I needed encouragement!
Friday, August 20, 2010
I weighed this morning of course this is a few days early. My weigh day is Monday. I gained 2 pounds and I was astonished! At first I thought well, "Why bother?" But then I knew that I have to bother because it is not so much the weight but it is my health! I got started late for my walk instead of 6 I had to take my husband to pick up the company truck for work then I was able to go walk and it was hotter than I like it to be. I thought about skipping the walk today but I decided no I can't do that! I went on my walk and it seemed like my body was more tired than tired than usual and the air was heavier. Where I walk I go up two hills and down two at the park. It took all I could do to get up the hills. I was so frustrated! Then the Lord reminded me that a year ago I could not even walk once around the block and definitely not around the park! I would try but I could not even make it half around it because of my back pain. Wow!! God has brought me a long way!
It is just like our walk with God. WE get saved and start our journey with the Lord. Things come along but we are on top of the world! Nothing can stop us now! The months pass then things start happening and it gets harder and harder. Sometimes it seems we are getting nowhere just like when we go to get healthy. God is still there with us but we are unable to feel or hear Him. What do we do?? Do we stop and turn back after coming so far? Do we just keep going and pretending so maybe nobody will notice? Or do we do just what God told me. He said,'Just Trust Me." Those simple three words..Trust God and keep going. I have been there many times with the Lord and many get to that same place when they are striving to get healthier and lose weight. What do we do? If it seems it is not working this week or the next week? Do we quit? Just go back to the old lifestyle? Or do we preserver and just keep going until we get to our breakthrough? It will come! If we keep trying!!
There was a lady once I will call her Jenny . Well, Jenny and her husband, George had been married for years. They were just inseparable. They did everything together. One day George had a heart attack and died. Well Jenny decided that she could not live without George so she had him in-cased in glass and she set him by her front door. This way she could walk by everyday and see him and wave at him and talk to him. It would be like he had never left. Well, Jenny decided to go on a vacation. She went on a cruise. While on this cruise she met a man and fell in love. They married and honeymooned all over Europe. Then decided to live in her house because it was much bigger than his. Well when they got to her house the man decided he would carry her across the threshold. He picked her up and (she forgot about George.)opened the door and carried her in and dropped her! He said, "Who is that??!!" She told him that it was George, her late husband. He said, "He has to go!!!" He took George out in the back yard and buried him. Then he went back to her and said, " The old life is gone. Now we can start anew."
It is like when we become a new creation in Christ. Sometimes we let things hang around from the old life just so we are comfortable. Even though they are there we won't do it anymore. The comfort is just knowing that it is there. However, the longer it stays the more chances there is of going back to the old life. This is just like a new healthy lifestyle. I can't keep things around to tempt me and I can't quit when it gets hard or when it seems like I get nowhere. I will control my thoughts they will not control me! I am determined that old life is buried I will not keep any remnants of it hanging around in my thought life, for me to physically see, or any of the actions. This may take a little time for me to get rid of all this stuff inside and out but I am determined because I know the end result of my health is forever while here on earth and my walk with the Lord is for eternity.
I can do it! You can do it! We can all do it!!!!