Follow the yellow brick road. Follow the yellow brick road. Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow the yellow brick road.
You sang the song in your head didn't you? Admit it. It's fine. I did too and I've been singing it since I read chapter two of Lisa Terkeurst's book, 'Made To Crave.' The chapter is entitled 'Replacing My Cravings.' In chapter one she talks about how, once you've identified the cravings, you need to replace them with scripture. In chapter two she tells you how ~ BRICK BY (yellow) BRICK.
She refers to 'tearing down the tower of impossibility before you and using those bricks to build a walkway of prayer. A (yellow) brick road to victory! Let's look at a few of my personal bricks. Maybe you can relate.
It will be impossible for you to remove this brick from your tower if you don't acknowledge the bricks existance. You are not fine this way. You are full of doubt, self-pity, self-loathing and a (maybe somewhat small-ish) desire to change. You may be feeling depressed or even physically ill. That is your brick talking! Tear it down. "... All this calamity has come upon us; yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Your truth." Daniel 9:13 Now Daniel was obviously not talking about our struggles with healthy eating but I do think he makes a valid point about suffering the calamity with loud complaint, but refusing to aknowledge the truth. God's plan, his truth for us on this matter, is to seek him first over all things and to acknowledge our need for him in our lives.
Well, baby, life's not fair. And God's word never promised it would be. But he does promise to be with you. When I removed this brick, I did it begrudgingly and with attitude. I flung it at my slowly growing yellow brick road. My inner three-year-old was laying on the path, pounding her fists, declaring the unfairness of it all. But when the tantrum ceased, I could hear, "I will bless you with a future filled with hope ~ a future of success, not of suffering." Jeremiah 29:11 I'm sure I will have a different attitude about that success. What about you?
If this is one of the bricks in your impossibility tower then you are absolutely right. It is hard! To that I say, #wecandohardthings #pullupyourbiggirlpanties Please enjoy this picture gallery as my response to this brick.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13 Not easy things. All things. Through Christ. Not alone ~ or even with friends. Through Christ. WE MUST NOT ELIMINATE HIM FROM THE PROCESS. He is the brickmaker.
Lord, give us courage to knock down these walls and give us the strength and endurance to build our own beautiful brick road that leads to you.
WWTip #1: Take a time out: Grab some TLC.
There is more to weightloss than eating smart and exercising. Taking time for yourself matters, too. For one thinkg, it makes the hard work of losing easier. For another it just feels good. Jot down thre things you like to do - pleasurable things that aren't about food or exercise. Now figure out when you can make just one of those things happen. Treat your time seriously.
WW Recipe: Ranch Chicken Salad
Combine 1 1/2 cup shredded romaine lettuce, 2 oz cooked sliced chicken breast, 1/4 cup each canned black beans, chopped tomatoes, canned corn and chopped orange pepper. Add 2 Tbsp chopped avocado; toss with 2 1/2 Tbsp reduced fat ranch dressing. (6sp)
I'm Jennifer and I am so glad to meet you! I am a working mother of 4 children, surrogate mother of 2 children's boyfriends, a few children's best friends, a god-son, a prayer pal and a very special boy who smelled his way into my heart. Our home is open and all are welcome here.