Showing posts with label #God's power. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #God's power. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

How Can God Help With Weight Loss?

Many Christians fight weight. In fact, those in the congregations of protestant churches fail at weight watching more than the general public. Our pews are full of overweight people.

Why? Have we forgotten?

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For with God nothing shall be impossible.    Luke 1:37

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

But, what does that look like? How can God help with weight loss?


1. God has the power  to cause you to lose weight..

A compulsive overeater like myself is powerless over certain foods. I can't leave them alone. I can't fix things in my life. What a relief to roll the responsibility on the Lord's strong shoulders!

The moment we admit we can't do it is the moment we gain God's power. The lack of overeating relates exactly to our spiritual condition.

My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness  II Corinthians 12:9


For years, I prayed, "Lord, take away the compulsion to overeat, take away my cravings, take away my yearning for sweets." It never happened. Why?

After praying that prayer, I went about doing it my way, starting a new diet, joining a new club, finding the latest fad and relying on my will power to lose weight.

God showed me I was doing it backwards. Instead, put God on the throne. Bow to what He wants.  Give up your strong willpower that's causing you to fail.

Read God's Word, pray, and meditate daily. That's the source of positive power.

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2. God gives the desire for you to lose weight.

When our desires runs contrary to what God wants for us, God can rekindle the want-to. In Mark 9, a man brought his demon-possessed son to be healed. This seemed like an impossible situation. Even the disciples could not help them. Only Jesus. The father said to Jesus, "I believe. Help Thou my unbelief."

Have you ever prayed for desire? for more belief? for greater trust. Even the faith to be saved comes as a gift from God. Jesus said that even a small amount (the size of a mustard seed) allows us to move a mountain.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God   Ephesians 2:8

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
                                                                                  Matthew 17:20


A mustard-size portion of faith can move a mountain of weight

It took me two and a half years to lose ninety-five pounds. Later, I lost another five.  I prayed like Jesus prayed.

Not my will, but Thine be done. Luke 22:42


For more information on why we succumb to overeating, go to http://www.janetkbrown.com/2016/01/12-reasons-we-succumb-to-overeating.html



3. God gives the wisdom for us to lose weight.


When I was losing weight, God ordered my steps. He provided insight into how to handle difficult eating situations. We eat out 2-3 times a week, more when we're out of town. God taught me the value of sharing a meal, bringing half home, or ordering an appetizer instead of an entrée.

For more information on dining out while you lose weight, check out http://www.janetkbrown.com/2015/11/10-tips-for-dining-out-during-weight.html


I tried new vegetables and prayed to find ways to eat them. God would guide me to a book, an encouraging word, or a recipe that helped.


Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”                                                                 Corrie ten Boom

God made your body. He will direct you to the answer day by day.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
                                                              Proverbs 3:5-6



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Today I live an active life. I'm healthier than I was twenty years ago. With God, there is hope. I'm living proof.









Contact me if I can give you any other ideas or helps. God has done so much for me. I long to give back.

Only through God. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

12 Tools for Weight Loss

1.     Pray before each meal. God has the power over our eating when we don't. 

Our back yard rose bush gives big, beautiful blooms.


2.     Drink a glass of water when you’re hungry. Dehydration often masks as hunger.

3.     Wait twenty minutes to see if the hunger or craving passes.

 

     

Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

                                   Psalm 27:14

 

4.     Leave the kitchen. Do a new activity. Read a devotion from Divine Dining.


5.     Be prepared with acceptable snacks if it’s not mealtime.

6.     Be prepared for meals by keeping a grocery list and planning meals.

7.     If you’re going to a restaurant, google options and make your selection before looking at the menu.

8.     Call a friend or accountability partner when you're craving something you'd rather leave alone.

9.     Concentrate on family and friends instead of food during meals.

10.Try new recipes. Explore new vegetables and fruits.

11.Go for a walk at a new place. Try a new exercise. Ask a friend to go with you.

12.Finish something that you’ve been putting off. The lift in your attitude will diminish your hunger.

 
Do you have another tool?
 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

How Important is Honesty to Deliverance from Addictions?

     This morning, our local Christian station played a song about honesty. The lyrics tell us honesty brings freedom and joy. Wow, is that ever true.

 
Honesty is imperative to follow Christ’s will in weight loss, or deliverance from any addiction, obsession, or hang up. A thorough, honest inventory exposes wounds and rips open scars where God’s touch can rub in salve.

 
 
And how can we be sure that we belong to him? By looking within ourselves; are we really trying to do what he wants us to?

Someone may say, "I am a Christian; I am on my way to heaven; I belong to Christ.” But if he doesn’t do what Christ tells him to, he is a liar.

                                      1 John 2:7,8


Ouch! A liar?


If you’re not honest about everything, it’s the same as not being honest about anything. There’s no such thing as being partially honest, anymore than there’s such a thing as being a little pregnant.


Sneaky sins creep into our life; a bit of resentment, a smattering of anger, a tad of envy, a small disobedience. We think it’s not big enough to worry about. We should keep going to church and confessing Christ, and deny bad thoughts.
 

My husband says, “I’d admit my faults if I had any.” He’s joking, of course, but many of us live our Christian life as if we were saying that to the world, all the time while we’re stuffing stinking thinking into our mouth with a plateful of goodies.
 

I can’t fix myself, but God can fix me. He died to save my sins. I’m perfect in Him. My part is surrender.

 

“The first time I shared my story with others, I died to myself. I felt like God needed me to tell it, and after I did, I was overwhelmed by the needs of those around me.”

                 Food for the Hungry Heart
                           By Cynthia Rowland McClure

 

I found that to be true. When I was honest with others, they no longer feared opening up about their own struggles. After we do a thorough inventory, we must bring it first to God, and then to at least one other person. In honesty comes healing. I recommend following the twelve steps of Overeaters Anonymous. (See my page to the right for all 12 steps).

 
Do you need to start today? Here’s the first four steps:

 
1.     Admit you are powerless over ________

2.     Admit that God can overcome your __________

3.     Turn your will and your problem over to God.

4.     Begin a thorough, honest inventory of your life.

 
No, I don’t like being called a liar, but I was. I hid anger, resentment, envy, and despair. I worried that if people knew what I was really like, they wouldn’t like me, anymore.

 
But, God already knew.
 

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.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

12 Weapons against Post Thanksgiving Eating Blues

So, you ate everything in sight on Thanksgiving Day and grazed on all the leftovers yesterday? Don't spend next week in a pity party. Today, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, follow these 12 simple rules to ditch the I-ate-it-all blues.

1. Declare today as the day of new beginnings. Thanksgiving is over, and there's lots of good healthy eating days ahead. Change your mindset now even with pecan pie still on the counter.

2. Begin your day with prayer and meditation.

3. Clean out all the leftover temptations.

     a. If you can handle it, leave it for your skinny soulmate or your children with a high metabolism.
     b. If the temptation is too great, get rid of it.
           Take it to a shut-in.
           Send it home with family.
           Or, throw it into the trash.
             (No, it's not a sin.)

4. Find a new recipe for a healthy dish and make it tonight.

     a. Search Hungry Girl online.
     b. Find it under Daniel Fast recipes.
     c. Call a friend that has the same problem and ask for one of their recipes.
     d. Comment here with your e-mail, and I'll send you a new recipe.

5. Do something for exercise today. Try something different.

     a. If it's pleasant weather, take a brisk walk in a park or nice neighborhood.
     b. If, like me in Wichita Falls, TX., it's pouring rain and cold, put on a CD you like or set your phone to a favorite song and dance. It doesn't matter if it's pretty. Just move.
     c. How about taking the clothes off the rack that used to be a treadmill or an exercise bike, and go to work?
     d. Invest in a mini-trampoline and jog during a Net Flix show.
     e. Go sign up for that gym you've been thinking about. No, you shouldn't wait until January. Do it now.

6. Call someone or, better yet, go visit someone who's in the hospital, sick at home, or just lonely. Focusing on others reminds us that it's not all about us.

7. Remember again what you are thankful for, and dwell on it.

8. Today, drink eight glasses of water.

9. Today, eat five fruits or vegetables.

10. If you have a weight support group, attend it. If not, join one online.

11. Write out how you feel about what you ate, whether happy or sad.
If there was a family squabble over the holiday, write about that angry scene and tear up what you wrote.

12. Let go and let God. He's got the power. You don't.

God bless you. Let me know if I can be of any help. I've been where you are.