Scripture Reading: Psalm 46:1-5 and verse 10

God is our refuge and strength,
    always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not fear when earthquakes come
    and the mountains crumble into the sea.
Let the oceans roar and foam.
    Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Interlude

A river brings joy to the city of our God,
    the sacred home of the Most High.
God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.
    From the very break of day, God will protect it.

The nations are in chaos,
    and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders,
    and the earth melts!
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
    the God of Israel[b] is our fortress. Interlude

Come, see the glorious works of the Lord:
    See how he brings destruction upon the world.
He causes wars to end throughout the earth.
    He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.

10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
    I will be honored by every nation.
    I will be honored throughout the world.”

11 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
    the God of Israel is our fortress. Interlude

I included the entire text of Psalm 46 for your convenience, but most importantly I included one of my favorite verses, verse 10; “Be still and know that I am God” . The entire phrase “to be still” in Hebrew is only one word, Raphah. The word means to sink, relax, sink down, let our hands drop. This holiday may be a season where you need to just drop your hands, sink in to God’s refuge, and relax. Allow the busy world to move around you in its chaos, allowing God to be your strength. Me, personally, I have decided not to decorate the inside of my house. My daughters will not be home during the season, and my mom’s estate is still being finalized every free moment. This surrender feels so good.

Nativity Fast

Back to the topic of snacks. I made a great discovery yesterday. Being addicted to salty snacks, the struggle is real, I pulled out the air popcorn popper last night. In a webinar held by the Esselstyn foundation (https://esselstynfamilyfoundation.org ) this year, their wonderful family taught about alternative snacks. The recipe for no oil popcorn, calls for organic popcorn, a few sprinkles of liquid aminos along with nutritional yeast. The liquid aminos give the popcorn the salty taste you may crave along with the sticking power for the nutritional yeast. It was amazing. My cravings went away within minutes, even bringing about a comment from my husband about the amelioration in my mood. So great that we don’t have to go this alone. The air popper can be purchased on Amazon. The brand is Leadpo . ( https://www.amazon.com/Leadpo-BPA-Free-Electric-Measuring-Removable/dp/B09LCQF8GF/ref=sr_1_1?m=AGUY8TAZSN2J3&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&qid=1638461775&s=merchant-items&sr=1-1)