Category Archives: God’s power

Is getting healthy a burden you carry? Throw it away today!

 

Confused about what diet to try next or what new book to buy? Facebook and the Internet are always offering us some magic diet or worse, a magic pill. Don’t be taken in! There is no magic diet or pill. But there’s hope and help!

Instead of focusing on what food to eat or not eat or how long to exercise I encourage us to focus on Jesus!

Jesus wants to help us. He wants to be our Guide on our health journey.

I’m convinced that a personal relationship with our Guide is essential. Jesus Christ is my Saviour and my faithful Friend. I am so blessed to be called His daughter. I can’t imagine life without Him as my Guide.

But, some days I live like I don’t need a Guide. I’ve got things figured out. I like to be the one in control. I don’t need any help!

I look and sound like a wilful two year old. Ah yes that age when we strive for independence but without the skills to achieve it!

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I don’t need any help!

Let’s imagine I am carrying a huge pack up a big hill.

I know that I can carry the pack. I have a plan. I’m strong. I don’t want any help.

The first 15 minutes I walk with confidence. Then I take a look at the hill. It starts to look too hard to climb. I won’t ever make it to the top. I feel like giving up.

I get grumpy. I start to complain about how hard it is to climb with this big pack. No one else has to climb with a pack. My life is harder than anyone else’s.

I’m not watching where I’m walking and I stumble over a root and fall. I fall hard on my hands and knees. I roll back down the hill. I get up and struggle on, grumbling and griping.

All the time my loving Heavenly Father is walking right beside me. He says, ‘Dixie could I carry that pack for you?’ I refuse His offer. I’m strong! I can do this on my own! I don’t need any help!

I’m frustrated and discouraged and feel like I’m not making any progress. In a fit of temper I glare at my Heavenly Father and throw down my pack. I shout, “I can’t take it anymore! It’s not worth it! It’s too hard!”

Then He smiles at me and He picks up my pack. He says, “ I’ve been waiting for you to ask for help.”   We continue the climb side by side. My Heavenly Father carries the huge pack. My steps are lighter.

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Sound familiar? I’ve had different packs or burdens that I tried to carry. I’m guessing you have your burdens too.

Maybe getting healthy is a burden you’ve been trying to carry on your own. Jesus wants to help. Accepting help doesn’t mean you are not strong. It means you know your limits.

I’m getting better a letting Him carry the burden. I pour out my heart to Jesus. I relinquish control! I confess that I need His help. I find a verse from the Bible that encourages me.

The Bible says, “Casting all your care upon Him, because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Casting means throwing. Throw that burden down! Give it to Jesus and let Him carry it.

Some days I pick up the burden again. I have to keep giving it back to Him throughout the day.

He’s proven Himself over and over again! He is a good and trustworthy Guide.

Jesus wants to have a deep personal relationship with each of us. If you don’t already know Jesus as your Saviour and friend please know that He loves you. I would love to hear from you if you would like to know more about Jesus’ love for you. Leave a comment and I will be in touch. Or click on this link steps to life with Jesus

 

Today’s little step: Call out to Jesus. Throw your burden on Him. He will carry it for you. He wants to help; you just need to ask.

 

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How to access God’s promises, presence and power!

I’ve tried to change. I can’t complete or follow through with anything permanently.

Can you relate to that statement?

There’s hope!

Accessing God’s power is the most important change we need to make on our health journey.

The God of the universe cares about you!

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God wants to be involved in helping you become healthy. It’s important to Him.

I let my imagination go for this blog post.

I imagined what Jesus might say to us about our health journey. Remember this is imaginary but based on the character of Jesus Christ the Son of the one True God.

“Introductions are not necessary. I know everything about you, your successes, your struggles, and your stresses.

I know the details of your thoughts and dreams.

I know your secret heartaches.

“I love you more than you can imagine.

My love is not dependent on your behavior. It is a love that will never end.

“I am delighted with your commitment to get healthy.

“You are tired of failing. But, you can do this! Trust Me!

“I want you to claim My promises, My presence and My power.

“Claim My promises. I always keep my promises. ‘So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Don’t be discouraged.

I offer you My strength when you are weak. I am holding you with my right hand.

“When you pray, remind Me of these promises, and claim them.

“My presence is always with you.

When you became my child, by accepting my gift of salvation, your body became the home of my Holy Spirit.

‘Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?’ 1 Corinthians 6:19

Cry out to me, day or night. I’m with you.

“When you feel alone, remember that I made a promise to you. “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b

“As the Son of God I offer you My power.

Power to fight temptations and struggles.

I know when you are weak and tired and I can help you.

Call out to Me. ‘No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it’. 1 Corinthians 10:13

“I say, ’My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness’. 2 Corinthians 12: 9,10. Claim My power especially when you feel weak!

“As your Guide, I want you to know that together we make this journey to health and well-being.

I am holding you with my right hand.

Rest in MY promises, MY presence and MY power.

Read my Word, the Bible and I will speak to your heart through it. Learn to listen. Trust Me because I love you.”

TODAY’S little STEP: Read this imagined talk from our Guide regularly throughout this next month. We need to be reminded of His love for us and His promises, His presence and His power! Find other verses that speak to your life and your heart.

I’d love to hear how you are claiming God’s promises.

 

 

 

Change is hard, don’t get discouraged!

Do you ever get discouraged?  Last week I encouraged you to make a new routine. Mine was to do strength training in the morning.  I did it for 3 days and then missed the next 2!

It’s so discouraging.

I read this good prayer in the Daily Bread booklet and it really helped me.  I hope it encourages you today to keep taking little steps.

” Dear God:  I’m grateful, Father, that you are at work in me.  

I find it difficult to change and I wonder sometimes how or if I ever will.  

Yet I know that You are continuing Your work in me

and as I look back I will see the growth You are producing.  Amen

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Be encouraged today, my friend, that God is at work!  It’s not about perfection it’s about one little step at a time!

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TODAY’S little STEP:  Don’t get discouraged! God is at work!

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Afraid in the storms of life?

Are you afraid?

What’s happening in your life that is keeping you awake a night? What’s that situation or that relationship that is always at the forefront of your mind?

What’s happening that makes your pulse race?

What’s happening that makes you feel unsure, insecure, alone and worried?

I saw fear recently, fear that caused my little dog Bristol to shake uncontrollably, pace, pant and drool.

The thunder rolled and boomed and Bristol was terrified.

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I wrapped her in a towel and offered her the security of my lap with my arms wrapped around her.

I felt her little heart racing.

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The safest place for her was in my arms.

But she took none of the comfort offered.

She squirmed and wiggled and struggled until I had no alternative but to put her down.

She decided that the best place to wait out the storm was in the bathroom behind the toilet!

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She felt safer there than in my arms.  Silly dog!

It struck me that we are just like Bristol. When a storm comes into our lives we get frightened sometimes even terrified.

The storm is real and loud and we’re afraid.

We try to find ways to cope with the storm.

We get advice from everyone we know.

We read everything we can about the problem.

We try to forget the storm by eating.

We may escape with sleep, drugs or alcohol.

Just like Bristol we decide where to wait out the storm.

 

All the time God’s arms are available and welcoming.

It’s the best place to be during any storm.

 

What storm are you facing; unemployment, poor health, money troubles, relationship problems or parenting issues?

Maybe your storm is so loud and so strong that you aren’t sure you are going to survive?

I have good news! God knows all about your storm.

He’s right there beside you offering the security of His arms.

 

God says…

Do not be afraid for I am with you.

I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you.

I will hold you with my righteous right hand.

I am with you.

I take great delight in you.

I will quiet you with my love.

I rejoice over you with singing.

When the righteous cry out, I hear them.

I deliver them from all their troubles.

I give strength to my people,

I bless them with peace.

I go before you and will be with you.

I will never leave you.

Do not be afraid.

Do not be discouraged.

I will watch over your coming and your going

Both now and forever!

Isaiah 41:10, Zephaniah 3:17

Psalm 34:17, Psalm 29:11

Deuteronomy 31:6, Psalm 121: 8

God offers rest, hope, power, grace, mercy and so much more. It’s my hope and prayer that you find comfort in His good words and rest in the security of His arms.

 

TODAY’S little STEP: When life sends a storm your way. Claim God’s good words and His promises. Near God is the best place in a storm.

 

 

The proven way to win and beat temptations and triggers!

We can’t avoid the stress in our lives. Those triggers and temptations will always be part of life.

The good news is that we can change our response!

My friend had a terrible day at work. Customers were nasty. A coworker didn’t show up and they had to work short.

Then to top it all off her new supervisor had a power trip and yelled at her. What a shift!

A big chocolate bar was just the treat she needed to calm her nerves and reward herself for a hard day.

But she said she had one of those of clarity of thought moments. “I realized that the chocolate bar was not a treat. It would sabotage by healthy eating plan and add unnecessary calories. It would also weaken my resolve – that one chocolate bar would make it easy to continue overeating for the rest of the day. I walked out of the store without the chocolate bar! I won!”

She told about her breakthrough at our weekly support group and we all cheered for her. Then she said, “I found my verse! I found the verse I am going to use when I am triggered or tempted to eat for emotional reasons.”

Her verse, “ And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap of harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation

She said, “ I’m not going to give up on this healthy eating plan. If I keep it up it will make a difference. I’ll lose weight and be healthier and that will be my harvest of blessing”.

That is my challenge to you today – find a verse you can use when you are triggered or tempted to eat for emotional reasons.

God’s Words have power!

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Jesus used scripture when Satan tempted him. Satan is no match for the powerful truth of God’s Word!  

So we are going to follow Jesus’ lead. When we want to choose food for reasons other than hunger, we’ll claim the same power as Jesus did!

My power verse is “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might”. Micah 3:8 When I meditate on this verse I realize that amazing power is available to me. Power that I need to access!  

TODAY’S little STEP: Find a power verse to claim when triggered or tempted! Write it out on a card or put it on your phone or computer. Gods’ words have power! 

Here are a few good verses. 

Finally, be strong in the Lord and His mighty power. Ephesians 6:10

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Yet in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Psalm 28:7

Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

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When life knocks you down. Can God be trusted?

What do we do when life knocks you down? When a phone call changes your life forever?

A few days before Christmas my husband’s brother Barry died instantly from a blood clot. He was only 58, in good health, and working daily as an Associate Pastor. His ministry to families and children in his community was vibrant. He was a superb husband and father. We were in shock and searching for understanding.

Trusting God when His plan doesn’t make sense is… intense.

Grief is very real! It’s messy, nasty and tougher than we ever imagined.

So how do we cope? What do we do?

I have learned that I have to trust God

for who I know Him to be.

God is loving. He cares about all the details of my life. As my loving Heavenly Father He can handle my raw emotions. I cry out in my pain. I rant and rave in anger. I rage about injustice and unfairness. He’s a big God. He can handle it. His love is unconditional.  “pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:8

God is omniscient. He sees the whole picture. I only see my small part. He knows how this event will affect my life and the lives of many others. He knows how this will impact His ministry and who will come to know Him as their loving Heavenly Father. I watch for how God is at work and that helps me see some of His big picture.

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God is wise. He knows that hard times teach me. He knows that hard times send me to my knees in prayer. Hard times send me to my Bible to search for His promises and His purposes. Hard times give me sensitivity to other people’s pain.

I trust God because of His promises.

God will never leave me. When life knocks me down I’m not in control. I don’t like uncertainty. It frightens me. But, I know God will never leave me! I hold His hand tightly but He never lets mine go! “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. Isaiah 41:10

God will give me peace. Peace that helps me sleep. Peace that gives me patience to wait. Peace that helps me think straight. Peace that helps me cope with each new hour of each new day. Peace that gives me hope for the future. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.    Philippians 4:7   When I experience His peace I understand why the Bible says it is a peace that passes understanding.

I trust God because He will send help and hope.

I have seen God’s hand in many ways, the lyrics of a song that spoke right to my heart. A Pastor’s Sunday message that seemed written just for me. A friend’s invite for dinner, or the words in a letter or card that cheer me and give me hope. God sends His good people to reach out with loving acts of service.

I trust God because He’s proved He is trustworthy.

I am watching to see how God is at work in these hard days and what He is teaching me.

TODAY’S little STEP: Find one of God’s promises. Claim His promise. Memorize His promise. Believe His promise.

I’d love to hear how our Great God has been at work in your life. What hard time has God brought you through? What is He teaching you?

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