200 Calorie* Chocolate Toffee Almond Mix 1 ziplock bag/small round container 8 Dove Dark Chocolate Covered Roasted Almonds 10 Blue Diamond Oven Roasted Butter Toffee Almonds
*This snack pack is 200 calories because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration states that 1 oz. is the standard serving size of almonds. This is equivalent to one handful (about 23 nuts). Keep in mind, the almonds in this snack pack are flavored, so this is a snack that should be eaten in moderation and feel free to substitute one of both of the flavors for plain toasted or raw almonds for an even healthier choice!
Doing my morning quiet time and read about a new way to look at spending time with God. The writer called it “tithing the first fruits of our day” to Him. I thought it was a cool concept. Not only should we tithe with our finances but with our time and our energy and our hearts. The first fruits of our entire lives should go to God.
For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. Light has come into the world. But there are those who love darkness instead of light because their deeds are evil. Everyone who does evil hates light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done through God.
Godly wisdom can be defined as the capacity to see things the way the Lord sees them and to respond according to His principles. One of the great benefits of this mindset is inner peace and contentment. Generally, when life’s running smoothly and all is well with us and our loved ones, we have no trouble experiencing contentment. But so often when situations become difficult, God’s perspective eludes us, and our peace is rapidly replaced with stress, anxiety, and fear.
To view a difficult circumstance from the Lord’s perspective, we need to see it encompassed by the boundaries of His character and attributes. Even when the particulars of life are beyond our control, the One who rules the universe remains sovereign over all things—down to the smallest details. He loves us unconditionally and always works for our best interest. Therefore, if He has allowed a situation, there is a divine plan and reason, and the outcome will be for our good and His glory.
That wise perspective will lead to a godly response—complete confidence and trust in the Lord despite any pain or hardship. Because of the indwelling Spirit, we have the assurance that He is more than adequate for whatever comes our way, which means we are sufficient in Him.
When difficulty hits, don’t let sound wisdom vanish from your sight. Keep your eyes on the Lord. By seeing every situation through His eyes, you can rest in His wisdom and good purposes. Then stress will lift, anxiety will be replaced with peace, and confidence in the Lord will silence your fears.
(Thank you LB for messaging me this link this morning)
Gideon knew God had promised to rescue Israel through him. But he still wasn’t sure. Even though God promised, Gideon still doubted. He wanted more guidance. More assurance.
So he asked God for a sign. A very specific sign.
"I will place a wool fleece on the ground. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand as you said." (Judges 6:36)
And God showed up. The fleece was soaking wet. The ground was completely dry.
But Gideon wasn’t entirely convinced. He asked for a second sign. Another very specific sign.
"Don’t be angry with me. Let me make just one more request…this time make the fleece dry and the ground covered with dew." (v. 39)
And so the Lord, being a patient and personal God, covered the ground with dew and left the fleece dry. And finally, Gideon was sure.
Gideon knew God. And he knew God fulfilled His promises. He wasn’t unsure of God. He was unsure of himself.
But God came through anyway.
Just like He did when Moses doubted himself in Exodus, pleading with God for the third time (and certainly not the last), begging Him to use someone else to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
"What if they do not believe me or listen to me?" (Exodus 4:1)
But God came through for Moses too. Even when Moses doubted himself time and time again.
God loves to work in our weakness. As we read through the Bible we see a pattern that He “continues to be careful to choose the weakest, most unlikely characters to be the heroes of his liberation story, lest we be tempted to think we did it ourselves, with our own power or might or ingenuity.” (p. 47, Jesus For President)
I don’t know that God is going to give us a specific sign every time we ask for one. But I will say I’ve seen Him do just that on more than one occasion in my life and the lives of others. But I’ve also seen Him work in other ways. In ways that aren’t so specific. Or direct. Or instant.
We will not always understand. We will not always make the right decision. We are not perfect. But let us find comfort that we have a Father who is perfect with ways that are beautifully beyond us.
The land was corrupt. Stained with the blood of destruction. Depleted by a three year famine.
King David knew something had to do be done. So first things first, he sought the Lord. Good call, David.
And the Lord said, “it is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death” that the land has not been healed (2 Samuel 21:1).
So next he sought the Gibeonites. And very quickly he learned that they were still angry enough to want blood shed. And not just any blood. The blood of seven of Saul’s male descendants (v. 6).
And without hesitation David said “I will give them to you” (v. 6). So he grabbed two sons from Rizpah (one of Saul’s concubines) and five sons from Merab (Saul’s daughter) and handed them over to the angry Gibeonites.
All seven were killed at once and left to rot on a hill before the Lord (v. 9).
So we’re good right? Seven of Saul’s sons died. The Gibeonites are happy. David should be outside dancing in the rain.
But it wasn’t raining. The drought persisted. And so did the corruption.
And what about Rizpah? What about the mothers of Saul’s sons? Did they just willingly give up their sons to the Gibeonites to be murdered?
Hardly. After the death of her sons Rizpah lived on a rock for five months watching over the bodies of her children. For five months she slept, ate, and breathed next to her sons’ dead bodies.
It’s not pretty to read. And It’s definitely not one of the 5 Stages of Grief.
But this intensely passionate love for her children was enough to bring the rain. It was enough to end the drought and heal Israel.
David was moved. It took him five months, but he finally gathered up the bones of Saul’s sons and properly bury them.
And “after that, God answered prayer in behalf of the land” (v. 14).
I don’t know what you get out of Rizpah’s story. But I see hope. I see God’s plan being fulfilled, not through a king or blood being shed, but through a woman’s love. This story encourages me in the fact that God’s story has a place for everyone. That He can take something small, like a few friends and their enthusiasm for health and blow it up and turn it into a ministry. That’s my prayer for GFOD. That God will use it to advance His kingdom and display His love.
blessed by this encouraging e-mail i just received:
My name is Jillian, and first off, I just want to thank you so much for all the inspiration on tumblr. Getfitordie is probably my favorite blog ever!
I would suggest using your page as a means to connect your spirituality to fitness: the way I see it, they’re both a journey and go great hand-in-hand! I love finding Jesus in my most difficult runs and dedicating all of my races to Him—I would love to see how your faith helps you stay strong both spiritually and physically.
Thank you again so much for everything you all do. You have no idea how much it means to me.