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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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Surrender the details to God during the waiting.

We don’t like to wait. We like drive through banking, fast food that arrives at the front door and online shopping. Waiting seems inconvenient and unnecessary. What are you waiting for?

My last wait involved international customs. My husband, Don picked the line. However, we soon noticed that our line wasn’t moving very fast; in fact it wasn’t moving at all!

We watched as the red Toyota truck beside us in the next line cleared customs and then we counted as ten more vehicles moved through; while we continued to sit back in our original spot. We sat in that line for thirty-five minutes waiting for five vehicles to clear customs! Don won’t pick the line any more; he gave the job to me!

What are you waiting for today? The long awaited child, test results, a promotion, a home, a restored relationship?

David in the book of Psalms poured out his heart to God; he knew what it was like to wait.

David was waiting to live with his family again.

Waiting for his reputation to be restored.

Waiting to no longer be pursued by an angry King that wanted to murder him.

David said, “But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God. My times are in your hands.” Psalm 31: 14

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Waiting was part of God’s plan for David’s life and may be for yours.

Relying on God during the waiting involves a conscious decision to leave the matter in God’s hands. God can be trusted with all the details; the plans are His to work out.

When you’re forced to wait (and you will be from time to time) forced to wait for something enormously important or something inconsequential.

Remember David’s words, “You are my God. My times are in your hands.” Say them aloud, often, and as a prayer of surrender. Relinquish the details into God’s hands and you will feel His love and care.

I hope this little devotional encourages you, my friend. Sometimes we just need to change things up a bit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW WELL DO YOU LISTEN?

How does our Guide, Jesus, give us direction? Does He shout like a football coach? Does He call out the play and then blame us when we mess up? Or is He a gentle Shepherd that calls us quietly by name? Do we just stumble along on our own?  Does He tell us to follow Him on the path He has for us?

Our Guide is just like a Shepherd. He wants us to listen for His voice and to follow His directions and His path for us. Jesus often referred to His followers as sheep, an analogy that people could relate to. John 10:3-4 says, “The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen for his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.”

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Hey girlfriend. Are you one of Jesus’ lambs? Jesus loves you and wants to take care of you. He wants you on the safe path. I am one of His lambs. Jesus knows me. I recognize His voice because we spend time together talking. I used to do all the talking, but I have learned to listen for His voice. I follow Him because He is my kind Guide and He wants what is best for me.

 Click on this link to find out how to become a follower of Jesus. http://evangelismexplosion.org/resources/steps-to-life/

How do you recognize Jesus’ voice? I have learned that I need to be still and quiet. When Jesus speaks to me it is usually in the form of a very strong thought. Sometimes the strong thought comes when I am having my quiet time with Him and reading the Bible. A verse seems to be written just for me. Or sometimes it’s when I’m driving alone, or doing housework. Often the thought feels like it comes ‘right out of the blue’. Then that same thought or idea comes to my attention again and again through sermons, Christian radio and conversations. When Jesus wants me to listen He uses lots of ways to get me to pay attention.

Jesus gave me the idea to start a blog. I listened to His voice but I sure didn’t obey right away. I whined and whimpered like a tired 2 year old. I was miserable.

Our conversation, over a number of months, went something like this….

Jesus: I want you to start a blog.

 But Jesus I don’t know anything about blogging. I don’t like technology. Things always go wrong on the computer. Can’t I do something that doesn’t involve the computer? Please, please?

Jesus: Dixie, you can do this. Go do some research. Use the Compel Training that you have signed up for. You like to learn, you’re smart. You can do it.

 But I don’t know what I could say that someone else already hasn’t said. There are so many blogs already. What would be my focus or my niche?

Jesus: Dixie, remember your Tuesday morning Bible Study group of 9 women? I want you to share those same ideas on your blog. I want you to help a different group of women with their struggle to get healthy and well. Share the mountain climbing theme.  

 But I’m scared Jesus. I don’t want to do this. What if no one reads it?

Jesus: Tell these women about Me. Tell them I love them and care about all the details of their lives. I want to help them. I’ll give you the words. 

 I need to be sure that this is Your idea. Please give me clear direction.  I don’t think I can do this!

Jesus: Keep reading my word. Trust Me Dixie. I have a plan for you.

Then I found these verses that seemed to be written just for me!

“Now what I am commanding you is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. I have put my words in your mouth. My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you. I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.’” Deuteronomy 30:11,14; Isaiah 51:16; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10b; Isaiah 41:13 & 48:17. 

On May 7, 2015 I was obedient to my gentle Guide’s promptings. I stepped out and walked on the path that He had for me. He helped me overcome all the obstacles and littlestepstohealth.com was created!

Obedience is always the right path to take, especially when we have a gentle Guide that wants the very best for us!

What I didn’t realize is that obedience brings an amazing feeling of peace.

Are you listening for our Guide’s voice? What step of obedience is He asking you to take?

TODAY’S little STEP: Take some time this week and be quiet. Ask our Guide to speak to your heart and mind. Listen for Jesus’ voice and He will give you clear direction.

GOD’S WINNING FORMULA FOR HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

God does care about all the details of our lives. He loves us more than we can imagine. He wants us to claim His promises, His peace, His presence and His power.

Let’s imagine we are sitting beside a nice campfire, at Base Camp. Grab your coffee or tea and sit down. Let’s imagine that our Guide, Jesus, stands up to give us a little talk as we start preparing for the next days’ climb.

“As the Son of God and your Guide I want each of you to know that I am very pleased that you are here at Base Camp. I am delighted with your commitment to get healthy. Introductions are not necessary. I know everything about you, your struggles, stresses and successes. I know the details of your thoughts and dreams and your heartaches. You are all deeply loved. I love you with a love that is not dependent on your behavior. It is a love that will never end. I love you more than you can imagine.

“Some of you have climbed this mountain before, but the climb got too hard and too steep. You tried to do it alone and you had a bad fall. You gave up on the journey to health and well-being. You are so tired of trying and falling that you don’t want to try again. But, you can do it, with Me as your guide. Claim my promises in the Bible. My promises will never be broken. I say to you in Isaiah 41:10 ‘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’. This time you are not alone, I am holding your right hand. You have safety ropes attached to Me – your guide. I can guarantee that you will never be alone. In Hebrews 13:5b I say to you, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” When you pray, remind Me of these promises, and claim them for yourself.

“Some of you have climbed before and then storms came. Life got hard and you experienced an illness, or emotional upsets, or some major stresses. Because of these storms you abandoned the climb. This time you will have strategies to help you deal with the storms of life. You have the little steps to health and well-being, with its’ graduated climbing levels. These little changes will make a difference.

“I am Jesus, your Guide. I offer you my peace, my presence and my power.

“As the Son of God I am peace. Just speaking My name, Jesus, can bring peace to your anxious thoughts. Claim this verse when you need peace. John 14:27 says ‘Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid’. Search the Bible to find other verses that encourage you to claim My peace.

“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. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, ‘Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?’ My presence is always with you. Learn to listen. Listen for My still small voice and you will hear it. Read my word the Bible and I will speak to your heart through it.

“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. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, ‘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’. In 2 Corinthians 12: 9,10 I say, ’My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness’. Claim My power!

“As your Guide, I want you to know that together we can climb this mountain of health and well-being. I will be holding you with my right hand and your safety ropes will be attached to Me. Rest in my promises, peace, presence and power. Trust Me because I love you. Get a good night’s sleep and wake up tomorrow ready to climb!”

TODAY’S little STEP: Read this imagined talk from our Guide regularly throughout this next month at Base Camp. We need to be reminded of His love for us and His promises, His peace, His presence and His power!

Remember you can press the print button for a quick print out of this imagined message from our Guide.

ESSENTIAL STEPS TO ACCESS GOD’S POWER

ESSENTIAL STEPS TO ACCESS GOD’S POWER

Are you discouraged about getting healthy and losing weight? We need hope!

God cares and He wants to help. Let’s access God’s power.

Welcome to base camp. Here is your last piece of climbing equipment and the most important; your safety ropes.

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Take a look at this picture. The safety ropes are connected to metal rings, which are called carabiners. They are designed to link the climber to his safety ropes and the safety ropes to the anchor bolts. They are spring loaded so they remain closed and secure. Now we know how the safety ropes work and we can use them in our climb up the mountain of health and well-being.

Secure safety ropes are the lifeline for a climber.

When they are well secured to an anchor the climber can relax and enjoy the climb.

Our anchor is our Great God. Many times in the Bible, God is referred to as our Rock. David, who had to run for his life, often hid in the mountains. He says in Psalm 18:2 (ESV) My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge.” David knew what it was like to be afraid and to be discouraged. He found refuge or protection in his relationship with God. He knew God was dependable, steadfast and trustworthy. Like David we can trust God as our anchor in this difficult, discouraging struggle to get healthy.

The carabiner connects the anchor to the safety ropes. One of our safety ropes is prayer.

I have learned that I can pray to God

by just speaking the name of His Son, Jesus, out loud.

I hate arriving late to appointments. When I’m driving and I know I’m going to be late my heartbeat drums in my ears, my chest expands and contracts rapidly as my lungs request more oxygen. My eyes continually check the dashboard clock as another minute clicks out of sight. I say the name of Jesus out loud and focus my thoughts on Him. My heartbeat stops drumming in my ears and returns to its regular unperceivable beat. My chest rises with long slow intakes of oxygen and with each exhale I feel my anxiety disappearing. When I say His name aloud I feel His power calming me. I focus on Jesus and not my circumstances.

I encourage you to try it next time you are feeling anxious or fearful.

When you are discouraged or disappointed.

Or you’re reaching for that extra cookie or bag of potato chips.

His power is available by just speaking His name.

No other words are needed.

You can do that girlfriend!

The other safety rope is scripture memorization. 2 Timothy 3:16 of the New Living Translation says; “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”

We have so much of that nasty self-talk going on in our minds. We need to be reminded of what is true. God’s Word contains the truth. Find a special verse that helps you. Claim the power in the words of our Great God. You will be amazed at how much a Bible verse can encourage you.

Here’s a good verse to use to get started. Isaiah 41:13 “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’”

Believe those good words my friend!   God is holding your right hand! He doesn’t want you to be afraid of this struggle. He says He will help you.

 TODAY’S little STEP: Pray throughout your day and ask Jesus for His help and strength as you take these little steps. Say the name of Jesus out loud when you need help. Claim the power available in a Bible verse. Memorize it, put it on your computer and your phone, and meditate on it.

Grab hold of the safety ropes with your left hand and God’s hand with your right and don’t let go! We have hope because we have God’s help!