New Weight loss challenge, Day Two- Counting the Cost

Scripture given for the day. Matthew 16:24 If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Ok, so maybe this isn’t going to be so easy. I am to tired to take up a cross, they are heavy.

There are preparations and plans that have to be made. But instead of buying special diet food, cleaning out cabinets that are loaded with junk food, we are traveling on a different road. Suddenly this seems to be getting more interesting.

We are told to think on the fact that there is a difference in the mindset of those who live a healthy life and are thin and those of us who struggle to lose or maintain their weight. The thin, healthy people make distinct and definite choices every day with regard to food, their health, their bodies, exercise and they probably look at life differently in general.

Maybe it is just me, but doesn’t that seem just a tad bit like a struggle and not a whole lot different than what we do every day. I think about what I eat, I think about exercise and my health. I think about, but avoid looking at my body. However, the difference that the founder of the group is trying to get me to see I believe, is that where I think about these things, those people who have achieved a healthy weight actually DO THOSE things.

If getting healthy and losing weight is really what your plan is, you have to do more than give it lip service or put on an outward show (as written about previously). If this is truly your goal, and mine, then we are going to have to make the changes necessary to do it. There is no magic bullet, we have searched and searched and not found it yet. I am quickly coming to the conclusion that it simply doesn’t exist.

Cathie told us to determine what we were willing to sacrifice to achieve our goals. Because at the end of the day, no matter what diet you are on, no matter who you are listening to, are you willing to accept that you, only you are one hundred percent responsible for your success or failure. I think that if we are honest here, we have simply avoided this fact. It can’t be our fault, we think about food every day, plan what we eat, when we eat it and how we eat it. Maybe it is time to step up and take that responsibility, you know, the one where you are responsible for what you eat, how you eat it, where you eat it, how much exercise you get and even how we think about life in general.

She points out the awesome example that the Bible gives us in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11. There are plenty of others also. Gideon, Samson and David, Daniel, Paul, Samuel and all the prophets. Take a look at these examples, they are motivation for what is possible if we only try. If it is going to be successful, the fact is, it is going to be hard work.

This is such a different approach for me however, not so much talking about what to eat or not to eat. Rather, asking if I am looking at the deeper issues of why I gained weight in the first place. Am I underestimating the efforts that are necessary for success? Getting real personal and deep into the. closed off parts of me that no one gets to see, such as do I feel worthy of being my best, am I sabotaging my own efforts? Again, I say, ………………oh……………..wow.

Matthew West says it best, (yes, we were given this also) “There is a way between guilt and grace, they are fighting for a sacred space. And the phrase that I should be looking at more deeply than any other, I AM LIVING PROOF THAT GRACE WINS EVERY TIME. Grace can reach us, it does reach us.

 Hallelujah, be certain that Grace will win every time!!!!

Let’s do this!

Dottie

……………and so I ride

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I have seen many, many posts from people wishing each other a happy, healthy and productive 2015. For some of us 2014 was a year of upheaval and changes and for some 2015 has already promised to bring much of the same. When we see our life heading in a direction that is not so pleasant we tend to gravitate to the “oh poor me” frame of mind. That is when we turn to God but we forget to leave the “oh poor me” attitude behind.
We all know God has a plan for our lives. (Jeremiah 29:11)
What we tend to forget is the road God sometimes chooses for us to travel is often not easy.
Making reliance on God more than lip service in our lives can be a little bit like being thrown against a rocky shoreline by mighty waves……..again and again.
Like we do a thousand other things in our lives, we gravitate to God in ways that are easiest for us. We seek the “feel good” spirituality that is readily available and easy to find. We reason to ourselves that life just sucks therefore we deserve an easy, relaxed and instant road to a relationship with God. We take the easiest route we can find and are surprised when we find ourselves driving the wrong way down a one way street.
Sometimes God wants us to be seekers. Sometimes He throws landmines in our way that we never in a million years expected. When we become seekers on a deep and desperate level we often find truth we didn’t realize we were even looking for.
If God is leading you somewhere, keep traveling for His power will get you there and His grace will meet you there.
If God is leading you somewhere, keep traveling and let His spirit guide you and His hands protect you.
If God is leading you somewhere, keep traveling and let His wisdom, love and mercies sustain you.
If God is leading you somewhere, keep traveling and let His peace calm your fears and His arms dry your tears.
If God is leading you somewhere, walk in faith for there is no where you could go that our mighty God cannot find you.
Dottie
…………………..and so I ride
Will of God