Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. I Corinthians 16:13, 14 NKJV

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Working Towards Who God Wants Me To Be....

I had fallen into an old familiar trap. I wasn't happy. I felt like something was missing, like I needed something in order to continue to be successful. I didn't quite know what the problem was, but I knew that things needed to change. 

I had been moving along in a good pace. I had my schedule all figured out - I would have quiet time and then my exercise time. It all worked so well together. And it seemed like every week I was able to lose about a pound. Then I injured my knee and was put on restriction. And that is when I really fell into that old trap. That trap was wanting approval from other. I had felt a tad bit of the desire before but when my circumstances got to the point that I had to slow down and could not push myself in the area of physical exercise I began to really feel the need. I wanted a "Way to Go!" or "Good Job" anything to reinforce that what I was doing was working and that there were results. But it seemed that (insert the sound of crickets here) compliments and encouragement seemed as a dry creek bed...

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil
 walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 5:8

When we work towards better physical, mental, and spiritual health, Satan is not very happy and he will do what ever he can to discourage us. When he knows that we really desire approval from others- he works hard to keep that from happening. We really have to get to the place of not needing other peoples approval. When we are living up to the light that Jesus has given us then His approval is all we need. Yeah - it's great to get the compliments and encouragement but we can't depend on those things to encourage us along our journey and give us momentum to continue on. God supplies all of our needs, we can depend on Him.
19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19
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PS - This has nothing to do with todays post- but I just wanted to mention that I am still having issues leaving comments at  some blogs- even responding to comments left on my blog- so I wanted to take a minute to say I really do appreciate all comments and I am enjoying your blogs as well- even if I haven't left a comment lately. I will figure out the problem - hopefully soon. I had thought that I had it figured out - because I had been able to leave some comments and then this morning went to a blog that I wanted to leave a comment at and tried the same thing and it would not let me leave the comment.  Hoping to figure this all out soon....

1 comment:

  1. I appreciate the thoughts you have shared here--thank you!


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