story written on it.
I immediately sat down and began eating the first brownie as I read the following story:
Two teenagers asked their father if they could go to the theater to watch a movie that all their friends had seen. After reading some reviews about the movie on the internet, he denied their request.
“Aw dad, why not?” they complained. “It’s rated PG-13, and we’re both older than thirteen!”
Dad replied: “Because that movie contains nudity and portrays immorality—which is something that God hates—as being normal and acceptable behavior.”
“But dad, those are just very small parts of the movie! That’s what our friends who’ve seen it have told us. The movie is two hours long and those scenes are just a few minutes of the total film! It’s based on a true story, and good triumphs over evil, and there are other redeeming themes like courage and self-sacrifice. Even the Christian movie review websites say that!”
“My answer is ‘no,’ and that is my final answer. You are welcome to stay home tonight, invite some of your friends over, and watch one of the good videos we have in our home collection. But you will not go and watch that film. End of discussion.”
The two teenagers walked dejectedly into the family room and slumped down on the couch.
As they sulked, they were surprised to hear the sounds of their father preparing something in the kitchen. They soon recognized the wonderful aroma of brownies baking in the oven, and one of the teenagers said to the other, “Dad must be feeling guilty, and now he’s going to try to make it up to us with some fresh brownies. Maybe we can soften him with lots of praise when he brings them out to us and persuade him to let us go to that movie after all.”
About that time I began eating the second brownie from the little brown bag and wondered if there was some connection to the brownies I was eating and the brownies in the story. I kept reading…
The teens were not disappointed. Soon their father appeared with a plate of warm brownies which he offered to his kids. They each took one.
The teenagers smiled at each other with knowing glances. Dad was softening.
“That is why I’ve made these brownies with the very best ingredients. I’ve made them from scratch. Most of the ingredients are even organic. The best organic flour. The best free-range eggs. The best organic sugar. Premium vanilla and chocolate.”
The brownies looked mouth-watering, and the teens began to become a little impatient with their dad’s long speech.
“But I want to be perfectly honest with you. There is one ingredient I added that is not usually found in brownies. I got that ingredient from our own back yard. But you needn’t worry, because I only added the tiniest bit of that ingredient to your brownies. The amount of the portion is practically insignificant. So go ahead, take a bite and let me know what you think.”
“Dad, would you mind telling us what that mystery ingredient is before we eat?”
“Why? The portion I added was so small. Just a teaspoonful. You won’t even taste it.”
“Come on, dad, just tell us what that ingredient is.”
“Don’t worry! It’s organic, just like the other ingredients.”
“Well, OK, if you insist. That secret ingredient is organic…dog poop.”
I immediately stopped chewing that second brownie and I spit it out into the waste basket by my desk. I continued reading, now fearful of the paragraphs that still remained.
Both teens instantly dropped their brownies back on the plate and began inspecting their fingers with horror.
“DAD! Why did you do that? You’ve tortured us by making us smell those brownies cooking for the last half hour, and now you tell us that you added dog poop! We can’t eat these brownies!”
“Why not? The amount of dog poop is very small compared to the rest of the ingredients. It won’t hurt you. It’s been cooked right along with the other ingredients. You won’t even taste it. It has the same consistency as the brownies. Go ahead and eat!”
“And that is the same reason I won’t allow you to go watch that movie. You won’t tolerate a little dog poop in your brownies, so why should you tolerate a little immorality in your movies?
We pray that God will not lead us unto temptation, so how can we in good conscience entertain ourselves with something that will imprint a sinful image in our minds that will lead us into temptation long after we first see it?”
I discarded what remained of the second brownie as well as the entire untouched third brownie.
What had been irresistible a minute ago had become detestable. And only because of the very slim chance that what I was eating was slightly polluted. (Surely it wasn’t…but I couldn’t convince myself.)
What a good lesson about purity!
Why do we tolerate any sin?
On the day of the Passover, the Israelites were commanded to remove every bit of leaven from their homes. Sin is like leaven—a little bit leavens the whole lump (1 Cor. 5:6).
Help us, Lord, to “cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Cor. 7:1).
Hate evil, you who love the Lord (Ps. 97:10)
This was shared by a gentleman named Randy Hicks.
What are you allowing into your life that is desensitizing or weakening your foundation?
It Monday and a Marvelous day to reach out and share to gain support and motivation from all of us here.
What’s one area you would like encouragement, support and accountability on this week?
I need encouragement and support in prioritizing all the things on my to do want to do list and hearing what my top 3 things are to focus on.
I have many loved ones and clients asking for and needing knowledge and wisdom that I have that I need to know how best and what to share first. I also need to get reorganized and resituated after our relocation. When you live in an RV full time and take it in the road ... well, things can get messy. Lol. Especially if the road is really bumpy and twisty.
Hmmm ... it’s the same way with day to day life! Yet another ponder point for me today.
Looking forward to seeing how we can support you this week!
I adore sowing seeds into you especially when the harvest comes in for each of us!
Be blessed and filled with extra joy today!
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