day – even though I was tempted to. To put it in perspective, I was eating healthy, exercising, taking care of my heart, creating a healthy environment for optimal health and for increased sensitivity to the Holy Spirit. I hadn’t paid attention to the scale in so long. I was going by how my pants felt and I was feeling over all. I’m so grateful for the awesome women God has surrounded me with, that reminded me my mindset is just as important as anything else in all of this.
God sees us and He sees beauty. We are more than a number on a scale or a pant size. We are unique and number one in His eyes so remember that and embrace it. Stand up to the enemy who wants to squelch progress. Believe what God says about you!
As I was thinking about surviving and thriving, the word surrender kept coming up. I kept saying, “God, stay on topic, we are talking about Surviving to Thriving, not surrender!” Then it was like He said, “Surrender is what transforms a life from simply surviving, to thriving in their walk with Christ and successfully moving towards the mark (or goals) He sets before them.” Wow.
Isn’t it so easy to settle into survival mode? Think about the children of Israel. When God told them they were going to be brought into the Promised Land they got so caught up in their difficult circumstances instead of believing that God would lead them to where He was calling them to go. Don’t we all do that? We get so focused on our circumstances and lose sight of the Promised Land that is right in front of us. Even when the twelve spies were sent to scope out
Going back to the children of Israel, Joshua and Caleb did end up making it to the Promised Land. The Bible says that Caleb had a different spirit about him and that he followed the Lord wholeheartedly. Maybe that’s part of what it is for us. Are we willing to follow God wholeheartedly? This is where we can ask God to search us. Are there things in our devotional time with Him that we can surrender to make us fully available to His presence and His Spirit? What about nutrition? Are we willing to let go of things that are not good for our bodies or sustained health and wellness? Areas in our physical fitness life?
In Mark 9:24 a father who had brought his sick child to Jesus for healing tells Jesus, “I believe, help me in my unbelief.” We need God to increase our belief – our faith in Him – that He will help us do what he is calling us to do and simply surrender.
Please let me know if this post resonated with where you are. I love hearing from you and I would love to join you in prayer. Take care and God Bless!
This morning, oooooh, this morning...
I am nearly a full seven full days away from both my Husband and my youngest daughter. And I miss them SO much.
For seven days I have watched my oldest daughter discover new areas within herself. I have witnessed her love on children she doesn't know. Smiled as she allowed them to climb all over her and braid her long beautiful hair. Beamed as she shared her talents of kicking around the soccer ball and jump rope. Stood back as she talked and giggled with the amazing young gentlemen willing to look after her. My heart gets full. Full of joy and emotion for what is in store for her. Because there is SO MUCH.
This morning we visited an area many simply cannot be prepared for. A landfill (or dump site), also a home to possibly a couple hundred Haitian folks. Men. Women. And yes, children and babies, although they were most likely protecting themselves in their homes amongst the bushes. As we ascended towards the pungent space, observing people working, one word occurred to me - marginalized.
These souls have literally been pushed to the outer periphery and left to survive on the leftovers of a world already deemed impoverished. As we handed out soup, water and sandwiches, another word came to mind - desperate.
You see, they were not concerned with a status, or graduating to or maintaining the next best socioeconomic status, making their dreams come true, or what the hot button on social media is. Or even fighting for their rights. They were not phased by whether or not they were on the right path, or eating whole foods, or working out. No. Their only concern was survival. Getting a meal. A cup of water. Recovering a treasure from among the discarded rubble of a society viewing them as worthless. One cannot be the same after an excursion like that.
We all rode back in silence. I, in front of my daughter, sensed she needed my hand. She did. I reached back to stroke her leg, she grabbed my hand, and I knew she was weeping. Like I, she was broken.
Brokenness can be good. It has the potential to lead to seeking the Lord and craving a wholeness only He can provide. And even after one feels there could not possibly be more breaking to do, God proves differently. He proves there is so much within our hearts and minds still needing His transformative touch, self made barriers or limits, that MUST COME DOWN in order for our lives to reflect MORE of Him - and less of us. He proves our cup must be cleansed from the inside, rather than spit shined from the out, in order that we offer an untainted cup of Living Water to all we interact with, wherever they may be. (Matthew 23:26, John4:14)
It couldn't have been known, we too (my daughter and I) would have discovered treasures amongst the debris. She doesn't want to leave. However, knowing she must, she's already asking if she can come back. God is planting seeds in her heart and reminding me to stay the course for not only her sake, but the sake of those He's been planning to reach through her, as well as my youngest, since their beginning. He has so much in store. So much.
With the end of the LES45 challenge and 50 5ks in 50 days quickly approaching, I have been pondering what’s next. At one point I had thought I’d be rolling right into another challenge, but I don’t believe that will be the case. I’ve also had so many suggestions heading my way, like getting back into creating art, selling Whole30 approved goodies, providing one-on-one online coaching, or selling an online course combining all that I’ve learned. All excellent ideas by the way! One of my favorites, however, has been to open a restaurant in my small town; it sounds good because I love cooking and I REALLY love people, so cooking for people is very appealing :)
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