Never Give Up

Never give up. It’s been the pattern of my whole adult life, weight gain, weight loss, weight gain, weight loss, on and on. Finally after 39 years of struggling with obesity weighing 241, I sought God for help and direction.

I went to God everyday for weight loss counseling until I achieved my weight loss goal. This took approximately 9-10 months. Beginning at 241 pounds, I lost 90 pounds with God’s help and maintained this weight loss for over two years following the way God told me to eat. 

Then after this success, I thought I had arrived at my dream and could eat just as I did before my weight loss. So I began eating snacks now and again. Over time, this led to much more overeating.

So the number on the scales started creeping up. But I thought “No problem, I can just go back to my weight loss any time I want to.” Wrong.

Today I wish I had never done that. I wish I had stayed in my place of eating in obedience to the way God led me to. Sigh. It’s taken two more years but I’ve gained over +30 lbs. How easily the sins of gluttony have piled up. Lord forgive me. Forgive myself..This is actually a complimentary picture. In the mirror, it looks worse. Sigh.

My grandfather’s legacy is that he said, “Never give up!” His feet got frostbitten during WW1. After getting treatment, he walked all the way back to the front lines and continued fighting for our country. If you can hear me in Heaven, Grandpa, thank you for leaving the legacy of “Never give up.”

I don’t know about you, but now that I’m back on the straight and “narrow” path of eating, it seems harder. My weight goes up a few, goes down a few, back up again, then down again, even though I’m following my correct eating plan. It’s so frustrating. Do you get frustrated too?

Sometimes I feel like just giving up. After all, I’m 67 years old. I took God and His delivering power for granted. Thought I could use it anytime I wanted. Do I give up now at my old age? Have I backslidden too much?

Child, I’m not giving up on you no matter what you eat or do. You are Mine and I have plans for you. Therefore, I will never give up on you.

With God on our side we can’t help but win- uh, lose.

Remember, “Never give up.”

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 NKJV

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark‬ ‭9:23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

NEVER GIVE UP

Victory and Freedom

Victory and freedom, will I ever be there? Again I chose to overeat last night, including ice cream. Lord, forgive my gluttony. (This was written a while back. Praise God for His delivering power. New Day of Victory. ) 

Child, wrong choices postpones victory. However, you have  free will to choose. So, will you choose your victory or ice cream? Last night, you chose ice cream. Now what will it be today? Food pleasure or victory and freedom, you get to choose. 

Lord, I want victory and freedom.

Then Child, you have to let go of your food pleasures to gain your victory and freedom. 

Lord, I’m sorry I disappointed You last night.

Child, I hurt for you because I know what could be. I know the victory and freedom I hold in My hand for you. Yet you chose self-pleasure with food instead of the victory I designed for you. 

Lord, I’m weak.

Don’t you know every time you say “no” to temptation, it increases your strength? My child, I don’t want you walking through life defeated. Instead, I want you walking in victory.

Today you’ll have another temptation. This time say “No” and experience the thrill of victory. Find your pleasure in victory over temptation. With every battle can come the exhilarating thrill of victory and freedom. Only you can make this choice. I won’t force you. I’m ready to provide all the strength you need to resist temptation. But only if you ask. Then My strength will come. 

Lord, help me to submit myself to Your will.

Child, every choice you make today may seem small in your eyes, but I know the eternal impact. Every choice you make today affects your future. Choose well for it is you who determines your future. I’ve already planned for you a hope and a future, but it is you who chooses to accept My plan or not. 

Now choose well. My way will guarantee you victory and freedom. Choose the way of self gratification and eventually it’ll bring defeat. Defeat is birthed from selfish desires, selfish pleasures, and self gratifications. Total and final victory comes through submission to My will. Now Child, which way will you choose?

I have victory already planned for you, but you determine how long it takes you to get there. You also have the ability to choose victory or not. But I’ve already have it planned for you. As you walk in My will, you’ll experience victory. Now go forth in victory, My Child. 

Yes Sir. Help me Sir.

Child, I’m here for you. Call on Me for I am ready to provide whatever you need, especially endurance and strength. 

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand. Psalms 37: 23-24. NKJV 

”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and  a future.” Jeremiah 29: 11 NIV 

 

You Need Endurance

Endurance. Yes child, you need more endurance.” 

Lord, last week I blew it. What was supposed to be victory ended up in defeat. Overall I wanted to please You, but eventually I ended up pleasing  my flesh.

Then I read about how we, as Christians,  need more endurance. Later I feel asleep and dreamed of a horse, a beautiful brown, healthy horse running across the field in front of me.

“Oh, he’s beautiful!” I exclaimed as he ran by. Then I woke up. What a strange dream.

After getting up, I decided out of curiosity to google, “What do dreams about brown horses mean?”

Hmmmm, interesting. One site claimed, “Dreaming of a brown horse means you’re highly motivated and your ambition is high. Even though there are many obstacles, you’re ready to overcome them. Dreaming of a beautiful horse means a lot of success is expecting to come your way. So you don’t have to worry.”

That’s nice. I’ll take it.

Other sites stated:

“A horse in a dream symbolizes freedom, energy, strength, endurance, stamina, power, but also hard work.”

“Running horses symbolize freedom and release of repressed energy.”

“A dream about a beautiful horse indicates success and prosperity.”

“A brown horse symbolizes defiant ambition and driving forces. You are highly motivated and resistant to obstacles. You may be shedding problems and ‘dead weight’ as you work toward a goal.”

Oh Wow! Lord, I’ll take all of that. But what do You say?

For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. Hebrews 10:36

. . . Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking into Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

 

Lord, I believe. Help me to run this race before me with endurance onto the victory You already have planned for me. Thank you for not giving up on me. Amen

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.          1 Corinthians 15:57

New Day of Victory

Today’s a new day of victory for you, My child. In fact, you’re going to have both new victory and new strength through My power.

After all, it’s the power of My shed blood that gives My children victory. Self is your greatest enemy and it’s My blood that defeats your enemy. 

Now come to Me. Allow Me to control your “self”. Give yourself to Me. Then I can set you free with more freedom and more victory than you ever thought possible. 

Here I am, Lord. I give my “self” to You. Do with me as you please. Only help me tonight when the gluttony monster shows up.

Child, watch and see what I do. Today is a new day of victory for you.  This victory is guaranteed through total surrender. Now surrender your “self” and it’s fleshly desires for gratification to Me. As you surrender, I will increase your strength with My strength. Thereby increasing your victory. See, your victory is guaranteed through the power of My victory. 

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But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.            1 Corinthians 15:57 NKJV 

Before you do anything, put yourself totally in God and not in yourself. Then every plan you make will succeed. Proverbs 16: 3 TPT

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”  Mark 9:23 NKJV 

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Thank you Lord. So far, it’s been seven (7/40) days of victory both in my eating and the routine of life. Everyday has been a new day of victory throughout this week. Now I’ve lost three pounds while eating in submission to Your will instead of mine. In addition to weight loss, I’ve experienced other blessings as well. Too many to list here. Thank you Lord for granting me your love and mercy, a second chance with a victory life.

 

Binge On His Word

Binge On His Word-

Child, throw away that self-help book about God and food. So far you’ve learned nothing from it. But if you seek My wisdom, you’ll learn everything you need for success. Continue reading Binge On His Word

So Expect Victory


 You said, “Expect victory.” So thank you Lord, for the peace and relief I feel today.

Child, I am peace. Therefore My Presence brings peace. Knowing I work out all things for My glory and your good brings peace. Overall trusting Me with your worries, your problems, and letting go takes the load off you. This brings you relief.  Continue reading So Expect Victory

God Winked At Us

God winked at us. Has He ever winked at you? Don’t you love it when He does. Today I’m sharing with you a true story of how God winked at us.

To begin, my computer broke. It won’t let me get on internet. So I’ve been writing on an IPad and a cell phone. Bummer. Techie Son said, “Mom, your computer is nine years old. Time to replace.”

Since I have no savings, (Yes, I know. Not smart.) I prayed, “Lord, what do I do?  Do I charge it or what?

Don’t charge. Buy and resale. In addition, sell what you have.

So I listed this baking set for sale:

A lady (A) FB Marketplace wanted them. So I arranged delivery/meet time.

My friend (B) at church also wanted them too. But I told her they were already reserved for someone else.

Then Lady A sent me a text saying she was sick and wouldn’t be able to get the dishes. So I let my friend at church know she could now buy the dishes. This thrilled her. After all, she had a matching pitcher and loved  those dishes. So we made arrangements for delivery.

My friend at church.

Then on Sunday before the scheduled delivery, my friend sat by me in choir.  She had tears in her eyes as she explained, “The Lord woke me up at 1a.m. and told me to buy those dishes. But He also told me to give them to Lady A for free. I’ve got to do what God told me to do. So here’s the money. Keep the change.” Wow!

So I texted Lady A and told her the good news. She was amazed and thrilled someone would do this for her. We arranged a delivery time. That was my part, make the delivery, be the chain the middle, and see the smiles of both ladies. (Plus I got paid. Keep the change.)

Lady A

God winked and we all got blessed. Thank you Lord.

Has He ever winked at you?

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. . . And he said, “Go sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.” 2 Kings 4:7

And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ In Jesus. Philippians 4: 19

Then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us. Psalm 67:6 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pause in His Presence

Pause in His Presence, that’s where peace is found. The following is from Psalm 46, The Passion Version.

I feel the most important words in this Psalm are, “Pause in His Presence.” That’s where our strength is, in His Presence.

Psalms 46-

“God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble— more than enough and always available whenever I need you.

So we will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away. We will not fear even when the earth quakes and shakes, moving mountains and casting them into the sea.

For the raging roar of stormy winds and crashing waves cannot erode our faith in you. – Pause in his presence

God has a constantly flowing river whose sparkling streams bring joy and delight to his people. His river flows right through the city of God Most High, into his holy dwelling places.

God is in the midst of his city, secure and never shaken. At daybreak his help will be seen with the appearing of the dawn.

When the nations are in uproar with their tottering kingdoms, God simply raises his voice and the earth begins to disintegrate before him.

Here he comes! The Commander! The mighty Lord of Angel Armies is on our side. The God of Jacob fights for us! – Pause in his presence

Everyone look! Come and see the breathtaking wonders of our God. For he brings both ruin and revival. He’s the one who makes conflicts end throughout the earth, breaking and burning every weapon of war.

Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God. I am the God above all the nations, and I will be exalted throughout the whole earth.

Here he stands! The Commander! The mighty Lord of Angel Armies is on our side! The God of Jacob fights for us! -Pause in his presence”

Psalms 46:1-11 TPT

Isn’t this just beautiful! Let us behold His glory! And praise His Name!

Talking with God- Part Eight

Talking with God is always a good thing. Here’s the last part of my conversation with Him about the online Bible study I participated in only to later to find out it was a cult.  Continue reading Talking with God- Part Eight

God Spoke- Part Seven

 

God spoke to my heart concerning a Bible study I was involved in which later I discovered was part of a cult. This is what He said,  . . . Continue reading God Spoke- Part Seven