One woman's journey walking with Jesus Christ learning to live abundantly and be balanced in mind, body, soul and spirit. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19 – Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?…
You know the title of my blog post today is what every person says at the beginning of the year. We all have a vision for the new year and many people make resolutions that by the 15th of the month are a thing of the past. Well I am not like every one else so I am declaring my new year, new me mantra today! Well not really, I actually began the year with this idea in mind and it has already been a long 15 days. I started the year with a 21 day Daniel Fast that I am in the midst of now as this will be my 3rd week starting today. I have been vlogging over on YouTube as I feel like this is going to be the year that I am going to push through my insecurities and finally get myself to a place of consistently eating healthy and exercising. The idea is to start the year off by consecrating myself to the Lord with the Daniel Fast and then continue to allow the Lord to guide me in my food choices and my exercise routine. I invite you to come over to YouTube and follow my journey.
Psalm 105:1 NLT says, “Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.” I could fill pages upon pages of testimonies to what the Lord has done in my life. I am convinced that I am alive today only because of His mercy and grace. I’ve done nothing to deserve it and I will forever give Him thanks.
Today has been another day of fatigue for me but I am working on getting back on track with my goals. It is going to take hard work and consistency for me to be successful. I already see one success that I haven’t really paid attention to and that is the fact that I am not giving up. I am not beating myself up for not following through on my goals which is huge for me. I used to be awful to myself. It really doesn’t help nor is it any kind of motivator. Proverbs 24:16a NLT says, “The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.” I may trip or I may fall but I will get back up and keep walking in this journey. I just give thanks to the Lord for teaching me every step of the way.
There was a time when I didn’t have many friends. I remember praying for friends, praying for women that would speak into my life and women that I could hang out with, go to dinner or a movie or just sit and chat for hours. I am so thankful that the Lord answered my prayer above and beyond what I could ever imagine. This has been a week that I have truly been thankful for praying friends. I know they are praying for me, I feel it.
Today has been another day where I just haven’t had any energy so I slept all day. I got up early, did some studying and then laid on my couch to listen to a book and the next thing I knew it was 6 hours later. So much for my day! That’s kind of how my weekends have been lately. Lots of sleeping but this week has been the worst. I think I may have slept more hours than I’ve been awake. Well at least it feels that way.
So a friend invited me to dinner (where we ate breakfast haha) and while we were waiting on the waitress to take our order I was yawning. My friend asked me how I could possibly be yawning when I slept all day. I told her that I could go back to sleep right then and be happy. Then we got into a conversation about my health, my medications, my eating habits, etc. She suggested that maybe I should go see my doctor because maybe this fatigue I’ve been having is due to my medication or has a medical reason. Duh! I had not even considered that! My blood sugar has been lower than it has been in 10 years. I am a diabetic who was quite non-compliant for a long time, I hate to admit that but its the truth. Monday I will be making an appointment with my doctor and see what she says. Sometimes you just need a friend to point out the things that you don’t even think about.
Today started like a typical Monday. I read my Bible, prayed and then had a conversation with my accountability partner. Shortly thereafter I got some news that caused an initial panic in me but quickly turned around as I had already been prepared with my morning Bible reading.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7 ESV
I was talking to my daughter when I got the news and relayed it to my daughter who said, “What are you going to do?”. My response was quick as I shouted, “Thank You Jesus”, then proceeded to read the above verse to her. I share this with you today because for me this is something to be thankful for as I am not always so calm when it comes to stressful situations. My daughter noticed the difference in me right away. I noticed it right away as well. The Lord has been teaching me so much this year so if this was a test, I think I may have passed it. Although the true test will be in maintaining my peace and trust in the Lord.
Another thing to be thankful for is that I managed to follow the majority of my goals today. I ate 3 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit and drank my 4 liters of water. While I did not do any exercise today, I am perfectly content with that as I will use today as a rest day. I also ate something sweet today so I will be sure not to eat any desserts or sweets again until next week.
Overall today was a great day to be thankful in all things, good things, unexpected things, yes…all things. I am looking forward to seeing what tomorrow will bring. I am trusting my unknown future to my known God and I know He is in charge of it all!
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7 ESV
Today’s blog is the result of a post I made in an accountability group I am involved in on Facebook. I believe that it is good for you to read as well since I have a suspicion that if you are reading my blog today that you may be on your own journey to health and wellness. So the following is for you too!
“For the land that you are entering to take possession of it is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and irrigated it, like a garden of vegetables. But the land that you are going over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water by the rain from heaven, a land that the Lord your God cares for. The eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.” Deuteronomy 11:10-12 ESV
I believe we can pull application from these verses for our journey to healthy living. Some of us are literally entering new territory, our journey is beginning and we have come from places of bondage and defeat. “But the land that you are going over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water by the rain from heaven, a land that the Lord your God cares for.” Can you see what that looks like for you today?
There is a land of hills and valleys ahead which means that we will have our ups and downs, we will have our days of victory and our days of weakness but what does it say? The Lord your God cares! Oh hallelujah! Can you sense the joy in the journey?
The next verse says “The eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.” Oh sisters our God is watching over our journey. He is watching over the land we are entering into not just today but from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.
We are set up for success! We just have to allow the Lord to guide our footsteps and keep our eyes fixed and focused on Jesus! We cannot look back to our own personal Egypt because there’s no room for us there anymore. When things get hard while moving forward push through! Push through! Why? Because we are not to go back to the land of defeat and bondage. Amen?
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.””
John 13:34-35 ESV
I’m just going to be real with you today. I was charged and completely motivated yesterday and this morning I felt like a deflated balloon. I sent a message to one of my accountability sisters and we chatted back and forth and and she really encouraged me. This really was an example of the scripture above. She displayed love to me. It’s so refreshing when you have someone who will just shower you with love and encouragement when the enemy starts whispering lies in your ear. Then I turned around and it was like the floodgates of heaven opened up! I was receiving encouragement from everywhere. Posts from my TimeHop app, posts on Facebook, Twitter, broadcasts on Periscope, a chapter in the book I’m reading, etc. It was like God was saying “See my daughter, I have many ways to display my love to you. Don’t be discouraged and don’t be afraid, I am with you wherever you go.”
I’m so thankful for this day. It started off late, stressed, discouraged and fearful but it’s ending with peace, hope, love, joy and encouragement. Is everything perfect? Nope. Oh but it’s so refreshing to be a part of the family – the body of Christ. This is a process and a journey that takes putting one foot in front of the other. I am so glad that I have sisters to walk with me on this journey.
This blog is the result of a post I made in an accountability group I am involved in on Facebook. I started with something completely different in mind to share and as I wrote I felt compelled to share it here in my blog as well. My good friend runs the group and she appointed me to do the daily posts on water accountability. As I have done this each day the Lord has given me great lessons from His Word about water, thirst, hunger, accountability, faith and perseverance. I’m thankful that I’m connected with a group of Christ followers who desire to honor God with our bodies by pursuing good health. I’m thankful to be at a place in my life where I’m being intentional once again. I’m still in the baby steps phase and that’s ok. Here’s what I shared with the group today.
Sunday August 16, 2015 water accountability.
I am so thankful to be home. I’m ready to be intentional about not just drinking water but what I eat as well. I was thinking about how a baby learns to walk and it will take a while for that baby to get up and walk alone. It will take a process of pulling up with her arms, rocking on her knees and pushing her body up with her feet even as she’s being held by her momma. She will roll and scoot and rock herself until one day she’s crawling and then she’s taking a few steps holding her momma’s hand and a few steps holding on to the couch or a crib. Finally one day with her parents encouragement she will take the first step by herself. What an accomplishment it will be! Then before you know it she will be running and jumping and hopping everywhere. But she will not come to that place before she falls a few times and gets back up.
The key is getting back up, once, twice, three times and then every time. It takes determination, it takes perseverance and it also takes faith. This is the process for life and for this health journey that we are on. I’m still back here pulling myself up, rocking on my knees and pushing my body up with my feet. But I see the Lord’s hand reaching out for me saying “come on, you can do it”. I’ve fallen so many times yet here I stand ready to get back up again and again and again until I’m running the race set before me with the prize waiting of Jesus words saying “well done, thou good and faithful servant”.
Our God is so practical as we see things in the natural become lessons in the spirit. I had something entirely different to say today but I believe I’m not the only one who needed to hear this and if I am that’s ok too.
Father God I declare today that I am on a journey with you. My goal is to be healthy and fit for my Kingdom assignment. Lord God when I begin to slip and fall I pray Holy Spirit that you would help me to get back up as many times as it takes to be able to walk in victory. Teach us all in this group to be humble, transparent and encouraging with one another as we partner with you to bring us to a place of health and fitness. Lord Jesus we love you and we honor you today because it’s all about you. May we glorify you with our bodies today, in Jesus name. Amen.