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Friday, February 01, 2019

I'm probably one of the few people that doesn't listen to music when I walk or work out. I used to, but in recent years, not so much... well, not ever. I think, I pray, I feel blessed to be out walking in this incredible place we call Earth. Granted, I live in a small town and my walks are more out in nature, but I think that if I was walking in a city, I'd be grateful too. To be walking, on my own, powered by my body. What a gift.

As I walked in the real fog... not my usual brain fog, with Daisy Mae, I was praying and remembering to count my blessings when it occurred to me that I have something written on my Spark home page. I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13. And as I walked, I really thought about that. Did I believe that? I mean, sure, I put it on my page. It sounds good, but at my deepest, darkest corners of me... did I truly believe that? That means I have faith... faith that God is in control.

Let me backtrack a bit... I've been reading a book called Faith vs Weight, by Maria Bower. It has opened my eyes to so many things. And, I'm not jumping ahead to the "diet" part... but taking it slowly. Last night, before I fell asleep, that's where I had gotten... do I trust God's plan.

So, do I believe that... that I can truly do anything through Christ? Until last night, I honestly never gave it much thought. Do I believe it... yes. Do I believe for ME?

YES... the answer is yes. It hit me today as I walked. I want this and I can do it. How do I know that this is it? Because He has pointed me in the right direction and has opened my eyes. I know I sound like a crazy person, but it's true.

I started a word fast at YouVersion/Bible. A word fast is the elimination of toxic words. They have several word fasts, the one I chose is the ten day fast. The word today was complaining. Oh.my.goodness... how many times have I complained about my weight?

"It is God’s very intention for us to destroy strongholds of poor self-image, negative speculations, and every thought that is contrary to who we are in Christ. These negative words keep us chained to the past and bar us from moving into God’s purposes for our future. The words that come out of our mouths heal or hurt. They bring reconciliation or division. By our words, men are called into their destiny and the life of the Lord is shared with others. By words, dreams are shattered."

One more sign (I'm always looking for a sign) that let's me know that He is ultimately in control and He wants nothing more than for me to be happy. He created us to be happy. So, I will praise Him, because I can do all things through Christ.

In humble gratitude...always grateful.

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