This week's topic is…
Fruits & Veggies
Is there a new fruit or veggie that you have tried recently? Or did you discover a new way to cook an old favorite? Since I am trying to eat more fruits and veggies, I hope you'll join me. I need all the help I can get!
Ok, so this week's topic is fruits & veggies. But will you forgive me if I go off topic. Some thoughts are on my heart that I really want to share. I hope they touch your heart as much as they have mine this week.
Now that I am almost 50 lbs lighter, I find myself looking in the mirror more.
To be honest, though, I'm not really looking at my face. Mostly I'm looking to see if I can really tell a difference in my waist line. "Is my tummy flatter?" I wonder. I can't always see it. I still see me at 50 lbs heavier. So I keep looking, wondering if my tummy really is flatter.
As I was going through this ritual Monday morning, a scripture someone posted on Facebook earlier that morning came back to me.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30
I am challenged by this verse. On the outside, this journey to lose weight is really about how I look. It is shallow. But it's the truth. It's an underlying desire to be thinner, which in my mind will then make me more beautiful.
The reality is my beauty isn't determined by a number on a scale. My real beauty has nothing at all to do with how I look or what size I wear. Instead It has everything to do with my relationship with God.
Proverbs tells us that beauty is fleeting. In other words, it passes quickly. It won't matter how I look when I breathe my final breath. But what will matter is how I lived my life.
Did I fear the Lord?
Did I give Him my all?
Did I walk in His word and His will?
It's easy to lose sight of what really matters in this weight loss journey. The focus becomes making healthy food choices and finding time for exercise. Trying to lose weight can become all encompassing.
It doesn't have to be that way. Losing weight can also bring us closer to God.
When I decided to lose weight it wasn't purely for my looks. I had felt the Lord leading me to get healthy for a long time. So I know that God is concerned with my physical being. But I think there was a bigger purpose.
Throughout this weight loss journey, I have learned lessons that can be applied to my spiritual journey. Lessons like self-discipline and self-control. And I have learned what it means to do the impossible with God's help.
When I look in the mirror, I am thankful that God pushed me to get healthy and lose weight. And I am thankful that He didn't abandon me to do it on my own. He has been my strength when I felt like giving up. And His gentle reminders have kept me on the right path when I wanted to stray.
It hasn't always been easy. And I'm sure I haven't always gotten it right. But each day brings me closer to my goal. And I am praying that each day also brings me closer to being that woman described in Proverbs 31.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30
How are you doing with your weight loss goals my friend? Why don't you join us for Weight Loss Wednesday and share? Remember…we're all in this together!
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Also please remember to visit some of the other participants as well. It's very encouraging to know you are not alone in this journey.
Next week's topic is….Scripture.
What scripture motivates you on this weight loss journey? What is your inspiration that keeps you going when you want to quit? I hope you'll dig a little deeper and share with us. You never know what motivates you that could help someone else. So I can't wait to read your inspiration!
In the meantime, remember….
Quitting is not an option!
PS - The last month was so busy that I've had trouble keeping up with reading everyone's posts and replying to all of my comments. So please forgive me if I didn't get to yours. Hopefully things are settling down & I can get caught up…hopefully