Monday, December 15, 2014
Today, I was thinking about what things do I still need to let go .
At church we have a piggy bank that you use for our building fund. We love to involve our children, by letting them help out with the offerings received. On this particular day, the piggy bank that had seen many Sunday's found itself on the ground, shattered in pieces.
My first response was concern of the child getting cut. As we picked up the pieces, we collected the contents and moved on. The next day my husband and I were talking about the incident and thought of how perhaps in the child when things are broken would be screamed at , rather then showed the love he needed.
When my husband shared this, I had a flash back of a time when I was a child and I was that child that was yelled at when things were spilled or broken and my father was the one to do this.
How many memories lie buried deep within and it only has to take words to find them crashing to the surface.
I know that the compassion I share with the children is the compassion I longed to experience in those days of childhood. I remember very well that responding in anger is never benefiting for any child. Striking out in anger never draws a child close, but only pushes him or her away.
Today, I chose to put away this memory. I chose to tell that little girl who spilled the milk she tried to reach for, "it's ok, it can be wiped up." I chose to tell that little girl," Let me help you with the next glass."
Through Jesus Christ, I have come along ways in my relationship with my father. The man who I was distant from and questioned if he ever loved me, I know now ,He did love me, He just did not know how to show it.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Have you ever said something like this to yourself after eating or drinking something? I know I have. How many times, have I regretted eating or drinking something, that I latter paid with an upset stomach?
One hard lesson I have learned is that filling up with sugar may give me a quick fix, but when it is all said and done, I feel deflated just like this snowman.
How many times do I feel like I got to perform just to make people happy? I have been here before, until I learned, I can never make everyone happy all the time. This was the hardest lesson, because somehow, it was ingrained in me to be a people pleaser. I so longed for acceptance and placed my self in relationships, which now I can see was unhealthy. it was not until I came out, did I realize that I was better than this.
This is all part of growing to know who you are and understanding that you do have worth and value and some man or woman will never properly determine your worth. The only one who ever can place value on you or me, is God. He did pay the ultimate price for you and me. He gave us, His only begotten Son.
Our lives are safe in the hands of God. What God has begun in your life and mine, He will fulfill. This is the wonderful consolation we have as we go through the ordinary days of life.
May your heart be uplifted today, knowing that God has a wonderful plan for your life. May you be encouraged that God is working out all things and that as you partner with Him and apply in your life what you know to do, you will eventually win the battle and see health restored in your life.
I encourage you to keep your eyes on the goals you have set for yourself. Persistence and commitment is key to your success. Please do not gin to the temptation to get off track. When you do so, you lose time and ground you had gained. Take it from me, one who has fallen to this trap ay times.
Remember, what you do today will effect your tomorrow. Plan wisely and keep your eyes on the prize you have set before you.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Today, I wanted to set up a picture to remind myself and my team mates of what we are working for. I love visuals because they remind me of what to reach for.
I personally love fresh fruit. I have apples at this moment on hand and some seedless grapes. I also love white or pink grapefruit and cantaloupe, berries and cherries are a nice treat.
I once read in an article to take advantage of the various kinds of fruit that are in season. If one can go to a farmer's market, this is also good for not only is the product fresh, but you are helping your area farmers.
This spring, my husband and I plan to grow a garden this year. This is another way to get fresh veggies into your house and it is fun to watch the harvest grow up and gives the person a wonderful opportunity to get outside in the fresh air.
Did you know that you are beautiful in the eyes of God? He made you special. From the beginning of time as you were being shaped in your mother's womb, God saw you and had a plan for your life.
Sometimes when we look at ourselves in the mirror, we wonder, where did I go wrong? How many times do we compare ourselves with this one or that one, when God made us each unique ? Yes, we should take care of the body God has given to us and when we can make beautifications, do so. A nice hair style, manicured nails and a nice new outfit do have a way of making one feel good. I know for myself, I do not do this enough for my self, but this is going to change.
I understand that if I want change in my life, I have to do my part. That is why I have partnered with Hopeful Hearts Support Group to take back my life in the area of how I have been eating and dealing with my need to get exercising again.
I am determined to not look backward. I can't change yesterday, but I can begin to change today and know that positive steps today will lead to the place I want to be in my future, hundred pounds lighter.
So I will take each day, apply what I know and build on from there.
I encourage you my dear friend to say goodbye yesterday and hello brand new day.
Keep your eyes on the prize. This too shall pass.
Monday, December 08, 2014
Today I wanted to remind you of the power of your thought life. How you think will be followed by action. Worry is such a joy killer. As we tackle issues with our health, I admit, it can be overwhelming, but remember, one small healthy substitution after another will bring our bodies to the place we desire to reach.
Today, I cheer you on as you press forward toward your personal goal.
I encourage you to look back and see how far you have come. Celebrate the many hurdles you have already gone over. Rejoice in the progress your doctor has shared with you as levels have gone down, stress levels have dimmed and pounds have been shed.
On this journey we must take steps that move forward. We may get tripped up and fall back a few steps, but pick yourself up where you find yourself today. Determine, today is going to be different. I'm going to get up. I'm going to get outside. I'm going to take that class or go on that trip. Whatever it is, take that first step forward.
I have been thinking about how I can change some eating habits. I have made some wonderful changes, but I can still make a lot more. So far I have cut back on my serving sizes, thus not consuming as much calories as I did before.
I still have to work on eating more salads, getting away from soda and the junk food.
I have been doing better here. My binging at night has been non existent, which is wonderful for me. I did fast after 8 PM for a season as I told you I would, and now my goal is if I am going to have a snack, I will choice a healthy choice.
I still got to put more exercise into my life, so this is the area I will be needing support .
The one area I would encourage you to protect, is your gratefulness. A grateful heart is such a wonderful blessing. it is so easy to get discouraged and disheartened, but when the heart believes, what a powerful tool you have at your disposal to push back the negative vibes that try to crash your party.
" The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" ( Psalm 27:1)
Friday, December 05, 2014
It is hard to believe that we are already in December. The year is about to come to a close and a new one will be soon upon us.
Today, I wanted to encourage you that God does have a plan for your life and it is a good plan. What I love about God is that no matter where we are today, God is the master of recovery. We may find ourselves in a broken position, but with time, we can and will mend. We may even be looking over our lives and asking the question why?
I have been here many times when things did not seem to go the way I liked or even wished.
Today I read the words found in 2 Corinthians 5:17 which say, " Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
In this process for transformation, I wanted to encourage you to strive for progress. Every step you take to make your life better is progress. Every negative thought you catch and replace with a positive thought is wonderful victory. Every time you are able to say no to the temptation that has brought you into places you despise, you gain more strength to stand your ground and no longer be at the mercy of a bully.
As you learn to replace a healthy food for junk food, you move in the right direction.
All this progress pays off in the end, but the key has always been consistency.
Look at today as a new day. Yesterday is gone and all we have is today. Know that as you make wise choices today, you plant seeds for a healthier future. God walks with you every step of the way and His Holy Spirit will enable you to win the war.
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