I get so much encouragement from you all. Sometimes, you encourage me in your texts or emails. Sometimes in your comments here. I want to share some of these tidbits of encouragement with anyone who comes to the blog.
Last week, Michelle posted a comment that bears highlighting.
When faced with an “opportunity” to eat something–anything–when you are not hungry, but especially when a sudden “surprise goody” is made available, ask yourself this:
“If I eat that, then what?”
Will I only eat one (whatever it is)? Or will that send me down the path of eating even more? What will the rest of the day look like if I continue that way?
What if I were to, instead, invite God into this moment? Could it be an opportunity to grow in my intimacy with him?
Adriane created another Sound Cloud file that I must share with you!
We have to hang in there. We *can* do this. We *can* train ourselves in godliness. Adriane points this out beautifully![soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/93526121″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
What do you need to do today to “get back on that horse?”
Sometimes I get frustrated about constantly feeling like I am constantly finding myself having falling “off the horse”. I am reminded of this scripture:Luke 9:23-26 NIV
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
Regardless if I am on the horse or off the horse I have to daily choose to follow Christ.
One way of thinking of it, Joyce, is that all those fallings off at once and gettings back on (making up words here to describe what I am talking about!) is training me to hang in there. If I never fell off and got on again as I am just getting going (what is a year or two or three in the course of my lifetime?), I wouldn’t know how vital it is farther along in the process. So, I like to view my “failures” and subsequent “resets” as training in godliness. It works, too…I begin to see the potential derailments coming and can choose to enact a plan for success. Not all the time, perhaps, but more often than when I began. The failures are teachers if we let them be! I love the way you often share scripture with us. Thanks.
Great pic Heidi.
Adriane, thanks for sharing. You are right about needing to “let God”, and to being “committed” to allowing Him to, do this with us or we will just keep repeating the “falling off the horse” routine.
Michelle’s question of “if I eat that, then what” is good timing for me. I have been severely slumped over in the saddle this week, I reached for chocolate and it sent me down the path of overeating, the rest of the day (and week) continued that way!
Hang in there Lesley-
His mercies are new every morning, and afternoon and minute. He does not keep track of our failures, but Satan does, so decide who you will listen to today, the voice of the enemy or the voice of truth. The voice of the Lord says you are loved, accepted and can do anything if you trust in Him….be blessed!
Chocolate is totally legal, but it takes some time to believe this when we have been dieters for so long. Observing and correcting is invaluable here, too. It could be the feeling that “I shouldn’t be eating this” that causes the derailing, rather than the actual food. It is that false guilt that we have sometimes when we eat what was a formerly forbidden food. Unfortunately, what often happens is we think we were right…we shouldn’t have eaten that. We blame it for being a “trigger” when the *thought* that it was “illegal” and the subsequent false guilt is the “trigger!” I don’t know if this makes sense, but this is what I have found anyhow!
Love the picture and appreciate Adriane’s sound clip. I am encouraged by the reminder of choosing to renew our minds rather than wallowing in our failures. Thank you.
Thank you Heidi for the encouragement!
Get up on that Saddle again! Amen to that… Keep going no matter what. 0-5 eating is the way to go…” I can do all things though Christ Jesus who strengthens me” Amen. I really like Adriane sound cloud for today. That’s it, we take two steps forward and then one step back and keep going forward….NEVER GIVE UP!
Amplified Bible (AMP)
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.
2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
I see my failures, But God see’s His promises.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
Therefore let us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ (the Messiah), advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belong to spiritual maturity. Let us not again be laying the foundation of repentance and abandonment of dead works (dead formalism) and of the faith [by which you turned] to God,
2 With teachings about purifying, the laying on of hands, the resurrection from the dead, and eternal judgment and punishment. [These are all matters of which you should have been fully aware long, long ago.]
3 If indeed God permits, we will [now] proceed [to advanced teaching].
I see my failures, but God see’s His promises. : )
Jamie, thanks, as always for sharing your insights and the Scriptures!
All of your posts are so encouraging!!! Today was hard but I have to get back into renewing my mind and observe and correct mode!! And tomorrow my husband is hiding the scale……..
Two days ago I knew I needed to “get back on that horse,” and I started carrying a journal with me everywhere. Want to eat? I write about it first. . . maybe even a prayer written. Asking “Am I hungry?” I write the answer. Want that too-late snack? Write myself out of it. Got on the scale this morning and was pleasantly surprised. Course, it’s now become my “everything” book, not just a food diary–I do write my food and times, and feelings. But I’m also writing thoughts, book notes, to-do’s, phone messages…all in one convenient place.
Can’t close without saying how great you look on Doc, Heidi–thought it was your daughter until I read the caption. You are an inspiration!
What a great idea, Cheryl. Hey, girls, Cheryl is a veteran Thin Within participant who also is a TW group leader (or has been a leader). Cheryl…just so you know, that was taken of me in 2008. I look older now! It has been a VERY challenging 5 years. They have taken their toll! 🙂 Thanks, though! 😀
I love this! Thank you both! Very encouraging! You are doing God’s work, and I can’t thank you enough.