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.
This post really speaks to me. You have done very well in your weight loss journey and look terrific. I too am on a journey to appreciate just how fearfully and wonderfully made I am (it doesn't feel like I am each and every day!). But God doesn't make mistakes and I need to stand on his promises. I'll have to check out the devotional. Hugs to you. xxReplyDelete
Deb, you look awesome and you are beautiful inside and out! I love this post. Thanks for sharing the book title as well with that wonderful snippet you've included. I hope that no matter what that you will always remember that You are indeed a Kingdom princess my friend. Hugs and blessings, CindyReplyDelete
I am looking for it on Internet. I hope I can buy it :-) I also will be fit for our King.ReplyDelete
Beautiful blog. Thank you so much!!!
You are beautiful regardless of what you look like, Deb...just know that. Thank you for posting this, I will keep my eye out for the book. smilesReplyDelete
Congratulations, Deb! What a great accomplishment. (I know firsthand how difficult it is.)ReplyDelete
There is so much real food in our world for us to enjoy. I think it's the overly- processed chemical stuff that gets us in trouble!ReplyDelete
You look great, by the way.
Beautiful post! I've read other books by this author. I'll have to see if I can find this book. Thank you for sharing your weight loss journey with us.ReplyDelete
You are a beautiful lady, inside and out. You look fabulous!! My youngest daughter has lost 96 pounds over the past year. I have seen first hand how hard a weight loss journey can be, but the rewards are great. Thanks for sharing the book with us and for sharing your story. You are not alone, so many of us have this issue. BlessingsReplyDelete
A beautiful post and one that I'm sure will help all who read it.ReplyDelete
I guess those few pounds I'd like to loose really don't matter much. : )
You look great. The two pictures look like different people, but you have a beautiful smile in each one.
Lovely post and you look beautiful and I love your shiny silver crown of hair!ReplyDelete
Congratulations and thanks for sharing your journey and this book with us!! I have lost and gained back the same 50 pounds so many times! I will look for this book and will keep you posted! Thanks! You look fabulous!ReplyDelete