Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I had finished the 60 day course, The Lord's Table, at the site settingcaptivesfree.com (which I recommend to anyone in Christ), and then we had all the Christmas festivities.We know how difficult it is to eat in a disciplined manner, with special gatherings, special foods. As I expected, I did not
lose any weight, but I did at least maintain.
Well, Monday I wanted to remind my body - my flesh - that IT was not the one to tell me how to live. As the apostle Paul said in Romans 8:12-14, "we have an obligationóbut it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. " As His child, I have been growing in grace and knowledge of Him, learning to put to death the things that have hindered my walk with Him. So I started to fast - to bring the flesh in subjection to the Spirit, and to be in prayer for others. NOT TO LOSE WEIGHT, although that is a natural outcome - but to grow in the fruit of self-control (Galatians 5:23).
I love food. I appreciate good cooking. So it is a great effort for me to deny the flesh. I actually made it through Monday, and then thought, I want to try to do a 3-day fast - I haven't done it for a long time, not since I was interceding for a brother going through a dark time in his life. So that is what I have been doing...and tonight I will bring it to a gradual end with some tomato soup before going into solids again tomorrow. But I am delighted to see that while hunger has made it a little hard to sleep, I have been able to be focused on Christ. I anticipate greater victory and more of the fruit of self-control. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me - todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortalece."
Thursday, December 17, 2009
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." Jim Elliot
My thanks to one of my Sparkbuddies for the correct quote -
I have faced criticism of some of my family members regarding my missionary zeal, but it is always a comfort to know that there are others who face and have faced the same thing over the years. I appreciate Spark for the kindred spirits I have found on the message boards, as well as the regular accountability.
I may not be able to post a blog until after Christmas vacation - since myhome computer limits what I can do on Spark, and so I do this from a school computer, and we'll be off for two weeks' vacation.
And it's CHRISTMAS vacation, with a capital C! Thank you Jesus, for all you've done, for all you are doing, and for all you will do. Happy Birthday!
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
My body is trying to get back at me for past abuses - the feet and knees and back from having to carry years of excess weight, the neck from a rear-end collision. It makes it hard to exercise. But by the grace of God I am determined that I will put forth the effort. I made a "trial run" (walk, actually) to the tutoring center from school to see how long the walk would take, and managed to survive it (about a mile round trip as I'd measured with my car's odometer once) So there's that form of exercise which I will definitely be doing next time I go to Peru, whenever that may be. I HOPE next summer, but if not, certainly in 2011. I have also done my Richard Simmons workout - sometimes accompanied by my grandkids (definitely a sight to see, as the three of us gather around the computer monitor and find our own little space on the floor amidst the furniture.) I also have a newer outlook, a paradigm shift as it were, thanks to the Lord's Table course on settingcaptivesfree.com (which I recommend)
So, here we start another month, and I am hoping to get below 210 by the end of it. Poco a poco, little by little.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I forget which devotional I was getting that called it ThanksLIVING. I certainly prefer that to "Turkey Day"! PULLLLease! Giving thanks to God in all things is one of those things clearly listed as being according to His will. While there are some hurtful things going on in the extended family, I can be grateful for husband (especially since going through a wringer of a year), older daughter (who's like a live-in maid, only nicer) and grandkids (especially exhuberant grandson) - And very grateful for the family of God in Christ. Happy Thanksgiving, and don't forget to do just that!
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