God's been doing some work on my heart. He's been weaving a theme through my days in a most obvious way.
This past weekend, I had the privilege of traveling to Kansas City to speak at a retreat for one of the sweetest groups of women. They chose the scripture, and then gave me the freedom to develop the messages as the Lord advised me. They chose Hebrews 12:1-2, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Father."
Certainly, throwing off hindrances was one of the main themes of the weekend, but I was kind of planning to pack that little truth up and put it on a shelf once the weekend was complete.
Also, in the past month or so, Brian and I have been on several road trips. As we travelled, I read this book aloud:
If you want to second guess everything you do, read this book. If you want a tsunami wave of conviction to flood your every thought, this is a great read for you.
But if you're like me, and you kind of just like to know about cultural/church/God trends without actually engaging with them, then you might want to let this one pass you by.
Y'ALL! Brian and I just haven't been able to shake the call to stewardship, to using what we have well, to reigning in the abundances in our life, since reading this book.
So, we're getting on board. We're dialing it down at our house. We're going to use Jen's model as a guide, but not a law. The first area of excess that she identifies is food. So, we're going to start there, too. For the next month (beginning today), we will be eating only these foods:
2. sweet potatoes
4. wheat bread
5. peanut butter (the organic, peanut-only, unsweetened kind)
And, we'll only be drinking these beverages:
1. unsweet tea
For us, and many Americans, food is an idol. Brian and I LOVE food! We are constantly thinking about what we'll eat next, where we'll go to eat, or how much more we can eat. It's disgusting, really.
So, there you have it. God has continually prompted our hearts to move to a place of simplicity, to strip off the things that are halting close fellowship with Him, to reign in our desires and compare them to those the Lord has for us.
I'm going to be journaling this journey. You might find it boring or even just weird, but I want to make sure that I document the presence of God in our life. Here goes...