I must not trade one yolk of slavery for another.

Galations 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery”.

I long for my journey of wellness to lead me to freedom from the slavery of food and self destruction. However, as I lose weight and make changes, may I not be entangled into the desire for beauty as the world seeks.

Today, I FEEL free. Free from the persistent call to food. Praise God!

I struggle to make the multiple daily choices for wellness, but am persevering in the Lord’s strength, and pray I will develop new healthy habits.

Thus far, here, the Lord has taken me, and I see HIS faithfulness!

My main objective is to be Free from my stronghold, and honor God with my body. However, I realize that I probably will have weight loss, and hopefully 75# worth!

I can get excited about weight loss, and today I am reminded to not trade one yolk of slavery for another. May I not be yolked to the desire of beauty and the focus of outward appearance through weight loss.

Today I’ll share scriptures about beauty that have renewed my mind.

Proverbs 31:30, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (NIV)

“Your beauty should not come for outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.” 1 Peter 3:3-4

Exodus 34:29, “When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord” (NIV).

2 Corinthians 3:18, “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (NIV).

I am FREE… May I be yoked to Jesus!

May my inner self, the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, from spending time with the Savior be radiated!

May I reflect the Lord’s glory!

That is what makes me beautiful!

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2 Comments on “freedom

  1. True freedom is not even being aware of the results. I have pledged to give the results to the Lord for my own weight loss journey- but have had to battle self on many occasions. This means that when I’m doing “good” with the eating, I not get puffed up, and when I slip and fall, I not condemn myself. Interestingly, there have been weeks where I have felt I did really well with the eating and exercise, and have lost nothing- and weeks where I’ve fallen many times, but still lost weight.

    I think God has a sense of humor!! I also think He wants me to focus only on Him for the results. Because I am so perfectionistic, He knows if I have a good week- I will try to repeat it over and over, rigidly, focusing only on what I did- not what He did. So, the jokes on me!

    Oh, and by the way, you are one of the most beautiful women of God I have ever met- inside and out.

  2. This whole idea of “freedom” is so key! God has really been impressing this on me for a while now. It’s like the whole world (and as a Christian I can be totally tempted in this line of thinking) believes a lie that we should all be “free” to do whatever we feel like, what we deserve, what WE believe in, etc…but the results are that we are in bondage. But Jesus tells me I am FREE NOT TO SIN – if I choose to live in that freedom.

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