Saturday, October 8, 2016

Tangible Reminders of Victory

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
                                                      Philippians 4:4 NIV            



Tangible reminders of God's power shows proof of the need for rejoicing.  Remembering our victories sets our hearts to beating, and rids our minds of defeatism.

I began losing weight God's way in 1993. To lose ninety-five pounds took me nearly three years. Maintaining weight loss is difficult. Year by year, month by month, day by day, facts validate what was accomplished.

I bought a pair of red shorts. They were several sizes
too
My favorite red shorts
small. I loved them. They had pockets and were tailored, but long on my leg. (I won't wear short shorts)
 I lost several sizes and first wore the red shorts to Six Flags in Arlington, Texas. I was ecstatic.

I continue to wear them occasionally though now they're rather faded. Every time I put them on, I slip my fingers in my loose waistline, and give praise to the Lord for His help to reach that size.


My size 201/2 on me now





My husband's business functions required new evening wear once a year. I began with one outfit size 24 1/2. I lost two dress sizes, gave my original dress to a friend's daughter, and bought a size 20 1/2. Every year or two, I purchased a smaller evening dress to wear to realtor banquets or church Valentine dinners. I keep the largest to remind me of when I was heavy. All the others I gave away.



Tangible reminders of victory are invaluable to keep us rejoicing, praising God, and keeping our thoughts on target. I have several pictures of when I weighed 250 lbs. I carry one in my wallet. I have a 11 by 14 family picture on my wall that reinforces God's power in my life.

I have a coin that says "One day at a time." It's encouraging.

What do you keep that reminds you of victory with Jesus?

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