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Saturday, January 07, 2012

If I could name one character trait that I am desperate to acquire it has to be perseverance. I value it in others and wish to cultivate it in my own life. Perseverance in spite of all odds is what brings victory.

I have persevered so far in one thing, failing to persevere!!! Hence I am here. So many times I have started and quit, lost the battle before I even started it, let myself be defeated without even a smidgin of an effort.

I have a lot of weight to lose, a lot of stuff on my bucket list, and a lot of self-esteem to reclaim. Perseverance is my Achiles' heel. I love that SP is the place to once and for all pick myself up, dust off, and PERSEVERE. This time around, with faith in God, the help of friends and resources in SP and elsewhere, I claim 2012 as my opportunity to finally do something consistently for ONE YEAR! I am ready to put up a fight!

2012 is the year when for 365 days I will persevere in staying close to God, just staying around, losing a bunch of weight, regaing my self-esteem, loving my family and friends, and LIVING!

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CANDY58 1/13/2012 5:55PM

    Sanda, you CAN do this, you have the right mindset. Every change no matter how little is still good. Take 1 day at a time.
I also love the word perseverance.

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GOURMETLOSER 1/7/2012 3:27AM

    365 days isn't that long... it's already only 358.
You can do this. I know you can. You can do anything you set your mind to....You are a winner, You are more than a conqueror.
You have Jesus on your side and all of us too. How could you do anything but succeed.
Just keep coming here everyday and keep on talking to us and you will keep on succeeding. That's called perseverance.
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Thorn in my flesh

Friday, October 07, 2011

"To keep me from becoming conceited, ...., there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, sot that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why , for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 7-10 (NIV)

"To keep from becoming conceited, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me." vs. 7

Is this true of me? Can my problem with food be a thorn, a messenger of Satan? Satan wants my ultimate destruction. Preferably, he would love to get my soul! The purpose of this thorn is to remind me that. What would happen if God chose to relieve me of it? I would start losing weight without any struggle, without any diet, without SP, because I wouldn't over eat any more. I wouldn't see food the same way any more. And then, I would think that it is all my merit for losing weight. I would forget the great healing that God made in my life. I would become vain, conceited, and think that I can do life on my own without Him. Like Paul, I too pleaded MUCH MORE than three times!!! I would love to be like my college friend who was stick thin and could not get herself worked up over any culinary experience or taste! I never quite understood her, but she was skinny, and she never cleaned off her plate!

The Lord's answer to Paul was, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (vs. 9a) There is great power in these words, and they can certainly be applied to many different facets of the Christian life. We are all mired by sin and tainted by the depravity of this world. Weakness abounds all around and in us. But narrowing it down to my food problem, to me this means that even if the Lord doesn't remove it (which He COULD do in an instant!), He will be with me THROUGH it. He will give me the grace necessary - the strength to say no, the willingness to resist, the emotional fortitude to walk away, the joy in small victories - to make it through each weakness/temptation. For my part, I have to have FAITH that He WILL provide this grace. I have to trust that He IS there, and He does have plenty of grace stored for my time of need.

And then, the cherry on top: "That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (vs. 10) Oh, wow, my curse, my thorn, my weakness, the messenger of Satan in my flesh all become a source of delight? How is that possible? Well, only with God who sent Christ to defeat weakness, temptation, Satan. Through Christ I am free. Every single time I fight this temptation with the power and grace of the cross of Jesus, I am victorious. His blood washes, cleanses, renews me. Had I not had this thorn in my life, I would not be able to SEE the Lord's rescue, His grace, the victory possible. That is why I DELIGHT in my weakness.

So many times I don't even put up a fight. I just give in to the constantly hungry (even after a 5 course meal) voice inside my head without stopping to DELIGHT in my weakness. This is my weakness, and it CAN be defeated through the power of the cross of Jesus. I can benefit from His grace in that precise moment if I only choose to stop for a second and acknowledge it for what it is and let God's grace cover it up and take it away.

Lord, for today, I pray with all my heart that You help me delight in my weakness, that You help me acknowledge temptation as Satan's message and stop before I give in to it. Help me use this call in my head as a prompting to pray for Your intervening grace. And, Lord, thank You because Your grace is always sufficient in my weakness. Thank You because You always come to my rescue. I praise You because when I am weak, when I acknowledge it, then You make me strong and help me delight in You. How wonderful You are, Jesus! Hallelujah! Amen.

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BLONDEE53 10/8/2011 11:15AM

    WOW! This was great and I sure needed it today too.
Some days on my way home from work, all I think about is "what am I gonna eat" as I pass Taco Bell, Taco Bueno, Sonic, Grandy's, Johnny's, Mr. Gattis, The Sub Shop.....then I'm crazed by the time I hit my door. I may not come up for air until 8:00 PM!

These verses are excellent and I need to store them in my head and heart. For EVERY temptation, God provides a way of escape. It's up to us to stay the course and take that route! Whew emoticonThanks so much for my wake up call today and for sharing your struggle that is so common for many.

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Food vs. Food Temptation

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Ok, once and for all, I need to clarify in my mind the enormous truth that my mind keeps struggling to grasp: I DO NOT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH FOOD, I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH FOOD TEMPTATION!!!

Just like money in my wallet is not EVIL, food in itself is not EVIL. In fact, food is AMORAL. It does not possess any good/bad or any other moral values. It has NUTRITIONAL and PHYSIOLOGICAL qualities that affect my physical body, but ultimately food is like the gas I put in my car, a means of fueling my body. It is also one of the joys that God gave us on this earth, and like many other things, it can be used within limits for this purpose.

My major problem is not that I am hooked on food. We all are; otherwise, we wouldn't be able to function in these physical bodies. My problem is that, like with many other things, Satan uses food and my enjoyment of it as a means to trap, ensnare, and derail me from the path towards glorifying God. Satan is a master manipulator who takes my own mind and lack of self-control and plays them against me. He doesn't know the meaning of fair play! He uses food like he uses so many other things in this world - addictive drugs, alcohol, sex, workoholism, but also busyness, self-reliance, pride, etc - to play into the "desires of the flesh" and derail and distract me from my true calling.

Well, there, it's acknowledged! I always have to remember the great deceiver, Satan, never rests. Every time I sit down to eat a meal, I have to pray that I look at food as God's gift of nourishment and enjoyment and not a temptation. I don't need to OVEREAT or eat foods that have been processed out of nutrition to feel alive, satisfied, filled. What I DO need to do is eat with a grateful heart, enjoying the richness of God's bounty and the burst of flavor His kind of food (the fresh/unprocessed kind) can provide. I also DO need to enjoy the PEOPLE around the table, look at them, listen to them.

Lord, today, help me be grateful for the food You provide for my nourishment and enjoyment while not allowing Satan to turn it into a means of temptation and sinning. I pray that my eating be always be a spiritual exercise in self-control, and that the choices I make remain governed by You. Amen

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GLEORIA 10/4/2011 9:37PM

    Gee your blog is full of truth. Thank you for reminding me that I do not glorify in all things if eat the wrong food or give into Satan's trap to overeat. I need to pray more for deliverance in this. Thank you for writing this way about food.

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The battle belongs to the Lord!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord." Proverbs 21: 31

One of my epiphanies this morning was this verse in Proverbs. I need a paradigm shift because I seem to always forget that it is not me who actually carries out the victory. In days where consistency in my commitments is hard, I usually forget that really, the battle belongs to the Lord. He is not asking me to WIN the battle, but He IS asking me to be READY for battle.

To me, this means that for my part, I am to do everything I can to prepare myself for another day of glorifying God through my weaknesses (food temptation being one of them). It is a daily battle that I can only hope to win with God on my side of the battle field.

I have to first plan for the week ahead. I can make a meal plan, shopping list, chores list, to do lists, check out my calendar for commitments that may affect my meal times, and anything else that I think of to make the week ahead go smoothly. I can also do the shopping/chopping/batch cooking in days when I am less busy or just at home. My modus operandi needs to be ANTICIPATION.

I then need to sit down every night and go over the plans for the next day. I can write them down and then give them to the Lord. Moreover, like a warrior who sharpens his skills, I too need to go out of my way to make sure I am COMPLETELY ready for battle. Writing down EVERYTHING I plan to eat the next day may sound like overkill, but it sure helps!

Each day, in the morning I can pray my plans over to the Lord, and ask Him to give me the VICTORY. I am completely assured that the battle IS on. I am fighting a tough enemy, an enemy much more powerful than myself, a mighty force that is shrewd and mean and powerful. It will try to get me when I am tired, lonely, sad, or just plain happy. Without God, there is no victory, but today, amazingly, I stand a chance. This chance is to let the Lord win it for me. But I do have to make sure I am READY!!!!

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BLONDEE53 9/22/2011 4:15PM

    Oh this is a goody!
I'll make an effort to get on the same pasge, as I have floundered wildly of late! This is just what I needed to "hear" today!
thanks for posting it...
be blessed!

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ALICERIEGER 9/21/2011 8:44PM

    Good thoughts. Too many of us forget who really is running the show.

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Raising Kids While Losing Weight and Praising God

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I am a 33-year old simple Jesus girl in the business of constantly improving my way of life to glorify Him.

I have three children 8 years old and under, who are all starting school tomorrow, and my youngest one is starting kindergarten! I juggle child-raising, home management, a part-time job, and church ministry. Occasionally, I drop one or more of the balls I have in the air, but I try with all my might to pick myself up and dust off and move on.

I am an expert in emotional eating and often times I chose food instead of God to drown my sorrows in, hence I have over 100 lbs to lose.

This is my blog about my daily struggles to live a healthier lifestyle, be a better mom and wife, and be the best I can be in every other area of my life.

I tend to have perfectionist tendencies, and to counteract these, I try to remind myself of the following principles every day:

One day at a time!

With God, all things are possible!

Strive to be rigorous, not rigid!

Seek progress not perfection.

It is all about the journey!

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KA_JUN 8/21/2011 4:20PM

    Good luck! emoticon

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LILYJOY3 8/21/2011 4:20PM

    emoticon Wonderful entry, dear sister! We're in the middle of a huge tropical thunderstorm right now, and I'm grateful we know the One Who creates storm and also calms them. He is walking with us so closely in this journey that includes plenty of storms, but also amazing places of peace and vistas of reward.

I'll email more soon! Taking a needed Sabbath rest after a wonderful morning at church. emoticon Love you!!

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PARKERB2 8/21/2011 2:11PM

    This reminds me of the song, "one day at a time, Sweet Jesus, that's all I'm asking of you." Hope the children have a wonderful school year and you too. emoticon

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BUNDORIYAGYU 8/21/2011 12:40PM

    Good job. I liked these thoughts a lot. Seems to me that you remember the old thing about the first two letters of the word God are "go" and the first three letters of the word Satan are "sat" (grin). Perfection is only possessed by Our Father and he does not require it of us outside how we belong to him. Great deal to be redeemed , isn't it?

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