Monday, February 18, 2008

Truth be Told

Right now, I'm trying to convert some old habits that have caused body expansion into some new healthy habits that in time will make me shrink. It's a tougher task than I thought it would be simply because I'm not cooperating with myself and doing what I should be doing on a daily basis.

I say I want to make changes, but my everyday actions don't see eye to eye with my verbal goals. How then when I stand on the scale, can I be disappointed at the number that glares back at me? Any sane person knows she can't sit on the couch day after day eating ice cream and expect any positive results from her choices. Too see the changes I desire, I have to change the way I do things in my life.

This morning I had an awesome time in God's Word. I'm currently doing the
Beth Moore study, The Beloved Disciple. One thing she said this morning was exactly what my heart needed to hear. I've been struggling the last few weeks with having consistency in God's Word and during those dry spells is when I get hit the hardest by the enemy with things from my past. Here's what God had me hear this morning...

"Our denial just keeps us in bondage. It is truth that sets us free. When we are in bondage and we want to trust in that oppression, we will back off from His Word because we know good and well He's going to tell us the truth and we don't want to hear it."
~Beth Moore~
(Beloved Disciple study: session 5 audio)

Right now I'm in First Place, which is a Bible-based weight loss program that meets weekly. Now, do you think I want to attend my meeting on Thursday nights if I haven't done what I need to do throughout the week? I back off from wanting to go to my meeting because I know the scale is going to tell me the truth.

Same thing in my spiritual life when I'm not in God's Word. When I flirt with the enemy I will back away from reading God's Word because as we know, God is a teller of truth. When we are fooling ourselves the last thing we want is to be told the truth. The times that I choose to be idle instead of exercise and eat nothing but junk,
I don't dare ask my husband if I look fat in something, because I've learned that he will sweetly tell me nothing but the stinkin' truth.

My sweet sisters in Christ, may we make the time everyday to dive face first into His Word and breathe in His holiness, soak in Him and allow His Living Word to fill us up. When we seek Him daily, THEN we will begin to see the changes within us that we could've never imagined possible.
Love to you...

~Many Blessings~


Amy L Brooke said...

I'm working on the whole weight loss thing as well. My big thing has been switching how much I eat out and I've cut back about 80%. That helps with money and weight!

But now I need to take even more drastic measures and give up my beloved pop. Sigh. I'm down to one every couple of days . . . . Hopefully, it will help!

MrsJoeB said...

I'm feeling your pain Lelia! I feel like my thighs have grown since I started working out. I have even been fasting (fluids only) one day a week...maybe I need to do this everyday. I told my husband I think the reason we haven't been successful in this (of course he has lost 7 pounds since we started this the end of December)is because we haven't been praying about it. I'll add you to that weight loss prayer! One of the things that I have been doing for a couple of weeks now is hot lemon water every morning to detox my system-check out my blog and you will see why. It's suppose to aid in weight loss too...I'll let you know if it works!
In His Graces~Pamela

Emily said...

I agree with one of the above commenters. Eating out is HUGE. (as makes me...)

I keep saying I'm going to slim down, but those pink frosted cookies call my name when I'm stressed. Which is now. (moving in 12 days!)

valerie said...

I know Lelia....I have been told by my dr. that I have high cholesterol and I don't want to take the medicine so I keep telling her "I'll work on it." I'm not though. I crave everything that is bad for me.
I'll keep you in my prayers and you keep me in yours!
I think I already told you, but John the Beloved was one of my favorite studies of Beth's.

Yolanda said...

This is certainly one area that many of us struggle in. Lord, help us to refrain from what is not healthy for us. Kill that desire that we each have for sweets, lots of carbs, and hunger for what is good and full of nutrients. THANK YOU JESUS! Amen.


kmom3 said...

Change. Ugh. I have my own list that I try to tell myself I haven't gotten to because of sickness, but really...who am I foolin'? :)
But I am so glad that He is always there, ready and willing to help us. When I go through those dry times, I hang my head so low, not wanting to see His disappointment. But when I finally look up, He always greets me with love...with His arms opened just as wide every time. He is SO good!
Love you and praying for you!

Samantha said...

Great post and quote by Beth Moore. So SO true.
I just posted about a weight issue, and coming over to your blog and seeing I'm not alone in the craziness that is dieting is pretty incredible, and totally what I needed.


Heather Kudla said...

Thank you for your insightful post today. I agree, the times that I am not in God's word and spending time with His is when I know that He is going to tell me the truth about what I am doing. The times that I have backed away from Him are the times that I have gotten myself into the most trouble in the past.
I pray that I will be able to catch myself more quickly in the future, and let Him tell me what I need to do.
God bless you and thank you for your insightful (and sometimes hysterical) posts. I love reading them.
God bless you sister,

Jenny said...

That's true whether it is food or another area. What I have to remember is while the truth may be painful when it is poured in, like a cleaning solution, when that area is healed it will be wonderful!

MrsJoeB said...

Lelia-it needs to be fresh lemon juice (natural lemon juice) and what I do is cut the lemon in half and then cut each half into 6 slices and squeez a slice into the WARM water. It need to be just sour enough to make you ALMOST pucker according to one publication. It is working on my system but I have yet to see any weight loss BUT I have not gotten all the illnesses my family has been sharing these past couple of weeks!! That's worth it alone!!

In His Graces~Pamela

MrsProverbs31 said...

Ain't it the truth? As Paul put it, I do the things I don't want to do and don't do the things I know I must do. It is a challenge, but not impossible with God's strength. Keep on trying.

I started with just five lift of the exercise equipment (don't ask me what the name of it is). And, well, I haven't touched it until yesterday.

Remember, though, that we are engaged in a battle with the cosmic of this world, and when we persevere we will glorify the Lord's name.

Keep on keeping on.

Annette said...

Hang in there!! Man, the truth hurts, doesn't it? I was listening today to Midday Connection, a Moody program. Dee Brestin was speaking...actually doing a Bible study on her book A Woman of Moderation. It specifically had to do with eating, but actually could carry over into any area of life. Unfortunately, she was talking about gluttony...the excess of anything. Many women were talking about how they fill their lives with food instead of God. Don't know if that book would be helpful to you or not, but I felt like it was something that would certainly speak to any of us who are attempting to stuff our lives with other idols.


Anonymous said...

great post!!! I can so relate!