Spirit Seeker Sunday ~ Beyond Wishful Thinking

san diego toe“When it comes to personal growth in how we care for our health, we need to move beyond wishful thinking.” Lysa TerKeurst, Made to Crave Devotional

For years I lay awake at night, the reality of my obesity weighing upon me. I wanted to change, but I did nothing except wish I could.

Actually, that’s not true. I prayed, whispering into the darkness, “This is out of control, Lord. Show me what to do about it.”

Eventually, He did. At just the right time He brought BeNew into my life, and I slowly formed a plan. It didn’t all come together the first week or the second. I gradually reduced calories and added exercise. I faithfully took my weight loss support.

Yesterday my husband and I wore matching turquoise shirts to church. How his eyes lit up when I pulled them from the closet and suggested we wear them. See, these shirts were purchased almost 25 years ago in Carmel, CA.

We bought them on our honeymoon. My 55 plus weight loss and his 20 pound drop means we can wear them again after many years of leaving them in storage. His eyes twinkled all morning, enjoying the great memories and the fact that both of us were able to once again fit in them.

The real work is done. God led me on a journey and gave me a plan for health. Now it’s a daily decision to continue the habits I’ve worked so hard to establish–to fill half my plate with fresh vegetables and fruits instead of majoring on the carbs, to take a walk or do some crunches, to have ONE chocolate, not five.

It’s hard to get it through my thick head that this plan is a lifestyle change, not a temporary fix. It’s easier to fall back into old habits even though I’ve had new ones for months! It goes back to that whole concept of intentionality, of being mindful of my choices.

Back to the plan I established and committed to God.

My plan has been pretty simple. Take BeNew. Move more. Eat wiser in a way I can sustain, and mostly to look to Him for wisdom and strength for the journey.

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3

What’s your plan?

What do you think it means to commit it to the Lord?

Thank you for this reminder that our health is important to you. That you care about our weight loss journey and the plans we’ve made to help us toward success. Please establish our plans. Help us to be wise in how we approach this journey, and help it become something we can sustain. Thank you for walking with us.

(BTW, just noticed the kindle version of the Made to Crave Devotional is on sale for $5.99)


2 thoughts on “Spirit Seeker Sunday ~ Beyond Wishful Thinking

  1. mariekeates November 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm Reply

    Losing it is easier than keeping it off. That’s when the lifestyle change really comes into it’s own.

    • Paula Moldenhauer November 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm Reply

      Yup. Making it a lifestyle, not a short-term goal is the challenge!

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