Eating The Way God Instructed

This week I decided to go back to eating the way God instructed me back in 2013-14 when I lost 91 pounds. . . Unfortunately, over time, I went back to my old bad habits and regined some back. Ugh.

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So, after looking at that horrible number on my scales, I asked God’s forgiveness for going my own way versus His instructions. Also, I asked for strength to return back to His instructions for my weight loss.

I let ya’ll know how it went for this past week at the end of this article. 

Thursday night, Hubby and I, along with his friends went to the Mission of Hope, a Christian drug rehab. Hubby and his friends played gospel bluegrass for them. Afterwards, we went to eat supper at Sonny’s Bar B Q. We ate around 8pm. 

Yes, I know it’s too late to eat supper. But we left for the Mission of Hope shortly after we got home from work. So it’s either eat late or none at all. Since Hubby’s friends were going, we went along.

Because it was so late, I choose to order only a sweet potato, not a whole meal. Hubby ordered the Chicken Wing basket. My sweet potato was so small and pitiful looking, Hubby gave me two of his chicken wings. He offered more, but I declined. 

But oh my, how I wanted more! So I asked God for strength. Then I ate nothing else that evening. Thank you Lord. For someone who struggles with a food addiction, this is a major victory.

Then today, while running errands, Hubby decides he wants Mexican food for lunch. That’s another major struggle for me. Those chips and salsa, oh no! Now that’s temptation. 

So I ordered my favorite, Victoria Bowl. But I asked them to leave out the rice. I don’t need rice. Maybe that’ll save a few calories. Also, I asked for guacamole on the side. I hate the stuff, but Hubby loves it. So I gave it to him. 

As for the chips, I only ate six. Twelve was considered one serving on a previous diet plan I tried long ago. So today, I’ll only eat six, but with lots of salsa. I love that stuff, don’t you?

{Picture by Deborah Crocker}

As a matter of fact I pour salsa on everything. I always ask for a second bottle just so I can pour it all over my food. The picture below is my half portion to take home later.

This gives a whole different meaning to the verse about “deny yourself”. Because it feels like exactly what I’m doing, denying myself. Sigh. But I’m seeking God’s help and direction. So I must follow how He leads. If I feel convicted about something, I stop and seek direction. 

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follw Me. Luke 9:23

          I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will guide you with My eye. Psalms 32:8 

But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. Corinthians 9:27 

So far. I’ve lost 8 pounds this past week due to eating the way God instructed me. Thank you Lord for success and victory. It’s probably water weight, but I’m thrilled about it. Thank you Lord for victory.

(Picture by Deborah Crocker)
(Picture by Deborah Crocker)

Will God Make You Strong?

God will make you strong.
Yes He will make you strong.

My child, I intend to make you strong. Yes, you’ll be strong indeed. Continue reading Will God Make You Strong?

Talking To God

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I start each day talking to God about many things. But mostly I talk to Him about my weight struggles, my excessive debt, and the stresses of life. Also I pray for the many needs of others and in general the condition of the world.

Throughout the years I’ve written my prayers. This helped me maintain focus. And it also provided me a release from my stresses. After all, God is a great listener.

To begin with, I’d write my concerns, questions, and then I write His answers to my questions just as they came into my heart..

This blog will contain some of those conversations I’ve had with God about my constant struggle with my weight, my compulsive overeating, and seeking His wisdom concerning my excessive debt.

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I’ve gained, lost, and regained over 60 lbs. several times throughout my lifetime. A few years ago, I lost over 90 lbs. just eating the way God instructed me to. Then I gained some of it back. Sigh.

And my debt is embarrassing, I won’t tell you how many times I have paid off debt only to run it back up again.

So now I’m in the process of again surrendering these addictions, both of excess food and accessive use of credit cards to God’s control. Also, I have arranged two accountability partners that I text daily.

Over all, I’m asking God to grant me wisdom and I know He’ll give me the victory. After all, He promises in His Word that if you ask, He will give you more wisdom.

And I certainly need more wisdom. What about you? Could you use more wisdom too?

I believe that God speaks to all of His children in different ways. With me, He speaks both in my heart and in my prayer writings.

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If you’ve never experienced God’s Presence, you should just start talking to God for yourself. And if you listen for His voice, He will speak to you too. I highly recommend it for your peace of mind. In fact, God’s Presence brings peace and assurance.

It’s my hope and prayer that my conversations with God will encourage and bless you throughout your own journey. I hope that you’ll start talking to God about your concerns too. He’ll speak to your heart as you seek HIm..

By the way, if You have a prayer need, send me an email. (debbiejean2010@att.net) I might not send you a reply, but this I do promise: I will pray.

Try Talking To God For Yourself

Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of My salvation; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7 NKJV

. . . He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you. Isaiah 30:19 NKJV

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. James 1:5 NLT

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. John 10:27 NJKV
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry and He will say, “Here I am” . . . Isaiah 58:9 NKJV

Sinkhole Of Defeat

 

God will help you out of the sinkhole of defeat.
God will help you out of the sinkhole of defeat. (Picture by Deborah Crocker)

Here I am in a sinkhole of defeat. Lord, can you help me? Is there any more hope for me?

Child, I am your hope and your victory.  So follow My instructions in all things and in all your ways. Then you’ll be blessed and you will succeed in victory.

Lord, can You help me?

Yes My Child, watch and see what I will do. It’ll be surprising to you.

Lord, forgive my many failures. Overall I’ve failed You in so many ways, so many times. Help me follow Your will in all my ways, words, actions, what I eat, drink, and even what I think.

Furthermore, just renew my mind and make it Yours. Because I want to do right.

Child, I know. But you can do right. As you lean on Me, I’ll help you. It is in My power and My love that you will find strength. So, as you make Me a priority in your life, I will help you succeeed.

God willl deliver you out of the sinkhole of defeat
God willl deliver you out of the sinkhole of defeat. (Picture by Deborah Crocker)

Indeed, I’m going to start a new chapter in your life. Today, I’m going to refill you and refresh you with My Holy Spirit. In fact, it’s not a new church you need, it’s a new re-filling of My Holy Spirit you need.

Today is a new day, another new beginning. Child, I am here for you. With My help, you can do all things. Just focus on this one day. Walk in My instructions. Walk in My will for you today.

God will help yu out of the sinkhole of defeat.
God will help you out of the sinkhole of defeat. (Picture by Deborah Crocker)

Lord, help me.

Child, I will help you. In fact, I’m helping you now. I haven’t given up on you. So don’t you give up on you. As you look to Me, I will help you. As you obey My will for you, I will help you.

Lord, please don’t shut the door on me. Yesterday, I dreamed of a door shutting on me.

Child, when I shut a door, I always open a window. I have not shut the door on your dreams. But I have shut the door on your failures.

Now as you begin to walk in My will, you will walk in your victory today.
 In fact, those past failures are gone forever. As long as you keep your eyes on Me, you will walk in victory.

Lord, is this true?

Child, it is truth. As long as you look to Me, I’ll pull you out of this sinkhole of defeat you now find yourself in.

Look to Me for your victory. Because I hold both it and you in My hands. So look to Me. After all, My victory over the cross and death opens the road to your victory.

Yes Sir. Thank you Lord.

Child, never give up. Because I’ll never give up on you. So don’t you give up on you. After all I love you and I believe in you. Therefore, you can do this. Because with My help, you can do all things. So believe in Me and My power to save you from yourself.

Never Give up
Never Give Up – (Picture by Alexis Crocker)

Because I’m on your side, all things are possible, even your weight loss and a life of victory.

Yes Sir. Thank you Lord for not giving up on me.

Child, I never give up on Mine. Remember the story of the one lost lamb out of the ninety-nine. I’ll never give up. Because I will always look for and save those who realize they are lost and look for Me.

As they look for Me, I will be found by them and I will save them. Then I can pull them out of their sinkhole of defeat and misery too.

Thank you Lord.

Feed On This

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with
God; for with God all things are possible. Mark 10:27

What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? . . . I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:4,7 

Insteaqd, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:23-24

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Stop, Drop. And Ask

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Stop and ask
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Lord, thank you for Your forgiveness for what I did last night. You do forgive me, don’t You?

Yes, Child, I do. But use My wisdom when you’re struggling with temptation. Stop, drop, and ask, pray. Ask Me for strength. Because I will provide all the strength you need. Continue reading Stop, Drop. And Ask

Break Free

 

Break free
Lord, is it possible to break free? (Picture by Deborah Crocker)

Lord, is it possible to break free from this stronghold that has me defeated?

Child, do you believe I can deliver you?

Continue reading Break Free

Joy Of The Lord

 

Joy of the Lord is your strength
Remember, the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Child, the joy of the Lord is your strength. I will lead you today. But you must listen for My voice  as I speak to your heart. Trust Me, and obey as I lead you. Especially remember, the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Lord, thank  You for the peace I now feel.

Child, your peace came from obedience. You know, . . . trust and obey.

Lord, help me bring You honor and glory.

Child, you are. 

Lord, I gave up that project. And I hate I gave it up. Because I could have been somebody and I could have had a ministry.

But My Child, you do have a minstry, your family and those I put you in contact with. So be happy with these I’ve given unto you to minister to. After all, who are you working for? Is it for your glory, or Mine? 

Oh Lord, I want to work for your glory.

Then My Child, minister to those I place in your path. 

But Lord, dealing with some of these people is so difficult. Lead me, teach me. Really, I can’t deal with these people without Your guidance and Your wisdom.

My Child, look back at your prayers for these. Look at the good that happened. I am indeed working all things out for good. 

So let go of your worries, even about the feelings of others. Look to Me. Allow Me to guide your steps, your ways, and your words. 

Lord, help me.

My Child, don’t worry about pleasing others. When you seek My will, to please Me above all else, then I will work out all things for your good and My glory.

In fact, I am working out all things now. So let go of your worries and trust Me.

Feed On This

. . . “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

There are no perfect people. but the Lord gives victory to all who seek Him.

Deliverance

“Deliverance is only as good as our obedience.” Lord, that’s in my Bible side notes. So now what? What do You want me to do?Trust Me.

Continue reading Deliverance

True Freedom

 

True freedom
True freedom is found in God’s Presence

July is “Freedom” month. But I know true freedom can only be found in Your Presence, Lord. And I want more of Your Presence. Because I know true freedom comes from You. Continue reading True Freedom

Freedom And Deliverance

Freedom and deliverance
Freedom and deliverance comes from God

Freedom and deliverance, salvation and righteousness. Child, I have already planned it all.  So come to Me for your freedom and deliverance, salvation and righteousness. I will set you free. 

Yes My child, I’ve already planned for your victory. So come to Me, Your freedom and deliverance is found in My Presence. And I will not let you go. So come to Me.

In fact, I created you for My plans and My glory. Therefore it’s My plan for you to have victory. And you will indeed. 

I’m going to put your food addiction, compulsion under your feet. For I have already won the victory. So come to Me and walk in your victory. 

Okay Lord, do I need to join a group for support me? If so, which one?

Do I need to go to a weight loss counselor? Again, I ask You, which one?

Child, I’ve told you before,  I’m your counselor. Come to Me.

So Lord, what do I do now? Help me. Because I can’t do this.

But Child, I can. Because of Me, you can do all things. As a matter of fact, I am the supply for all your needs, even strength to overcome. 

So trust Me and use these tools I freely give you.

  1. Command the addiction/compulsion to leave in the name of Jesus.                   
  2. Clear your mind by offering the sacrifice of praise, singing songs of “Victory in Jesus”.

FEED ON THIS

Look to the Lord, and His strength; seek His face always. Psalms 105:4 NIV

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms37:4 ESV

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. 1Corinthains 10:13 NKJV