Wow, school has started for us and activities and life are in full force! BUT that doesn’t mean it’s time to let off of the gas of exercise and being healthy for HIM!
In fact, it’s probably MORE important to be making my health a priority… so I don’t get SICK!
Speaking of which, for the most part, we’re a pretty healthy family. Last year was like most, we got our flu shots, got the occasional cold…
and then my husband went on his weekend business trip, with little sleep and lots of work – and brought us back Influenza A.
First my 8-year-old got it, and then *I* got it, and by the next day… the rest of the kids had it too.
You know how kids bounce back relatively easily? We adults…. not. so. much. He was so sick for over a week. It took me a few days to get coughed on, but eventually I got it too.
Thankfully I was able to drag myself to the Dr. and he was pro-IV fluids to get me rehydrated. He said that while I wasn’t DEhydrated that would give me the boost I needed to get over it more quickly.
I’d say so! A few hours in the hospital, and the next day…. I felt like new. Which was a lot different from how my husband felt for a good week. I give the IV fluids credit… but I also think being in shape, good rest, and being in good health also played a big part as well.
When I was pregnant with diabetes, I got every cold or flu bug the kids had – and several I’m sure I spread… That’s really common with diabetes, and I can see why. Your immunities are way down as your body is struggling to function! Honestly for the past several years I had been the one to drop first – while my husband stayed strong. Ironically, this past year has been my BEST year of health since college! Praise God!
I know a lot of it has to do with eating right, being in shape AND… being properly hydrated… So if you’re struggling with your health. Take a look at what you’re feeding your body!! Consider ways you can be healthy for Him!
* You’ve probably heard of Airborne drink tablets for keeping your immunities boosted. You mix them with water, and drink up! I tried that after my husband got sick with Influenza A. I felt like I was going to throw up. Someone then mentioned Emergen-C to me. I figured I could try that… Emergen-C works like Airborne BUT (in my opinion) is a lot easier to drink, especially in Tangerine or Super Orange flavoring! I often split it into two drinks (half a packet) per 32 oz, and then 2 of my True packets per 32oz. YUM – for something different… Great after exercising! It’s definitely cut down how long my colds have lasted!!
“For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–
all things have been created through Him and for Him.” – Colossians 1:16
You read correctly. NOTHING is off-limits.
Isn’t that freeing?
Once you realize that you’re not bound to being legalistic about food… and you have the education to back your decisions… you can can breathe again.
What if someone told you could NEVER have birthday cake… Ever again.
How would you feel?
Would you start thinking about birthday cake….? About how much you LIKE birthday cake… and how you were hoping to share some cake at your son/daughter’s birthday party, or your anniversary, or a wedding celebration and NOW you can NEVER…
I’ll tell you what. I’m not perfect.
I’m thankful God doesn’t expect perfection – even in eating. BUT…That also isn’t a “get out of jail free card” either. When I go on vacation, my convictions from God, on health, go with me… they STICK with me at all times. I don’t suddenly hit a day where I eat “anything I want” and stuff myself crazy full. I just never desire what some might consider a “free day” like that. God did that.
What God does want is our best… every day.
When Danna Demetre (Scale Down) mentioned that “no food is forbidden” it was freeing. What happened when Eve was told the fruit on the tree of knowledge was forbidden?
If we think something is forbidden, we start a cycle of potential idol worship and suddenly food has control over us. We can become fearful of eating the wrong things… to the point that it consumes us!
As Christians, we are not full of fear. We are FULL of faith! Everyday is a free day. YOU are free in Christ!!
If no food is forbidden, then suddenly it was MY choice to say no to the foods that weren’t good for me. I saw what foods with poor nutritional value did to my body, and I felt it. It was not some “list of rules” that made me feel bound and gagged. I was driven by my accountability to God, and my desire is to please Him.
If there are things you’re consuming that aren’t God’s best… then you need to lay them at His feet. Pray for Him to help free you from the bondage of whatever that vise may be. It’s between YOU and Him.
Education is the key to helping you make better choices… don’t use ignorance, to what is in food, as an excuse to consume whatever you want… “because you’re going to die anyway…” Instead, enjoy the freedom that we can have treats and eat in real life without guilt. Strive to do better each day, eating the things HE has made for you to enjoy!
Glorify God in the body… in all ways that you can. It all matters – to Him.
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” – 3 John 1:2
That’s right, I’m turning myself in!
In a world that takes commitment and sacrifice to others lightly, the Bible contrasts that with a God who is full of grace, mercy, and never-ending love. The statistics for marriage are grim, including in the church… and I believe a lot of it has to do with lack of TRUE commitment.
One must ask – WHO is your commitment in life to? Who is your Authority and Creator?
If you think you’re committed to yourself… or someone else alone – that’s not going to get you very far. Marriages and commitments in general fail miserably when the joint commitment is to anything other than God. Whatever that other “thing”, be it a friend, spouse, program or whatever can become your idol. Most of the time it’s actually self… as in SELFISHNESS, pride, and the like. We want to “believe in ourselves”… do what “makes us happy”… you’ve heard it all before…
Maybe you’ve believed it and didn’t even realize what you were being sold. Often times we think it’s harmless or a catch phrase.
WRONG. It’s an idol – and if we’re not careful we believe it.
When it came to my health… it was certainly going to have to be an iron clad commitment. I had to be convicted that it would be a commitment worth making to God… just like in a marriage.
After all, without a commitment to God… was going to be too easy to cheat, or fall of the wagon…
Times are going to be tough. Things are going to challenge you to look another way… (Mmmm… that extra cookie looks good, who is it going to hurt – right?) You’re going to have to fight to stay on the narrow path of righteousness for the sake of your commitment… and know in your heart the Truth of the consequences of your choices.
That’s right. The only way this is going to work is if you commit your way unto the Lord.
I mentioned I attended a photography seminar this past weekend. A lot of what I learned was marketing information, and I just eat that stuff up. I love being able to apply what I learn to so many different areas of life – and share with others, and other businesses little nuggets of inspiration to help them thrive as well. I truly get excited about seeing others succeed in Him too. Well, one of the areas that was discussed, was in regards to goals. There were some statistics shared from the American Society for Training and Development that stated the following in regards to succeeding in your goals. Watch how the number changes based on what is done with your goals.
1) DECIDE to make a goal – 25% success rate
2) SETTING A TIMEFRAME to complete your goal – 40% success rate
3) DEVELOP A PLAN by writing it down and how to get there – 50% success rate
4) COMMIT the goal to someone – 65% success rate
5) ACCOUNTABILITY appointment with someone – 95% success rate
Whoa!! Do you SEE that??
So you can see your odds increase in being SUCCESSFUL in your goals the more you invest in that commitment. If your commitment and your accountability is to God… do you think He is going to be on your side? Of course!! He wants what is best for us!!
“Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust Him, and He will help you.” Psalm 37:5
Read about how Stephanie realized just how beautiful she is… Her transformation allowed her to shed 25 lbs (since last fall) along the way – NOT dieting! She has been transformed INSIDE – out.
Hello, my name is Stephanie and I am a perfect………………..
I have been a perfect pear for as long as I can remember. Yes, I have saddle bags, thunder thighs, a bumpy dairy air!
For years I would look at my body in disgust.
Why couldn’t I just chop those saddle bags off?!?!
I suffered from a low self image about my body and was determined to do something about it! Overweight and
highly frustrated, I turned to running 9 years ago. I have been running ever since, but guess what???
Those saddle bags came right along with me.
It wasn’t until I read Scale Down: Live it Up by Danna Demetre that I realized that
running alone wasn’t going to change me the way I needed to be changed. I needed to put down my old self and put on God.
I needed to put God’s Truth first and to stop telling myself lies. I squared off with those lies and I replaced them with the
I am beautiful!
I am wonderfully made!
I am loved! I am designed for a purpose!
I meditated on Psalm 139:14 for a good month before it began to transform my mind in Him, and I still meditate on this gem today!
You see, I have always exercised, but I forgot to give God the glory for how He made me.
I forgot the #1 thing, God.
I still have saddle bags, but they’re much smaller and I still run, but now with more purpose. Now I see me as BEAUTIFUL, STRONG, and
HEALTHY for Him!
So if your struggling right now with how you look, I challenge you to tell yourself the truth, just as you are right now!
You ARE beautiful!!
You ARE wonderfully made!!
You ARE loved! You ARE designed for a purpose!
Memorize Psalm 139:14. Say it to yourself as you look in the mirror. Put on the lens of God and know that you are His and you
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”