Micah 6:8

"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does YHVH require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God."

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Memories

The memory is etched in my mind as though it happen only yesterday.
In fact it took place nearly 18 years ago. My family was gathered in our living room on a Sunday afternoon, watching one of my favourite movies, Yentl.
Near the beginning of the movie a scene between Yentl and her father takes place in which her father prays while Yentl kneels on the ground in front of him. His words are as follows.
"Hear me oh Lord. Master of the universe. Thou has given me a daughter who brings me great pride and pleasure, and for this kindness I thank thee forever and ever."
At this point my father reaches over to me, puts his hand on my knee and says," You're my Yentl."
I will never forget the way that moment made me feel, the way it still makes me feel. I am trying hard to compare it to how I feel about my own children. They are my pride and pleasure. I love to watch them play with each other. When they laugh I find myself laughing and when they cry, oh how it breaks my heart. I can't even begin to imagine how my heavenly father feels about me.
I know in my head. I have been taught. I have read. I have studied. I thought I knew HOW MUCH MORE He loved me and then something amazing happened.
I had children of my own.
Everyone, tells you having children changes your life. I agree. It does, but more then that it changes your relationship with God. How can it not. No longer are you simply a child, longing for a father's approval. You are now a parent lavishing your child with love and adoration. Everything about your relationship with God changes the moment you become a parent.
Your love and understanding of everything He did for you, is doing for you, becomes so much more profound.
With this new found realization comes a need for change as well. How often do we correct our children? We repeat the same directions to them over and over. We silently question to ourselves, "when will they get."
I shudder to think of the times my God has had to say those same words about me.
"When will she get it."
I have gotten it in so many areas, yet there is always somewhere else where I just fall, or stumble a little. In regards to eating I go through this almost hourly. The whole cycle, am I really hungry, have I had enough, am I eating for fuel or out of fleshly desires. How long will God continue to correct me? How many times will he have to question to Himself, "when will she get it."
I know He will continue as long as there is a need.
My prayer is that the need would be replaced with victory.

Monday, May 19, 2008

ThinWithin

Just wanted to share a video link that explains alittle bit more of the journey I am on...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIDTadjHziw&feature=user

Friday, May 16, 2008

Confessing Scripture

I found a scripture confession that you can use before meals to help you to not over-eat.
What could be more powerful in your attempt to release weight then confessing the word of God? Nothing!
So here it is if you feel led to use it please do. I think I may print it out and keep it at my spot at the kitchen table until I have it memorized :0)
I don't desire to eat so much I become overweight (stay overweight). I present my body to God, my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, which dwells in me. I am not my own, I am bought with a price therefore, in the name of Jesus I refuse to over-eat. Body settle down, in the name of Jesus and conform to the word of God. I put to death the desires of this body and command it to come into line with the word of God.
(Romans 12:1, 1 Corinthians 6:19)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Who I Am In Christ

I am accepted...

John 1:12
I am God's child.

John 15:15
As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:1
I have been justified.

1 Corinthians 6:17
I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.

1 Corinthians 12:27
I am a member of Christ's body.

Ephesians 1:3-8
I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.

Colossians 1:13-14
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins.

Colossians 2:9-10
I am complete in Christ.

Hebrews 4:14-16
I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.


I am secure...

Romans 8:1-2
I am free from condemnation.

Romans 8:28
I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.

Romans 8:31-39
I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22
I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.

Colossians 3:1-4
I am hidden with Christ in God.

Philippians 1:6
I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me.

Philippians 3:20
I am a citizen of heaven.

2 Timothy 1:7
I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.

1 John 5:18
I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.



I am significant...

John 15:5
I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.

John 15:16
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.

1 Corinthians 3:16
I am God's temple.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21
I am a minister of reconciliation for God.

Ephesians 2:6
I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.

Ephesians 2:10
I am God's workmanship.

Ephesians 3:12
I may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

"The more you reaffirm who you are in Christ, the more your behavior will begin to reflect your true identity!"(From Victory Over the Darkness , by Dr. Neil Anderson)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sin's Tattoo

I saw it today as I was getting dressed.
It wasn't large, but it was there. Sin's tattoo.
How do I know what it was?
I know because I inevitably put it there. By choice you ask?
Upon reflection, YES! At the time was I aware of what I was doing?
To some extent, but not completely. This tattoo is as permanent as one I would receive if I used ink and a needle. It will forever be a reminder to me of sinful choices I made while living in rebellion. Am I glad to have it on my body?
Absolutely not. Would I like it removed?
Of course. Yet, I am glad to see it. I am glad because of what it now represents. For if I was still living in sin it would not be as visible as it is now.
Perhaps you would like to know what this tattoo looks like. It is a very familiar thing. Lots of people have this tattoo and for very many different reasons. Some reasons for it are not related to sin, mine however is. My tattoo is from overeating and lack of exercise.
You probably know this tattoo by another name - stretch mark. Yes, my tattoo is a stretch mark. Not one but many. The beauty of it is that I can now see physically the changes that have been taking place in my heart. For if I had not submitted my will and diet to God, then this mark, this tattoo would still be hidden just under the surface of my skin. Now, because of obedience it is growing, and visible. It may sound backwards to some but the fact that it is becoming larger is a reflection of how much closer I am becoming to God. As more and more of these tattoos come to the surface and become visible it will be a physical reminder to me of where I once was and how far I have come.
So today, I am thanking God for my stretch marks, for sin's tattoo has now become a symbol of spiritual growth.

Exercise Challenge

So today I got a brilliant idea.
I thought to myself, hey why don't I walk up and down my stairs for 20 mins a day for my cardio workout.
Easy right? HA HA HA!
I barely made it to 5 mins. It is pure torture. My legs were burning, I was so out of breath and I was sweating, after ONLY 5 mins.
Do I plan to do this agin?
YES!
Hopefully if I do 5 mins 3x a week then I will be able to increase my time slowly. If you have stairs in your house why don't you too try walking them for 20 mins. LOL!
Okay start with 5 :0)

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Chocolate :)

Yeah I know, you are thinking I thought she was trying to eat healthy and release some weight. She is.
Seriously, she is BUT at that time of the month there is nothing as comforting as a warm cup of tea and chocolate melting on your tongue. Seriously. I know you are all imagining it now. It is so yummy and so satisfying and well so addicting that how could you stop at one square? I can't and that is my problem. I know. I can call it whatever I want but the fact of the matter is, it is a stronghold and there is no other name for it but SIN. Yes I said it. My caving in and over eating, chocolate or anything else for that matter is nothing more then sin. Is sin resolved by will power. NO!
There is only one cure for sin, only one remedy and that is Jesus. If I want to overcome my bad habits of overeating I need to be willing to confess them for what they are. I need to be willing to submit my will and my diet into the hands of the Almighty.
Why?
Because He cares for me. Not only about my salvation but about my health and well-being. My body is the temple of His Holy Spirit and as such I need to treat it with the respect it deserves. Is this an easy task?
I wish it was. In theory it should be. Yet I find myself stumbling everyday with the choices I make on what I allow into this temple. That is why I am so thankful that I have a Father, a God who is so forgiving and so compassionate that each time I fall He is there to pick me back up.
He lifts my face, looks into my eyes and cradles my chin. As tears of repentance roll down my face He whispers into my ear and strokes my hair, I forgive. Those are the words on His lips to me. I forgive.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Exercise

Okay this may not look like much BUT it really works, http://www.pycfitness.com/admin/uploadpic/20073260442353589.jpg It is an Easy Shaper. I bought it almost 5 yrs ago to get in shape for over $100.00. I used it once maybe twice. Good intentions but no follow through. However in the past 2 weeks I have pulled it out and dusted it off and have actually used it. It is great. So very easy and it works. You will feel the burn. I can't wait to see results, but I am for sure feeling them. The kicker is if I had waited till now to buy it I could get it for $29.99 just down the street from my house.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Thin Within

For those of you who do not know what Thin Within is, I encourage you to check out their website at www.thinwithin.org For starters Thin Within is a Grace based approach to lasting weight loss. They have been around since the early 70's. I will quote from their book... Thin Within is a non-diet, grace-oriented approach to weight loss. It involves no calorie or fat gram counting, nor weighing or measuring of food. Thin Within teaches how to choose wisely when eating a variety of foods in response to the natural God-given signals of hunger and satisfaction. As a result, participants eat less food and naturally melt down to the size that God intended. Success is not in following food rules, but rather in experiencing the transforming power of God's grace which empowers individuals to live the abundant life in Christ.