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Comfort In Carbs

Recently a friend was telling me that she was going to start transitioning her hair. What?! Since, she can not get her hair colored right now, she is going to let it go gray. We got so tickled talking about how many people we may not recognize when we all get back to work and church! Men and women! While I do not have to worry about the gray I worry about the pounds right now! Am I the only one who feels I have a pass to buy all the carbs, sugar and processed food during this time? This is like hurricane behavior! I told my friend that the first day back to work or church may be the "big reveal" and I mean "big" if I don't quit eating my feelings! Could it be I am trying to find comfort in carbs?

I have more time than ever to exercise. I always walk and love my time outdoors but it seems every day I have had an excuse. I had to have a come to Jill meeting recently and reminded myself of what those walks really mean to me. While they are exercise, the most important thing is that is MY time with God. No one else is there and I can say anything I want. I can be calmed in the silence of listening to His creation and listening for what He lays on my heart. I also reminded myself that food is not my comforter, the Holy Spirit is! Let me say that again, food is not my comforter, the Holy Spirit is!

The Holy Spirit is the powerful Third Person of the Trinity. The moment we are born again, He lives in our heart. Luke 11: 13, "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

1 John 2: 27, "But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, in your hearts, so that you don’t need anyone to teach you what is right. For he teaches you all things, and he is the Truth, and no liar; and so, just as he has said, you must live in Christ, never to depart from him." That is why I am comforted when I go on my walks, because the Holy Spirit is alongside me and I am acknowledging His presence with me! That is time set aside for us!

Before Jesus was led to the cross, He promised the disciples that another "Comforter" would be sent to them after He was gone. John 14: 16, "If you love me, obey me; and I will ask the Father and he will give you another Comforter, and he will never leave you." TLB John 15: 26, "But I will send you the Comforter—the Holy Spirit, the source of all truth. He will come to you from the Father and will tell you all about me." TLB That was over 2000 years ago and while Jesus is not here in the flesh to comfort us, He did keep His Word and we have the Holy Spirit with us and He will comfort us!

Instead of eating my feelings during this time, I need to find my comfort in the Holy Spirit. John 14: 25-27, "All this I have spoken while still with you.  But the Advocate (Comforter), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." I needed to hear that today! Going for my walk with the Holy Spirit alongside me!


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