Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I get a craving for something salty, or sweet when I'm not hungry.
Could it be that I have a true need for something, and since I don't know what that need is, I eat? While I eat I feel happy and am satisfied.
I enjoy the flavor and sensation of the food.
However when it's gone, I want more or I think I want more, even if I'm stuffed.
I eat and when I eat I avoid or ignore my true need.
Food will never satisfy that need.
As long as I turn to food I will never discover what my true need is.
What a vicious cycle.
I have the power to stop this cycle.
When I get the craving I must ask myself,
WHAT DO I REALLY NEED?
If I am full, stuffed or not truly physically in need of fuel for energy,
then my true need isn't salt or sweet.
Food will never meet the need I have now.
So my choice now is,
will I stuff down food,
deny myself of my true need,
or will I be brave and deny the food,
DO THE WORK IT TAKES TO
DISCOVER MY TRUE NEED.
Get to the root of it and stop masking the symptoms.
I want to be brave, what about you?
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Okay, I must admit there hasn't been much weight loss here.
Last week I said this wouldn't be about losing weight and I lost 1 pound.
Last week I started to notice I could walk up and down the stairs without holding and leaning on the handrail. Yeah!
Yesterday, I noticed that I could walk up the stairs rather quickly, without holding or touching the handrail.
I even walked up the stairs faster than my husband.
So, If this journey is about becoming stronger and more physically fit I have been a success.
I am stronger than I was when I started
If I keep going and don't give up, I will be stronger next week then I am now.
Just imagine how strong, fit and healthy I will be and feel next month, next summer.
Friday, August 01, 2014
This is the 2nd week without weight loss. 2 weeks ago I lost 4 pounds. I haven't gained, but haven't lost. I think I will change my goal. Instead of losing weight, which I have little control over, I will focus on taking better care of myself, eating foods that are good for me, getting exercise and only speaking encouraging honest words to myself. I can decide what to think about and choose my attitude. I can choose to eat foods that heal instead of harm. So for now I will track my healthy choices and challenge myself to do a little better each day. Hopefully this will eventually lead to weight loss, but if it doesn't, I know I am making an effort to take good care of me.
Saturday, May 03, 2014
"Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?” Proverbs 31:10(NLT)
“God looks down from heaven
on the entire human race;
he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,
if anyone seeks God.
3 But no, all have turned away;
all have become corrupt.
No one does good,
not a single one!” Psalms 53:2, 3
God says we have all turned away and no one does good. Jesus tells us that we cannot do any good apart from Him (see John 15:5). It is important to remember this. We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. He is the creator. Our job is to submit and allow God to make us into the one that He desires. Jesus is the one who makes us. Our part in this process is to believe in Jesus and obey.
Dear Jesus, I want to be like you. I love you but long to love you more. I want to be as close to you as you will allow me to be. I want to make you smile. I can’t do this on my own. Please help me, teach me how to be like you.
Virtuous is defined as having or showing high moral standards. Here are some questions to consider.
Do you want to be a virtuous person? If so, why?
What authority in your life dictates what is moral? Do you decide for yourself? Does society decide?
Have you chosen to make God and His word your highest authority?
Some Bible versions have a virtuous wife crossed referenced to a wife of valor, in the sense of all forms of excellence. Valor is defined as great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle. Proverbs 31 is not about an ordinary woman. No, on the contrary this is about a supernatural, extraordinary woman!
God is calling His people to live by His standards. God’s standards are set high. He also expects us to be brave (see Deuteronomy 31:6, Joshua 1:9, 1 Samuel 4:9,
1 Chronicles 28:20) There are many other verses that instruct us to be brave.
“But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!” 2 Chronicles 15:7 NKJV
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Ephesians 6:10 NKJV
What does being brave look like for you?
What things has God asked you to do that takes courage?
I know for me it takes courage to speak up for Jesus. Sometimes it takes courage to just get out of bed and face the day. Sometimes it takes courage for me to admit that I am wrong and have sinned. Sometimes it takes courage to do the right thing when I know that others will ridicule me for doing it.
What takes courage for me may be easy for you and vice versa. It may also be easy to do something one day, but find that we need to be brave to do it another. Whatever our fears, we can face them because Jesus lives inside of us. No one, in all of history has been more courageous than our Lord Jesus Christ. He knows what is like to face opposition, rejection, false accusations, humiliation and even death. Jesus volunteered to face those things for us. His sacrifice is what saves us. Jesus was and is brave for us. With His help, we can be brave for Him. We owe Him that and so much more.
The NLT says who can find a virtuous and capable wife? Only Jesus can make us both. The Church of Jesus Christ is made capable by Christ Himself. God has not asked us to do anything that He has not or will not give us the ability to do. (See Matthew 19:26, Philippians 4:13)We can be assured that whatever God asks of us; we are capable of doing.
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NKJ)
Dear Jesus, Thank you for being my God and for being with me. It brings me such great comfort to know that you are with me. I am happy that you are my God and that you want to be my God. I want you to be my God. I will trust you to uphold me and to help me to be brave and obey you. Please strengthen me and provide me with everything that I need to serve you for the rest of my days.
Friday, May 02, 2014
Jesus deserves to find His church passionately in love with Him, serving Him with all of their hearts and souls. He deserves a bride who has a pure heart. A bride clothed in His Righteousness. I challenge myself and all of God’s living Church to aspire to be such a bride.
“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.”. (Isaiah 61:10, 11 NIV)
What awesome news is that? The Sovereign Lord, the Lord Himself will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations. What a beautiful God we have.
Please take a moment to speak to God. Ask Him to speak to your heart and teach you. Ask Him to have His way with you. While you read, think about the Bride of Christ, the Church of Jesus Christ.
Please read Proverbs 31:10-31. Are there any similarities between this wife and the Church?
Do you see any verses that remind you of God’s character?
Dear Jesus, Thank you for loving me enough to teach me the truth. Thank you for showing me how to live. Please help me so submit to you and allow you to have your way with me. As I work through this study show me what it means to be your forever wife. I want to be ready when you come for me, so I give you permission to start remaking me now. In Jesus name, Amen.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”
(1John 5:14,15 NIV)
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