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Weightloss………a Christian journey, a Godly perspective.

Keep At It! Part 1/2 November 10, 2011

Filed under: Christian Journey,Exercise,Support,Weight Loss — kayveebee @ 10:31 am

Today is weigh in day!! I woke up excited because I haven’t loss since July/August I had a controlled week and even felt lighter. Not losing in over three months can be pretty discouraging but I have attributed it to my new lifestyle change and adjustment. This past week I ate fairly well, I didn’t go over my points. I worked out almost every day, so I just knew I would wake up to at minimum a one pound loss. Boy was I wrong! I woke up to a pound gain. I couldn’t believe it. I was (still trying to convince myself out of it) discouraged and felt defeated. I actually wanted to call Weight Watchers and end my subscription today. But then I decided that I must press forward, and try again.

Weekly I blog on Empowermoments. Today’s post (I wrote previously) is entitled, “Keep At It”. How befitting. It’s not about weightloss, but maybe God was preparing me to read it for myself today.

This is it:

Keep At It!

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”   I Thessalonians 5:11 NIV

One day my daughter and I were at the playground and she wanted to try the monkey bars. She’s a very cautious little soul and a far cry from a “dare devil”. Assessing the situation she says, “Mommy, why when you try new things you fall.” I replied, “Because with new things, you don’t quite know how to do them yet so you have to learn. Sometimes you get help and sometimes you just practice practice practice.” And her proud reply, “Practice makes Perfect!!”

As she dodged the monkey bars and went to the swings I pondered on her question, “Why when we try new things we often times fall?” I thought about some of you, myself, and the women that inbox me about my walk with Christ. Often times when you are either a new believer, or trying to learn a new godly behavior, sometimes you fall. Not fall is in fall from grace, but fall as in stumble, or trip. You don’t quite get it yet.

How many times have you said to God, “Lord I’m going to live right! I am not going to have sex any more until I’m married.” Only to find yourself laying there in the dark looking at the ceiling, defeated and embarrassed as the guy lies next to you peacefully sleeping. How many times have you said, “Lord, I am not going to deal with gossiping anymore, I am done with tainting my spirit and being an accessory to this foolishness.” Only to find yourself deep into a juicy phone conversation about the relationship you “heard” was about to end in a divorce. Or even, you promised God that you would read your Bible daily, only to remember 8 days later that you forgot about the promise and can’t find your Bible anywhere.

Along this Christian journey there are highs and lows, ups and downs. We try so hard to get it just right and sometimes we even fall. I’ve been there, you are not alone. Even “seasoned” Christians go through these falling periods. If we all were perfect, we wouldn’t need grace and mercy now would we? Don’t be mistaken, you do get to a point where you are able to judge your own actions and determine if it is pleasing to God, but you may miss the mark in your quest for obedience.  Paul even figuratively shares that he was inflicted with a thorn in his side to keep him humble. Your thorn may be a scar, an STD, or some other type of blemish. But God reassures Paul when he says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

I told my daughter that sometimes you need help with new things. I believe that everyone should have a mentor. I have a spiritual mentor, wife mentor, mom mentor, professional mentor; the list goes on and on. They are people that are not necessarily in “higher” areas of Christianity, but they are more experienced and serve as tangible vessels that God sent me. When I feel like I’m falling, want to fall, or have fallen, my mentors are there to give me godly advice and encouragement. The next thing I told my daughter was “practice makes perfect.” The more you work at, the better you get. I’ve often told my mentees, the more you practice, the louder your Holy Spirit gets. If you are not trying to live a life of spiritual godliness, your conscience is flesh-led. But when you decide to have “help” from the Lord, your conscience submits to the Holy Spirit and it speaks from within. (Read about the Holy Spirit as your helper in John 14.)

Someone reading this is pretty frustrated with their walk. God told me to write this to you a few days ago, but I couldn’t’ seem to pull it together until now. I want to encourage you with this scripture, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 The Holy Spirit is a helper and a sustainer. You may stumble sometimes in this walk, but you’ll realize that these “stumbles” actually propel you forward to a closer walk with God.

Dear Daddy,

Please forgive me for all of my sins. Those I have committed knowingly and unknowingly. On this quest of living a life more pleasing to you, please plant people in my life that will hold me accountable to your ways. Help me to recognize your Spirit and heed to its instructions. When I stumble, help me to realize that you are able to keep me from falling so that I can dust myself off and keep going. These setbacks are just a set up for my blessing. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.

Sistah Girl, I EMPOWER you today to keep going. Don’t get discouraged or feel that your walk with Jesus is in vain. This walk is a process, “So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”  James 1:4 (NLT)  When you hand over your problems, your walk, your faith, and your desires to Jesus, you can say, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,” Jude 1:24 KJV

KEEP AT IT!!

Allow Psalms 121 to minister to you.

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The Hard Part is Getting There… October 19, 2011

Filed under: Christian Journey,Exercise,Support,Weight Loss — kayveebee @ 1:11 pm

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 NKJV

For the past month or so I have been in a weightloss rut. I am thankful that the scale hasn’t gone up, but it hasn’t gone down either. This is the point where weight loss becomes discouraging. Especially when you are really trying!!

On Monday I decided I was too tired and too busy to go running but as the day progressed I realized I was sabotaging my self. Who was going to be hurt by me not working out? No one but me! I made a decision to run while my daughter was at dance class later that evening, the track is in walking distance. All while getting dressed I pouted and procratinated, go up, sat down, got back up, sat back down. After all of this hoop-lah of getting ready I prayed:

Dear Lord,

You know I am in a rut, but I want to increase my strength and increase my health. Lord help me relieve this burden of laziness and self discouragement. Please give the strength and motivation to stay on track. I really need you to help me in this.

Amen

 

In God’s awesome fashion, of course my motivation didn’t come right then (Don’t we wish He moved on our clocks sometimes). I still pressed to get to the car. Dropping my daughter off at dance class I felt a shift and realized, I DID IT! I AM HERE!  The hard part is not the workout, it’s getting there. I came out of the studio and proceeded to stretch at my car, turn on my ipod and coasted to the track.

It’s not enough for us to just pray and expect God to move. Faith without works is dead! James 2:20 NKJV   You have to do your part. Do your best, and let God do the rest!

The hard part is getting there. Press your way through and lay aside every weight that besets you, and run the race God has set forth for you to complete. Read Hebrews 12:1

 

KayBee

 

Repost: F.E.A.R.

Filed under: Christian Journey,Exercise,Support — kayveebee @ 12:49 pm

This is a post from a blog I write to: empowermoments.org

False Evidence Appearing Real

For some time I’ve wanted to try a new running path. It’s along a main street and neighboring homes with a sidewalk. But for some reason I kept feeling bound to the track. Maybe because it was safe and familiar to me. I would pull up to the park each morning and start my same ole run but deep down I really wanted to get out there and jog that road!

I was scared. I was scared that it was too far, or that I would look silly (I run, but I don’t look like a runner), or that a dog would chase me. So everyday I ran in circles around the track until one morning the Holy Spirit brought this to my memory, “You have nothing to fear but fear itself.” No, this is not a scripture; it’s actually a quote from one of our past Presidents, but God uses what we know to catch our attention. I started pondering on that quote and realized that He was right. I have nothing to fear, but fear.

I am a self-proclaimed self-motivator. When I am feeling fearful or down and out I start talking to my inner self. Here is how the conversation went:

“Kay, you are running around this track, BOUND by fear thinking you can’t do it. Are you kidding? Did you not know that you can do all things through Christ that has made you strong? You are a child of the most high God, He will protect you! Look at your legs; look how God has strengthened them. How can you go higher if you stay running in this circle? You need to kick it up a notch!”

Later on I went to my Bible to look up scriptures on fear (yes all of this to prepare me for a new trail). These are the words that God showed me.

“Yea though I walk the valley of the shadow of death I will fear NO evil, for thou art with me!” (Psalm 23:4 KJV)

“The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1 NIV)

“The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 118:6 NIV)

“I sought the LORD, and He answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4 NIV)

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:10-13 NIV)

When I began writing this EmpowerMoment, God confirmed for me that this is really not about a jog, but about fear. How many of you are bound by fear, running around the track, scared to venture out? How many of you are scared to tell that man, “Look, this isn’t working; I’m compromising too much,” for fear of being alone? How many of you reading this are bound by your fears of starting your own business because the money doesn’t seem right or you are scared you will fail? How many of you are scared to lose, or even scared to win, because of what others may think?

How many of you reading this have been hurt, scarred, and abused but scared to love again? Did you not know that God will restore and can restore you? Did you not know that God heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds? (Psalms 147:3 NIV)

The next day I ran that new trail and felt EMPOWERED after I did it. I had nothing to fear but fear itself. All of the evidence I thought existed was false, for fear is FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL!

Dear Daddy,

You are shelter in the time of storm, a comforter when I’m sad, my protector in the time of trouble, and my redeemer when I’ve messed up. Lord, I pray that You teach me how to be fearless! Teach me how to rely on Your Word in knowing that my fears are false evidence. Help me to realize that fear does not come from You. It is a trick of distraction from the enemy to hinder the plans You have for me. Give me strength in You Lord, to be bold and do what You’ve called me to do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to step out of fear and walk in faith. Do not remain bound any longer, for God has given you strength, peace, and the resources you need to carry out the task. I EMPOWER you to encourage yourself when you feel the enemy trying to discourage you. Pull out God’s Word and fight!

 

I want to QUIT!!!! September 15, 2011

Filed under: Christian Journey,Exercise,Weight Loss — kayveebee @ 6:36 pm

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 NKJV

How many times have you said this to yourself? “I want to quit.” Just the other day I was feeling this way. I didn’t feel like my body was acting right, I didn’t feel like exercising, I didn’t want to eat right, and the weight wasn’t falling off fast enough.

Usually when a friend tells me she feels this way, I tell her, “take a nude picture of yourself! That should be all the motivation you need.” But that wasn’t cutting it on that day. I just simply wanted to give up.

Later that day I received a text message from a friend stating Galatians 5:7-8, “7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.” Although this is a letter from Paul about love and obedience,  this was so relevant for me. Who in the world deposited that negativity in my spirit?

Sometimes you have to “shake the devil off!!!” Who told you that you couldn’t do it? Who told you that losing weight the right way was impossible? Who told you that you don’t have will power? Who told you to QUIT!! That voice is not the voice of abundance, love, or strength.

I went running this morning and around mile 2 I started to get tired, but I realized that it wasn’t my body getting tired, it was my mind. I had to check my mind, turn up Mary Mary and kick it up a notch! I was not falling prey to negativity on this day! Not when running was something I thought I’d never do and here I am on mile 2!!!!

I encourage you to remember that you can do all things through Christ. When you feel like you want to quit, remember how far you’ve come, and even if that just means making a decision to make a change………..that’s a big step!

Don’t sabotage yourself, you can do it!!!

KayBee