Sunday, July 31, 2011

ABC Scripture Challenge {Word #16}, Portion

Today’s post is a bit personal but I truly felt God wanted me to share. May He use it for His good and His glory!

Challenge Word #16: Portion

When you see or hear the word “portion,” what do you think of? I think for most of us, we would say food! But I do not believe that God wants us focusing on food in times of stress, disappointment, boredom, etc., and that’s exactly what I did after my triplets were born. For most of my life, I have been tiny and have never had a problem with food or weight until my triplets were born and they started getting older. In times of stress, in times of busyness, in times of boredom, I would use food for all things instead of turning to God. He alone should have been my portion instead of food. Eve was tempted with food, and she gave into that temptation. Jesus was tempted with food, and He fought Satan with scripture. I was tempted, and I was just like Eve!

Lamentations 3:22-24Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’”

Well, after being overweight and not feeling good about myself at all, I lost the pounds. However, as it seems happens to so many of us, I gained it back plus some after I turned 44. My avatar is me at 44 just before giving into those temptations again. Now for the past two years, I have been using food as an excuse yet again, and to be blunt—I was sinning against God. I wasn’t waiting for Him. I wasn’t fighting Satan and those temptations with scripture. I just gave in and was disobedient to the Lord. However, in May of this year, He showed me and convicted me like never before with this verse:

1 Corinthians 10:23Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial.”

Yes, I have freedom in Christ but I don’t have freedom to partake in more than my portion. Yes, food is permissible—we need it to survive but food in excess or more than my portion is not beneficial. He is my portion. He is what fills me up. I don’t need anything else—just my precious Lord and Savior! Since that conviction, I remember that verse every time I am tempted. I am now fighting Satan with scripture just like Christ did. He is our perfect example! But to be honest, He has also completely removed my desire to eat poorly, to overindulge, or to have more than my portion. Praise God! I have lost 22 lbs., and I have more to go but I truly feel He has completely and utterly changed my thinking for good. He truly is my portion!

So, who or what is your portion? Do you cling to Him and the inheritance that He has promised or do you run to the food, the cigarettes, the drinking—you fill in the blank?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

For my page today, I chose bright papers by SEI called “Sunny Day.” I felt the bright colors bring joy which is what God does for me. I also love the butterflies on the teal paper. I am that new creation in Christ, and I need to remember to honor Him in all I do including what I eat. The scriptures are two of the ones listed above—1 Corinthians 10:23 and Lamentations 3:24. The Lamentations verse is included in the ODBD stamps set called “Scripture Collection 5,” and the frame is from the ODBD set called “Brocade Borders.” I also used the Splitcoast Sketch SC343 for this page.

Papers: SEI Sunny Day, Paper Trey Ink cs
Our Daily Bread Designs Stamps: Scripture Collection 5, Brocade Borders
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink barn door, Archival Ink coffee, Ranger clear ep
Embellishments: Memory Box double ticket die, Paper Trey Ink rustic twine and buttons, Basic Grey Nook and Pantry chip alpha, Tim Holtz tiny attacher, sewing machine, hand-dyed Hug Snug, misc. charm

Whatever the situation is, depend on Him—I know now that He is ALL I need. He is my portion. He fills me completely, and He is enough! How about you?

As you share your pages, please be sure to use Keyword ABCSCRC11 when posting your creations in any online galleries. Also, please leave a link to your creation here using Inlinkz! To see all of our previous lessons, please visit this post here. Blessings to each of you,



Little Birdie Blessings said...

Patter, this is a wonderful post. Thank you for sharing so freely with your readers. It's one I certainly need to hear. 1 Corinthians 10:23 “Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial.” really jumped out at me. I'm going to make a verse card with that for my kitchen.

Mommy said...

I love your post is something that I too am working on. I love the scriptures you mentioned especialy the 1 Corinthians 10:23! Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial." I am going to put that on my refrigerator to remind me especially late at night which is when I tend to eat unnecessarily! Thanks so very much for your blog - I just found it recently and am subscribed to it in my email so I can read your posts each time! You are witnessing to everyone who visits and that is a gift to each of us! God Bless you! :)

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [01 Aug 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Anonymous said...

Thanks---I need this, too. May God bless you abundantly as you walk in obedience and joy. --Jennifer in OH

Wedding Themes said...

Hi Patter !!!
You have a nice informative blog !!!
I like it, keep it up :)

mom of 2 gurlz said...

Patter-thank you so much for sharing your personal relationship with food. I, like you, never had to worry about my weight until I turned 45. Because of the stress in my life, I, too, have gained 35 pounds that I am working very hard to lose. Good luck with your journey. God is on our side!!! Thank you for sharing all of the blessings that God has bestowed you!

Your friend,

A-M said...

Patter, thank you so much for your choice of word and for the words of wisdom you have shared.
I was lead to a verse I had not really meditated on before and am so glad the Lord lead me to it.
Your page is so nicely put together with such nice choices of colours.

God Bless You

NickelNook said...

Thank you so much for your sharing Patter! I love your bright beautiful page!...Nancy :o)
( YAY! I'm not late this time! lol)

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