We are into week 2 of our study... & I'm already feeling so much info being fed into my heart with the book, with the words of others on the site, & taking steps to try & APPLY what I'm learning.
We get a word (DETERMINIATION) & a scripture to focus on each week. I actually have this scripture written down on paper & placed it at work - in my car - all around me so I can focus on it, memorize it... really see what it means to me...
The verse this week - 2 Peter 5:7-8
* Cast all your anxiety on him.... Anxiety makes me RUN... not walk... RUN to food & eating. I need to get anxiety off of me. And I keep focusing on the word ALL. Anxiety from work? Put it on Jesus. Anxiety over my bills? He'll take it. Anxiety over my frizzy hair? Yep... anxiety is anxiety... ALL is ALL
|This is what God wants us to do with our anxiety|
... & its a way for me to know if you are a child of the 90's if you're singing this now :)
*... because he cares for you. .... Come on. Isn't that comforting? Something we all need to be reminded of? I don't think I want to go through any day in my life & not feel like I'm not cared for.
|Every day can be like a hug from Jesus... he cares...|
* My version (niv) says "Be self-controlled & alert".... that version really speaks to me. That's what this whole study is about for me. Being self-controlled. What that looks like. I've been there before. Its why I was a single digit dress size on my wedding day. I guess as you get older, you forget. I need to get that self control back. Alert, as well. I mean, I needed alarms to go off when I felt my pants getting tighter. But I waited until I couldn't breath before I even really noticed. Not so much on the alert side.
* Your enemy, the devil.... I love how it really classifies who the devil is to me & you... our enemy... don't ever forget that...
* prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.... OK - first of all, that's down right SCARY. I'm not a big Animal Planet watcher when I know there is going to be an animal that is going to be attacked. I know its nature - but I don't want to see it. Its violent - its messy - it makes me nauseated & light headed...
|This is my reaction if I accidentally turn the TV on Animal Planet|
& wait - the devil wants to do that to me? Yeah... my enemy, for sure.
The other thing that always makes me think - the Bible refers to Jesus as the Lion many times... so I'm now knowing WHY I have to be alert... because we don't want our sneaky enemy to disguise himself as our friend who is Jesus... he's very sneaky like that.
|I'm going to be REALLY alert now....|
I know the weekly verse doesn't include verse 9, but I have to look at the next 2 words of this scripture
RESIST HIM (vs 9)
resist the sneaky ways of the devil
resist the urges to be lazy
resist the call of food when I'm anxious
A pretty good verse for week 2