Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Just "Do it"!

I remember many years ago when we were in a large church, our girls were young, still at home. We loved this church and it was the center of our lives; family, friends, and social activities included. We loved our pastor and the church; things were great. Then his sermons started becoming "weird". Each week they were judgmental and "fingerpointing". Full of condemnation and talk of God's punishment. Sunday morning in the sanctuary took on a dark, depressive and ominous vibe. It felt like the same sermon over and over, just in a new black package. "What's going on?" we all wondered, and in the meantime he started crumbling...

Fast forward 15 years...

Our older daughter started smoking when she went away to college. I know so many kids do. She started a habit she wasn't happy with, but enjoyed smoking. She knew God wanted her to stop but never actively pursued  the "doing it" part. She spoke to me about it several times and of course I encouraged her to stop. This was before my heart attacks and all of us knowing what kind of hereditary problems lay ahead. Week after week she'd mention it in her phone calls home. "What are you doing to stop?" I asked. "Nothing" she would say. Then one day she called me and said that each time she tried to pray or read her Bible that this stop smoking thing would come up again and she was tired of it. She wanted to speak to God about other matters, but there was a wall there in her prayer time, and she couldn't get past it.

God has been speaking to me for awhile about some of the vast number of medications that I've been taking. When you have cardiovascular disease then the doctors want to throw the whole medicine cabinet at you. Know what I'm saying? this and this, and oh yeah, better take this too. During the summer if you remember, I had to go on a lot more meds because of some sort of something that happened. Anyway, I found myself taking huge amounts of all kinds of stuff...hated it.

I've been better the last month or so and God has told me over and over, "Stop taking this". Then the fear factor set in. I wouldn't do it. I trusted God for my health, but still was hanging on. (These aren't the regular medications for my situation, but above and beyond with dosages that were scary.) Oh yeah, and have I mentioned that I have had some kind of full body rash going on that isn't contact dermatitis. yep, it was getting worse and worse.

OK, so then back in October we went to St. Louis for a long weekend. Well, guess what happened. I accidently left my medications at home. I made it fine, but then when I got home, started back on all the extras despite my knowing God was saying, "You don't need these anymore. Stop taking them." This is all that I was hearing. Each and every time I started to pray or read my Bible it was about these extra medications. I tried to dismiss it...didn't happen.

So then about 3 weeks ago I caught a cold and the rash stepped up into high gear. I got off  the extra medications because I knew I better start listening to what God was saying to me. Sometimes we forget that He sees the "big picture". He may be saying something needs to change because He sees down the road to what's coming. He wants what's best for us. He wants us to avoid something that might be coming if we don't listen. He gives us opportunity to let Him help us change. It's called "conviction". 

Why am I sharing all this? Because God has been insistent that I be transparent here in this blog. He wants me to share what's happening so that it might help someone else.

Is God speaking to you about something that needs to happen or change, and you've been dragging your feet? Has it gotten to the point that you feel the pressure of that decision constantly and either are afraid or reluctant? I'm telling you now that you will have to deal with it. Open up your heart and spirit and let God speak to you about what He's asking you to do. It may be a small thing, like giving up dessert, or maybe it's bigger, but whatever it is, let Him lead you into the change. He can do it, give Him control. He will walk you through whatever it is. He knows the future and the things He calls us to do are for a purpose.

The pastor in the first part of this post...? He was having an affair and God was asking him to stop and ask forgiveness. He didn't, and within a few horrible months the church was torn apart and He lost his ministry. His life went down in flames. We were not there to witness it, God had pulled us out.

My daughter finally gave God permission to help her stop smoking and she did. She and her husband no longer smoke. It wasn't particularly easy, but God gave them the grace and help they needed, to do it.

And  me? I had some blood tests taken last week, we'll see what's going on. I know that God knows. I'll keep you informed.

Ephesians 5:17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.

James 1:22-25New American Standard Bible (NASB)
22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his[a]natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, [b]he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but[c]an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in [d]what he does.

       Love in Jesus,


  1. Excellent post and mega confirmation for me, so thanks! Really, really great. I'll be linking to this today, if that's ok. Blessings, (another)Debra :)

  2. That is just beautiful! Listening to God is the only way to go and allow all those inconveniences in your life to rest in Jesus and know He has a plan for good.

  3. What a great post. It gave me much to think about.

  4. This is such an important piece in walking with God. If we can hear Him and feel convicted we must listen. I agree that it is hard. I can relate. I am so happy you are listening to God about the meds. I could only wish my own mother would hear the words of God about her meds. God speaks through others sometimes and I know this is an area He is wishing to "discuss" with my mom but she is not hearing him. Great post. Thanks!!

  5. Debra:
    I just found this blog through your other blog Common Ground. I really enjoyed this post. You are so right that God speaks to us and wants to walk with us through things that he needs us to do.
    Thanks! I will be visiting often.

  6. Debra ..it's beautiful that you have a heart to hear our Lord speak to you. May I share that my Dad who is now 64 , but was 59 when he had a triple by-pass 6 years ago ..he also has cardiovascular disease was immediately told to take a - z of medications after his surgery and since. His was also hereditary and partially from being and ex-smoker. He changed his way of eating as did we all ..and he dropped 60 lbs .. his cholesterol dropped to amazingly low levels ..and his good HDL's shot up to very healthy levels. His Dr. still wanted him on medications that when we researched them were very scary and gave way to causing other health issues. He opted not to take the meds against his dr.s wishes and continue with diet and excercise. 6 years later and he is doing awesome. His cholesterol is still very low and his tests come out better than ever even without the drugs. All this to say .. that we believe that dr.s have good intentions an ultimately prescribe drugs they are told to prescribe and which they make money off of prescribing but ultimately the decision has to be yours to choose rather these meds are in your best interest.

    May God give you the wisdom to make a well informed choice for your life.

    Blessings ..Sara


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