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I realize that this is a spiritual journey for me.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

As many of you know I began leading and participating in a Firsplace4health Bible study. I have an unofficial mentor to help me lead and keep me accountable. She has made me realize that my eating habits are, indeed, a spiritual battle. As she put it, this is the thorn in my side. I realize that it holds true for me as well. It will be a lifelong battle and the only way I can succeed is to accept that and turn it over to God.

By 'turning over to God" does not get me off the hook. He has given me freedom to choose. I choose Him in my life, but not in the area of food.

In the past I have thought of giving something up for Lent, but could only think of food items. I always felt a little guilty, as if giving something up for lent that might help me lose weight, was rather self focused and not God focused. As I have come to realize that this is a cross I bear, I need to rely on God to help me bear it. Therefore I am turning my desire toward Jesus and focusing on Him to help me learn to bear with this.

I am not making it simple for me. God will make it simple for me. Thank you God! I am giving up sweets and diet soda for Lent. This is HUGE for me, but nothing is too big for God. I have learned he wants me to cherish my body and that the devil is more determined than ever to interfere.

For the first time, a sacrifice for lent is really to focus on Him and not me.

Please pray for me during this journey.
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RELISA4HEALTH 4/23/2012 7:35PM

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CHATTIEGIRL 4/12/2012 8:55PM

    Hi Sherry;

For Lent I gave up candy and stayed strong and did not eat a piece. Will not eat a lot anymore and keep it too a couple a week. I hold myself accountable for this body to be strong and healthy as it is God's temple. Have always stayed away from bad things people put in their bodies and always said i would not defile his creation. So as long as we look at our bodies as God's we can do wonders to keep them healthy. God bless you always.

Smile Joyce

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FLEUR_DE_LUNE 3/4/2012 10:29AM

  I really like what you said on your main spark page: "I believe I am to be a good steward of the one body God, the father, has blessed me with." And what you said here that He wants [us] to cherish [our] body [and treat it properly].

I needed to be reminded of that. Thank you.

God bless you.

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RUNNERRACHEL 2/20/2012 1:10PM

    emoticon with His help! emoticon

You're right--turning it over to Him doesn't let you off the hook but it does give you the strength you need to succeed!

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SCTRACKER 2/19/2012 8:45PM

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