Nutrition Month: Too much salt

It takes humility to ask for help.

Especially when you’re the one giving it out. Especially when you give and give and give. Especially, if it feels like everyone takes yet no one receives. Especially when pride & comparison have a grip on you.

Are you trackin’ with me on this one?

There’s a difference between taking and receiving.

Do me a quick favor:

Whatever you’re doing right now take just a second, open your hands palm side up.

It’s vulnerable. That’s humility.

If you had something in your hand you either had to put it down. If you were holding onto something you had to let it go.

That’s vulnerable. That’s risky. That’s life, that’s where God wants us.


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When we were younger we used a term to describe when you were feeling vulnerable, even jaded or disrespected or like someone took something from you or  took a jab at your gut.

We’d say that person was salty.

Like you were slightly wounded, as if someone threw salt in the wound and left you there to deal with the pain.

Big or small.

I’ll put it in context.

Suppose you were really talented at something. You couldn’t wait to use that gift, especially now that you’re learning to appreciate it and use it well.  Suddenly, you find out someone was chosen to do something you were considering or even asked to do.  The sting of being overlooked and quite possibly; jealousy, burns deep in your gut. That’s salty.

I hope that makes sense.

Anyway.

Whenever I hear the words “Jesus called us to be salt & light” I can’t help but reference this. Especially in perspective of the scripture Matthew 5:13.

We are called to be salt & light to the world, but if the salt loses it’s savor, it’s no good; in fact it’s deadly.

We should be in the world, full of flavor, sprinkling the love of Christ on everyone we pass; not contaminating or leaving a bad taste in the mouths of people we are trying to influence to Christ.

I  remember that taste. It was bitter. It was attached to several disappointments. I wanted to wash that taste out of my mouth and never have anything to do with it.

It’s like adding too much salt to the food on the plate. You spit it out. Too much salt in our daily diets can result in high blood pressure, bloating, heart issues and dehydration (excessive unquenchable thirst)…hmmm I certainly see a spiritual connection here.

It wasn’t until someone; who I believe had experienced that same bitterness; spoke to me with sweet words and a tenderized heart that I actually found a desire to listen. I don’t doubt for one minute that a bit of humility had to take place before I was ready to hear what they had to say. Looking back, I’m certain it was more despair than humility that opened my ears. The bible says let those who have ears to hear, hear.

It’s a heart issue.

Here’s the hope we can hold onto God’s grace opens doors for second chances;  “God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.” (Romans 11:29) & “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

But you see, God gives us the opportunity to humble ourselves, and at that very moment we cry out “Lord I don’t know what to do”, He brings someone along our path to help us. Allow God to relieve some of the stress, tension and high blood pressure you’re trying to just deal with. 

Nine times out of ten, the people He sends our way have been where we are. They understand the bitter/sour/burnt taste that makes us nauseous. They know that we’ve been around the proverbial mountain a million times and can’t figure out how to move it or get up it. (Mark 11:23)

Whether you’re the one crying out for help or you’re the one being sent to help, let go and let God do what He does best. I heard someone say “GOD IS REALLY GOOD AT WHAT HE DOES”…Let Him do it!

FOCUS on what’s happening in everything you do and say and trust that He’s always in control.

If God has placed you on the path of someone to help them in their journey, trust that He’s given you all the necessary training to help them.  When you open your mouth, He’ll fill it with perfectly flavored words! Not too much salt.

If you’re confused about where God wants you to go to get help or help someone know that God may put you in the least place you’d expect.

He says “I want you smack dab in the middle of the world, just not of it” (Romans)

I think Christine Cain says it much better!

‘You cannot change a world you are not in, likewise you cannot change a world that you are of the same substance”!

Be encouraged.

Life gets sticky.

Life gets salty.

Life gets dirty & muddy.

It’s in the mud that we recognize the value & worth of being washed & cleansed!

This calling to ‘be something great, to dream bigger, to serve others’  is much greater than we even give recognition.

We need to ALWAYS be willing to know where we are & why we are!

1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

www.lifetoday.org/video/into-the-world/ (the video is only 15 minutes)

Stay humble.

It keeps your heart open to receive instead of always opening your hand to take. (1 Kings 17)

Keep your heart pumpin’, spirit movin’ & get inneractive. It all comes back to love.

My prayer today is that you would allow the Lord to teach you how, when, why, what, where, even who. This song by Misty Edwards will bless you as you open your heart and allow God to speak to whatever your questions are.

Misty Edwards “I Love Your Ways”

 

Wednesday’s WORD: Your Shape

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Have you ever stopped to look at a jigsaw puzzle? How the pieces are uniquely cut to “FIT” in a specific space to complete the puzzle. Sometimes they’re shaped similar to another piece.

Sometimes when you look at the “BIG PICTURE OR FINISHED PUZZLE” in an attempt to see where it should fit, all the pieces start to look the same. But STILL they each have a place they’re supposed to be in.

✳️You were designed for a specific purpose.

Uniquely, wonderfully, marvelously (Psalm 139) to fit in the designated space God has set aside just for you.

. ✳️Your shape, your fit, your appearance are specific to that purpose

. ✳️Focus on your gifts, your talents, your “FIT” & let God place you where He knows you’ll complete His finished work!

God has called you specifically.

“What we carry in us is extraordinary, even though the package may seem ordinary” – Lisa Bevere “Awaken Now”

You are what you think. (great video I hope will encourage you to #getinneractive )

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Word-filled Wednesday: ENOUGH

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The past couple of days I’ve felt this overwhelming feeling of something I couldn’t describe. It’s a deep down on the inside fulfillment. Not an accomplishment of pat-myself-on-the-back kind of fulfillment. But a “WELL DONE GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT” kind. Like God himself had reached from heavens, placed His hands on my shoulders, looked me in the eyes and told me He was proud of me. 

But I hadn’t done anything. Nothing miraculous. Nothing worthy of front page press. Nothing Gold medal. In fact, I could recite the self assessments I went through double checking my “2012 Get It” list, realizing there were still quite a few things I ‘needed’ to get done.  I taught a few classes lately and would finish the class questioning why I wasn’t feeling ‘enough’. I played over and over every song, every step, every voice over cue and connection wondering if I made an impact on anyone. I wondered if what I had to offer was ‘enough’ for every person who walked in the class. I wondered if my mothering was enough. I wondered if my husband considered me enough. I wondered if that friend who called me to support her in tough times thought that my support, was enough. I wondered. I kept pulling up reminders that if God was pulling me through anything, His filter was on and He was training me and had allowed me to be sifted. Sifting everything OUT of me that wasn’t enough so that everything IN me was more than I could ask or think. I hadn’t done anything. Yet, to Him I was enough. I’ve started seeing myself as God sees me. He’s got big plans for me. And you. 

Jeremiah 29:11-13 ( For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Here I was, measuring my ‘good enough’ and true to His promise, He reminded me that He wasn’t just saying I was ok, He said He was proud. He was saying I was awesome! I found my awesome. I found my assurance. I found my Ephesians 3:18-19 (…to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. and know that this love surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 

So this was what I was feeling. Then I got a confirmation when Beth Moore’s Wednesdays With Beth spoke about this same scripture and being fulfilled. WOW God speaks when we listen! I got my second confirmation on my ride home from my class this morning. I was driving and praying and just really said a simple prayer – I just thanked God for allowing me the chance to be close to Him. I thanked Him for feeling in my heart that I am close to Him. Could I be closer? Absolutely. His word says draw near to Him and He’ll draw near to you. 

Lysa TerKeurst does a tremendous job of highlighting the depth of reaching out to God when you’re feeling less than enough. I pray that you, where ever you’re searching for your ‘enough’ that you would allow God to fill it, to the fullness! Keep your heart pumpin’, spirit movin’ and get inneractive! 

Here’s Lysa’s message that drove home what I was feeling. An excerpt from “Becoming More Than A Good Bible Study Girl”

Are you tired of just going through the motions of the Christian life? Do you feel a tug at your heart to live completely for God—but don’t know what the next step is? Lysa TerKeurst invites you to uncover the spiritually exciting life you long for. Fulfillment is closer than you ever thought possible.