Sunday, March 02, 2014
As study the Bible I learn more and more about what He wants for His body. We are the housing for His spirit. We must continually nurture our mind and body with spiritually blessed foods and information to educate our minds from the Bible and information on nutrition. Many people go down the path to failure as they do not feed their minds with proper knowledge. The other thing is they do not listen, as many do not listen to the word of the Master.
Most concern in the New Testament( the new covenant): control of our physical appetites. Those being gluttony, lust, covetousness(wanting others possessions and wealth), unrighteousness; hatred/anger, and gossip. These appetites should not control us let we become arrogant. Deuteronomy 21:20; Proverbs 23:2, 2 Peter 1:5-7; 2 Timothy 3:19; 2 Corinthians 10:5
We for our purposes will talk about gluttony. Gluttony is taking things to excess. It could be food, shows, game play, telephone use, IPod and computer dependency; need for shoes, pocketbooks, records, DVD's, etc. Anything we indulge in to excess. For the purpose of weight loss, we must focus on eating too much.
Remember: also to declare yourself proud of being overweight, and you should like me the way that I am, isn't anything but the devil securing his hold on your life.
A friend of mine who needs to lose weight and is a Christian, posted on her wall for the start of the weekend already failing in quest to lose weight, because she bought fried chicken, potato salad, and cheesecake. As with anything on our quest to eat better and to attain better health, I proposed to her to peel off skin before eating. limit potato salad to 1/2 cup. I also suggested to her to half whatever her portion of cheesecake would be and enjoy.
I know and you know that the Lord says what ever we pray over before we eat, will be safe for our bodies, even GMO, meat, organic, etc. or not.
He told us in His word that in the end of times people would tell us what was good and bad for us. As Christians in their presence we should eat what they serve and not offend them. In our homes we can eat what we want. He expects us to honor His temple our body. Being overweight and sending ourselves into a crippled, wheelchair state is not what he wishes for His children. The devil know how to temple. Do not let the devil win his battle with you by depriving yourself of things you enjoy, but exercise portion control.
Do not be angry or feel hatred at those who "can eat whatever they want and not add a pound". Do not be envious of the celebrities who look perfect. They may be photo shopped for beauty. Do not lower yourselves to gossip about the appearance of others thin or thick.
Love you brothers and sisters and pray each day for the wisdom to help them on their way to better health. Our number one goal should be to get healthy.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
A few years ago I saw a movie called, "The Mirror has Two Faces." Lauren Bacall was the actress who iterated the meaning of this by saying, "I thought I had time. It got away from me. I feel as though I am young inside but I know I cannot do what I once did. I now know that I settled in life. "
I agree with the concept that many of us settle in life for less that what we are worth. We are deceived by others into believing that we are not worthy. We do not look as good as they do. We do not fit into the crowd that goes with the position that we want. We do not wear our clothes as well. We fall in love and listen to mates who sometimes do not hold our best interests in their hearts. These mates want us under their control. By belittling us, we think that cannot do better. We become mentally abused and fall into a pattern of despair. NO ONE can give or take away your feeling of self worth if you do not let them.
I remember searching for approval in my career from my superiors and peers, but I realize now that a little of this is politically driven. If you are good, then others want to keep you down for fear that you will get ahead of them or because you do not belong to their social club. I was told once that I was from a culturally deprived home. Whatever that means! I never felt deprived.
We do not feel worthy because we set unrealistic goals and unreasonable time tables on achieving them. We need to break goals down into workable steps. If we do this we can reach and achieve the ultimate goal.
Mirrors are deceiving tools to use. When I look in the mirror all I ever see is that 456 pound woman I once was. I NEVER IN MY LIFE HAVE SEEN THIN WHEN I WAS THIN. I did see some pictures a while back of a thin woman in her early 30's that I know was me. Did I see her before, NOPE> see mirrors lie, because our self perception takes much longer to correct than the problem.
When losing weight we need to use measurable tools for achievement. Use scales to measure food amounts or measuring cups. We need to look at visual cues in how are clothes fit>are they loose or tight. We need to be more observant of how people are reacting to us. We to need to feel increased ease in putting on and tying our shoes. Is easier to get in out of the car. Make a list of things that are hard physically for you to do now. As you lose weight check off what is easier to do.
Mirrors lie to us when we try on new clothes to, because years of bad body image are not self correcting just because clothes are more fashionable. We need to dress our bodies with clothes that fit and with colors that make our skin glow. Take your most trusted friend shopping with you. Watch your husband's reaction when other men start to notice you.
Remember: Some men will be intimidated as you look better, because they have not taken care of themselves or they may become fearful of you becoming a stronger individual. Just assure your mate that you are doing this so that you and he can enjoy many more years together and show him by things you do that this is true.
The only mirror that you should trust is the one in your inner being that says you are healthier and more able.
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