Tuesday, February 12, 2013

It's Fat Tuesday!!!

Okay so today is “Fat Tuesday” and the last day of Marti Gras.  Although I am not in New Orleans I am adopting this day as a day to eat as much and get as fat as I please for tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the first day of Lent.
Lent…for years I have given up various things as a reminder of what Christ sacrificed for us.  Even the small discomfort of giving up something for 40 days doesn’t compare to HIS sacrifice but when I observe this holiday I feel more connected to God.  I am committing to give up a lot this year:  Negativity and Bad Foods…everything from sugary goodies to fried foods.  Fried foods and sweet tea are my weaknesses so this is really gonna be HARD but I know it will be good for me in the long run.  I plan to start off with a cleanse and go from there.
The negative thinking is going to be tough too.  I was listening to The Secret and apparently my way of thinking positive was flawed.  I am going to have to incorporate my cognitive behavioral techniques to retrain my thought patterns and adopt positive confessions and speaking it as if it already is.  Ever hear the term “say it til you see it” then you know what I’m talking about.  Here are the some of the scriptures I will be focusing on during the season of Lent:
Habakkuk 2:2-3 (NKJV)
The Just Live by Faith
Then the Lord answered me and said:  “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.   For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.  Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Matthew 6:32-34 (NKJV)
For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 7:7-8 (NKJV)
Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 
Mark 11:22-25 (NKJV)
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.  For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.  Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.  And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 
But until then I am going to enjoy my favs as I prepare to go cold turkey in the morning.  I am shaking my head as I type.  Although I don’t think I will be hauling off and being negative all day (not my style LOL).  Until next time...