Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Day 4: "Consider It"
(from Made to Crave Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst madetocrave.org/purchase -resources
James 1:2 - Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds (NIV)
Quotes from the devotional...
"In the midst of trial we will probably not feel the joy, the hope, or the encouragement tucked within this verse - we have to consider it."
"It's easy to slip into an all out reversal of all our progress, so we have to be careful... If the [food choice] threatens to send us into a tailspin of feeling defeated after the last bite, it's not worth it...We have to consider it and park our minds on the truth that our triumph in this trial matters. Triumph in this choice will produce a blessing."
Well, today was a Monday full of deadlines and stress (I work from home and my mom, who normally watches my boys, is on vacation). I didn't get enough sleep so that was my first hindrance. I ate like 4 Atkins bars before noon. I had a healthy lunch with grilled chicken and salad. But.. I was drinking a lot of diet soda instead of water. All the artificial sweeteners were affecting my blood sugar. After my Body Pump (strength training) class I was DONE.COM!! So I succumbed to the villainous chocolate cake and a piece of pizza with crust.
I did not "consider it"!
Soooo I guess I should've re-read the devotional throughout the day and let the words really sink in. That's what I'm going to do from now on. Not just read the passage in the morning and put it down, but pick it up - read it - say it out loud throughout the day so I won't succumb to temptation.
I'm going to keep pressing on and getting back up and endure till the end. Despite this set back I'm still encouraged. However, this must not be a trend like it has for so long in the past. I'm expecting longer stretches of success followed by fewer set back. I know it won't be perfect, but I must press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling in Jesus!
Peace & Blessings