Sunday, May 06, 2012
"Stinkin', Rotten, Horrible, No Good Day" reflection
This chapter is about getting a handle on food during the hard times. That is probably my biggest challenge...not running for the chocolate or chips or cookies or popcorn, or apple crisp or doughnuts or .....any poor choice when needing comfort for my stress or hormones or emotions.
I loved what Lysa shared from Ruth Graham's book, "Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There, when she quoted, "Either we can be victimized and become victims, or we can be victimized and rise above it. Often it is easier to play the victim than to take off our masks and ask for help. We get comfortable with our victim status. It becomes our identity and is hard to give up. The Israelites often played the victim card and I love what God finally tells them, 'You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north!' (Deu. 2:3) Turn north! It's time to move on! Self-pity, fear, pride, negativity paralyze us. Taking off our masks takes courage, but if we don't do it, we will remain in our victim status and end up stunted."
Boy, ain't that the truth!!! I fell into that victimization...I'm hypothyroid, I'm too tired, I'm too fat, I have fibromyalgia, I have fat genes, I'm too busy being a wife, mother, homeschool mom, Sunday School teacher, etc, etc, etc. I can't, I can't, I can't.
I turned north and have made HUGE changes in my life all for the better----just this past week I was able to go mushroom hunting and fishing with my family. A year ago, I couldn't. I have my life back!
HOWEVER, if I don't get a handle on the emotional eating side, I know all the hard work over the past 11 1/2 months will disappear. It might take 2-3 years, but those 69 lbs (so far!) will come back and bring an extra 10-15 lbs with them just for the fun of it!
I love Romans 8. There is SOOOO much in that 1 chapter! Lysa quoted Romans 8:26 to teach what kinds of prayer is useful in getting a handle on those stinkin, rotten, horrible, no good days. "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."
Be still and sit with the Lord. Then you'll be able to discern the changes needed to be made to your responses to your circumstances--none of which include using food for comfort.
So, Heidi, STOP CIRCLING THE MOUNTAIN (self-pity, turning to food response) AND HEAD NORTH (towards lasting changes)!!!!!!! Fill up on God's truths.
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)
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