Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Hi, everyone. Thank you so much for the Motivator of the Day award! I just want anyone who might wonder to know that I am loving life--still a healthy size after 5 years. Here are some images of what I did during the past couple of days:
Hiking to University Falls and back...about 6 mile round trip:
(I am the one in the blue tank top.)
This past weekend, I won a tennis tournament...this picture is from April:
I just want to encourage you...you *can* release all your weight and you *can* keep it off. The best thing I have found is to change the way I think. It takes a lot of work, but it is permanent!
I also prefer the non-diet approach, so I eat all the normal foods of life, including (gasp!) fast food! I never have to worry about what people serve at holidays, picnics or events as I just wait until I am hungry (I can even plan to be hungry) and eat normal foods.
None of this could have been happening for me without a deep faith in God who supports me through all the trials and challenges I have faced...my husband's mid-life crisis, my mother's passing away, my first horse dying and now, my kids are both leaving the nest at the same time! All of these would have caused me to INHALE food and to regain the weight in the past, but having changed how I process my emotions...by going to the Lord who loves me and allowing His will to be done in these challenges...has made all the difference and will continue to do so.
Best wishes and prayers for you on your journey!
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
About 2000 years ago, Jesus, King of the Universe, condescended from the throne of Heaven. He stepped out of incomprehensible light and love to walk this earth, putting on flesh. Perfect, sweet fellowship within the Trinity was transformed. Moved by compassion, he made such a sacrifice even before the walk to the cross. The expanse between man and Holy God--immeasurable. This, the only way to bridge the chasm.
Even before the pain, suffering, and anguish of the cross, Jesus' offer to humanity is incomprehensible. He was GOD, existing in perfection as King of all! Yet he willingly stepped out of Heaven to walk among us where he subjected himself to human "stuff"--physical pain, emotional upheavals, rejection, loss.
He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.
~John 1:11 NLT
Why on earth did he do that? He had literally everything.
While it is our tendency to grab for more than is ours, he set all that was his aside.
What manner of God is this? He wants relationship so much with you, with me, that he set aside his role as King of the Universe to be Savior of the world. He did this though it cost him everything.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor,
so that you by his poverty might become rich.
~ 2 Corinthians 8:9
What will my response be to this grace...today?
What will your response be to this grace today?
Jesus did this. History records his presence on the earth. The question for each of us is So what?
Monday, April 02, 2012
Corrie Ten Boom, a Christian who survived life at the Nazi concentration camps, was asked by a reporter in a press conference if it was difficult remaining humble while hearing so much acclaim. She replied immediately, “Young man, when Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday on the back of a donkey, and everyone was waving palm branches and throwing garments in the road and singing praises, do you think that for one moment it ever entered the head of that donkey that any of that was for him?” She continued, “If I can be the donkey on which Jesus Christ rides in His glory, I give Him all the praise and all the honor.”
I heard this illustration at last week's Bible Study Fellowship lecture in Auburn, California. It struck me afresh just how much Jesus sacrificed when he set aside Kingly glory to take on flesh, to walk this earth for 33 years and to then go to the cross.
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus who,
though he was in the form of God,
did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,
being born in the likeness of men.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him
the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
~ Philippians 2:5-11
Jesus was/is GOD, very GOD, yet he chose to set aside everything for the sake of bridging the gigantic, unfathomable chasm that existed between Holy God and frail man. Jesus laid down what was rightfully HIS - the glory that he enjoyed with the Father before the world began (see John 17:5 and John 1:1).
Both the donkey and Jesus offer me examples of godly humility. The donkey never thought the honor and praise was for him (so often I do!) and Jesus himself set aside his "rights" as God the Son to do the will of the Father--to meet the great need of humans for a Savior.
How unlike Jesus I am. I grab for what I think is mine: "My food! My body! My way! My will! MINE MINE MINE!" like the gulls in the Finding Nemo movie. I am not even like the donkey. Instead, I am eager to claim any praise as "MINE! MINE! MINE!" as well.
This attitude is a stumbling block for me in my quest to grow more like Jesus. Sanctification is a process...a long, slow, arduous process of relinquishing, clamoring for what is "lost," surrendering yet again, grabbing it back again, and on and on it goes. I must humbly acknowledge that all that I am, all that I have is for nothing if it is outside of God's perfect will for me.
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world,
yet forfeits his soul?
Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
~ Matthew 16:25-26
Today, I will stop hollering "MINE! MINE! MINE!" I will keep in mind the donkey who humbly carried Jesus out into the world. I will ponder the example of my Savior who possessed everything, but, for my sake gave it all up. I will choose to release my hold on things to which I cling and throw wide my arms to the unknown (and somewhat frightening) possibilities found when I walk in the heart of God's will.
Practically Speaking: What is something you declare is "MINE! MINE! MINE!" that God may be calling you to lay down? I don't have to look much farther than what I eat to find an answer to that. Am I really hungry? Is my body calling for food? Talk about mundane! God uses even something as commonplace as food to show me just how greedy and grabby I am for what isn't mine.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Last weekend, I had the wonderful privilege of speaking at a women's retreat for some women in Mt. Vernon, Washington. They were the most delightful women. I have spoken to women's groups before...often, they are Thin Within groups...but never had the opportunity to do all the speaking/teaching for a women's retreat from beginning to end. What fun it was! To build on a theme...Such a joy! To enjoy interacting with the women, too...they were such an amazing bunch!
The theme was "Life on the Path of Praise."
I love sharing this message with others. This is a new thing.
Another new thing God is doing...I have a book proposal that is heading off to my literary agent any day now...and we will see if any publishing companies like the idea. It is so tough to pitch an idea that anyone actually wants to put into print, but if it is God's plan, it will happen and nothing can stop it.
We will see! It is called "God's Feast for the Hungry Heart"--a 100 day Thin Within Journey. YAY!
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