AAAAhhhh…so good to be home. Just returned from a week of road shows in Ohio with my main gig as a singer/dancer in a show called the #1 Hits of the 60’s which regularly plays in Branson, Mo. It was a week of fun times, trying times, happy times, sad times, and -wait for it- DRY times. As in, in my sinuses…uugh. Definitely proved to myself that I need to never leave home again without some kind of neti pot device and a portable humidifier. Blizzard-like conditions in Ohio leads to much warmth needed in hotel room…and then, well…yuck. I reminded myself that Jesus bore all my sickness and pain on the tree…but not getting enough good rest (because of blocked airways, etc) sometimes fogs up the supernatural experience it seems…=-)
The shows were fun, if a bit challenging logistically, not always having everything we needed stage-wise to do what we do best. We jokingly referred to it as our Mediterranean tour, as we played these places: the Villa Milano Banquet Center in Columbus, the Croatia Lodge and something or other somewhere in the Cleveland area, and Carrie Cerino’s Ristorante and Party Center also somewhere in Cleveland. The people at the venues, both working and guests, were darling.
I was INCREDIBLY blessed by my roommate who also loves to eat healthy and exercise and was verrry understanding about the limitations I managed to accrue due to inflamed nasal passageways….a thousand smoothies, yogurts with berries, and low-carb tortillas to you, my darling sister Jeanna, who inspires me to get my hiney off the couch again when I can breathe….
Which brings me to the main point of this blog...it’s time. In one week, I will be having my first food prep day for my Daniel fast, which begins on April 10. I am so excited! Why? Because, I know that I know that I know that God is calling me to do this…to tell me some things that maybe I haven’t slowed down enough to hear. To draw me closer. To break some shackles that I have not only grown accustomed to, but perhaps decorated and even tightened! To pray for some other people in my life who He has been faithful to point out to me fairly obviously over the weeks since He revealed this adventure to me…
And HOW He revealed it, a miracle in and of itself! Feel free to ask me about it; it is a very fun story!
Not only that, but SINCE then, He as confirmed and affirmed me in so many ways by sending other related and similar resources to be placed right in front of my face as a way of prepping me…AMAZING.
And guess what? The enemy didn’t like it. I have certainly been under attack spiritually and physically this week…a BIG shout out to my prayer warriors (you k now who you are) who answered my plea and helped me through some dark nights or even just minutes of the soul…My hinds feet are once again set on high places!
-even though I keep coughing and draining and my upper lip is a bit raw (my poor husband…hasn’t seen me in a week, and I am in tip-top shape)
-even though I tried to make good choices during the road show trip, but was not always as conscious and controlled or alert as I might have wished..
-even though I intended to exercise much more while gone but only managed to do it once (though at least on the way there we did run around buildings on bathroom breaks)
-even though I left home just slightly beyond where I’d like to be weight wise, and I have surely returned a bit further than that…
-even though there are old dancing injuries that flare up whenever I try to add something new to my exercise regimen…
My spirits are high, even though all of those things, for I know that my God has a plan for me, and I am excited to step into it. I have been on the right path for awhile, but like most of us humans, I get distracted and veer…
So, I am excited for what happens next. I am excited for the opportunity (not pain) to draw nearer to Him and hear what He is wanting to tell me…and as always, when I am open, it happens right on time…not too early, and not too late.
I am excited for freedom, and safety. Strength, and passion. Revelation and renewal.
Today’s verse that I love:
Romans 6:19 (New International Version, ©2011)
19 I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations. Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness.
A slave to righteousness! Leading to holiness! May it be this way with me, my Lord. I love you.
Ps…here is a fun photo from our trip…just driving along and what do we see….well, you are probably seeing a LOT of these in the candy aisle this time of year, albeit smaller…