It's hard...(whatever "it" may be)
Have you ever caught yourself saying something is hard? For me, that something was WEIGHT LOSS. I made various choices in life that ultimately resulted in my body carrying more weight than it was designed to handle. Most of those choices were not food related. I utilized a strong form of birth control that threw off my hormones resulting in PCOS and other related issues. I never learned to properly deal with stress (and we all know about the cortisol released and how it leads to increased belly fat). Then there are the chicken fingers and french fries from Lakeside Cafe at Georgia Southern University!
During college, I tried various diets and some exercise. I had great success with Atkins the first time around. I lost nearly 40 lbs before our wedding in 2004. Within 30 days of coming off the strict eating schedule, I gained it all back and then some. Every subsequent attempt to lose weight became less and less effective (hang with me...I promise I am not pitching some new strategy or product...NO AFFILIATE LINKS IN THIS ONE!). Every time I would lost 20-30 lbs, I'd get pregnant and have to start all over again. It was totally worth it by the way! My boys are amazing and worth it every day of the week. Within the last 3 years, I have made concerted efforts to change my eating habits. Little habit changes over time so they will stick. All the while having minimal results...until one day in prayer I heard God whisper, "You believe the lie that weight loss is hard." I had a Sarah moment guys, I'll be honest. I laughed and said, "Okay then, what's the truth?" He said, "Weight loss is easy."
So I chose to believe the truth, but my mouth kept saying things like "Yeah, right, weight loss is hard." 'But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.' Matthew 15:18 NIV. I knew there was something keeping my heart from receiving God's new revelation. I asked Him who I needed to forgive for believing this lie. I then repented for judging them and asked God to forgive me. I renounced any lies He said I believed about them and about Him and asked Him to reveal the truth. I then continued by asking Him if I made any vows (will choices like "I will never...." or "I will always..."). After breaking those vows and praying for Holy Spirit to come reverse the habits built up around those vows and teach me His ways, I was finally in a place for my heart to receive the truth about weight loss. It took about 6 months before what I knew to be true in my head reached my heart. It wasn't until I was finished with striving, finished with trying everything I had researched, and finally throwing in the towel. I recall crying in my driveway as I shared with our lawn guy (who is also a Pastor!) how I was DONE. I wasn't trying another thing.
During those months of working through this, I had been asking God what His strategy was for weight loss since He thought it was so easy. He gave me a hint and I'll share that later, so I committed to try His idea for 21 days. If it didn't work, I was done. Like for real...done done. It has been right at one month, I've released 14 lbs, and this has been the EASIEST time of weight loss EVER in my life. I'm not even exercising yet, y'all! I find myself wanting to walk and move. It's so crazy and cool and exciting!! When I finally got so fed up I released my will to God, He did a miracle in my heart!
"Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Genesis 18:14
“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you" Jeremiah 32:17
"I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?" Jeremiah 32:27
What are you finding hard right now? I can assure you, NOTHING is too hard for God!!
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