Good morning! As promised, I have weighed and measured, and I also have a “before” picture to post. Before I do that, let me start off by saying thank you, to those who have stopped by and left a comment. I’m so appreciative of the love and support. Please know, I love and support all of you, as well!
I was reading my Bible this morning, and the first verse I read was Psalm 25:1 – “Unto You, O Lord, do I bring my life” (any scriptures I reference will be in the Amplified version. That’s my personal favorite). How fitting, isn’t it? I have struggled for most of my life with my weight/food addiction, and until now, I’ve tried to overcome on my own. I’ve said in the past that I give God control, but every time I’ve handed Him the steering wheel, I’m hanging from it, refusing to let go. Outside of Him, we can do nothing. He says His yoke is easy and His burden is light. We are to cast all of our cares onto Him, because He cares for us. Why? Because He knows what stress, worry, anxiety, fear and unforgiveness will do to our bodies. I have given my heart to Jesus, but today, in this new endeavor, Lord, I bring to You my life, my body. I lay myself at Your feet, because I can’t do this outside of You.
Verses 4-5 and 12-14 in Psalm 25 were very good, as well: Vs 4-5: “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. 5 Guide me in Your truth and faithfulness and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You [You only and altogether] do I wait [expectantly] all the day long.” Wow! Without His guidance, we are literally flying blind. He’s the light to our paths. We need Him! I know I do! Vs 12-14: “Who is the man who reverently fears and worships the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way that he should choose. 13 He himself shall dwell at ease, and his offspring shall inherit the land. 14 The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.” Thank You, Jesus! I am so wanting that companionship with Him! And He wants it even more than we do! Think about that…the great God Jehovah wants and LONGS to spend time with us! That’s one of the many things I am believing for in this whole thing..to get closer to Him than I ever have before.
Back in June, the Lord reminded me of something I had written in an email to a friend of mine quite a while ago. I had been asking Him recently, to show me how to get this weight off and how to overcome the things in my life that are tripping me up. Here is what my email said: “So I’ve been really discouraged with the way I’ve slid right back into old habits, and I’ve been praying and asking God why I do that. This morning, He showed me that I’ve been so focused on MY eating, MY habits, MY weight. My focus needs to be on HIM, HIM, HIM. I’ve got it backwards. I keep saying it needs to be His strength, Wisdom, etc., but as long as I’m focused on what I’M doing, I won’t get anywhere. My eyes need to be always fixed on HIM. No matter what is going on..remember Peter walking on the water? As long as he was looking into the eyes of the Savior, he was safe, and he knew it. But the SECOND his focus shifted, he sank. Same exact thing with me. My focus needs to be on my Savior only! Otherwise, all my “efforts” will fail. By doing that, I will succeed, because it will be me moving in His strength, Wisdom, etc.” Pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it? I’ve made myself an idol right along with food and TV (which will be a future blog. Just sayin’).
After weighing this morning, I was really dreading putting it on here for the world to see, but the Lord showed me it doesn’t define who I am. And it’s temporary. So, casting pride to the wayside, here goes. My weight this morning was 280 – depending on the accuracy of the scale. I’d like to think my actual weight is 150 and it’s just way off, but I digress. Measurements are as follows:
Right arm: 18.5″
Left arm: 19.5″
Upper stomach (my tummy is in three parts..yeah, I know): 48″
Lower stomach: 54″ (this one looks like I have a built-in fanny pack)
And there you have it. I have titled this blog The Moment-um of Truth, because with God’s Grace, I will be picking up momentum and this weight has no choice but to go. I’m choosing to be obedient and make the right food choices and use portion control. Proverbs 25:16 says “Have you found [pleasure sweet like] honey? Eat only as much as is sufficient for you, lest, being filled with it, you vomit it.” (underline mine) I’m choosing to be obedient and exercise. I like to think of it this way: Would you walk into a church and dump a ton of garbage into it? Why do we do that to our bodies, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit? Ouch!!
I have to figure out how to post pictures on here. Once I do, I’ll get that done. Before I sign out for now, I was also reading in Romans and I really liked Romans 1:5-6: “It is through Him that we have received grace (God’s unmerited favor) and [our] apostleship to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples for His name’s sake among all the nations, 6 And this includes you, called of Jesus Christ and invited [as you are] to belong to Him.” Let us live by example in EVERY area.
More postings later! Have a wonderful day, and never forget: God is in Love with You!
Your Sister In Christ,
Wow, that’s all I can say! You are amazing and I can’t wait to read your next blog! So inspiring. Love you!!!
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Thank you, Kelly! That means a lot. Love you, too!!!!!
I appreciate it, Kelly! You know, I could take some workout lessons from you! But that’s an upcoming powt..lol
Great start April. You are wonderful and oh so inspiring, I am moving right along with you. Tonight I am going to weigh and do my measurements…..I am glad to be following a great person 🙂
Jessi, thank you, again! I’m glad to be followed by such a great person! I’m cheering you on, girl!!
I love reading your posts! I’m sure you’re going to do great on this journey! -Winter
Thank you, Winter! God is faithful, so I receive that! You will do the same!