Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving - Turkey Trot

Scott, Jon, Daniel and myself will be beginning our Thanksgiving doing The Turkey Trot (the Park Glen one). Then we will join our families for a wonderful time of fellowship. I will be focusing on family and faith - not on the food.

When we go the church where the registration is setup, I was met by one of my students. He is a young boy who makes my day brighter each day. I am so thankful I get the privilege of having him in my class. He is there with his family beginning their in a healthy way.

Jon and Daniel ran the 5k.  Scott and I walked the entire thing. I will have to admit that it was difficult. At the time, I had barely increased my walk to 2 miles. A 5k was pushing it. When we were getting close to the end, I look up and there is Jon and Daniel. They were coming back to finish with me. They gave me the additional stamina to finish. We turned the corner toward the finish line and I see my student come running to me. He wants to walk across the finish line with his teacher. I am so grateful/ thankful for the blessings in my life.

I finished the turkey trot - goal one met. I was not last - goal two met. Bonus - I actually passed quite a few people and I finished in under an hour. Great way to start Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The power of NO!

Grandma Dell and Grandpa Bob
Jon, Spencer, Morgan, Daniel

I have so many things to be thankful for - family and friends are close to the top! However the thing I am most thankful for are the times God told me "NO"! I was not thankful for them at the time - but His "NOs" led me to where I am today - Scott, Jon, Daniel, being a teacher, wonderful in-loves, a great relationship with my Mom and Dad, a wonderful sister and her precious family and for new dreams that are slowly being revealed.

"Thank God for saying NO!

• “No” doesn’t mean the world comes to an end. It simply means not now, not yet, not necessary, or not in your best interest

• If you wait for what your heart desires, you treasure it more when you finally do get it.

• Kicking and screaming and having a bad attitude while you wait is no fun for you or for those around you.

• Getting the thing you want might be the worst thing for you.
I thank God for the nos and the not yets in my life. Though they may not be what I want, they are exactly what I need. God is getting me ready to receive the promised Land……..
God’s dream must be experienced God’s way. If you settle for anything else, you’ll never be satisfied.

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!” (Isaiah 30:18)"
 Lysa Terkeurst, What Happens When Women Walk in Faith

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

God's New Journey in Me - 1st Month

On October 1, one month ago today, I began a new journey. It is a journey to get healthy both physically but more importantly, spiritually!!!!!! WOW!!!! It has been an amazing month. I still have many challenges on both ends, but I know I am so much closer to God and am listening to him more and more each day! This journey all started in a Weight Watchers meeting and someone mentioning a book called Made to Crave. She was beginning a bible study on craving God more than food.

 This really struck a note with me and gave me a stirring in my spirit.

Now to this point in my weight gain process, (not loss) I knew I needed to lose weight but did not have the strength or want to enough to stick with it more than one day. Something else was always taking priority over my time and my drive to do what needed to be done. I had developed a food addiction. I needed that bean burrito or French fries or ice cream or cheese. It was calling to me day and night. I went to bed thinking of food and woke thinking of food. I truly craved food more than I craved God. I used it as a drug to fill to calm me when I was stressed, comfort me when I was sad, frustrated or angry, fill me when I was lonely, blind me when I felt guilty for eating bad stuff, it was my companion when I was bored.

The problem with this kind of god – is no one ever talks about it. There are lots of plans out there to try to help you lose weight, but I had never found anything that truly addressed the real problem – a much deeper problem than I had ever realized – my food addiction and weight were a spiritual problem not just a physical problem.
Well back to Oct. 1 and that stirring in my spirit. I now realize God was calling out to me. I went home, fixed breakfast – a healthy one (I always cook a healthy breakfast after a Weight Watchers Meeting). Then I grabbed our nook color and looked up the book. I downloaded it immediately and sat down and read the introduction and then the first two chapters. Then I began to listen to the prodding’s of God and my new journey has begun.

This month has not been easy, food is everywhere. I have to eat it for nourishment. I am learning, still learning – it is a daily battle – sometimes minute by minute battle. But my God is bigger than food, He is my portion, He is my strength. I am also learning that the Bible has A LOT of food references in it. I am learning to put scripture in my mind and heart and that God will help me through this process. I am learning to be healthy – spiritually and physically.

With God’s help the beginning of my journey has been successful. I did not say easy. I have had to retrain my mind in so many areas. I have quoted “All things are permissible but not all things are beneficial” so many time I think it is really a part of who I am now. I have had to deny myself some things – I have enough points – but it is not healthy for me. If it is a food that I crave or that gives me comfort, I am choosing to deny myself of it for a time and rely on God for that comfort. Satan has attacked me in so many ways. Difficult times, a hurt child, a sick family member, many events that have food and pushers trying to get me to eat, a baby shower where I am a hostess and serving punch, Halloween, a Kindergarten teachers convention – just to name a few. God has been so faithful though it all. He has wrapped his arms around me and given me comport and peace. He has been my portion, when I needed him. He has sent scripture to my mind and heart – just when I needed it.
I finished reading the book and was praying where God wanted me to go next, he clearly said read it again. He also said, “I’m not finished with you yet.”

I am almost finished reading it a second time. I already know what God is leading me to read next, but I have to wait until this is finished reading this a second time – self control!!!!! However, I am so excited and eagerly wait to see where he is guiding me. He is also calling me to be public about my struggle so that it may bless others that are suffering in silence. Food is something we had to have to survive. It is all around us. I am so grateful that God has opened my eyes, softened my heart and guided my path so clearly this last month. I have a long way to go and many more things to learn. The road will not always be easy, but with His strength, I will be successful and He will be glorified.