Tuesday, May 01, 2012
"This Isn't Fair" reflection
WOW! This chapter is packed full of what I needed to hear!
Saying, "This isn't fair" is "one of the biggest tricks Satan plays on us."
"...once we taste (our) forbidden fruit, we will crave it worse than we craved it before. Thereby giving temptation more and more power. And give enough power, temptation will consume our thoughts, redirect our actions, and demand our worship. Temptation doesn't take kindly to being starved."
Some foods I can take 1-3 bites of and be done with it. Some foods, if I don't take a bite, it consumes me but once I've had a bite, I'm done and so is its power over my thoughts. Some foods I can turn away from and I never feel tempted. Lord, I need Your wisdom to know which ones I need to learn to control, which ones I need to resist, and which ones I need to just take that bite to see its no longer as pleasurable as I think I remember it being now that my taste buds have changed.
"...having a pity party (is) a clue I (am) relying on my own strength, a strength that has failed my before and would fail me again. I (need) to grab hold of God's strength and the only way to do that (is) to invite His power into the situation.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
God's power is made perfect in weakness.
"Weakness is hard, but weakness doesn't have to mean defeat. It is my opportunity to experience God's power firsthand.
"...resisting temptation (allows) promise upon promise to be built up in my heart and that creates empowerment. This is God's power working through my weakness."
"God is fair and just. There is a good reason we must face our temptations. The struggle to say no may be painful in the moment, but it is working out something magnificent within us."
I WANT THE MAGNIFICENCE!
"What if we could actually get to the place where we thanked God for letting us face this battle because of the rich treasures we discovered on the battlefield?"
"Our taste buds make such empty claims to satisfy us, but only persevering with God will make us truly full, complete, not lacking anything."
WOW!!!! I may have to let this chapter percolate in my brain for several days before I type more.......
Saturday, April 28, 2012
"But Exercise Makes Me Want to Cry" reflection
Psalm 73:26 "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
"When it comes to my body, I can't live with divided loyalties. I can either be loyal to honoring the Lord with my body, or loyal to my cravings, desires, and many excuses for not exercising."
OUCH!!! That hurt my toes!! As my husband is fond of saying after he preaches a sermon and someone says the message stepped on his/her toes, "Well, then, move your toes!" In other words, MOVE!! CHANGE!! GROW!!
We have time and energy for whatever we want to make time for.....reading email, reading newspaper, watching tv, surfing the web, facebook, watching dvds, gardening, talking on the phone, napping, YouTube, texting friends, work, chores, family time, vacations, eating, shopping, sleeping, etc.
The point is....WE CHOSE. Each person makes a choice on how to spend the 24 hours each person on earth is given each day.
"There are natural consequences to not taking care of our bodies. People who don't care for their bodies now will live with the consequences of those choices at some point. Be it more weight or less energy now or heart disease later, our choices matter..."
"In the spiritual sense, if I'm not taking care of my body, I feel weighted down by my stress and problems. I have less energy to serve God and more thorny emotions to wade through when processing life."
I choose to MOVE!
I choose to CHANGE!
I choose to GROW (stronger mentally, physically, and spiritually)
I choose to exercise!
I dedicate my exercise as a gift to Him and to myself and to my family!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
"Making Peace with the Realities of My Body" reflection.
BEFORE stepping on the scale...Define your week by your obedience, not by the number on the scale by asking yourself
-Did I overeat this week on any day?
-Did I move more and exercise regularly?
-Do I feel lighter than I did last week?
-Did I eat in secret? out of anger? or frustration? boredom? sadness? stress?
-Did I feel that at any time I ran to food instead of to God?
-Do I think I've had a successful, God-pleasing week?
Psalm 103-- The body God gave me is His gift to me. It is not perfect (worldly image perfection-wise), nor will it ever be due to living in a sin-filled fallen world. But it is His perfect gift to me so I can do the tasks He's given me to do for Him while I'm here. I am to be thankful for it (even my thick, sturdy, stocky legs) and to care for it so I am ready to do whatever task He needs me to do for Him.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
"I Am Not Defined By the Numbers" reflection
I am a Jesus Girl who can step on the scale and see the numbers as an indication of how much my body weighs and not as an indication of my worth!
(borrowed this idea from my cousin and SP member, GAGESMOMM)
Thursday, April 19, 2012
This week I broke my 2nd major weight plateau. Those plateaus where your weight doesn't change or bounces between 2 numbers for weeks and even months. I had my 1st one last fall, a small one over the winter and a major one this spring.
I broke it this week! Whooohooooooooooo!
CONSISTANCY, CONSISTANCY, CONSISTANCY!!
Keep eating right, keep tracking, keep exercising, don't decrease your calories dramatically- just start measuring portions again, keep active, keep upbeat, keep being your own best friend in your head, keep moving forward.
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