Monday, April 4, 2011

Temptation doesn't take Kindly to being Starved

God's divine power has given us everything that we need to experience victory in our struggles.

We are to reflect a divine nature - a secure identity in Christ- which helps us escape the corruption of this world and avoid evil desires.

Getting healthy is not just about faith, goodness, and knowledge. We have to add to that foundation by choosing to be self- controlled and choosing to persevere even when the journey gets really hard.

These qualities keep us from being ineffective and unproductive in our pursuit to eat healthy and, even more importantly, in our pursuit to grow closer to God.

If we make the choice to do our best to be like Christ, offer our willingness to exercise self-control, and perseverance for his glory, we can loose weight, get healthy, and walk in confidence that it is possible to escape the cycle of loosing and gaining back again. We can be victorious. We can step on that scale and accept the numbers for what they are- and not as an indication of our worth!

James 1:2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish it's work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

The biggest trick Satan plays on us to give into temptation is the saying "It's not fair." We know what is right, but for that temporary thrill, we give into whatever it is that is tempting us. We begin to allow "mess" to run through our minds and cause us to get angry at ourselves, guilt floods our body, self-doubt wrecks our confidence, and possibly even get angry at Almighty God. It's not fair that others can have this, do this, act this way. Our flesh buys right into satan's lie that it's not fair for things to be withheld from us. Just like that forbidden fruit in the garden.

Whether we are talking about pre-marital sex or cheating on our diet, once we taste that forbidden fruit, we will crave it worse than we did before. If given temptation power, it will consume our thoughts, redirect our actions, and demand our worship.

2 Corinthians 12: 9-10
But he said to me,"My grace is sufficient for you, and my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ's power may rest in me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Victoria has a Secret

We need to get to the point that we define ourselves by obedience and not a number on the scale.

We need to make peace with our bodies. For some of us, no matter how much we exercise and eat healthy we will never look like Victoria or any of her friends. J Knowing that will help us get to a place within ourselves to be content with our “temples” the Lord has given us! Our bodies are a GIFT! We need to be thankful for our gift and take care of it so that we can walk according to God’s plan and have a renewed strength to keep a healthy view of our bodies.

If we allow our brains to PARK in a place of dissatisfaction about any part of our bodies, then it will give Satan just enough room to move in with his lies and strip us of motivation.
Find YOUR BEAUTIFUL and don’t hold your beautiful up to others with a critical eye of judgment.

Our weight issues don’t have anything to do with being spiritual or worldly. If we are honest with ourselves our issues are as plain and simple as LACK OF SELF-CONTROL. We don’t have weight problems we have spiritual problems. We depend on food for comfort and not on God and we find excuses to be lazy and not exercise. We make time for only what we want to make time for.

This process is about realizing the power of God taking over our complete weakness.

(Psalms 86:11-12) “Teach me your ways O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, O LORD my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.”

The Lord’s STRONG caution – “give careful thought to your ways” and to “build your house” so that HE may be honored. (Haggai 1:2-8)

Engage in the feeling of accomplishment running through you each day!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sense of Identity

We, as woman, need to not have a flawed perception of ourselves. Our sense of identity and worth should not be dependent on the wrong things.
Ex. circumstances or our weight, whether we yelled at the kids or our husband, or what others think of us.

If we allow ourselves to get to this place, we may find ourselves withdrawing from relationships, fearing others judgment and building walls around ourselves. We may also find ourselves overanalyzing other people’s every word and expression looking for ways to manipulate their opinions to be more pleasing towards us.
We need to learn to LOVE ourselves, if we don’t love ourselves we will never be able to truly love others nor be able to be an example of what God’s love really is.

Isaiah 45:2-3
I will go before you (I<GOD> know when people are going to say things to hurt you) and will level the mountains (that is why the Holy Spirit helps you remember verses and to pray to protect you from what could have been a huge hurt to your heart) I will break down gates of bronze and cut down bars of iron (I will break through the lies that have imprisoned you and made you doubt your true worth.)
I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places (in the most unlikely places I will bless your efforts and perseverance with indications of your victory) so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. (I love you <insert your name> I love you even when you are disobedient and struggle with things in your life. I am taking you on this journey because I care about you and I want you to be healthy in every sense of the word. Now, rest in the security of My Name and all that it means to your identity).

God’s divine power has given us everything we need to experience victory in our struggles. We are to reflect a secure identity in Christ – which helps us escape the corruption from this world and avoid evil desires.

Don’t allow self- defeating thoughts or hurtful comments from others to run routinely through your mind.
Be an Overcomer! Speak Life into everything that you do! We are highly favored Woman of God!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Growing Closer

Growing closer to God has a whole lot less to do with an action we might take and a whole lot more to do with positioning our hearts towards him.

(Luke 9:23) “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

Becoming a woman of self-discipline honors God and helps us to live the godly characteristics of self-control. The fruit of the spirit (the evidence of God’s spirit in you) are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)

FOOD for THOUGHT – Food isn’t sinful. But when food is what satan uses to make us feel defeated and like we will never be free from this battle, that’s when he lures us into that place where we feel that victory isn’t possible. This is when he “attacks” our minds and causes us to feel insecure. When we feel insecure…. There are so many other areas we struggle in as woman. This is not healthy for us. We have to make a CHOICE to walk away from the SOURCE of our temptation.

A prayer “I need wisdom to make wise choices. I need insight to remember the words I have read in scripture. I need power beyond what I can do on my own.”

We find ourselves using food to fill not only the physical void in our stomachs but also the spiritual void of our souls.

- Food can fill our stomachs but never our souls
- Possessions can fill our houses but never our hearts.
- Sex can fill our nights but never our hunger for love.
- Children can fill our days but never our identities.

Jesus wants us to know that he can fill us and truly satisfy our every need. It’s not easy to allow him but it is possible.
Being RULED by something other than God diminishes our commitment and will make us feel increasingly distant from him.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Made for More

We were made for VICTORY. Sometimes we just have to find our way to that truth.

We need a POWER beyond our frail attempt and fragile resolve. A power greater than our taste buds, hormones, temptations, and our inborn female demand for chocolate.

Be Persistent: “God, I recognize I am made for more than the vicious cycle of being ruled by food or any other temptation I struggle with in my life. So, I am asking for your wisdom to know Your dwelling power and to walk away from the things that are not beneficial to me.”

Embrace your TRUE Identity:  We are children of God. We need to identify ourselves with our relationship with God and not by our circumstances.
         We are not identified by, for example, our broken home, rejection by a father, being sexually abused, or because at one point in our lives we walked away from God because of a death. INSTEAD we are a forgiven child of God, an accepted child of God, a loved, confident, victorious child of an ALMIGHTY GOD!
(Ephesians 1:4 -2:13– 3:12)  (Romans 3:24 – 8:1-2)

Find a Deeper Reason:  Not only is this for us to feel better about ourselves and to make healthier choices for ourselves, but breaking this vicious cycle is so that we may Know Him Better!  The more we operate in the TRUTH of who we are and the REALITY of that we were made for more, the closer to God we will become! J
If we make this connection between being made for more and getting to know God better THEN this adventure will be less about food and exercise and more about embracing a DEEP and WONDERFUL connection with God!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Healthier Choices

The Big Burger Chains

Less Healthy choices
      Double-patty hamburger with cheese, mayo, special sauce, and bacon
      Fried chicken sandwich
      Fried fish sandwich
      Salad with toppings such as bacon, cheese, and ranch dressing
      Breakfast burrito with steak
      French fries
      Chicken “nuggets” or tenders
      Adding cheese, extra mayo, and special sauces
Healthier choices
      Regular, single-patty hamburger without mayo or cheese
      Grilled chicken sandwich
      Veggie burger
      Garden salad with grilled chicken and low-fat dressing
      Egg on a muffin
      Baked potato or a side salad
      Yogurt parfait
      Grilled chicken strips
      Limiting cheese, mayo, and special sauces

   The Big Fried Chicken Chains
Less healthy choices
      Fried chicken, original or extra-crispy.
      Teriyaki wings or popcorn chicken
      Caesar salad
      Chicken and biscuit “bowl”
      Adding extra gravy and sauces
Healthier choices
      Skinless chicken breast without breading
      Honey BBQ chicken sandwich
      Garden salad
      Mashed potatoes
      Limiting gravy and sauces

                    The Big Taco Chains
Less healthy choices
      Crispy shell chicken taco
      Refried beans
      Steak chalupa
      Crunch wraps or gordita-type burritos
      Nachos with refried beans
      Adding sour cream or cheese
Healthier choices
      Grilled chicken soft taco
      Black beans
      Shrimp ensalada
      Grilled “fresco” style steak burrito
      Veggie and bean burrito
      Limiting sour cream or cheese

           Subs, Sandwich and Deli Choices
Less healthy choices
      Foot-long sub
      High-fat meat such as ham, tuna salad, bacon, meatballs, or steak
      The “normal” amount of higher-fat (cheddar, American) cheese
      Adding mayo and special sauces
      Keeping the sub “as is” with all toppings
      Choosing white bread or “wraps” which are often higher in fat than normal bread
Healthier choices
      Six-inch sub
      Lean meat (roast beef, chicken breast, lean ham) or veggies
      One or two slices of lower-fat cheese (Swiss or mozzarella)
      Adding low-fat dressing or mustard instead of mayo
      Adding extra veggie toppings
      Choosing whole-grain bread or taking the top slice off your sub and eating it open-faced

                     Asian Food Choices
Less healthy choices
      Fried egg rolls, spare ribs, tempura
      Battered or deep-fried dishes (sweet and sour pork, General Tso’s chicken)
      Deep-fried tofu
      Coconut milk, sweet and sour sauce, regular soy sauce
      Fried rice
      Salads with fried or crispy noodles
Healthier choices
      Egg drop, miso, wonton, or hot & sour soup
      Stir-fried, steamed, roasted or broiled entrees (shrimp chow mein, chop suey)
      Steamed or baked tofu
      Sauces such as ponzu, rice-wine vinegar, wasabi, ginger, and low-sodium soy sauce
      Steamed brown rice
      Edamame, cucumber salad, stir-fried veggies

Italian and Pizza Restaurant Choices
Less healthy choices
      Thick-crust or butter-crust pizza with extra cheese and meat toppings
      Garlic bread
      Antipasto with meat
      Pasta with cream or butter-based sauce
      Entrée with side of pasta
      Fried (“frito”) dishes
Healthier choices
      Thin-crust pizza with half the cheese and extra veggies
      Plain rolls or breadsticks
      Antipasto with vegetables
      Pasta with tomato sauce and veggies
      Entrée with side of veggies
      Grilled (“griglia”) dishes