Tuesday, January 04, 2011
I am so encouraged to be using this website...particularly to gain the support of other Christians seeking better health! Thank you, all!
God gave me insight today. I feel like He is answering my prayers from November & December when I could see my weight continuing to rise to a past high. I prayed often for His mercy and self control. And now His mercy is all over me and my eating and exercise!
I see it this way lately: self-control is a fruit of the spirit.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (ESV)
So we do not supply it for ourselves, but gain self-control only by dwelling in the vine. Self control is a fruit we bear by dwelling in Christ:
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
He is actually helping me WANT to eat the fresh foods and WANT to exercise. So I am rejoicing. Please pray for me that it will continue, and I will do the same for you, if you ask.
I pray desperately that this will last...but even as I pray, God is showing me it is not that terrible to be overweight, either, or to be dieting.
On a silly note for newbies like me--have you noticed that when you are first dieting, you get to eat more calories and still lose weight? ;) It makes the first few weeks the easiest. So let's enjoy that, shall we?!