10 4 / 2014
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“But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’ ‘Lord if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’ ‘Come’, he said.” - Matthew 14:27-29
If you are unfamiliar with the story of Jesus walking on the water or if you simply forgot the details, let’s do a quick recap of this powerful story… The disciples are in a boat being tossed to and fro from a storm…they are without Jesus, since he was away praying… Jesus sees them and decides to walk out on the water to them…immediately they think he’s a ghost and are afraid (interesting that they’ve spent all this time in close companionship with him, but even they don’t recognize him when he’s standing right in front of them…more on this later ;-) )…then Peter decides to call out to him, asking Jesus to invite him on the water….of course Jesus does…initially Peter steps out and starts walking on the water (yes, he actually STARTS WALKING ON THE WATER) and then he is afraid of the wind and starts to sink (when Peter starts to flail, we can only assume he must have skipped those swimming lessons when he was a kid ;-) )…Jesus, of course, saves him but you can tell he’s just a little disappointed in Peter when He says “You of little faith…why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31).
It’s easy to read this story as just a story…it’s easy to sit back and be like “What were Peter and the disciples thinking?! They literally had Jesus standing right in front of them but they were still afraid?? They still had DOUBTS?! They must have crazy right??” Hmmm…I guess that makes us crazy too. If we are believers, we have the same Jesus standing in front of us every single day…assuring us that, yes he’s right there with us…most of us even claim to be in close companionship with him, like the disciples did, yet we don’t recognize him when he’s walking right toward us.
Maybe we let the elements of the world distract us and instill fear in our hearts…our judgment gets clouded. Then we get stuck in this never-ending pattern of fear, never even stepping out to “test the waters”, but staying in our little boat.
Or maybe some of us are even “brave” like Peter and ask Jesus to invite us out on the water…and we actually start walking on the water, but the fears of the world and distractions from the enemy cause us to start to doubt, sink and flail about like Peter did.
Whichever camp you fall into…whether you’re stuck in the boat or whether you’re flailing in the water…I have a simple message for you today: you don’t have to stay where you are. Our Savior Jesus sacrificed too stinkin’ much for us to just sit around or flail about, letting fear hold us back.
I am in a transitional phase in my life. Trusting in the Lord every day for every step I take is literally the only option I have right now and I’m so completely thrilled about it! But I remember a time in my life when I wasn’t so trusting….a time when I just held onto all my pain and almost let it destroy me…
When I was at my sickest with an eating disorder, I remember feeling that I would never ever get out of it… I remember thinking “I would sooner die than ever let myself eat like a normal person or gain a pound of weight ever again”… I was crippled by the fear of not ever being good enough, skinny enough, and of always feeling like I would be way too much. For me, my road to healthy was not something that just came naturally or easily… no sir-ee, not at all. But, my turning point came the day I cried out to the Lord and said, “I can’t do this in my own strength anymore…I surrender to You”. That day was literally my decision between life and death and the real me was still deep down inside saying “I want to live! Choose life!” And I did… That choice also meant that I had to choose to step out on the water and trust God with my eating habits, my body image issues, and really just my very life too. That’s when I needed Jesus to reach out his hand to me and say, “Come”. And that’s exactly what he did!
Recovery has been a process. I have had times of doubt where I have started to sink and flail, just like Peter did. Even when I outwardly appear to be healthy, that eating disorder storm could still be raging inside me, but I’m happy to say that the more I step out and trust Jesus with my life, the easier and easier it is to find that strength in faith to do it. Building your faith muscles is similar to building your physical muscles. It takes time, repetition, and perseverance! But, you and I can do it!
So no matter what storm you are in right now, what decisions you need to make for your life, or even whether you are needing to make a choice between life and death, you need to hear me when I tell you this: Jesus is standing RIGHT THERE in front of you! He’s standing there with eyes of compassion, reaching out his big strong hands saying ‘Come’. If you accept that simple, powerful invitation and keep your eyes focused on him rather than on the wind and the storm raging all around you, honey, your life is going to change and change for the better!!
So step out today, flex those faith muscles, don’t let fear distract you, trust that the Lord’s got you and experience what life walking on the water can be like! God has a powerful plan for YOU!!!
Wishing you blessings, health, and lots of love!
24 3 / 2014
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“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk with them.” - Ephesians 2:10
I have had many times in my life where I wished I was anyone else other than who I was. I dreamed of being someone who was more beautiful… skinnier… more courageous… more decisive… less difficult… less complex…less afraid all the time… Honestly I grew up really hating who I was. And I’m going to be super honest with you, self-hatred is something I struggle with even to this day… and you probably are struggling with it too without even really recognizing it… It can come in the form of comparing yourself with someone else…staring at every inch of fat in the mirror and judging yourself for it…or it can even come in the form of saying something negative about yourself out loud or in your head…”I really need to lose weight before I can do this or that…” “Man I wish I was smarter than I am…” “So and so is so perfect, I was I was more like her…” Self-hatred is sneaky… And Satan uses it to keep us stuck in our current situation and to keep us from fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives.
A couple of years ago, God really laid this concept of “loving yourself” on my heart, thus the title of my blog “Loving Yourself Healthy”. Sometimes I have to remind myself what it means and I want to share my own little “self-reminder” with all of you today. First, I want to start with some questions that I ask myself often and I want to ask you too today… Are you aware of how much your Father God loves you?? Like really… Have you ever just really really let that sink in?? Do you know how much He hurts when He sees that you are hurting?? Do you know how much it pains Him when He sees that you mistreat yourself or even hate yourself??
The song, “His Eye is on the Sparrow” comes to mind when I think of this…”His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me…” Have you ever seen a sparrow? I’m no bird expert, but I can guess that a sparrow has to be one of the teeniest birds on the planet… They are so very small, but even they are God’s workmanship, like it says in our verse in Ephesians today… Some may pass them off as insignificant, but God cares so deeply about them…His eye is constantly on them, watching them, loving them, feeling their pain, and wanting the best for them. God has so much care and concern for the tiny sparrow… Can you even comprehend how much care and love He has for you?!
Our Father God wants to see us flourish and abound in His love…He wants to see us loving ourselves so we can live a life that gives love to others. In fact, God puts such an emphasis on loving yourself that He even commands us to do so in His Word. “And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) To love your neighbor as yourself means that you have to actually know how to love yourself in order to love your neighbor. If you have no capacity of love for yourself, how would you even have a margin for truly loving someone else?
Someone who “loves themselves healthy” does not deprive their bodies of good nutrition, but gives their body what it needs… they don’t overindulge, but know how to live life in moderation… they don’t criticize the beautiful body that God gave them, but they celebrate their own uniqueness and embrace every glorious part of their body that they were given, even what some might call the “imperfections”.
So if you have ever hated yourself or wished you were someone else or wished that you were somehow different…I’m here to empathize with you because, trust me, I’ve been there more times than I’m willing to admit. But, I’m also here to tell you that it’s not okay. It’s not okay that we settle for living a life where we are constantly unsatisfied with ourselves. It hurts our Father God so so SO much to see us living that way because He is our Creator. It’s kind of like looking at a magnificent piece of art then walking up to the artist and telling them that their creation is hideous, disgusting, and that they should change it. We are all God’s workmanship…His special pieces of art…and we are all beautifully created for a unique and specific purpose.
So celebrate your uniqueness today…celebrate that YOU ARE NOT like someone else but that God created you for your own specific calling…if we all strive to do this every single day, then we are on the right track to “loving ourselves healthy.
Wishing you blessings, good health, and lots of love!
19 2 / 2014
“See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” – Matthew 18:10
To say it’s been a long time since I’ve written in this blog would be a serious understatement! Why haven’t I you ask? It’s difficult to say just one reason…I could say just the typical, “Oh I’ve been busy” which I have been (I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Food and Nutrition in Business, I basically lived in Texas for a period of time to help my sister with my new baby niece-what a cutie!, and I have started my career by now teaching kid’s cooking classes!), but maybe the real reason is because sometimes it’s difficult to be vulnerable…writing in this blog is the first time I revealed my story and my battle with an eating disorder in a place where literally anyone could read it…and that’s scary! No it’s actually terrifying! But, I’m so happy to say that I’ve made a lot of growth as a person in the last couple years and I have a lot to share with all of you!
The biggest thing that has spurred this sudden re-entering the world of Loving Yourself Healthy is a book that I have been reading called “Table in the Darkness” by Lee Wolfe Blum. It is the story of a woman who grew up in a very dysfunctional family and battled an eating disorder, depression, and struggled in her relationship with God. It’s difficult to explain just how good this book is so I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something truly inspirational to read right now!
As I’m sure is pretty obvious, this book reminded me of my own battle with an eating disorder. It took me back to those places of pain and it made me confront a lot of things I was still holding on to. One thing it made me think of is the innocence of a child and what happens to that innocence when a child grows up. I think of my niece Briley. She is quite literally brand new to this world (just turned 6 months old). Although she is very aware and an extremely smart baby, there is not a whole lot that she understands quite yet. I believe she knows that she has parents who love her and take care of her, but she doesn’t understand every single word that they say to her yet. Yes, she is learning, but within this next year or two of life a big change will happen. Words will impact her in a new way. Things that we all say to her will shape her world and will start making changes to her heart. Because she has godly parents, she will understand the love that God has for her. But, she will also understand pain and what “mean words” are. But, for right now, Briley is the perfect image of innocence. Her view of the world and of herself hasn’t been at all changed or tainted by what others say to her. Then, I think of the kids in my cooking class (their ages range from 6 to about 11). Though they have a significant difference in their ages, they all now at this point in their lives have somewhat of an understanding of how the world works. They understand most vocabulary. Words like “ugly”, “fat”, “stupid”, and “skinny” impact their lives because they have knowledge of what those words mean. They are still the pictures of innocence but their worlds have been slightly tainted because they have an understanding of words, whether they are negative or positive. Sadly, I’m sure a lot of them have experienced what real pain is because of the people who shape their self-images…their parents.
Let’s face it… a lot of us have experienced pain, suffering, and heartbreak because of the people in our lives who are supposed to love us the most. As you’ll see in the book, that is where a lot of Lee’s problems started. She was raised by imperfect people who dumped all of their crap (sorry to use this term, but let’s just be real) onto her and then she had to deal with all the pain and suffering of their decisions. Unfortunately, since there is no such thing as a perfect person, we are all raised by imperfect people! Big shocker huh? Our parents had parents who caused them pain, which caused them to parent us imperfectly. Somewhere along the way, we lost our childlike innocence because that pain impacted our lives. It made us feel that we were less than, unworthy, and maybe even not good enough. But, want to know something really awesome? We have a Father God who IS PERFECT!!! He sees us as we are AND sees what we can be. He has full knowledge that you are beautiful, that you are smart, that you are wanted, and that you have amazing potential! He cherishes you!!!
Regardless of the kind of parents you grew up with, whether they were crazy dysfunctional or whether they did their very best despite their imperfections or whether maybe you did not even have any parents at all, we all need to hear that we are valued. So I am here today to tell you that you are! My prayer for you and for me is that we can go back to that place of innocence and believe all of the truths that God is speaking to our hearts. Quiet the noise around you and listen….your Father God wants to tell you how awesome and amazing you are!!
Much love and blessings!!
12 8 / 2012
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
What image does the word bondage evoke in your mind? …shackles around someone’s hands…chains around their ankles…locks…prison bars holding someone in a cell for an extended period of time… These are images of physical bonds that keep a person captive. But did you know that we can experience spiritual bondage as well?…inner bondage…a bondage that only we ourselves can feel and experience within…one that others can’t see on us…
This bondage comes in many forms but I think the most common form is addiction…The dictionary defines addiction as “the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma”. Interesting that even the dictionary uses the word enslaved to define it.
Can we become addicted to the idea of being skinny just as much as we can get addicted to food, drugs, alcohol, or (you fill in the blank)?…Can we become so obsessed with the idea of “being skinny” or “being in good shape” that we lose sight of our purpose?
In my own journey of health, I know how much bondage I have felt from food, eating healthy, not eating healthy, never being satisfied with who I am…the list goes on and on…this bondage has been so frustrating and has caused me anger and sadness for much of my life.
Does anyone get what I’m talking about? That this state of dissatisfaction with the person God created us to be can become a form of bondage and can steer you off course from your ultimate purpose: to praise and worship the Lord, and glorify Him through your body.
Are you praising the Lord when you go on restrictive diets to improve your vanity? Are you worshiping him when exercise is the only thing on your mind every minute of every day? Are you glorifying him when you binge on all the “bad” foods you haven’t let yourself eat?? In all of those cases, we allow food, exercise, or “healthy eating” rule and reign in our lives rather than acknowledging the power of the One who loves us so much and would rather us live in freedom.
Doesn’t freedom sound so much better?
Now what kind of images come to mind when you think of freedom? Personally, I think of running through a gorgeous sprawling meadow with the sun beaming down, kissing my cheeks with its rays… I think of wide-open spaces without a cloud in sight….but, most of all, I think of peace…
When we feel free, we feel peace…we can break off those chains of bondage and finally come to a place of being satisfied with who we are!!
That’s the place we want to be right? That’s where true freedom lies…
So allow the Lord to help you get there! Ask Him to speak to your heart. Allow Him to show you how worthy you are of that freedom. After all, it is for FREEDOM that He has set us FREE!
Here’s my prayer for us today:
Thank you for these wonderful bodies you have given us. Help us break the bondage that vanity and poor self-image have over our lives. And help us come to a place of inner-peace and satisfaction so that we can carry out Your work, Lord. Love you!
In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Much love and blessings!!
24 7 / 2012
“Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?” – James 3: 10-11
In the past few weeks, I have noticed an uprising in the spirit of the importance of taming the tongue. There are 3 pastors I can think of specifically that have addressed this issue in their sermons. Over and over, I keep hearing the same thing, “Watch your words…they will guide the course of your life…they will bless your life or curse it…”
I think we all know this as truth, but do we really think about the impact that words have on our lives? James is saying that we have the ability to bless or curse our lives simply by what we say.
Now what impact do you think our words have on our health?? If you think they don’t have any impact on your health every single day…I’m sorry to burst your bubble but, that ain’t right! Our words can literally make or break our health…our words set the course of positivity or negativity in our bodies.
I remember when my sister was in high school, she had to do a science project that involved feeding negative words and positive words to plants. To one plant, she would say positive affirmations every day…”You’re beautiful”…”You’re perfect”…”I love you”…to the other plant, negative words…”You’re ugly”….”I hate you”…”No one likes you”…watching her do this project seemed a bit pointless to me at the time… I honestly didn’t think that the words would make much difference…
But, you want to know what happened? The plants felt the effects of the words spoken to them and were physically changed by the words. The plant that received the positive affirmations looked beautiful and strong…it stood tall and was the most beautiful shade of green…the other plant looked so very sad compared…it drooped and just kind of hung there…it was not as beautiful and vibrant as the other plant…
Do you see where I’m going with this? If words can do that to a plant…a living thing with no soul or spirit…what do you think they do to us?
If you are constantly saying to yourself…whether out loud or in your mind…”You’re too over-weight” “You’re not good enough” “You’re ugly” “You aren’t as skinny as so and so” or other negative thoughts or feelings…those words are affecting you…whether you like it or not, they are…do you ever feel good after saying something like that to yourself? I’m going to guess that you’re shaking you’re head “no” right now…You’re body doesn’t feel good either and I promise you that your words absolutely change your physical body because they have a huge impact on your heart and your spirit.
I wonder what would happen if we started just saying positive things about ourselves and our bodies…don’t you think that would make us actually feel good about ourselves?? I bet you it would!!
So today…together…let’s choose to speak about ourselves in the way that God sees us…”You’re beautiful” “You ARE good enough” “You’re perfect in your individuality” “You deserve to be celebrated”…Maybe even look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself these things!! It might feel odd at first, but it’s worth it! Then just wait and see the impact it has on your heart and on your body. I promise you this…you will see the beauty that comes with speaking God’s truth (which is the only truth) over yourself….You won’t be disappointed in the results. ;-)
Much love and blessings to you all!!
06 7 / 2012
“Learn to do right! Seek justice; encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17
“But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15
Have you ever seen those people who are just completely at peace with themselves? Those that aren’t phased by criticism or gossip and who literally radiate humility, love, and confidence? Those people who are just plain healthy…in there body, in their mind, and in their heart…I have had the honor of coming across a few of these people in my life and their lives have had a lasting impact on mine….I would call these kind of people truly beautiful because beauty radiates from the inside out of them. I would call them truly healthy because they have realized that inner health must be resolved before outer health can come to fruition.
But above all and most importantly, I would call them compassionate. When they communicate with others…when they listen to others…how they help others and even just how they exist day to day all just overflow with compassion.
It might sound a little off-base to this blog’s purpose, but I believe that the most important ingredient to a healthy life is compassion…as love is the resounding theme in this healthy-living blog, compassion is just love in action…it is love that actually makes a difference…love in the process of being selfless, courageous, and effective. This is love that brings healing to others but also to you.
Something my mom always says is, “When you’re feeling depressed, stressed, or just plain down, get out of yourself and go help somebody else!” And she’s absolutely right! Compassion and selflessness are the cures for whatever ails you…when you’re focusing on someone else’s wellbeing instead of just your own, do you really think you’re going to be solely focused on your negative body image, those last 5 pounds you can’t lose, or the sugar addiction you are trying to get rid of? I guarantee that you won’t!
Think about it this way…a person full of angst, bitterness, hatred, selfishness, stress, etc., is literally creating a toxic environment in their body and in the bodies of those around them…that’s not only spiritually true but it’s physically true as well…staying focused on just yourself and your own problems will only create bigger health problems for your body and your mind…
So make the decision today…no matter what is going on in your life…no matter what stressful or depressing situation that you are facing…to be compassionate…call a friend and pray for them…open the door for a stranger…apologize even when you really don’t want to…lay down your pride and tell that family member that you love them…then just wait and see how much better you feel! Your health will be blessed as you reach out to bless others!! ;-)
Much love and blessings to you all!
13 6 / 2012
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
Every time I see this Scripture verse, I can’t help but burst out in that joyous hymn: “This is the day. This is the day. That the Lord has made. That the Lord has made. I will rejoice. I will rejoice. And be glad in it. And be glad in it.”
It’s so easy and fun to sing…but when you really think about what it’s saying, it’s not always easy to actually do. Rejoice in today…be glad in it…I believe this verse is telling us to live in the moment right now…to today decide to be happy and decide to rejoice.
Easier said than done right?
Well it doesn’t have to be. I am discovering that one of the most important parts of living in the moment, of being happy every day is simply this: don’t wait until tomorrow to do what will make you happy today.
I believe this especially (ESPECIALLY) applies to health. It’s so easy to put your health off…”Oh tomorrow I’ll start exercising…I’m too tired today”…”Tomorrow I’ll stop bingeing and purging…I need to look really skinny in that dress tonight”…”Tomorrow I’ll stop burying my emotions in too much food…I had a really rough day”…”Tomorrow I’ll eat more vegetables” “Tomorrow I’ll stop smoking” “Tomorrow I’ll stop speaking so badly about myself and my body…I really looked bad in those jeans so I deserved it…” Tomorrow…Tomorrow…TOMORROW…
The thing I’ve noticed about tomorrow is that most of the time it never comes. If you put off goals or changes until tomorrow, it’s really another way of saying that you are putting it off indefinitely. Because if you can’t make that change today…why would it be any easier to make it tomorrow?
The best way to make a change is to start today…start small, don’t overwhelm yourself…every small change that you make will have a definite impact and is a step in the right direction. ;-)
Here’s my prayer for us today:
Thank you for these beautiful bodies that you have given us. Please help us accomplish our goals and make healthy choices for them every single day. Forgive us for being afraid of change. Thank you for being with us every step of our journey to health! Love you Lord!
In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Much love and blessings to you all!!
06 6 / 2012
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;” Psalm 103:11
When we were little kids, there were people in our lives that we looked up to…whether it was our moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, family friends, etc….little girls wanted these people to approve their femininity…to tell them they were pretty, they were cute, they had perfect bodies…little boys wanted these people to approve their masculinity…to tell them they were strong, they were handsome, they were “buff”…because when you are young, these people’s opinions seem to be the only opinion that matters…
But, what if you grew up with negative opinions about yourself?…what if some of these people you looked up to were harsh critics and made you question yourself from a young age??
I grew up with one particularly harsh critic in my life…I’m not going to say who it was because I’m not here to bash anyone or judge anyone in this blog…what I will say is that this person’s opinion really mattered a lot to me.
To them I was never called beautiful but instead “unique looking”… I was never called thin or perfect but instead “muscular” or that I “could stand to lose a few pounds”…although these were not blatant insults, as a little girl who took everything that people said to me to heart, it hurt me to the very core of who I am…
I realized recently that I’ve carried around the burden of this pain for my whole life…I had chosen to believe these lies that told me I wasn’t good enough…and choosing to believe that has drastically affected my health and my heart. As you have seen by my struggle with being overweight, underweight, being addicted to food, not eating enough food, and on and on…
So I made a new decision…to reject the lies… because anything that anyone has ever told you about yourself that makes you feel: beaten down, not good enough, even stupid or inadequate…those are all LIES.
When you feel all those lies…when you start to even believe them about yourself a little bit, you lose your sense of self…and when that happens your mind and your body are completely out of balance.
I truly believe that THE most important first step we can take on the true journey of health is to reclaim our sense of self… To reject the lies that those we looked up to, our family, our friends, our enemies, or even the media has led us to believe about ourselves and to receive the truth, which is: we are good enough, we are beautiful, we are perfect in His sight, we are capable of living in health, we are worthy of feeling confidence and we do not have to put up with being beaten down by other people’s pain.
Because honestly, that’s why people do that…they have pain so they project on to you…maybe because they don’t know any better. But, my friends, you don’t have to receive that pain…sometimes the best thing to do is distance yourself from that person and pray for them until you feel that they can find the strength in themselves to not project their insecurities on to you. Because you deserve better…you deserve to not be hindered at all in your journey to health…you deserve to live your life to it’s fullest and feel that self-confidence every day.
And most importantly…you are worthy of feeling loved and worthy of loving yourself…just as our verse says today…God’s love for us is GREAT…far beyond and bigger than any love that we could ever hope or dream of…and He wants this love to radiate in our lives…in how we love others and how we love ourselves.
Remember dear ones…you ARE good enough…you ARE loved…you ARE worth more than you can even imagine. Now it’s just time to start treating yourself that way…release the pain and reject the lies.
Here’s my prayer for us today:
Thank you for these beautiful bodies you have given us. Please forgive us for believing the lies that other people have said about us that tear us down. Renew our minds and renew our strength to reject these lies and receive the truth that You have said about us. Love you Lord!
In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Much love and blessings to you all!!
02 6 / 2012
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” –Matthew 11:28
Have you ever experienced such exhaustion…such weariness from a certain thing in your life that you have just wanted to throw your hands up in the air and say, “I give UP!” ???
It could be about anything…from choosing a career…to going through school…to dealing with the challenges of growing kids…to finding a good relationship…you get what I’m saying…
In my life personally, I have gone through this with my journey to find true health. As I’ve already told you…I’ve been on so many deprivation diets and done all the weight loss fads and have ended up frustrated and confused every SINGLE TIME. Sometimes it has felt like a roller coaster…up and down and up and down…until I’m so sick and tired that I end up just completely “falling off the wagon”.
I remember after one particularly awful diet plan (it’s limit was like 1,000 to 1,200 calories a day and pretty much ZERO carbohydrates or fats…crazy right?)…I really fell off the wagon…the last day of the diet was about a week or so after Easter last year and I was waiting to crack into some Easter candy I had stashed…boy, did I crack into it! ALL OF IT!! The truth is I scarfed down at least half of that candy that day (and in turn got a great big stomach ache :-/ ).
Since I had been SO deprived on that diet, I had no concept of slowly incorporating those kinds of foods back in my life…so after that diet I gained all the weight back that I lost…every single ounce…
After this frustrating and exhausting weight loss venture I literally threw my hands up in the air and said, “I give UP!!”
Because what is the point, really? What is the point of being completely miserable to lose a couple pounds and then eventually just put them back on??
On my new journey to health, I’ve realized that if I don’t allow myself to have at least a little bit of the food that I love (like chocolate or french fries), then I am one miserable person! Why do you think skinny and emaciated models look so angry all the time?! They never let themselves have chocolate!!! ;-)
But bottom line ya’ll, before you can experience true health, you HAVE to find true rest…just like our verse says today…
God is commanding us to rest…stop being so burdened all the time and find peace in Him! Stop letting diet fads and weight loss trends run your life…instead write your own story of health and find your place of rest in that.
I truly believe…to the very core of who I am…that you will not find true health until you come to a place of peace within yourself…until you come to a place of true self-acceptance and true self-love and grow from there…
Diet is a four letter word that should NOT be in your vocabulary…just the very word can strike images of a food plan that consists of only celery sticks and kale salad…which are great foods but shouldn’t be the only thing someone eats…that’s just unrealistic!! And it’s enough to really psyche a person out…
Don’t let yourself get to that point! Don’t let yourself get psyched out! Food is not the enemy…it’s what we do with it that can be bad…
Today, before you do anything about your health…choose to strive for peace, to strive for rest and I promise you, true health will be right around the corner. ;-)
Here is my simple prayer for us today:
Thank you for these wonderful bodies that you have given us. Forgive us for choosing chaos and unrest in our health. Please help us find that place of peace and rest in You! Love you Lord!!
In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Much love and blessings to you all!!
27 5 / 2012
“A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.” Proverbs 11:1
Have you ever stopped to notice the gorgeous colors that exist in food?? That bright red pop of a red bell pepper…the brilliant yellow of a perfectly ripe banana…the gorgeous pink of a freshly caught salmon…even the creamy beige color of a steamy bowl of oatmeal… God truly worked a masterpiece when he painted food such delicious colors…and He meant for us to eat all of them, in perfect balance…like a rainbow of color in your life every day, we should eat all different types of food every day. Because another miracle about those colors is that each one contains a nutrient that your body needs to be healthy. That’s why deprivation was never supposed to be in our vocabulary. Our body needs all of those vegetables, fruits, proteins, carbohydrates and fats to function at its prime. That’s why eating a BALANCED diet is so important.
As we wrap up this week talking about balance, I hope that God has spoken to your heart about what balance you may need to add to your life, because everyone’s balance is going to look different since we are all so uniquely created. Because your life and your health are so vitally important. And YOU are so important so always remember that true balance begins in your heart.
LOVE YOU ALL!!!