I Tried Goose!

I tried something new.

Last night, in traditional fashion for this area, I had goose for dinner, with sauerkraut, purple cabbage (can’t remember the right name) and a potato ball that wasn’t a potato ball. It looked like a softball, but it was squishy, kinda gooey, kinda tasty…made partly from potatoes.

I ate so much stuff last night that I would normally walk right by. But, the menu was set. So, therefore, goose – a huge piece and the other items with bread and salad and dessert were the main attraction.

One of the desserts was hazel nut and chocolate, but the blend, consistency and shape put me in mind of something a puppy would pass. But, nevertheless, I soldiered on and much to my taste surprise, it was more than yummy.

I guess you can’t always judge a book by it’s cover.

So, I plan to wrap up my trip here and fly back home. I’m praying and asking God for a smooth trip. We have enough rough air on the trip over here.

Have a great weekend.

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Do Something New!

Now, this is cold weather. It is 2 degrees celcius. That’s real cold for a chick from North Carolina. I have the proper gear of course – dressed head to toe in warmth but you still have to go outside! In Europe, lots of walking (and bike riding) is done. In Erlangen, the same is true. We park far and walk long. And, parking is at a premium. But, I’m not complaining. I need the exercise – especially after I ate all of that GREAT bread last night.

Who would have thought that I would be spending so much time in Germany? I once dated an American soldier who dreamed of being stationed in Germany. We were standing in line at a restaurant, and he initiated a conversation with the family standing next to us. That’s where I learned how badly he wanted to be stationed in Germany. He told them that WE would be stationed there soon. That he had put in the paperwork for it. The husband and wife at that time said, “Wow – Germany!” They talked about it more and more and the more real it became, the blood must have flown out of my face because the husband looked at me and said, “Well, she doesn’t look so sure about Germany.” Who would have ventured to guess that now, I would be on my fifth trip since 2007 – things have a way of working themselves out.

So, why have I told you all of this about cold weather and Germany?

I want to get you to think about broadening your territory.

It’s easy to do the run-of-the-mill things. It’s harder to break from your routine and experience something new. So, today, I ask that you do just that. Do something new today that you’ve never done before. And, I believe that you will find the break from your routine rewarding. Pray about what to do – then do it!

And lastly, share with us bloggers here! We want to know too!

God Bless,
sk

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Circadian Cycles

Merriam Webster defines jet lag this way: a condition that is characterized by various psychological and physiological effects (as fatigue and irritability), occurs following long flight through several time zones, and probably results from disruption of circadian rhythms in the human body.

And, you know me. I read this and said – what does circadian rhythm really mean? It’s obvious from the text but I wanted to know what good ole Britannica and Wikipedia had to say about that.

Within the circadian (24-hour) cycle, a person usually sleeps approximately 8 hours and is awake 16. Here’s a Circadian diagram of someone that gets up early in the morning.


All I can say is that I am truly jet-lagged. And, as soon as I get used to this timezone, it will be time to fly back home. But, God is good. I’m expecting to rest really well this week and get the rest that I need.

So, that brings to mind two questions: How many hours of sleep per night do you get on average and what do you do to relax?

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Fly, Fly, Fly!

I have an appreciation for birds. I get that from my dad. He and his aunt Sarah were into bird-watching. I think that what I really marvel at is a bird’s ability to fly. I look at their bodies and then their wingspans and they just simply fly!

If I were to flap my equivalent – my arms – then gravity would surely pull me down. But, birds, they just do it. They have sense to know when to go out into the elements and when to stay in shelter. Birds get it. That’s cool.

Yesterday, I was flying – in a metal bird some 30,000 + feet high in the sky … over a major body of water. We hit a lot of turbulence. I’m happy that I am a seasoned flyer or I may have had a tendency to be a bit scared. But, we got jostled around for a good while. Even the pilot told us that we would have to just go through it – he couldn’t go around it.

Turbulence – or rough air as the industry calls it now, comes. But when we are experienced, we notice the roughness, but we are not consumed by it – we are not afraid of it. And, that’s how it is with seasoned Christians. They trust God to get them through. Even though it may be rough going with the things that they are dealing with, they have confidence and trust in God. They sit back in their seat within their “spiritual bird,” knowing that even though they are being jostled about, and that they are high above the ground where falling is not an option (or either a deadly option), they are not fretting. They are trusting.

To the seasoned Christians, keep on trusting. Fly, fly, fly!

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Uh Oh – Ankle Injury?

I think I may have reinjured my ankle. That’s bad because I have to travel before I will have an opportunity to visit with the doctor familiar with my ankle injury. Oh, the drama.

I went through muscle strengthening after finally getting an appropriate diagnosis when this first happened. That was pretty intense! And, I selfishly do not want to go back to those times. It was aggrevating but effective. Which is why I am a little puzzled as to why I am feeling that something is a little amiss now. I remember wearing a pair of flats on Thursday – they have a small platform as the base. Well, I was turning the corner and did so rather painfully. I remember thinking – wow, that hurt! But, the pain went away relatively fast. So, I didn’t think much of it. But now, since then, I have been feeling the effects.

It’s funny how we think that we are 100% healed from something painful only to find out that one wrong move will land us right back where we were before. This is what happens when we get well in our own strength – we are subject to reinjury and reminders. But, when we move on out of the way and allow God to heal us – then no weapon formed against us can prosper. We are healed through and through – most times even much better than we were before our injury. God can and does use others to heal us. The difference is reliance.

Who are we relying on? If I think back, I think I would have relied on the doctor’s wisdom to heal me – not necessarily God working through the doctor. But now, I know that I need to rely on God Himself to heal me – even if He chooses to do so through the doctor.

So, bloggy buddies, please pray that this time, I rely solely on God for my healing. I know that He alone can give me the 100% recovery that I need!

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Hurtful Choices

Sometimes the choices that others make hurt us.

Whether intentional or not, the hurt is still there.

We cannot change others or make their decisions for them. God gives us all freewill. Therefore, the only choices we can make are our own. We have to decide how we will respond to the choices of others that hurt our very feelings.

I want to encourage you today to do a few things when you find yourself in that situation:

1. Look to God. And, while this could be our first and last point, I will not stop there. We’ve got to look to Him because He is the one that knows the entire situation. He knows exactly how you are a feeling. He created you and knows how you respond to things. In fact, He knew that this situation was going to come before you experienced. He knows all about it and He cares. He is waiting on you to look to Him. And, when you do, you will find the strength and encouragement to move forward. When you hurt, He hurts too – He is not an insensitive God. But, He promises to never leave you nor forsake you. So, look to Him.

2. Recognize your worth. As a believer, you are a child of the King. So, no hurtful decision from someone else affects your worth in God’s eyes. You are strong because your strength comes from the Lord. You can make it when you depend on God. You can make it when you recognize that you add value to the world because you are a Creation from God. He determines your value – not anyone else. Remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

3. Move forward. I have wasted YEARS of my life all because I couldn’t find the courage to move forward after someone hurt me. God never intended for me to get stuck like that. But now, I have a testimony that says that resisting forward movement is detrimental on so many levels. It takes courage to move forward. But, it’s available through God. Don’t allow that one that hurt you victory over you for years like I did. Be better than that. Move forward with your life. By doing so, you give God glory. There is an old saying – if He brings you to it, He can bring you through it. Rest in that assurance today and move forward.

You do not have to lobby for somebody else’s approval of you. God approves. That’s enough.

You do not have to stay bound up because someone hurt you. Cry if you have to – but put your trust fully in the Lord and walk with Him. He’ll never leave you nor forsake you.

And lastly, don’t wear hurt like a badge or pendant. Get through it, with the help of God and cast it off. You don’t need the weight or the stinch of it. Cast it off and leave it off.

I don’t know why this was on my heart this morning, but hopefully and prayerfully, as you read this post, you will be encouraged to know that God knows and He cares so much about you. He loves you with an everlasting love and He is for you. He has a positive opinion of you and He wants you to walk in victory today.

So, chin up – dry your eyes – and keep moving to the glory of God!

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Do Your Own Research

Have you ever heard someone shade the truth? This is, have you ever had someone tell just enough of the truth to seem credible but then they spin it to their own advantage? If you are looking for an example of this, turn on the television. It’s campaign season and it just seems that shading the truth is the mode de jour.

The problem with shading the truth is that it is lying. It’s not turning things to your advantage. It’s not fair. It’s not the way things should be done. Do not be deceived. A half truth is a whole lie.

So, what can we do when it’s time to pick our leaders. Do your own research. Don’t cheat off somebody else’s paper by letting them fill you with their spin. Do your own research and find out for yourself. When it comes to politics, don’t just rely on factcheck. That’s been found to be misleading too. In such a tight election, you need to do your own research and vote the way that you are led by God to vote. It does not matter what somebody else thinks or feels. You go into the voting booth alone. And, it is in that booth that you will make your own choices.

I encourage you to make sure that you have really done your own research and not settled for the reports from political pundits or the local barbershop. Do your civic duty and research the candidates to see where they really stand.

My state has early voting, so I did my due diligence in research and now I’ve voted. These last minute news items coming out about the candidates don’t bother me. They are just last minute attempts to get votes. But, in this campaign season, after having done my due diligence, and counted the costs for both sides, my decision is made and cannot be changed. My ballot – submitted. My sleep – peaceful. I wish you the same.

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Tell the Truth!

Do not lie to me. That’s a pet peeve of mine that God is helping me with. I get really irritated when someone lies to me and I know that they are lying right as the words are coming out of their mouth. Don’t get me wrong, I also get rather annoyed when I have believed something only to find out later that the whole thing was a fabrication. There is no reason to lie – not one. Telling the truth, even when it is not good news, is essential.

Lying is nothing new. But it is something that must be identified and stomped out in the life of the believer.

Why is it so hard to speak truthfully? Well, it really isn’t. What gets complicated is telling a lie to cover another lie and another lie and so on and so forth. Lies build bridges to eternal damnation. Truth appeals to Heaven.

Speaking the truth in love is healing. Speaking the truth in love is life.

We can get mixed up when we get out of synch with God.

Take this example: We try to spare somebody’s feelings and end up telling a lie.
End result: the person does not have hurt feelings but you have sinned. Not good. What if God was prompting you to tell that person the truth in love but you, in your own assessment, decided what was best for that person – to lie to them instead to spare their feelings. You have just interfered with God’s business. It’s not your business to decide what is best for someone else when God has given you a directive.

He directs us to be truthful in our speech. Tell the truth. And, do it in such a way that it can be received well. Ephesians 4 tells us to speak the truth in love!

Our speech should be loving and it should be kind.

One of the greatest things we can do for others is to show them love by giving them truth. It is when we are ready to be truthful that we can impact the world for Christ with a strong and powerful witness. So, go ahead, speak the truth in love when God gives you the go-ahead. Let God set the pace and timing – don’t lie and try to do things on your own.

I like to say this – when God sends the mail, all you have to do is deliver!

Be Blessed,
Sanya

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#172, Come On Down!!!

#172 Come On Down!

I feel like I won an opportunity on the “Price Is Right.” I’m so excited inside that I want to give God praise on the outside! He is so wonderful to me! And, He does things that lift me and encourage me right when I least expect it and most need it! God is good like that. Let me tell you what happened…

Last week, I posted an entry entitled Do the Hard Thing.” I got some really great feedback from some of you which encouraged me. Thank you. See how God moves!?! Amazing.

I’ve mentioned to you how much I enjoy reading Lysa Terkeurst’s blog. So, last week, she had a post to get to know the blogging community. Well, I entered two of my blog entries into a Mr. Linky that Lysa set up. She would be using selected ones for her radio broadcast and potentially for other opportunities around the P31 ministry.

Guess what, she is going to use the “Do the Hard Thing” post for a radio broadcast that she will do. Isn’t that exciting! Look – here’s the way that I found out… click here. Pop on over there and see for yourself…

Now, can’t you hear the “#172, Come On Down!” (Nevermind the misspelling of my name – once you click through, you’ll see it’s me!)

Thank you, God, for the opportunity to share Your message with those who desire to hear it. And, thank you, Lysa for such a great opportunity. And finally, thank all of you for your comments, your honesty and openness and your support!

I feel extra blessed!

Yours and His,
Sanya

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Practicalities Today

Okay, here I am. I’m feeling a bit better. This weekend, wowzers…. I didn’t feel so good. But, I did manage to get a few things accomplished.

But God was faithful to me. I was able to get much of the work accomplished that needed to be accomplished and I got a wonderful opportunity to REST. My mother scolded me about my vitamin intake but that was okay too. I needed to be reminded.

So, here I am telling you to take good care of yourself. The weather where I am is cold and hot all in the same week. Some of the older generation refer to it as “flu-weather.” So, remember to dress in layers and wash your hands frequently. And, get your rest. Your wonderfully-designed body can do wonders if you don’t always run your battery down. Get some rest and watch its performance soar!

So, I hope you’ll give me a little reprieve today and take these practical examples as my entry. While I rest, I’ll be sure to keep a journal by my side so that if anything blog-worthy comes up, I’ll capture it and you will get to read it as you stop by. Sound good?

Okay – have a great day.

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