Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Thing About the Holidays...

...is you should enjoy them!

The holidays can be difficult for those of us who struggle with food. The key is to not let it control you. Whether you are nervous about going over your calorie budget, and the conflict that ultimateky accompanied, or constantly contemplating which yummy foods you'll consume while on a calorie break, don't let food ruin your fun! Find a balance between both worlds.
Enjoy the foods you want, but be purposeful in your choices. You should be able to incorporate special occasion eating without feeling guilty, but make it count. Maybe skip the Shipley's or Mcdonald's that cousin Jane brought over to fuel the prep work, so when you sit down to eat, you can eat the things that are really worth it.
On the other hand, the holidays are not a free for all pass to eat anything and everything you want. Don't restrict, but don't over do it! Any unhealthy behavior, whether earned or not, will only promote more of the same and could potentially spiral out of control. Remember the key is to not let the food control you. Focus on the merriment, enjoy your friends and family, find a balance, be lenient but not overindulgent! 
I'm writing this because finding a balance between these two borderline obsessive thought processes are part of my personal struggle... Be calm and enjoy!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Thing About Salvation is...

...you can't earn it!

Salvation: Deliverance from destruction, difficulty, or evil. (www.thefreedictionary.com)

In the midst of being transformed by God, I pursued almost every opportunity that was thrown at me with excitement. The certainty of my pursuit was rooted in obedience, and I was (still am) completely SURE that my yes's were necessary. However, as I was throwing out "yes's"... the results were all "no's". Now, the "no's" in that moment are key in my transformation. Instead of the usual "I knew I shouldn't have's", or "Of course, you're not even good at that's", I realized something very important... something so simple... yet, something that blew my mind. REJECTION HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MY SALVATION!!!! I had based my entire value on the world's judgement of my actions for 27 years, and all of a sudden it hit me! God delivered me from destruction... not because I deserved it, believed it, or could tap dance my way out of it, but because He loves me... Because I'm valuable enough for the death of his son... Because my actions couldn't possibly ruin my salvation if I couldn't earn it in the first place!

1 Corinthians 6:20
You are bought and paid for, spirit, soul, and body! All of you are His! Live your life conscious of the ENORMOUS price with which God has VALUED YOU! Your whole being belongs to Him and exhibits Him! You are his address; you are his real estate. (from the Mirror Bible)

Ephesians 2:8-10
Your salvation is not a reward for good behavior! It was a grace thing from start to finish; you had no hand in it. Even the gift to believe simply reflects His faith! If this could be accomplished through any action of yours then there would be ground for boasting. We are engineered by His design; He molded and manufacture us in Christ. We are his workmanship, his poetry. We are fully fit to do good, equipped to give attractive evidence of his likeness in us in everything we do. (from the Mirror Bible)