I know a few weeks ago I mentioned that y'all probably didn't want to hear about my struggles with being overweight, but since this is an issue for many of us ladies I thought you might be interested in a book I came across that I'm finding to be so full of truth.
First of all, I want to show you a picture of me at my top weight, which I won't disclose at the risk of totally embarrassing myself. This picture was taken on my 50th birthday, January 21, 2005.
Our daughter took this picture this past Sunday, June 19, 2016.
I'm not sharing this to brag.....
well, not to brag on myself.....
but to give God all the glory!
You see, for many years I wanted to lose weight to look better.....
but, who doesn't want that, right?
We all want to feel and look our best.
But one of the main reasons I decided to get the weight off this time was because of a really bad knee I had. I'm pretty sure that surgery was in my future and my hubby had lost his job in 2011 so for 2 years I had no health insurance. Facing the possibility of surgery with no insurance wasn't something that we could even consider so I knew I had to do something.
I also knew I couldn't do it on my own.....
I was only able to succeed with God's help.
Here's where I want to tell y'all about a book I recently started reading. Oh, how I wish I'd had this book 2 years ago when my weight loss journey began. For some reason, God led me to it now, though, and that's why I want to tell you all about it, too.
This book is actually a 30 day devotional and each day there's a scripture to read, commentary by Sheri Rose Shepherd, a prayer, a call to some kind of action, and a "Treasure of Truth for Today".
I got my copy for less than $5, which included shipping on half.com. I wanted a hard copy so I could underline and highlight and take notes in.
This particular prayer really spoke to my heart.....
Your body is special to Me.
I carefully created every part of you.
You truly are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I made you in My image,
and I love you.
I don't want you to waste another day worrying about what you don't look like or how much you weigh.
Come to Me in the morning and let Me be your mirror.
Let Me design your diet;
let Me be the strength you need to become your healthiest.
You don't have to do this alone;
I am here to give you all you need to be free and at peace with yourself.
Your King, your Identity
I remember for many years wishing that I wouldn't be noticed when I walked into a room. As crazy as you're probably going to think I am (although by now you now I'm a little loony), I'd actually pray that I wouldn't look as big as I really was when others saw me. :( Even now, if I receive a compliment, it's sometimes difficult to handle it because inside I'm still that "fat" woman. The older I'm getting the more I'm realizing that God truly loves us just the way we are.....
but He also wants us to take care of our "temple" where He dwells.
Please let me know if you decide to read this book,
so that I can pray for you on your journey to better health. Let's pray for each other because for me this is going to be a life-long struggle that only He can help me with.
HOPE everybody has an awesomely blessed day.