Thursday, February 27, 2014

#Courageous or Not?

During the past six weeks of the Made to Crave journey, I've learned things about myself that were either new to me or were hidden away, compartmentalized for another day. Well today is the day to find out if I have the courage it takes to move forward or not! Here is my "Top 10 List" of what I've discovered about me:

10) Use God's Word to make healthy choices. Probably seems like an easy thing to do, but I struggle with this.

9)  I eat and then I eat some more. I am overindulgent when it comes to my food when I am stressed.

8)  I need God, healthy eating and exercise - a cord of 3 is not easily broken. Have I mentioned I would rather do just about anything than exercise?

7)  I struggled with this study because I thought I didn't have what I needed to make changes, but God was already there, waiting for me to call to Him for help.

6)  I need to remember, "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things."                 Philippians 4:8

5)  "Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power." Ephesians 6:10

4)  I am ok with boundaries. They are like guardrails to keep me from slipping and falling.

3)  From my sermon notes last Sunday comes this jewel: There is no life apart from attaching your life to     Jesus. Choose Christ and you will always gain more than what you will lose.

2)  This journey was about me & God.

1)  It takes courage to be honest with yourself.

And part of being honest with myself is realizing that my journey isn't over. I need to continue to crave God and build up my spiritual life to create the deeper, more meaningful relationship I desire with God. So my journey isn't over, it's just begun. As I move forward I leave you with two of my favorite things...

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."  ~ Colossians 3:23,24

If you aren't familiar with "You Won't Relent" by Misty Edwards, I urge you to check it out on YouTube.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Determined to be at #Peace

I have struggled mightily the past week. I ate a McDonalds large value meal (Really? Did I need that?), found myself eating out of boredom, and wondering how can I get this all done in 24 hours/day. I used to be so organized and prided myself on getting things done! What has happened to get me to this point of pure craziness? If there is so much to do, how can I be bored?

The winter weather has me out of my daily routine. We have missed so much school that I am behind there. That leads to a little stress. Throw in some minor disagreements with loved ones and that's where McDonalds came in. I am trying to stay on top of 2 different Bible study groups (same study but off by one week) and have let a third one go by the wayside. So a little Twix bar here and a Snickers bar get the picture!

But I am determined that by God's grace and mercy I will be at peace during this weight loss journey. I have learned that I am not defined by the number on the scale. I was created by God, in His image. I am a masterpiece created by the master. I will overcome the winter weather, win out over temptations and when I am bored I will drink water and get moving! With God by my side I will create a daily schedule to get deadline items done and then add a few fluff items that should be done, but can wait if needed. Just typing this has filled me with peace! I HAVE A PLAN! I will be successful and be at #peace with myself and what God has blessed me with. At the same time I will eat healthier, exercise more and continue delving into God's Word. God gives me peace!