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Remember: Your Past is Not Your Future

 

“Your past does not determine your future. Your present is not your destiny but it’s apart of your journey.”

 

I can’t take credit for this one, Jesus told me this when I was heading to bed. I know it helps me and I know it will help others too!

2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

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Be Consistent

Consistency is key as they say. I do believe that consistency is important for your goals. We expect that we can do one good thing one time and have lifetime results. How wrong we are. You can’t brush your teeth only one time and expect to have minty breath the rest of your life. Losing weight or living a healthy lifestyle is also the same. We can’t eat one healthy meal or avoid bad food one time on one day then expect to have results six months later.

I know it’s hard to give up the bad habits for good ones, especially when your body craves french fries when you should have salad. We have to make the sacrifice at sometime. A helpful tip I can give you is to start off slow but be consistent with it. If you want to start walking how about parking farther in the parking lot, but make sure it’s a safe distance of course. Or you can even start by having less soda each day. Once you start giving your healthy good habits a chance it will allow room for additional good habits.

Keep it up, it helps you more than you realize right now that your consistency will lead to results you can see in the future.

Easter Sunday

I just wanted to take some time this Easter Sunday to speak on the meaning of Easter and the big Easter meal we typically have.

I enjoy the traditions we have of going egg hunting, dying eggs, and eating the candy, but I know we cannot forget the true meaning of what Easter is about. It’s about a sacrifice and a free gift none of us worked for, deserved, or asked for. God sent His Son Jesus into this world, and Jesus gave His life so that we all could be free from sin and enjoy eternal life through Him (John 3:16). He is the way, the true, and the life, no man can come to the Father God except through Him (John 14:6). Many times the world will forget the true meanings of holidays and traditions; I don’t want that to happen to this important holiday and I hope that we will continue to keep the true meanings of Easter, Christmas, and other Christian holidays known.

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On this Easter Sunday I know that many of us tend to have a big meal, or at least my family does. Sometimes it starts to look like Thanksgiving with the turkey, ham, desserts, dressing, beans, and many other delicious dishes. I know it’s gets hard for us to control ourselves with all the great tasting food around and we may, even though we try not to, overeat.

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A few things I can tell you to avoid it is to pray about it before you eat, limit yourself but not cut yourself off, and don’t wait until the big Easter meal to have food.

Like I said in my prayer post, prayer changes things and allows God to work on our behalf. Honestly this past Thanksgiving and Christmas I found myself putting a lot LESS on my plate while still enjoying my food and dessert. I ask God to help me to NOT overeat but to enjoy what I have. You can ask God to help you not overeat and to not go overboard with food. Some may think why ask God to help in this small area, but I say why not. God will help you in your weakness, and this is an area of weakness for me as well as many others. We tend to overeat because as they say our eyes are bigger than our plates; I imagine we set our sights on more than what our stomach can handle and hold.

Limit yourself to try small amounts of various dishes; you don’t have to have an entire plate full of desserts, dressing, or etc… If you really want to try the lemon pie and the pound cake just take a small piece of both. Yes I want to live a healthy lifestyle and eat healthy, but I still like to have a piece of pie during the holidays. I don’t have to have the whole pie but having a bite will satisfy my craving so I don’t have to go overboard. It’s like having a chocolate craving but instead of having the entire Hershey’s bar you have one or two bit size pieces. It’s enough to satisfy your craving, and you don’t eat the whole thing.

Some people get into the habit of not eating the entire day until the big meal; I have heard  reports that this is actually sabotage….. See the WebMD article (it’s in regards to Thanksgiving dinner but it will help in this place too.)

We THINK that by not eating until the big meal will allow us to save on calories and eat more food, but actually I’ve seen it do the opposite. I know personally for me that I will tend to pack more food on my plate and consume more because I’m hungry from “saving” my appetite for later (by the way we usually have Thanksgiving or Easter dinner at 5 or 6, so I’m usually “taste testing” throughout the day to get by). I say have a small breakfast; some cereal, eggs, toast, or whatever you tend to eat in the morning to help you get by. If you’re not starving before dinner you typically will not overeat at the dinner table. If you’re thinking that if you’re not hungry then you won’t get to try everything, then that’s why you should limit yourself and put small portions of what you want to eat on your plate instead of packing the plate a mile high.

Enjoy your Easter Sunday, family, friends, and thank Jesus for His sacrifice otherwise there would be no hope in this life or the life after. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

What The Mirror Doesn’t Show

The mirror only shows a reflection of you.

The mirror only shows you what you look like not WHO you are.

The Bible will show you who you truly are and if you’re in Christ it’s and amazing view.

King, priest, blessed, highly favored, joint heir with Christ, child of God, sheep of His pasture, justified, anointed, gifted, His masterpiece… 🙂

I know exactly how it feels to look in the mirror and not like what you see. I also know how it feels to not want to look in the mirror because you’re so ashamed of yourself and you don’t like what you look like. When you walk past the mirror in the bathroom you look down and when you walk up to glass door you don’t even look up because you’ll see your reflection.

Honestly I still have to deal with this now; I look in the mirror and see all my faults and I suspect that everyone else can see them too. I wonder if they can see that my stomach looks bigger, or judge me on the size or shape of my body; but it also seems to me that we are our own worst critics and judges. The mirror was never meant to define you, only show what you look like and I must say that the way you look does not equal your worth.

God looks at the heart of man, men on the other hand notice the outward appearance (1 Samuel 16:7). Every single day we are all growing older; no matter what our bodies will change right in front of us and even the plastic surgery that people get cannot fix everything. Why do we place our value in the things that change and that will mean so little in the end?

The purpose of this post: to state to everyone and to remind myself that we are not what the mirror shows. The body is like a house meant to hold all the goods on the inside or like a treasure chest, it’s what’s on the inside (the treasure on the inside) that makes the treasure CHEST worth anything at all. I’m not saying to disregard your body and that it means absolutely nothing but don’t place your value on the treasure chest when it’s the treasure on the INSIDE that makes the chest valuable. 🙂

 

 

Your Weight ≠ Your Value

What the scale says shouldn’t determine your value and worth. Why should something that changes define someone?

I understand we want to be at a healthy weight but not all of us will be at the same weight, so why should we allow something that is different for each of us define all of us?

Who says that 115lbs. is beautiful or 135lbs. is the best weight? I believe that we should base our value on something will not change, something that no matter how we feel, look, or what anyone else says will speak the truth.

Of course I believe our worth and value should come from God’s Word; He says we are fearfully and wonderfully made, the apple of His eye, and His masterpiece in Christ Jesus.

I want you to know that we’ve have allowed the world to lie to us and deceive us into thinking that our weight defines and determines our worth. We are worth more- MUCH MORE- than what numbers on a scale says.

Stay encouraged!! 🙂

We are fearfully and wonderfully made – Psalms 139:14 NKJV

We have been made in such a wonderful way – Psalms 139:14 ERV

We are His masterpiece – Ephesians 2:10 NLT

We are the apple of His eye – Psalms 17:8 NKJV

We are made in God’s image – Genesis 1:27 NKJV

We are precious in His sight and are loved by God – Isaiah 43:4 NJKV

We are not forgotten – Isaiah 44:10 NJKV

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