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I've shut the door on yesterday,
And thrown the key away.
Tomorrow holds no fears for me,
Since I have found today.
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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Hungry? 4 Things to Do

It's not my brother nor my sister, but it's me, oh, Lord, standing in the need of prayer.
 
That is a line from an old gospel song, reminding us to only judge ourselves, not others.

God says it best in Matthew 7:3

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

Overeaters need support groups. They encourage us, inspire us, and motivate us, but what happens in the afternoon when you're hungry enough to eat the strings off the floor? You promised God you wouldn't eat in between meals, but dinner is three hours away. You're on your own.

What do you do?

1. Plug into your power source.

   Spend quiet time with God. Read God's Word, pray, and meditate.
 
   I'm powerless over food.
   God can handle this, if I surrender to His will.
   My job is to ask, seek, and knock.
   His job is to answer, provide, and open doors.

2. It's not all about you.

Gratitude moves out pride.

Call someone. Write a card.
 Compose an e-mail. Visit a shut-in.




   If we're struggling with the desire to overeat, we're dwelling too much on ourselves. We may be angry, envious, or frustrated. When our attention is drawn to the needs of others, God provides our solution. 

3. Is not eating too drastic?

Are you really hungry? Maybe you need food because you haven't eaten enough earlier in the day, or maybe, you exercised more than usual.

As overeaters, we don't want to obsess over food, but neither should we obsess about not eating. Snacks aren't bad. Some lose better by snacking. Are you feeling faint? Is your tummy growling? Maybe you are really hungry? What healthy snack would energize you?

Have you missed out on sleep? Are you sick? Take time to rest or nap instead of grabbing a snack. What is your body telling you?

Don't be drastic or dogmatic to what you "think" you should do.

4. Write about it.

In the last few weeks, my weight has fluctuated 3-4 pounds, but it never goes all the way back down to my goal weight. Angst settled in. I teach how to maintain weight. Why can't I get back on track? I began to journal my food choices and activity level. The discipline opened my eyes. Through the months since I last did this, my appetite has grown. I didn't even realize it.

Do you need to list your foods again for awhile? It's helping me.



****Overeaters face hunger feelings by themselves. We can redirect that hunger. What is it you need to do today to get yourself back on track?
 
 
Give yourself a valentine. Lose three pounds before the end of February.


P. S. Watch out for those chocolate-covered strawberries. They're sneaky and dangerous.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

DEPRESSION

Our church has a prayer loop. I noticed this week three requests for someone suffering from depression. It's real. It's devastating. It's one of the devil's best tools, but God can and will heal it. Praise His Name.
 

The devil delights in causing depression for saints. He whispers lies in our ears. We repeat them over and over until our spirits are so defeated only a miracle can redeem us, but God is in the miracle business.

 

Depression isn’t new.

 

Look at the prophet, Elijah’s words.

 


“I’ve had enough,” he told the Lord. “Take away my life. I’ve got to die sometime, and it might as well be now.”

                      1 Kings 19:4 Life Recovery Bible

 

 
Jeremiah poured out his depression on the page.

 


He has filled me with bitterness and given me a cup of deepest sorrows to drink.

                 Lamentations 3:15 Life Recovery Bible

 

 

In that same chapter of Lamentations in verses twenty-one through twenty-three, Jeremiah tells us the answer to depression.
 
 
 
Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness, his loving-kindness begins afresh each day. 

(That's one of my favorite verses.)
 

Our only hope.

 


God is strong enough to lift our burdens and loving enough to mend our broken heart.

              Life Recovery Bible, note on page 843

 

 
All forms of depression bring a wedge between us and God.


Like Jeremiah, the only remedy is soaking in the Word of God, allowing it to soothe and encourage, and reminding ourselves of His faithfulness in the past.

 

Depression is like an elephant sitting on you and you can't get up.
 

“If God never sleeps, why should both of us stay awake?”

                       The Freedom of Letting Go

                        by Donna Clark Goodrich

                 

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right."
                                                      ~ Henry Ford



Depression kept me down for years. I tried to eat myself into an early grave. I felt unworthy, unable to cope. Praise God for His healing. I still have days when I feel the effect on my thoughts, but His mercy is new every morning, so I know I must look up. I had one of those days Saturday. God is helping.

 Loss or betrayal can, at any time, throw us into a spiral of depression. Our only hope is through Jesus Christ. I pray today for all those battling with depression's effect.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

What Can You Do This Weekend to Help Your Weight?

A journey begins with the first step. So, does weight loss. It's not about "going cold turkey" with many drastic changes.

Looking to Christ to guide you, add one block to another until your entire lifestyle appears to be different. On the potter's wheel, God rubs off the pointed edges, making us a work unto Him.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 
                                    2 Corinthians 5:17

We overeaters established destructive, defeating habits over time, often through our teens, into our twenties, and some during thirties, or more. We defeat each bad habit with one good habit. The journey isn't a day trip. It's a prolonged excursion.

Think of this weekend as your first step. What three things might you do to begin your jaunt?


Drink more water?

3 days of walking?

Leave 3 bites on a plate of something you like?

Eat fish twice in three days?

Talk to the Lord about it three days in a row?

Read the Bible?

Have 2 vegetables each of the 3 days?

Read labels at the grocery store and choose the lower fat version?

3 days of leaving off after dinner snacks?



What can you do this weekend to help your weight?

Here's my 3 things:

I'm going to a banquet tonight and plan to only eat half my dessert.
I will add 15 minutes on my mini trampoline each of the 3 days.
I will have no after dinner snack all 3 days.

What's your 3 things?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

        If I was the only one alive, Jesus would've went to the cross for me. I can't fathom such love? I rushed head-on to an eternal death without Jesus' sacrifice.

   But, why did Jesus have to die?

He died in my place.

   My grandson's friend played basketball well, but he couldn't keep from griping. He mouthed off to his coach, and for that he was sentenced to ten laps around the gym. His punishment was clear. It was deserved. It was fair.

     After the first two laps, asthma all but closed his airways. He labored to breath, coughing and gasping. He paused to use his inhaler. A just punishment had been doled out, but the boy was unable to fulfill it.

     Another boy solved the problem. He ran the other eight laps, thus satisfying the punishment. All the boys understood that talking back to a teacher would not be tolerated without a price. Yet, the guilty party was given life, and time to heal because of his friend's substitution.

     God gave Adam and Eve a beautiful garden. Everything in it was for them except one tree.
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die (Genesis 2:17).
     Because Adam and Eve surrendered to sin, death was the punishment given to mankind. God wanted a relationship with his creation, but man hid from God, due to guilt. They knew the punishment, but they were unable to bear it.

     God promised a substitute to satisfy the punishment and provide eternal life for man. Jesus died on the cross to offer atonement for me.

     What does atonement mean?

     My thesaurus gives these synonyms: redemption, penance, amends, restitution, or compensation.

     The definition I like best is at-one-ment - at one with God.

A holy God wanted a relationship with sinful man so badly, that He sent the only one who could bear the punishment for us. In our weak state, we could not endure the penalty. Jesus, the sinless Son of God, died in our place, as our substitute.

     How does that make you feel?

     It makes me want to fall on my knees.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Dream

To have your dreams become reality, here’s what you must do:

 

Dedicate your life to Christ.

 

Read the Bible.

 

Expect an adventure.

 

Ask God for your dreams.

 

Moment by moment, seek God’s guidance, peace, and joy.

 

This week, my thoughts continue to whirl on dreams and prayer. I wrote another devotion on this topic on a Facebook devotion writer’s site in which I participate. I encourage the Writing with God’s Hope blog viewers to check out this site for a devotion a day to help you cope with life. Find mine on "dreams and prayers" there today.


 


 

 
 
 
I love acrostics. For another one using the word dream, click on the page entitled “Dream on, Writers,” listed to the right of this blog, or click on the link: http://www.janetkbrown.com/p/dream-on-writers.html

 


P. S. I have another dream acrostic listed for December 31 in my book, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.





Dreams and prayers are related. God wants good things for us. Have you talked with Him today about your dreams?

What do you think dreams and prayer have to do with each other?

 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Super Heroes

Who is your favorite super hero?

Superman or Supergirl?

Batman?
Spider Man?
Wonder Woman?
Hercules?

We love tales of someone who can do the impossible and make bad stuff go away.

The Bible overflows with stories of the impossible. It tells of miracles and wonders we can only imagine. The hero of the Bible is God, and the best part of this hero is He's not fiction.


Bible stories present us with believable examples. Why is it we like super heroes? Is it not because we like the ordinary people in the story that have trials and troubles they can't control. They fight with all their might. They're good people, but they're human and can't defeat the bad guy. Along comes supergirl or Hercules and does what the ordinary person can't do.

God's Word offers stories of regular people as our examples. We identify with them.


Joseph 

 He was a young boy despised by his brothers and sold into slavery.
 Yeah, he was a bit arrogant as a teenager, but that's part of why we like him. Didn't we also act badly at times? He didn't deserve his fate; slavery, prison, disappointment. But, what could he do? He needed a super hero.

God gave him the supernatural power of knowing someone's dreams and what they meant? That power enabled him to overcome his handicaps. The story ended well.


Moses


Raised as Egyptian royalty, but told that he belonged to a race of slaves, he killed a man hurting his people. He did a bad thing, but our humanity screams that his heart was right. He empathized with his people even though he had great privilege. He ran for his life and waited forty years in the desert. God called him to return to Egypt and set his people free. He was only one man; a man who stuttered and had a temper, not unlike some of us. To complete his fate, he needed a super hero.

God blessed his life with miracle after miracle. With these super powerful experiences, Moses became a great man.


Rahab


Now, most of us aren't prostitutes, but my daddy always told me not to judge a person until we had walked in their shoes. Rahab had a family to provide for. In her time, few options were provided for women. If you weren't under the protection of your husband or father, there was only one profession, so Rahab became a prostitute. Her city was powerful and intended to stamp out the threat, but Rahab believed that the Israelite God would give them the victory. She made a decision based on her faith in the Israelite God. Soldiers from Jericho searched every house, while Rahab hid Israelite spies and helped them escape. She needed a super hero.

God blinded the soldiers to Rahab's hiding place. He spared the spies, gave the Israelites the win over Jericho, and protected Rahab when the attack came.


Jochabed


There was nothing special about this woman. She was just a mother who loved her newborn son more than anything. She was wise and took steps to save him from the surety of death. When she lay him in a mini-boat and cast the boat into the river, she prayed and hoped. She needed supernatural intervention.

God was that super power. He floated the baby's bed under a bridge where a princess lounged. He dropped compassion into the woman's heart, and she adopted the baby. God even intervened to allow Jochabed to nurse her own son.


This is four examples from the Old Testament. The New Testament tells Super Hero stories of Paul, Peter, and John. Ordinary people like us blessed by the entrance of a Super Hero.

I like the fiction ones, but I like the real one best. To think that I have that power at my disposal when I face a problem I can't control, Wow! that's amazing.

Do you need a super hero today? A real one?

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Let Go

This anonymous saying helps me in my weight loss commitment to God. I pray it ministers to you, today.


Let go ...

to "let go" does not mean to stop caring, it means I can't do it for someone else.

to "let go" is not to cut myself off, it's the realization I can't control another.

to "let go" is not to enable, but to allow learning from natural consequences

to "let go" is to admit powerlessness, which means the outcome is not in my hands

to "let go" is not to try to change or blame another, it's to make the most of myself

to "let go" is not to care for, but to care about

to "let go" is not to fix, but to be supportive

to "let go" is not to judge, but to allow another to be a human being

to "let go" is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes but to allow others to affect their destinies

to "let go" is not to be protective, it's to permit another to face reality

to "let go" is not to deny, but to accept

to "let go" is not to nag, scold or argue, but instead to search out my own shortcomings and correct them

to "let go" is not to adjust everything to my desires but to take each day as it comes, and cherish myself in it

to "let go" is not to criticize and regulate anybody but to try to become what I dream I can be

to "let go" is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future

to "let go" is to fear less, and love more

Let go and let God