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Thank you for writing a detailed account of your trials since July. Sometimes people do not understand what really happens and the great adversity someone is going through. Plus the opportunity it gave to show your huge reliance on God and reliance does not mean sit back and do nothing. He gave you ideas and you were obedient and followed through.
You give much encouragement to push through because things will change!
Plus you were touching on "words of our mouth". We so need to express the results we pray for; call those things as though they were already. God Bless you Glittergirl!
This took me a long time to write, well, not THIS bur the post below did! lol. I am very glad it helped in some way.
I just want to add, I do actually take medication, (I am not sure how this became confused, but I did not write about taking or not taking medicine- but it is not a big deal at all. Just wanted to be truthful) at times I take prescription medication for pain and I used to take medication for depression as well. I take a few vitamins. Vitamin D helps a lot.
As we look to Jesus we are being changed from glory to glory.
I also know as a fact that since I have met Jesus I am not at all like I used to be and I owe all the thanks and glory to Father God and Lord Jesus, what He did for me is so deep and so unthinkable. I never thought that such a drastic change from the kind of person that I used to be to the kind of person that I am now would ever have been possible, but Jesus and only Jesus.
I agree, you are both doing great.
Keep up the awesome work
I am Wife, Mother & Grandmother who loves serving the Lord
Shelly and Debrinconcita you are both doing very good and well and being healed and learning so much about living in and through and by Jesus.
I am saying this to the both of you because the both of you know just how mean life can be. Life can be very hard and demanding and mean and unrelenting.
But, God, who gave us everything that we need to succeed at all that we lay our hands at to accomplish.
You both have a vision of healing and health and no meds and no pain and it is all yours in the name of Jesus He declares you both healed and made whole and sealed in the shed blood of Jesus,.
I am so inspired by you. This same thing happened to me. I started losing weight & then I started having Knee troubles, I used to love to lift weights & bike ride those were my favorite things to do. BUT, then I injured myself some how over doing it. But after I asked God for help I no longer need to take the pain meds I have been on for the past 2 yrs. I am on no meds at all I am going to see a pysical therapy next week, I have been trying to eat right, BUT, I know God will help me in my needs. HE has Blessed me so much this year & last, & he will continue to bless me & my needs tomarrow. I know exactly what you mean, I have no doubts that I can count on God for all my needs. HE is the one I love the most he is the reason I live for. I can't say how intune we are. SOME other's might think we look like were all together. but it's between us & God who really know's what LIFE IS About, I can't wait to PRAISE HIM Tomarrow at church. GOD BLESS YOU SISTER, I KNOW YOU WILL DO WELL. God is on your side & mine. He loves us all, & I wished more people had a personal relationship with God like we do. I will check back very soon. HAVE WONDERFUL SUNDAY my Sister, From your Sister & Friend DEBRA Rincon LOPEZ in Portland Oregon USA (Debrinconcita)
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I am not the person I was yesterday; I am the person I will become tomorrow,"
This means looking ahead ant not letting past experiences, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors take over the success that would otherwise be yours! It is not how many times you fall, fail, or become defeated my friends. It is WHAT you do and HOW you do it during this time that makes ALL the difference.
Listen, do you want to reach your goals? Do you want to be a success story; do you want your life back? Do you want to honor God and tell people it was easy, BUT GOD helped me do it; I did it only from God's help? Well, I want ALL of that. I want to tell you something, it is done through all kinds of ways but is only done, and maintained through God. Do your homework, take the time, and make it happen!!!
Listen, you may look at my pictures on my page or in my photo album on my page, and think that I have made my goal, but I will be the first to admit to you that I have not. I want the whole package, and it is not wrapped and delivered yet. I am 5'8 and my weight has always been distributed very well. This is not the case, as you look at my pictures where a person is actually thinner than they look lol.
Also, I have hurt my knees twice since those photos. Back in July '10 I had an ACL injury on one of my knees. I have not been able to lift weights with my legs since July '10. All cardio was put to a holt with my legs for a period of time as well. My thighs have gotten a little flabby since then as a result. Now, I have been doing floor exercises with my legs, which means all kinds of leg lifts to strengthen my knees and legs. I am not doing this just to add muscle so they start to look better, but to build strength back up in my knees so when I can lift weights again my legs and knees won't become re juried.
Why am I telling you all this? I am sharing all this with you because I want you to realize that I may not be the same size as you, I may want to lose less weight than you, but regardless of whatever number that is we all go through the same things when trying to lose weight. We all have food around us that we can't or should not eat. We have all struggled to exercise because we tell ourselves we are too busy, or we are too lazy, or just don't want to do it. We have all been at a place on the scale we never thought we would be. So, I know what you are going through. There was a time in my life where I actually taped paper at the bottom of my mirror because it hurt too much to look at the image on the mirror. Yeah, I HAVE been there.
I have lost 35 pounds, but due to the two injures I mentioned above I gained 10 pounds of it back since July '10. Now, if my focus was not on God I would have gained a whole lot more back. If I had not been praying to God for help and trusting Him I would be writing about total defeat, instead of trying to use my experience to motivate you.
Hey, I had to get creative and I had to do the work, plain and simple! It took God, but it also took hard work. Because I could not burn as many calories I was I was burning before I hurt my knees I had to be EXTRA careful what I put in my mouth. I had to use even more discipline and rely more on God to help me not seat desserts, and other high calorie things which I love to eat. Since I could not lift weights, and I could not use my stationary bike and walk as my normal form of exercise I had to figure out a way to burn calories so I would not gain weight. I ended up buying something called an upper body cycle to do my cardio. I bought it at Walmart. An upper body cycle is something you place on the floor and looks like part of a bicycle. It has two pedals, and a base. You can place it just about anywhere you want to and use it as a stationary bike. In my case I placed it on a table top and used the pedals with my arms so I could do my cardio throughout the week.
It was not easy. I had to force myself to do it. I was not used to using my arms in this way for cardio, but I knew I had to do it or I WOULD gain weight.
I am not into feeling sorry for myself. But I will admit after I feel back in July '10 I started to feel sorry for myself, and became frustrated the week after I hurt myself. I was at the point where I could say my legs looked hot! I had clear muscle definition, and my thighs were becoming very tone. I was on the way to reaching the goal I had for my legs. However, it all came to a holt when I fell. However, I believe in the power and strength of my God! I did not allow that negative feeling to take root within me, n o way! Instead I started making declarations, and statements about my future and God. I told myself and anyone who would listen a few things about me, my life, and God. I said, "God has healed my knees. I don't care what it looks like (at the time both knees were very, very swollen) I don't care what it feels like (man, was I in PAIN) and I don't care what anyone says, God will not only heal my knees completely, He will make my knees look like I have not even fallen. There were times when I wanted to complain, but instead I opened my mouth and said one or all of the sentences above, there were times when I did complain. I told my husband, I am in so much pain I can't believe it. I would ask my husband John, when do you think the swelling is going to decrease? I would ask John, why is it taking too long to stop hurting? But, those times were far and few in between. I am not telling you all of this to brag or say, hey look what I DID. No, is only to be for your benefit, and it is only to praise God in the process.
I went to physical therapy, and the swelling in my knees decreased so much after a few months that the physical therapist was very surprised. I can not begin to describe the joy within me when she told me it was unusual for a patient to have much a big decrease in swelling during treatment. I knew it happen because of one reason, and one reason alone, well, two actually, prayer and my faith.
Now, I know this is getting long, but my life has been full of setbacks, as well as success since July '1o. In February of this year when I re injured my knees again by falling onto cement sidewalk at a strip mall, I was just at the point where I could begin to lift weight again. When I hit the ground I remember thinking, you got to be kidding me!!! I was so happy and excited to be able to lift weights again, I felt like I got a portion of my life back....now THIS again. Well, I got back up and brushed myself off and told myself, maybe it isn't that bad. However, the burning in my knees told me otherwise. I opened my mouth though and said, God I know you have the power to heal me right now. I know that this could be a huge set back, or it could be nothing at all. I believe in my spirit that you have healed me, and I will not be bothered by this. Well, two weeks later I WAS bothered by it!
Again I had to open my mouth and say some words. These words and my relationship with God, and my faith is what helped me through a time which could have been very dark for me, but instead God shined His light onto my world again. I told myself and others," I have everything that God has inside of me!!! God has healed my knees again. God has given me the power and the strength through His spirit to make me able to endure this once again. I will walk through fire and not be touched!!!." I said these these statements many times and for many days....let me tell you it did more for my spirit than just help me...it HAS MADE ME!
My fall was a set of trails I would experience from February through March. I have learned a lot during the last few months, and I have shared then with you in posts.
I know this is getting long, well... I mean it IS long. I will try to wrap this up. When I fell again I could have let it defeat me. I could have given up. But there is no diving up in me. I had to dig in deep with God. I had to trust his plan, which is so hard to do as you know when your and His plan is not the same. I had to except His will and make the best of it. I am determined to be victorious no matter what I experience in my life; and let me tell you, for me it can only be done through and with God!
I humbly say there are many victories I have shared with God. This makes me very happy because it is my goal to bring glory to God as much as I can. In order to be victorious through my hardships in life I must always stay close to God on a daily basis in all ways. I must ask God some questions. The questions I ask God during hard times are, what do you want me to get out of this experience? How can I improve open myself through you as I am struggling? What is the treasure within this trail? Then there is an ongoing statement, "strengthen me Lord as I am hurting through you, help me to rely more on you so I can experience this just as you have planned.
When you experience a setback you have to find the positive in it, and or make it positive in any way that you can. Because I plan to be victorious through the things which happen to me, perhaps this gives me an edge, but all the same it is not easy. What helped me was that I improved my health through my set back and found new ways to make my goals. One of my health goals I have is to burn 3,500 calories each week. I know that sounds like a huge number, but it is only burning 500 calories a day. Well, when I bought that upper body cycle I found another way to burn those calories. I wasn't able to burn all those calories again for a long time because it took my knees a long time to heal, and they are still healing. However, there came a time when I was able to work out in my stationary bike, walk, and use my upper body cycle to do cardio. From the help of God I not only burned 3,500 calories per week I went beyond that number!!! I did this for one month straight, and have reached my goal numerous other times as well. God, I tell you it was ONLY through God. It was only a months ago that I said to John,"I can't bun 3,500 per week like I did before I hurt my knees,” - but you see that was a lie that the devil wanted me to believe! In fact, although John told me I COULD do it and explained how, I told Him he was wrong!
Because of not being able to exercise like I used to (I still cannot lift weights with my legs) I had to become very strict with my eating habits, and being very consistent about not eating high calorie foods. I struggled with this. I LOVE sweets. Through prayer and relying on God I have become better with eating things which will cause me to gain weight. It s something I have to work at every day though. It is happening slowly, but I am conquering this with and through God. Month by month I am gaining territory over my enemy!!!
I can look back over my setbacks and see the golden line of sweetness over something that I honesty at the time wished would not have happened. (Falling twice onto cement, having an ACL injury then falling again on them 7 months later) I am not saying I want to go it all over again, but I can honestly say I am at a better place than I was before having experienced it, yeah for sure. You see, as the result of hurting myself in a very bad way twice within one calendar year I learned a lot and become closer to God as well. My strength & trust in Him deepened. Also, I bought that upper body cycle which is helping me reach my cardio goal. My arms are becoming tone. (Which really needed some help!) I also have become much better with my eating habits. I know that both of these things were the direct result of falling twice.
It is not how many times you fall, fail, or become defeated my friends. It is WHAT you do and HOW you do it during this time that makes ALL the difference. In the bible it tells us that we can walk through fire and not be synched. Do you believe that? I do, I am living proof!