Showing posts with label #Christ. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Christ. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

You Are Special

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb. I thank you, High God--you're breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made!.
                               Psalm 139:14 The Message

  
After God created man and woman, He called His creation good. When we are growing in our mother’s wombs, God knows us and makes plans for our lives. He makes us perfect, special, in His image.

  In my last post about "Change," we talked about changing the way we look at food, making new habits regarding our eating, and learning to daily rely on God, not ourselves.



This summer-Palo Dura Canyon, TX with our 3 grandchildren

 Our control equals failure        
   God's control equals fulfillment.



 Another change God would have us make is the way we view ourselves. Yes, the tighter we hold the reins of control, the less success we have. The irony of serving the Lord is the more we release control to Him, the more control we have.

 You are special.

Another change God would have us make is how we view ourselves. We draw closer to God and begin to see things through His eyes. He sees us as His masterpiece.
When man tried to build a tower to the heavens at Babel, God stopped them by confusing their language. God Himself said that if He didn't stop man, they would succeed. He sees us as able to do anything. Look at the knowledge man has come up with in the last hundred years. Yes, man is unstoppable without God's intervention.

God wants what's best for us, so He steers us toward Him. Even the heavens cry out of His grandeur. The mountains and oceans remind us of a Higher Power able to help where we falter.

In Christ, we are precious and beautiful, whether we're underweight or obese, black or red, highly intelligent or slow. He loves us unconditionally. He longs to call us His children.


Me -100 pounds ago. The babe in my arms is the granddaughter in the above picture.


Remember, change the way you look at food.
Change the way you look at yourself.

With Christ, all things are possible, even losing a hundred pounds.
 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Unsinkable. Unshakeable. Unstoppable.

If anything is worth doing, it's worth doing well.
 
 
That's something my dad taught me, and something I've strove to do all my life. By doing this, I lapsed into perfectionism. That wasn't the intention.
 
Strive for progress, not perfection.
 
 
In no way does perfectionism raise its ugly head more than in losing weight. God is the God of freedom. We must not obsess over dieting anymore than we should obsess over food. When you begin on a journey of weight loss, ask God to take control. Only through His power can we be unstoppable. Under our own power, it can be a disaster. We can fall face-forward into a plate of pasta or chocolate cake by noon on the day we start the race.
 
With God, nothing (not even losing a hundred pounds) is impossible.
 
My hubby & I in the backyard of the unsinkable Molly Brown
 
 
Recently, I visited the museum of the unsinkable Molly Brown in downtown Denver, Colorado. Margaret Brown (who never went by Molly) accomplished a lot in her lifetime. She was before her time in the women's liberation movement.
  
To the left is our ticket to the museum. The fam to the right we used as the home's only air conditioning for a warm day.

Margaret Brown picketed for mistreated mine workers. She ran for public office. She was an excellent fundraiser for Denver fine arts.


And, she saved lives along with her own when the Titanic sunk.
     When the call went out for women and children to come to the deck to be the first loaded into the lifeboats, she went to her room and donned layers of clothing. During the cold night on the water, she pushed occupants to "row, row, row," thereby keeping them warm. Jackets, petticoats, and extra dresses were taken off and shared with others. Not only did she not sink nor freeze, but neither did her boat full of Titanic survivors.

In front of Molly Brown's house, now a museum, with my daughter

Years back, Hollywood presented a movie starring Debbie Reynolds as Margaret Brown. From then on, the Titanic survivor became known as the unsinkable Molly Brown. This museum was a reminder of what a remarkable woman she was in the time period she lived. What an inspiration! She wouldn't accept the word, "no."

I long for that type strength. In some areas, I feel I do show it, but I was never so powerless over anything as I was over food.

Praise God for His emotional healing, for His power to be unsinkable, unshakeable, and unstoppable in the area of eating. His is the only real power.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong.
                                                                               2 Corinthians 12:10

Something I hadn't noticed before. The verse doesn't read, "when I am weak, then He is strong." It's "when I am weak, then I am strong."

Praise God. I am unsinkable through Christ.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What's the 3 Components of Weight Loss?

Compulsive overeating, despite our own wishes, hits us on 3 levels: physically, mentally, and spiritually.


1. Spiritual:   Study the Bible daily. Read a devotion or spiritual lesson to help with the spiritual side of weight loss or weight maintenance. Many great groups like Weight Watchers or TOPS hit the physical and mental part, and that’s important, but few address the spiritual element.
     Pray daily, "Not my will, but Thine be done."



*****Without Christ’s power, we will never find permanent victory, merely temporary relief.



Most of us have discovered the temporary.

Many of us have lost hundreds of pounds in our lifetimes.

We must learn to conquer it forever, and that requires submitting to God’s will and utilizing His power.


2. Mental  Support groups such as Weight Watchers and Church groups help with this. Share tips for changing your mindset.  If you don't have a support group, find a friend fighting weight.

Our goal is to look at food as we would the mountains or the beach, something that God has given us to make life more enjoyable.

We want to look at food as we do God’s Word, something we take in daily to nourish our bodies, like His Word does our souls.

Food isn’t a drug.

Food isn’t what will fix your problems.

Food isn’t your friend.

Food isn’t your god.


Anything you put on the throne of your life instead of God is an idol.


Though we love God and desire to serve Him, we build up habits. Habits require mental changes. To stop one bad habit, we must replace it with a good habit.


That's where tips that work for others can also help us.

****My best tip for eating out is to choose wisely, but then take half of it home.

****My second best tip is when faced with a dessert, I eat half and cover the rest with my napkin. Also, if it isn't a real favorite, I consider it not worth it. I'll wait for cheesecake.



3. Physical  Don't overwhelm yourself. Start small. Change one thing at a time.

Obsessing over what not to eat is as bad as obsessing over what to eat.

God is the author of freedom.


*****The first change is this:

Eat breakfast every morning this week.

Not just any breakfast, but choose from these choices.  (One in each category.)

One starch or grain

      Suggestions: ¾ c. ready to eat cereal without added sugar

                        1 c. Hot cereal like oatmeal or cream of wheat

                                                  without added sugar or margarine

                      1 slice Whole grain toast

                        Half bagel or English muffin



One dairy or high calcium food   1 c. skim milk or 2% milk

                                                 8 oz. yogurt (80 calorie)

                                                 1 oz. 2% fat cheese

                                                 ½ c fat free ricotta cheese



One protein             Can be the above cheeses

                            1 T. peanut butter

                           1 egg

                          ½ c. eggbeaters

                       1 oz. ham or Canadian bacon

One piece of fruit lots of choices there apples, strawberries, bananas, nectarines, etc.

Double these portions if you’re over 200 lbs. or if you do intensive exercise.

That's my lesson for today. Compulsive overeating hits us on all 3 levels. It takes fighting back on all 3 to lose weight and maintain the loss for life.