Spirit Seeker Sunday 6

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Let His Spirit move you like water in a stream. Fresh. Flowing. Bubbling. (Photo taken by Stephen Moldenhauer on a hike in the Colorado Rockies.)

“We are only one good choice away from being back on the path of perseverance.” ~ Lysa TerKeurst, the Made to Crave Devotional

This has to be one of my very favorite nuggets of truth on my get healthy journey.

Some days (months, years) are super stressful, and I find it hard to CARE about a thinner, healthier body, much less take action. But the good news is that my God dearly loves me whether I’m having a successful weight loss day or not. His love never changes. It is not based on my performance, but in my position as His beloved child.

Every single moment I am only one choice away from returning to my goal. It’s never to late to step back onto the path of perseverance and success. No matter how many days I ignored my goal, in a flash I can be back on track.

Whew! Talk about encouragement!

In her Made to Crave Devotional, Lysa TerKeurst talks about being raised in a culture where food equates love. I relate. My grandmother was a fabulous cook and her love language was feeding you. It wasn’t unusual for Grandma to make fried potatoes, mashed potatoes, AND stewed potatoes–in one meal. She wanted everyone to have their favorite. And she did the same things with the bread. It wasn’t enough to have homemade yeast rolls. She had to make biscuits, too, because I liked them best. And a meal isn’t a meal in the rolling hills of eastern Oklahoma without cornbread. At least at Grandma’s table.

I bought into the whole concept of loving through food. If my boys were to write a book on love languages,  instead of The Five Love Languages, there would be Six. The sixth would be cooking for those you love. Just the other night I made pan cookies at 9 p.m. just because my Seth’s big blue eyes begged. Of course since he works out a couple of hours most days and has the metabolism of a twenty-year-old, those pan cookies don’t affect him quite like they do me. Like it or not, a whole lot of the meaning of family at our house is a big meal or a home-baked treat.

While cooking is a way of loving–an act of service my sons and husband appreciate–food is not love. God is love. Being a part of His family is as simple as choosing to be His child by accepting His unconditional love and forgiveness offered through His Firstborn Son, Jesus. Because of Jesus’s act of Love on the cross, the rest of us have the opportunity to be adopted by the Father. We can be part of the family.

We can enjoy many expressions of love, including someone’s good cooking. But in our journey to know God and in our journey to healthier lifestyles, it’s important to break the idea that we can fill up our love holes with food. The only way to fill up a love hole is with God’s unconditional, always present, never wavering, fully perfect LOVE.

When He looks at us He loves us. It’s that simple.

When we throw our heart and arms open to God’s love, we are more able to go forward in all of life. In our identity as children of the King of the universe we can persevere in the hard stuff–like weight loss–and make that one good choice that puts us back on the path to perseverance. And then the NEXT good choice.

How about you?  Does it encourage you to remember that you are HIS precious daughter no matter your weight and no matter your performance? And how do you feel about being only one good choice away from perseverance?

How about sharing these thoughts with your friends?

When God looks at us He loves us. It’s that simple.

My identity is as God’s precious child; not based on my performance.

No matter what I’ve done, I’m only one choice away from persevering on the path to my goals.

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2 thoughts on “Spirit Seeker Sunday 6

  1. Paulette L. Harris May 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm Reply

    Happy Mother’s Day today! It’s the 11th and yes, food is part of the celebration. Barbeque is always going on around here and Jennifer, our daughter can come over or we can go there. Jim can’t do it any more because of his oxygen…rather dangerous. 🙂

    Today they are coming and I plan to surprise the baby by taking him down to the stables. He’s only ridden once and has his grand mother’s horse blood coursing through his veins,

    I love these comments Paula because I’m due for surgery again on Friday. I saw the surgeon last Friday and he wanted me to lose ten pounds by surgery date! I could fast right now and still gain weight. I have to ask for prayers (always humbling for me because I always seem to need them for one thing or another!)

    Your comments were most encouraging as I trust my King and Daddy.

    My maternal Grandparents were farmers and we had the most wonderful meals made from the garden with fresh baked goodies to go with them. Nothing in the world like her cooking. My sweet daughter has the same talent for making everything wholesome and healthy. 🙂

    Have a blessed day in Jesus and may your children treat you well and seyou with something light! 🙂

    Love,
    Paulette L. Harris

    • Paula Moldenhauer May 13, 2013 at 4:56 am Reply

      Sending prayers up for your surgery, my friend. And Happy Mother’s Day to you! It sounds like you have a beautiful day planned.

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