Clever quote

Recently, I read a quote that made me really stop and think. I began to think about my weight loss journey ….my mountains and valleys along the way….and my blog that details these event.

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“I just did” feels so much better than “I’m going to.”

Wow… To me, that is profound. As we approach a new year, I can reflect on so many “new beginnings” over this past year. I think about how many times I have had small victories… And how many times I have fallen off the wagon.

That quote has caused me to change my thinking and reconsider the direction of my blog. I don’t want one more single day to be about what “I’m gonna” do…. How cool would it be to be able to report what I’ve done… Rather than what I plan to do? No doubt, it is a process. I have shared my journey and will continue to do so. But in this moment, when everyone is talking about resolutions and goals….quite frankly, I’m sick of hearing it. Even from myself. My goal is still the same. I have made a mess of my health and I have prayed and asked God to help me return to His health plan. This is my prayer for both me and you! Many Blessings, my friend!

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Decisions, Decisions

Ok, either I have lost my mind or I have quite possibly begun to understand this Holy Spirit thing. Tonight I was standing in the check out line at Wal-Mart arguing the fact that I wanted a candy bar….or a bag of chips…or anything. I knew that I did not need it. I was on my way home to eat dinner with my family, that was the last thing that I should be having. Yet, I stood there, contemplating. I actually had a conversation in my mind…LOL Ultimately, I settled on the notion that having that junk would not be honoring God with my body and so I checked out without it. Hmmm. Is that how this works? I find myself in a dilemma and I ask my “Counselor” to help me make a decision. Sounds silly, I know. But for someone who has spent most of my life turning off that voice and doing what I wanted anyway, it was a different kind of experience. Verrrryyy interesting.

My Temple

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body,” (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

Ya know, I have heard that verse for many years and to consider that my body is literally a dwelling for the Holy Spirit is mind-boggling. I don’t think I have ever really thought about it like that. As I walked this morning, I began to think about this verse in a literal way… and …wow. If I picture MY BODY… my literal physical body as a literal dwelling of the Holy Spirit… then, friends, I need to CLEAN HOUSE!

How can I ask the Holy Spirit to dwell within my heart… when the arteries are being clogged by junk day after day?
How can I ask the Holy Spirit to dwell in this mind… when my thoughts and focus are blurred by the chemicals that I consume?
How can the Holy Spirit dwell in these bones and muscles….. when I do not use them properly or often enough?
How can I ask the Holy Spirit to dwell in this Temple… when it is crowded ~literally~ with the weight of the world on my shoulders… and my hips… and my thighs… and my … well, you get the picture.

If this body is supposed to be the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, then I am way off track. I have allowed this body to be the dwelling place of pride, anger, negativity, selfishness, impatience… the list goes on. And when I look at the fruits of the Holy Spirit… wow… quite the opposite.. love, joy, peace, patience, kindness… the list goes on.

For me, and I think for many others, the Holy Spirit sounds so mysterious. I mean, really, just the name alone can give you chills. So I have been researching to find out more about the mystery and what He is all about.

No wonder it is difficult for us to understand, even Jesus said that many would not accept this truth:

“If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever — 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:15-17).

“Counselor”…now that’s a cool thought… that means I have a Counselor living within me that I can call on 24/7 and ask …what should I do? Scripture says that the Holy Spirit is with me wherever I go and whatever I do. His power is available whenever I need it. Sounds like this guy knows me better than I know myself!

So what is the purpose of the Holy Spirit? Is it like an imaginary friend or what? No, not exactly. He is a friend with the Power of the Father dwelling in you and He offers many blessings… check it out:

The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to build you up in the body of Christ to the glory of God.
He regenerates (John 3:3-5).
He indwells (Rom. 8:11).
He anoints (1 John 2:27).
He baptizes (Acts 2:17-41).
He empowers (Micah 3:8).
He sanctifies (Rom. 15:16).
He comforts (John 14:16-26).
He gives joy (Rom. 14:17).
He gives discernment (1 Cor. 2:10-16).
He bears fruit (Gal. 5:22-23).
He gives gifts 1 Cor. 12:3-11).

Wow… I want that in my daily life! No need to try to do it all myself!

Verse 20 says, “Therefore, Honor God with your Body!” Today, my prayer is that with every decision I make, every morsel I consume, every thought that I have, may it be an honor to you Father God! And may it be obvious that my Temple is your dwelling place!

MIA

Tuesday 12:30 pm

It was nice to have a decent night’s sleep. I am still fighting negative thinking today. Physically, I am not feeling very good. It’s like I can almost feel the toxins having a fist fight within my body. I am incredibly grateful that I have yet to experience any headaches. That’s awesome! The last time I gave up caffeine, it was really rough. Of course, there is really nothing about this detox process that I would call pleasant. Who, in their right mind, would do this to themselves…over and over again?
{{{Deep breath in….exhale}}}

I know the good stuff in just around the corner… I just know it. I am trying to look forward. I know that within a couple of days, I am going to feel amazing.

Thank you Father God for not giving up on me…when I apparently try relentlessly to give up on mysellf.

Tuesday 4:00pm

Well, on top of an already stressful day, my car broke down. It overheated several times… to the point that not only was there smoke coming out from under the hood, and from the tale pipe, it was filling up the inside of my car! I had to walk several blocks to make it to class on time. Fortunately, some friends helped me out and it was just a radiator hose that needed to be replaced. This has not been such a great day.

Tuesday evening….

Around 8:00pm the headaches came… ugh. I wasn’t feeling well so I took a bath and went to bed by 8:30ish. At around 10:00pm I started getting sick…like violently ill. This went on until 6:45 Wednesday morning. I will spare you the gruesome details, but it was not pretty. Talk about miserable. No sleep, weak, and deadlines to meet. Somehow… someway…I made it through.

So today is Thursday and I feel 100% better! Either I had a yucky virus or God took me serious when I prayed for a detox! I am staying on track and have not had sodas or junk. I don’t know that chicken noodle soup is ok on The Daniel Fast, but I did decide to introduce food to my empty stomach last night and soup sounded good. =) I am looking forward to a great day with God as my Guide!

Many Blessings, my friends!

(And you thought I was MIA because I fell off the wagon…LOL No, I’m good…. a little shaken…a little rattled… but I’m good!)