what is your motivation?

Good morning! This week I will be following Karen Ehman’s blog posts regarding her weight loss journey of 100 pounds. Karen is a Proverbs 31 speaker and writer that I met last Spring at the She Speaks conference. Click here to watch Karen’s 700 club interview.

Here is a snippet from her post today:

So, as we journey through this week together, just start here. What is your motivation? Write it out. List the reasons God would want you to be more healthy and at a lower weight than you are now.

Then, today, eat less and move more. That’s it. We’ll discuss what I ate and how I moved along with other topics later this week.

And to close, if you are up to it, memorize this verse that was key for me as far as motivation is concerned:

Jeremiah 29:11-14 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD; “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “And will bring you back from captivity”

As I pray and ponder this morning, I believe God would want me to be more healthy because:

1. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. That should be enough motivation! I am currently reading the Old testament in 1 Kings – and I am in awe of the Temple. Solomon’s quest to build the temple. His preparations, the recruitment and construction, the furnishings of the interior and exterior, bringing the Ark of the Covenant to the temple, and Solomon’s prayer, celebration, and week long sacrificial dedication. All of this to honor the LORD and house His Ark.

2 Chronicles 7:1-10 “When Solomon finished praying, fire flashed down from heaven and burned the burnt offerings and sacrifices, and the glorious presence of the LORD filled the Temple.” In the new testament church, I am the temple of the Holy Spirit! My body! I can just imagine fire, flashing down from Heaven – as I choose to bless my body with health or make poor choices for wellness.

2. Gluttony is sin. I desire to please God and obey His whispers in my heart. I desire to choose wellness. But often, and especially after the attack of the taco-dip at yesterday’s Memorial Day picnic …

I embrace Paul’s words in Romans 7:14-10 (NLT). Struggling with Sin:

So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. 15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate. 16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. 18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.”

3. My family. Be able to live life fuller. Play on the ground and run in the grass with my kiddos.

4. Babies. Be blessed with more babies, healthy pregnancies, no gestational diabetes, and overall health.

5. Shrink. Wear my skinny clothes and feel better about my body. Stay youthful and healthy.

6. Ministry. I want to be used to the fullest by Jesus.

Take a moment and write out your motivating factors!

I will be working on memorizing the scripture. I’ve never focused on the end of this verse: being saved from captivity – and that is exactly what I need!

To eating less and moving more!

Happy Tuesday.

tools

I began this wellness journey hesitant to grasp onto any program, object, or plan to aide in my success other than the strength of Jesus Christ. I’ve done many eating programs before, so I have knowledge. I have purposed along this journey to avoid repeating insanity.

The first few months of this journey I applied my prior knowledge of past experiences to make healthy choices. I began to feel foggy in making healthy choices. I would approach a meal, and find myself not sure what guidelines to follow. Do I need to focus on low carbs? low fat? fruits/veggies? As I write this, it all sounds silly and ridiculous. But in the moments I was very discouraged. I began feeling the increased desire to binge, and I didn’t like how my thought processes were progressing.

God often speaks to me in themes. This helps me “get it”, as I can be slow (or stubborn – smiles).

Within days, I suddenly was being exposed to “_____ ____ “. A few homeschooling girlfriends have been shrinking around me. (One at 48 pounds removed since January!) Next, I received this inspiring article about faith and weight loss from a friend. Then, another girlfriend reached her 10% goal – and after reading her blog, the word “tool” repeatedly played in my mind.

Spontaneously, last Thursday I felt led to go to a meeting and gather information. My Momma was God-incidently babysitting that day. I went, and I joined.

Definition of tool : something regarded as necessary to the carrying out of one’s occupation or profession; something used in the performance of an operation; an instrument.

I signed up for 6 weeks only. My instinct was to take the “deal” and sign up for 6 months. (Yes, I have done that before, many years ago.) As I completed my paper work, I reminded myself – insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Although it has been many, many years since I have used “____ _______ “, I prayed for wisdom to accept this as a tool, and not the “answer”.

I am a nursing mom, and much overweight, so I was given a generous amount of points. Week one went well – weight removed, thank you Jesus! Although it has been an investment of time orchestrating where and how to use points in the healthiest and wisest choices, I’ve felt very satisfied. I realize I really don’t know how to orchestrate healthy eating on my own for an entire day, and this tool is helping me. I’ve enjoyed meals out, and feel great.

I discontinued using myfoodjournal.com, and began the weight-watchers e-tool option. It is similar, but logs and counts my daily points, water, exercise, multivitamin, dairy, and fruits / veggie totals. It is about the same cost per month. I do like it. Again, just another tool.

I have updated my “weight removed” ticker to follow that of my weigh-ins for the next six weeks. My home morning scale reads lower, but consistency is better and keeps me from focusing on the scale. Another tool.

I have worked on my Bible Study Celebrate Recovery, and continue to focus on lesson one… more on that later.

I am enjoying my Chronological Bible immensely – the old testament is alive!

One day, one meal, one moment, one choice at a time.

Living in the moments – each second of life is a gift from God.

My verse for the week has been – Philippians 4:13

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

Christ IS my strength and my portion…. everything else is merely a tool.

Thank you Jesus.

so you haven’t been blogging as much lately?

This afternoon, my dear friends words were waiting in my inbox:

“So you haven’t been blogging as much lately?? Does that mean you are still feeling like you’re in a funk?”

Oh, the words of a faithful friend! They have motivated me to make a moment to blog.

I have constructed multiple blog entries in my head this past week, but living life has occupied every moment of time.

For one – I have sorted, organized, and emptied my closets, the garage, and the old school room. I worked into early morning hours multiple nights. I just spent Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week participating in used curriculum sales. I definitely took this to the extreme. I couldn’t fit everything into my van so my girlfriend helped with her passenger van. It mimicked a serious case of “nesting”, but I am not pregnant. I was even reprimanded at one sale, and instructed to take my flowers and vases to my van as “this was not a garage sale!”. Regardless, my efforts were blessed by the LORD. The house is much more in order, and as I’ve raised funds to purchase next school years curriculum! Yeah!

For two – teething has kept me occupied! Salisbaby boy #5 , Zaiah has been showing signs of teething for the past 6 weeks. I am starting to believe there really are no teeth to emerge through! Tylenol, Oragel, and lots of mommy time have been prescribed and administered. Our home is diversified in the are of teeth: we have teeth decay awaiting fillings, teeth being straightened, teeth falling out, toddler molars busting through, and sore baby gums! We also have fought the booger monster, asthma and croop this week. Where’s the time for blogging here?

And lastly, for three – I am not in a funk. Thank you JESUS! Last week, the Lord directed me to seek some tools to help me on this journey, and that has occupied my time as well….. but more on that later.

So yes, now I have been blogging lately. :)

encouragement

God just popped right into my busyness!

Tonight I’ve been researching homeschool science curriculum. I am leaning towards studying Apologia Astronomy with the boys next Fall, written by Jeannie Fulbright. As I researched her product, I stumbled upon Jeannie’s Journal about Health. (Check it out by clicking.) The exercise and losing weight links are wonderful also.

I was blessed! God knew I needed that encouragement!

God is good! All the time …. darci

GOD-incidences

Many people claim coincidence as an explanation for their good fortune. I once did. Now, I view my circumstances with my God-is-omnipresent-&-omnipotent-glasses, and this helps me see God in everything. I no longer live with coincidences or good fortune, but rather GOD-incidences: evidence of His mighty hand at work in my life.

God often reserves for me that much needed parking space so I can more easily corral my brood of boys into the store. This isn’t luck, God really cares about my parking space! (Thank you Jesus!) Perhaps I call a friend as she is on my heart, and I soon realize God has orchestrated our encounter for a purpose. Sometimes I receive a convenience I needed that only God could arrange.

Tonight, as I reflect on this days events I can see the fingerprints of GOD-incidences which are kinda scary, as they present an uncertain horizon.

Last week, I wrote about how I was planning to begin a personal Bible study called Celebrate Recovery. The interesting tidbit, is that I was not looking for a recovery program. Nor, did I believe I had anything to recover from! I recently made a new friend (God ordained), she told me about CR, and then she acquired the materials for me!

I met my new friend in March. I received the CR materials from her the first of April. Today is May 12th, and today I felt GOD lead me this very afternoon to begin the workbook, and I did lesson 1.

Now, I admit I do use food to comfort myself and this is my “issue”. In my attempt to journey towards wellness, I’ve been asking God, “What is my problem? What are my issues? What are my wounds?” Since I also have a family background of using “stuff” to soothe oneself, and CR is for people with hurts, habits, and hang-ups – I figured there must be something in CR I could learn.

Approximately three weeks ago my husband and I received an invitation to attend an invitation only informational meeting for a new ministry being planted in our Church focused for teens. Tonight was this meeting, and it was titled… Life Hurts, God Heals. For the past four years I have had a heart for young girls; but with grief and more babies I’ve not pursued any ministry. I have not shared this desire with anyone other than my hubby and close friend. So, you can imagine my surprise to receive a personal invitation to a youth meeting. The Youth Pastor explained that after prayer they felt God direct them to invite this particular group of 18 people to the meeting.

A few minutes into the meeting, I began to recognize some of the lingo …. eight steps to recovery based on the beatitudes. As I read the background information, the basis of the program began with the adult program – yup you guessed it – Celebrate Recovery!!!???

GOD-incidence.

I thought … “Okay God, whatever you say do, I’ll do it.”

As we drove home, my hubby and I discussed the meeting. He didn’t feel led to personally be involved in this ministry. He then commented, “And I figured I could watch the kids if you do it.”

I must pray. I seek my husbands wisdom and covet his prayers for a decision.

I am not adequate to help anyone else. Sure, I have my share of hurts with the grief of Tucker’s death. I have habits with the stronghold of a food addiction. I have hang-ups with a strange / emotionally neglectful relationship with my father. And frankly, today I have felt like a failure and defeated on my journey to freedom and wellness. I did do my first day of CR Bible study asking God that if there is something here to deal with and get-over that He I need Him to show me so I can move on and deal! Then, inadequate me, goes to this meeting and feels the heart-call to help someone else? ONLY GOD!

Tears filled my eyes as I listened to the testimonials of youth in the promotional video and our Youth Pastor’s wife share her vision and passion for the ministry. If I were to plug into a ministry, this would be my passion. Despite my issues of “Me, God?” I also think of the logistics with childcare, running my household, family responsibilities, homeschooling, future pregnancies, and making a commitment.

I pray for God’s purpose and perfect will for my healing and wellness journey, and how I can glorify HIM in this possible ministry opportunity.

This is not a simple, straight forward, GOD-incidence like a reserved parking space.  This requires much prayer for God’s perfect plan and all the details (of me not liking change, public speaking, nor inconveniencing my family).

As I write tonight and collect my thoughts, my heart recites Jeremiah 29:11 –

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

So much to pray about!

What are God’s handprints and the GOD-incidences in your life today? Perhaps change, perhaps a divine appointment, or perhaps a parking space!?! Do share….