YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE CHANGE

You feel like everyone does life better than you.
Everyone is skinnier, has better hair and eats healthier. 

You feel like the deck is stacked against you.
No matter how you try the world will see to it that you never lose weight, your hair is a hot mess and nutritious, wholesome food is not available the day you to to the grocery store. 

You feel like you are not enough, and inconsequential, irrelevant, not important, trivial and inadequate.
It is just who you are, you have learned to accept it. 

You feel like you need to change because you know that somewhere out there your destiny is waiting.

You know where you want your destination to be, you have envisioned it many times.

Yet, here you are. There seems to be many miles between where you are and where you feel you are destined to end up.

You do have the power to create change in your life, however, it also takes wisdom, patience and courage to ensure that the change you want to create, is what God has destined for you.


Maybe change is not happening right this second because there is growth and learning that need to happen.

Maybe change is not happening right this second because other circumstances or situations need to come into line before you receive a greater reward than you ever imagined.

Maybe change is not happening because the change is your plan………and not God’s.

You do have the power to create change in your life but the wisdom comes from trusting God with the timing. The patience comes from waiting for the change that God wants to see in you in exactly the time that God wants to see it. The courage comes from learning to quit trying to control things and letting God do what He does so well. Finally do you have the wisdom and courage to accept whatever God determines?

Pray on these scripture. 

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

“Be still and know that I am God!” Psalms 46:10

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you;He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut 31:6

You do have the power to create change in your life, do you have the courage to ask God if it is a change He wants to see in your life and the patience to wait for His answer?

Dottie

………….and so I ride

Where are you getting your informational revelations from?

I decided to do some early house cleaning. I headed for the closet shelves that housed my collection of diet and fitness books, videos, magazines, CD’s, and equipment. Two huge plastic tubs later I was thinking to my self, that is a whole lot of information you just boxed up to throw out. Yet I am still the same weight, ok plus a little more, than before. I am no healthier, no lighter and now weighed down by two huge tubs of heavy diet and exercise books that proved useless.

There might have been volumes and volumes of information in those tubs but I did not own the knowledge contained in them. All that knowledge was meaningless without revelation attached to it.

Knowledge isn’t understanding until you obey it, and come on, to be honest, I have not opened those diet books since I skimmed through them when I bought them. In fact, did I even read some of them at all? Nope. Did I watch the videos, do the exercises? In most cases I did not.

I can go to my tub right now and pull out numerous exercise cd’s that are still in their plastic wrap.

Most times, information without revelation produces frustration, sometimes enough frustration to make life miserable. Because, we know that even though we have a library full of information to guide us to a more healthy life, we simply don’t do it. We see the books on the shelf or in the storage tub and we jump right onto the guilty merry go round. I have been doing it my whole life.

 Until recently I didn’t invite God into my food/diet/exercise world. A healthy living plan without God is just one more useless book setting on a shelf, it is unused information and a failed attempt to lose weight. Without a revelation from God about theinformation in those books, it is simply words printed on a page.

 A revelation is when God’s word becomes your reality.

Ok, back to where I left off.

Food has consumed my life as long as I can remember. I have tried every diet imaginable, I have read books, magazines, watched CD’s and videos. I even had bariatric surgery. If information were translated into instant success I would be rail thin, incredibly fit and have a kitchen stocked with power foods. But I’m not and I don’t.

I think I have been reading the wrong book.

Where did I go so wrong as to let food rise to this level, the same level where God was? We as a society have watched as food has taken on a God like aura. God has given us food for nourishment and strength but we have added it to every celebration, attached it to every emotion and carry it with us as a weapon to be brought forth when something goes wrong, when something goes right or anytime we think we need a emotional boost. We use food to fill every last empty space within us.

I don’t think that God intended us to use food that way. Because we have become a nation of the obese, and obese is unhealthy. I can’t find one scripture where God encourages us to eat until our health is compromised.

 The revelation that God wants me to see is that only He can fill that space. Try as I might to fill the empty void with food or anything but God and all I get is fat, guilty, unhappy and a nasty attitude.

I was created in God’s image. I was created to reflect Him, His love, patience, forgiveness, kindness, and faithfulness.

I was created to be healthy and to feel positive about myself. In the scriptures, we are told to eat, we need food to survive, Acts 27:34. In 1 Corinthians 6:19 and 20 it says our body is where we house God, our body is a temple.

Food is a gift God gave me to keep myself healthy and nourish my body, he never intended it to become the obsession it has. Yes I eat when I am hungry but if truth be told, I eat when I am not hungry a great deal of the time. I have forgotten what true hunger feels like and if the food is especially pleasing to me I forget or ignore what full feels like.

I usually don’t think that I will eat to give myself energy and nourishment to make it through the day. I think, I’m bored I will grab something to eat to have something to do. . I’m excited I will grab something to celebrate. I’m sad I will grab something to commiserate.I am mad I will grab something to indulge my self pity.

God wants me to fill that empty space with Him. I don’t dig out my diet books, CDs or magazines, I dig out the food. I should be digging out my Bible, I should be stuffing myself with things of God.

 I say it again, a revelation is when God’s word becomes your reality. A revelation is when your first stop is your Bible to renew your mind. It isn’t your belly screaming at you to fill it because you haven’t taken in nourishment for days, hours or minutes as it were. A revelation isn’t a cinnamon roll or Twinkie. Listen to your soul asking for spiritual nourishment because you have not fed from His word or spent one on one time with God for days and days. A revelation is drinking in God’s word and living it. A revelation is when God’s word becomes your reality, it is a willingness to trust and to obey. Only God’s word mixed with faith will get you to revelation. That is the point where all the information you ingest will become meaningful and not just words printed on a page.

Living healthy and losing weight is more than losing weight. It is more than focusing on sculpting my body. It isn’t about adjusting my diet or obsessing over every last morsel that goes into my mouth. It is about adjusting my thoughts so that I want to change my health for the correct reasons. Only God’s word mixed with faith will get me to the revelation that I seek..

Dottie

……and so I ride

I hate to burst your bubble, but God really is bigger than you or your problems. 

There are a whole host of reasons why we are overweight and why we continue to be so. This is by no means an exhaustive list and is not intended to be.Food Addiction- We can be addicted to food and our brain can send us the same messages that cocaine or heroin can cause. This is especially true when we eat foods high is sugar, fat and salt. However, just as happens with drug addiction, once the pleasure experienced with the extra dopamine release happens, the need to eat again is quickly experienced and the cycle is repeated.

Poor nutritional choices- If we eat more and exercise less (or not at all) we will gain weight. It all boils down to energy in/energy out, it has to balance.

Not enough exercise- Once again, if you are eating poorly and not getting any exercise it is bound to catch up with you in gained pounds. Research says that physical activity has an effect on maintaining proper weight that is as important as a proper diet.

Eating Habits- This can include inappropriate serving amounts, and eating when you aren’t really hungry. Failing to stop eating when you are full. Meal portions today are immense, it is hard to stop eating when you ar full when you have paid good money for that food.

Eating Disorders- these can include Binge Eating, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia. These disorders and others like them can cause serious emotional and physical problems that can even be life threatening. These disorders can have severe consequences for relationships, health and productivity.

You get an idea of the picture. According to the Centers for Disease Control, American’s are eating more and exercising less, and as a consequence, weighing more. They say it is a combination of increased availability, bigger portions and more high calorie foods.

There are very few places you go these days where food is not offered. A single meal offered at fast food restaurants can contain as many calories as most people need for an entire day.

Stress, drug side effects, lack of sleep, and certain illnesses can all cause us to carry to much weight around. Emotional eating causes us to turn to food for relief from our stresses, for comfort, and of course as a reward.

It seems overwhelming doesn’t it, there are so many reasons we are fat. We just need to pick one. I am not saying these reasons are not legitimate, they absolutely are. They can be devastating to us as we live with the consequences every single day of our lives.

No matter the reason we are obese we can still find the answers we seek. There is not a single cause of obesity that is greater than our God. Matthew 22:37 says that we shall love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our mind.

This is a wonderful verse but in my emotional eating soul, loving my God with my whole heart, soul and mind is hard to do when food was predominantly on my mind. At times there really is little room for anything else, God included. .

Some of the afore mentioned problems are bigger than others but at least one result of those problems are the same, obesity.

Take comfort in the fact my friends that when God says He can fix it, He can, if we give Him the chance. It really doesn’t matter what kind of Red Sea you are facing, God is already there and He will show you the way through. Don’t be afraid, the same God who calmed and comforted the Israelites is with you today. He goes before you and He follows behind you. See Deut 31:8. Stand steady in the truth you know and if you do not know, seek the truth. Find sustenance and encouragement in the Bible. Let the inspired word of God remind you of the power of God’s love, the might of God’s power and the extent of His mercy.

God has the solution to what you are facing, He has the provision and He will give you the hope you need to walk through it. When you need wisdom, joy, strength and comfort, He will provide it.

Be still (it’s hard, I know) and know with all certainty that God will fight for you. Rest in Exodus 14:14. When your best efforts fall short, and they will, thank your Lord that you have His power, strength, courage and wisdom, it is enough.

Are you trusting God to deliver His promises to you no matter where you are and what caused you to be there?

I invite you to do just that.