Daily Archives: July 18, 2011
A few years back, I heard a song at a mother/daughter tea…. it was called “the List Goes On”. My MIL talked me into singing it for a women’s conference being held at our church. The point of the song was a mother singing about how the list is never done… (it goes on, and on and on….) and the children chime in every few words with the reality that children often do…
“I have to go potty….”
“Someone needs a diaper…”
“We’re late for the Dr…”
It was a perfect song for me to sing – and I often cried when I practiced it because it was so real, it spoke volumes of how I felt mostly each day.
Well Steven Curtis Chapman recently came out with a song that has a similar “speak to me” feel…only this one is more of a reminder of how EVERYTHING we do matters to God. It’s called “Do Everything…”
It talks about the things we think are “little”, and how they DO matter to Him.
How we respond, speak, think and act. Our job, our mission field – whether it’s in your house… or in another country. It ALL matters to Him.
And how we eat take care of our bodies is also very important to God.
YEP – that totally matters too!
It. ALL. Matters.
Your health is a witnessing tool. It’s an outward example of how God is working inside out! Utilize it for His glory!!
What changes are you making right now – and where do you need encouragement most? Who has started their “truth pack”?
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:16-17
Most of the time it’s painful… I don’t like computer upgrades, or detours in my schedule… God continues working on me. I will say He’s made progress, I can see… but I still cringe at the word.
We like comfortable, don’t we?
I thought I’d share a few tips that have helped me get healthy for Him.
Hebrews 4:12 says “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
OUCH. God’s word is super powerful. You know, you can read the same verse, for years… and then one day *face-pop* – it grabs you. “Oooooh yeeeaah…I get it!” Sometimes it hurts, and it hurts deep…
But it’s a good painful. God uses it for His best for us. Think of it like exercise! It reaps rewards that are beneficial to us in so many ways.
For me, memorizing God’s word has been the most important element in transforming my health. It has helped me in times of trouble, temptation and being tired… It has encouraged me to keep going, to not give up, and to not feel guilty. It’s reminded me that God wants progress, not perfect…
So I wrote down verses that spoke to me, onto index cards and I put them up around my house to remind me of my goals…. and I kept them at my table to read while I ate, and in my mirror of my room when I get ready each day. (On the table, we have a plastic covering on our tables to protect them from major ‘oopsies’ from the kids right now, so I slip them right under there and in the shower we laminate them so they stay nicer longer!)
Another reader shared with me an idea that she got from a blog on parenting – creating a “truth pack” full of scriptures to help your kids work on a character trait/heart issue they struggle with … but she suggested it could totally be applied to transforming your mind on HEALTH as well! Great idea!!
Since school supplies are busting out all over, now is a great time to find some cool bound index cards and make your own little encouragement “truth pack”. I challenge you to write one out each day, or start by going back through the blogs (there is a Scripture at the end of each blog) and writing a scripture down on each page …. to serve as a “help” from God to review a couple of times each day!
Decorate your book, make it fun – make it interesting – something you WANT to go to…and allow God’s word to transform your heart and mind on His plans for you.
The other tip I have is for PORTION control. This was a major issue I had, even after I had made lots of healthy changes… just not knowing “how much” was too much, and always leaning more on the generous side, in favor of my stomach. Once I realized my stomach could only comfortably hold about 2 cups of food for my size… I thought, “No wonder I feel sick when I over eat. Ick!”
So, while we got these great looking plates when we were married, we never use them at this stage in life. We use the plastic kid plates! Instead of putting the main dish in the largest part, that is now where we put our salad. The middle size is for our main dish or meat (fist size is a good serving or 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of a casserole) and then fruit goes in the smallest part (cupped in your hand is a good serving). Ta-dah! Now we’re not so tempted to over eat… because we can see proportionately what we need, vs. thinking we’re so hungry and over eating! If I over eat anything – it’s salad…
Hope these tips are helpful to you! Here’s to a great week of being healthy for Him!
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2