How are friends like bras? They’re close to your heart and there for support. The devil, on the other hand, would prefer that you forget that you have support of any kind.
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Lie #4: You have to do this alone.
When I feel isolated and overwhelmed, this lie can cause me to abandon any project that God means for me to complete. To be honest, when I made the decision to start losing some weight and eat healthier, this thought crossed my mind.
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Claire didn’t need to lose any weight and I cannot exercise the way she does — she runs between three and five miles at a time. Kelly needs to lose some weight, but he’s not come to a place where he’s ready to give up big portions and unhealthy snacks. I think the reason he feels this way is because he had been on the Atkins diet before his diagnosis with leukemia. He knows his feelings are unfounded, but he’s got to get over the association of weight loss and cancer. I could not wait for him to get in a “good place” about losing weight to begin my own journey. As well as deciding to share with all of you, I sort of made God my weight loss partner.
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. He keeps every promise forever. Psalm 145:5-6 (NLT)
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I take joy in knowing that God sees me giving my best efforts in making His temple in me healthier.
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:13 (NLT)
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I am thankful that my mother continues to weigh in with me each week, although her goal now is maintenance. She gives me wonderful support on our weigh-in days and gladly takes time for me if I call to talk about something diet-related. But it’s God who is there watching me on my other weigh-in days. I go to Him first when I have a concern (Why is the scale hanging on at 193 for the third week in a row?) or a joy (I’m now fitting into clothes I haven’t been able to wear in five years!) in my weight loss journey.
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I have a small group of intimate friends as it is. They are all pulling for me and encouraging me. I am so appreciative of them. Beside Mama, Kelly, Marla, Renee, Jodie, Amber, Robin, and Aunt Melba have been my sources of earthly strength. But I have found that the longer I’m successful at this business of losing weight, the less some people want to know about it. I’m sure there are even some who wish I’d go to Dairy Queen and eat my current weight in ice cream every day for a month. So I don’t share unless I’m asked and even then, my answer depends on who asks.
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The one thing I’m sure of is that God is happy with my success. And since it’s His approval that I’m ultimately seeking, I remember this verse:
You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness. Psalm 18:28 (NLT)
I think David was trying to remind us that while others around us can lift us in wonderful, supportive ways, God gives us our ultimate support and I never, ever have to do anything alone.
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Thank you, dear Blog Buddies, for keeping me in your prayers thus far.