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It’s all a lie……

I did everything right. I went to the gym. I got on the CrossRamp machine. I entered my age. I entered my weight. About 20 minutes into my cardio, the machine told me that I had burned almost 215 calories. But that was a big fat lie!

I know it was a lie because I was wearing my heart rate monitor and it always tells the truth. The truth is that I had only burned 139 calories.

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The truth will set you free.

While 139 calories is good, it isn’t as good as 215 calories would have been.

I know a lot of people who go to the gym, climb on the cardio equipment and tell themselves that they’re going to burn enough calories to have that Caramel Creme Brulee Coffee  with whipped cream!

Well, that 16 oz drink with whole milk and whipped cream has a whopping 440 calories. (20 oz has 580 calories…..)

I know what the word assume means but let’s assume that they are trusting what the machine says and they’ve worked out for 40 minutes and have “burned” 430 calories according to the machine. So they go and have that fancy cup of coffee and continue eating as normal for the rest of the day.

You can tell where I’m going with this, can’t you. The machine has lied and they have only burned about 280 calories. Do the math….

440-280=160

Yikes! Think about someone doing that everyday. They would gain about a pound a month.

We often lie to ourselves by saying that we will only have a little bit, we’ll work out more the next day, or this is the last time. And we have to deal with those lies. But I don’t want to have to deal with a machine lying to me every time I hop on one of those cardio machines.

Keeping my flaws to myself….

If you have ever read my blog then you know that I am passionate about physical well being. I’ve read thousands of words about how to achieve optimal health. I’ve spent literally hundreds of hours pursuing physical fitness.

I’ve tried to be as honest as possible when I write about pretty much anything. I’ve jokingly said that I only have one secret in life and I’d tell you about it if it would help you get through the same situation.

6b367f8dbb735a7d76903ca4e9e6351bToday, I’m going to be honest about how my body image has affected my marriage.

There have been times that I’ve hidden my body from Hank. I’ve waited until the lights were out to undress. When he’s told me that I’m beautiful, I’ve rejected his compliments by pointing out my flaws. I’ve refused to wear clothes that he’s picked out for me because I felt that I’m too big to wear them.

I’ve told him no on more than one occasion because I was struggling with my weight.

That all changed when Hank told me that he can’t see my flaws unless I point them out.

So I stopped pointing out my flaws and chose instead to let him believe that he’s living with a super model.

Doing that one thing changed more than my marriage. It changed how I perceive myself and how I present myself to the world.

This valentine’s day, give your husband the gift of seeing yourself as beautiful as he sees you. And maybe, you might want to let him see more of you than he has in a very long time……

 

The husband should give his wife what she is entitled to in the marriage relationship, and the wife should do the same for her husband. The wife is not in charge of her own body, but her husband is; likewise, the husband is not in charge of his own body, but his wife is. 1 Corinthians 7: 3-4I

The best definition of righteousness I’ve ever heard is to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason.

Most of us know the right way to live, the right thing to do, and the right way to eat. Even though we know these things we struggle with doing the right thing because doing the right thing is hard.

By refusing to do the hard things now we lay out a path for hard living later.

This is a truth that applies to all areas of our lives.

If we refuse to get right with God then we approach death without hope.

If we refuse to do the right thing in our relationships our relationships suffer and may eventually end.

If we refuse to do the right thing with our bodies, we may get sick and die.

If we refuse to do the right thing with our children they may never grow into a responsible adulthood.

If we refuse to do the right things with our money we may find ourselves broke, busted, and disgusted.

The right thing may mean denying ourselves something we really want. It may mean doing something for someone else that we really don’t want to do.

God gives specific instructions in Leviticus for the priest to anoint the right ear, the right thumb, and the big foot on the right toe.

To apply this to our lives we should listen to the right thing, do the right thing, and go the right way.

….put it on the tip of the right ear of the person being purified, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot. Leviticus 14:17, 25, 28

Eat clean….

Eat clean….

I told you the other day that I’m trying to read through my Bible this year and I’m currently in the book of Leviticus. This week I read God’s instructions concerning foods that are clean and unclean.

Rest easy, I’m not going to tell you to stop eating bacon.

a25866f75aacdb65bfb72e3e7b49c3c4What I am going to say is that we have a whole new level of unclean foods at our fingertips such as  processed foods, fast foods, and energy drinks or sodas. (Can you imagine the Israelites wondering through the desert eating doritos and drinking a coke?)

God drew a line in the sand when he told them what they could and could not eat. Isn’t it time for you and I to do the same? We can improve our health by choosing not to eat foods that offer little nutritional value.

Lent may be a good time to start.

May I suggest that during Lent this year, we choose to eat clean by consuming whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken/turkey, along with beef and lamb. (Lent begins on Wednesday, March 1st and ends on April 13th.)

God has not forgotten me….

God has not forgotten me….

On Sunday, Hank and I attempted to visit a church that we had visited last year. When we got there we saw two other couples who were attempting to visit this same church. (Like the Stronghold, this church has also closed it’s doors.)

We stood on the corner and visited with them for a few minutes and then invited them to follow us to Woodstock Baptist.

Without planning it, these couples ended up sitting on the pew behind us.  After service, we visited for a few moments after Ms. Gail offered to pray for me. She then  asked for my email address so that we could keep in touch.

This is a small portion of the email that I received on Monday….

You are on my heart this morning, so will just lift you up to the LORD! Always remember your name is wrote on His precious hands, so he will Never leave you or forsake you. You are Very dear to His heart! He has a plan and purpose for your life, at times it is in the waiting, that we lean a little bit harder on Him. You and your husband too, as we wait on Him, he wants us to keep living life, reading His word and will, watching for needs as He brings them to mind, and for you dear Sharon, if you are writing a book, maybe this is your time he is giving you to do just that!

Scripture teaches us that the steps of the righteous are ordered by God. (Proverbs 20:24) I am fully convinced that God ordered the steps of six people to meet on a corner across the street from the movie theater.  I am also convinced that God led these two couples to sit directly behind us at church. I am fully persuaded that God did this just for me….

He wanted me to know that he’s not finished with me yet. He still has a plan and purpose for my life. He wanted to encourage me and used the kindness and obedience of a stranger to send his message of love to me.

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I went for a walk yesterday and ended up sitting at the beach for quite awhile. While praying at the beach, I told God that if he would provide for us, then I wouldn’t complain while living in the promise land known as Panama City Beach. When I got home there were two checks in the mail…..He has kept up his end of the bargain….

And that means that I have got to do everything without kvetching or arguing….. (Philippians 2:14)

kvetch: complain, whine or fret

Two trees….

Two trees….

There are two trees in the New Testament that concern me greatly.

We know the whole story about the fig tree. Hungry, expecting fruit, and finding nothing to eat Jesus curses the tree and it dies.

Now early in the morning, as Jesus was coming back cursed-fig-treeto the city, He was hungry. Seeing a lone fig tree at the roadside, He went to it and found nothing but leaves on it; and He said to it, “Never again will fruit come from you.” And at once the fig tree withered. Matthew 21:18-19 (AMP)

It’s the second story that concerns me….. Take a moment and read it for yourself:

Then Yeshua gave this illustration: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit but didn’t find any.  So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘Here, I’ve come looking for fruit on this fig tree for three years now without finding any. Cut it down — why let it go on using up the soil?’  But he answered, ‘Sir, leave it alone one more year. I’ll dig around it and put manure on it.  If it bears fruit next year, well and good; if not, you will have it cut down then.’” Luke 13:6-9 (CJB)

Jesus doesn’t tell us what happens to the tree. And this leaves me with questions:

  • Does the man allow the gardener to fertilize the tree?
  • Does he have enough patience to wait another year to see if it bears fruit?
  • Does he demand that the tree be cut down immediately?
  • Did the tree ever produce fruit?
  • Does the tree produce fruit the next year?

It really bothers me that I don’t know what happened to this tree. And what does that mean for me?

I told you the other day that I feel like God’s finished with me. Obviously, I’m not the tree in the first story because I’m not dead. What if I’m the tree in the second story? What if the only reason that I’m still here is that someone still believes in me?

Maybe Jesus told the story this way so that I can write my own ending to the story….

I choose to believe that the ending to my story is that God is not finished with me yet and I will be productive once again.

How will your story end?

 

 

May the odds ever be in your favor….

May the odds ever be in your favor….

I’ve been thinking about that from The Hunger Games quite a bit lately. And that’s because I’ve been taking care of Granny for the last few weeks and I’ve noticed that this 91 year old woman loves junk food, fast food, and sweets.

Her favorite place to eat lunch is McDonald’s. She loves pie but will accept a few slices of cake when there isn’t any to be found. She likes Cheetos, Cheez-Its, and absolutely any processed food that has the word cheese in it.  She prefers white bread to wheat bread just like Regis Philbin when he was on Rachel Ray’s show.

When she likes something that I’ve cooked, she’ll compliment me by saying that it’s better than McDonald’s or Kentucky Fried Chicken.

At 91, obviously the odds have been in her favor.

Are you hoping that you’ll be like Granny and the odds will ever be in your favor? Or does your family history indicate that the deck stacked against you?

Are you willing to turn your health and well-being into a game of chance?

All I have to do is take a look at my family and know that the odds will never be in my favor! Personally, I’m doing  everything within my power to prevent this triple threat of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity from stealing a day of my life.

What about you?