Thank you, Lord, for letting me enjoy Your beautiful creation. Walking on the beach lifted my spirits, relieved my stress, and invigorated me physically. You told me to sing praises. Did you hear me singing? I’m sure you did. The beach was exactly what I needed.
You know about the “Increasing Steps” challenge from my fellow weight loss blogger, Rachel.( http://www.myjourneyonedayatatime.wordpress.com) This has encouraged me to move. Why is it that I won’t move for myself but I will keep my promise to someone else?
Lord, I was stressing over these steps. The night before I had to finish my 5000 steps in the bedroom, how boring? I thought it would never end.
—The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in His way. Psalm 37:23.
Now this day is full of sunshine and the beach is just gorgeous. What a wonderful place to get in those steps. Lord, one thing I noticed is that I was full of energy. I could walk a long way without getting so tired. Wow. This has never happened before. Usually, I just want to sit down and watch the waves. Today I wanted to walk and walk I did. Thank you for letting me move in such a wonderful beautiful place.
We went to a special restaurant for lunch. We haven’t been there in a long time. It’s where they throw rolls at you. You know how I love those rolls. They also walk up and down passing out more “southern” food in addition to what you order. You know how I love fried okra. Lord, I was afraid.
All their servings are huge, even the salads are enormous. They serve salad in a giant bread bowl large enough to hold a roast. I knew not to order salad. I was so apprehensive and nervous. This was a test, would I pass?
This place is a nightmare for someone fighting food addiction. It could be a fantasy dream if you’re a size zero and starving. It’s how you look at it. In the old days of my past gluttony, it thrilled me to eat here. I would gorge myself into oblivion.
Thank you for hearing my prayer, “Lord, please help me in this place. I don’t want to overeat. Grant me strength and self-control.”
— Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24
After looking at the menu I concluded that everything was southern and fried. I decided to order my favorite. This food is only served in two restaurants that I know of, very southern and fattening. But Lord, since You told me to just eat half, I thought maybe, just maybe I could have some.
Drumroll please. I ordered fried chicken gizzards with gravy, carrots, and turnip greens. The carrots and turnip greens are to offset the fried gizzards I guess.
Thank you Lord for the pleasure of my first bite, but I especially want to praise You for answering my prayer. I didn’t eat half, I only ate 1/3 maybe 1/4, not sure. But I got so full that I took food home for later. You gave me victory. I didn’t gluttonize like I was afraid I would. Lord YOU ARE THE BOMB! It amazed me that I was full, but didn’t overeat. Wow, that’s the first time this ever happened in this place.
— But You, O Lord, are a shield for me. My glory and the One who lifts my head. I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. Psalm 3:3-4
(Left picture) This is what I took home to eat later. (Haven’t even touched it yet. Think I’ll freeze it for later.) There is no way anyone could eat half of this. Oh wait, I used to eat all of it in my past. Thank you Lord, for setting me free and saving me from myself.
Lord, you are wonderful!
(Right picture) This is what I had for lunch yesterday, low-calorie southern food. Turnip greens, pink eye purple hulled peas, and RUTABAGAS, (the orange stuff) my absolute favorite. How wonderful. Low calorie too.
— May He grant you according to your heart’s desires, and fulfill your purpose. We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions. Psalm 20:4-5
— I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Psalm 32:8
— I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4