I had no big plans to give up a bunch of stuff during this read-along. I was just going to go with the flow, be cool, listen to God, whatever. And by golly, if I didn’t sense God saying JUST THIS MORNING, “Hey, I know. How about you give up sugar for a week?”
Sure, no problem. Except COFFEE! And I just made a whole stinking pan of my Aunt Susie’s famous O’Henry Bars. And…
We spent the day at my mom and dad’s. It didn’t exactly go as planned. We knew this weekend that my grandma hadn’t been doing all that well, but it wasn’t until we got to Mom’s at 10 this morning that we found out she was more than likely dying. I was so thankful for the chance to go spend an hour or so with her, holding her hand, telling her I loved her, trying to understand the words she wanted so badly to say and couldn’t get out.
My favorite part was singing three verses of It Is Well with My Soul to her with my husband, sister, brother-in-law, dad, two uncles, and two aunts. It was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life, and I won’t ever forget it. I didn’t want it to end.
I would love prayer for my grandma, her 7 kiddos, and our whole big, crazy family. We’re a pretty tight bunch, and Grandma’s always been so, so good about convincing each of her 26 grandkids that he/she’s her favorite.
After my sister Bethany and I (and our hubbies) spent our time with Grandma, we relieved my mom of her babysitting duties, and she headed to Grandma’s nursing home with Dad. Stew and Gabe did man stuff (remote controlled cars and planes) while Bethany I chatted about FOOD and SEVEN and PRIDE and all kinds of other good stuff.
And it was great, but WE NEEDED COFFEE. Whenever I get together with my brother and sisters and their spouses at my mom and dad’s, WE NEED COFFEE. That’s just how it works.
Instead we made hard-boiled eggs (??) and drank some nasty tea.
And then I found out my friend Britt is back in town (she just moved to NY from C-bus) and wanted to bring me a drink from Starbuck’s in the morning. I get Starbucks about twice a year, so I got online to look at their menu and remembered, I CANNOT HAVE COFFEE. AT LEAST NOT THE DELICIOUS KIND.
Lest you think that I’m showing incredible discipline today, you might remember that I started off the morning on a SUGAR fast which I quickly changed to a SWEETS fast. So, like sweet onion kettle chips and sweet lebanon bologna? Clearly don’t count. Neither do Hawaiian sweet rolls. Nor do dried blueberries (with sugar added). I ate every single one of those things today.
But holy moly, enough about me.
I would love to hear what kinds of things you’re doing (or thinking, but mostly doing) to “celebrate” Chapter 1 of the book. What foods do you sense God telling you to give up? How are you going about it? If you’ve been at it for awhile, what have you learned? And share your failures too–they can teach us just as much.
(And it’s not too late to share your thoughts/link to your blog post on yesterday’s discussion.)