IMAG2347I feel like weeping tears of joy as I post this blog today. I wrote it a few days ago and scheduled it ahead.

Yesterday morning I sat in my old blue recliner and told the Lord how very much I needed new shoes . . . how I couldn’t afford them, but missed walking. I reminded him that I’ve been praying about this for awhile. I was tempted to complain. Instead I simply slowed down and told Him that I was a daughter of the King, and I knew He wanted me to have good gifts.

That afternoon a friend asked me what I was doing for exercise. I admitted I’d been struggling due to the pain in my feet and my worn-out tennis shoes. Within an hour we were at a GOOD athletic shoe store. She bought me new shoes, inserts, and socks. Everything I needed and more.


As you read my struggles below, do it with the delight of abundance, of knowing our LORD sees our struggles. Know that HE fights our battles. Stands with us when we are opposed in every good thing. That He is the Provider for all our needs.

HE cares about you and me, our struggles toward health, and even whether or not we have tennis shoes!

Here’s the post originally scheduled for today:

I’ve heard that every good thing will be opposed.


A few weeks ago Jerry and I took a lovely 5 mile trek. Lots of time alone together to just talk while also doing something healthy. Glorious! (And free!)

Only I awoke the next morning with a returning case of plantar fasciitis. I’m told plantar fasciitis is often brought on by poor support in your shoes, especially if you walk or hike. I’ve been holding off replacing my walking shoes, despite the holes in the bottom and the worn away support system. Every penny has been needed elsewhere.  But my feet hurt, and the times I’ve tried to walk anyway in my old shoes only bring negative consequences.

So I’ve tried to do more pilates with my at home DVD. Wouldn’t you know it? The exercises are done with a long plastic band, and the band broke!

Sinister opposition if you ask me!

Today I’m trying to think of another healthy way to burn calories that doesn’t make my feet hurt, and I’m seeking to be especially mindful of what I eat, returning to daily BeNew meal replacement shakes to help me guard my caloric intake since I’m not burning as much off.

I didn’t come all this way to go backwards!

How about you? What things creep into your life to oppose your victories on your benew journey?

Standing against the opposition

Celebrating Good Surprises


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7 thoughts on “Opposition

  1. Sheila Stacy September 6, 2013 at 5:25 pm Reply

    Awesome!! Soo inspiring!! Thank you!!

  2. Rosemary September 7, 2013 at 3:51 am Reply

    What a great friend you have and of course your trust in God came thru for you. Now you get out there and walk, walk, and walk, and don’t even think about you not wanting to go backwards lol.

    • Paula Moldenhauer September 7, 2013 at 4:59 am Reply

      YAY! Yes. God comes through. He is so sweet to us. Time to Walk. Walk. Walk. After I finish the Benew Dream Academy this weekend. ;O)

  3. Jan B. Parrish September 7, 2013 at 5:04 am Reply

    So happy for you! 🙂

  4. Paula Moldenhauer September 8, 2013 at 2:38 am Reply

    LOVED having time with you last week, Jan. Thank you for sharing in my celebration. Blessing upon you, too!

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