#Determination

new mercies

This week has been CHALLENGING! I have had up days and down days. I am so glad that God has new mercies for us every day! I don’t know how I could go on this journey to get healthier without a promise like that.
Drawing close to God feels so good, don’t you think? I have noticed it doesn’t come without attacks. It could be an attack of my own stubborn flesh, really wanting a big slice of chocolate cake. It could be physical, I hurt my ankle a few months ago and it’s now flaring up-making exercise a no go right now. Another physical is allergies in January? I am not amused! With all of this, I have to wonder how much of this is needled on by the enemy wanting to keep me frustrated. These things can easily cause me to lose focus, and get frustrated.
Then, I start praying. Listening to praise music. Drawing into the Savior that led me to where I am right now. I feel strengthened. I feel His love and hope coming to reside in my heart. I feel #determined to not let the distractions, temptations, excuses and whatever else gets thrown out there deter me from making choices that honor the bodily temple God blessed me with. I feel #determination to pick myself up, brush myself off and continue on the path to my Savior’s heart.
What is your struggle? Is God too small to help you? Isn’t He ALWAYS there to help us? I find such a bliss in that. Matthew 28:20 “Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” The END OF THE AGE! Yea, I think He’s there! Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Can my Valley be chocolate cake? Allergies? A hurt ankle? I can have NO FEAR, He’s there to comfort and guide me through all these things!
I am ready to draw closer and closer, to choose life and life more abundant! I am ready to pray that He helps me through every discouraging valley with His Strength and #determination, for I can do anything when I have Jesus in my corner, walking this journey with me.
Now let Mercy Me help you “SHAKE” off all the things that hold you back & look forward with #Determination!!!

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A Raging Battle

I can hardly believe it’s been over a year since God led me to the amazing ministry that is Proverbs 31. He has brought me to a community of sisters that are struggling and pressing on to the same goal, drawing closer to the God we all love so much.
A little over 2 years ago, I quit smoking, and I know it was with God’s help. I had been down the road to quitting smoking before and just never really had the desire fully leave. I visualized in my mind quitting, and prayed to God to take the desire away for a year before I actually quit. God is faithful and it was surprisingly “easy” to quit and not have the desire to go back.
Then, I went on a journey to overcome FEAR! That was when God lead me to Proverbs 31 Ministries and the Online Bible Studies with Melissa Taylor. They were doing Micca Campbell’s “An Untroubled Heart”. That book was so eye opening and helped me gain perspective on how God doesn’t want us to live in fear. He has purpose and plans for us, and wants us to rest in the knowledge, that even when life gets hard-He’s there!
Through the many other wonderful studies we have done, God has helped me press into Him and His leading. He has helped me find ways to overcome being “Unglued”, opened my eyes to “Greater” things and plans He has. He has shown me I can be a woman that says “YES TO GOD” and given me a “Confident Heart”.
It is because of the knowledge He has been placing in my heart, and the wonderful community of AMAZING Sisters in Christ, that I know I can overcome the battle with food! I would not be considered obese, and many would say “You are fine”, but I know my battle lies more in letting food be a reward. I need to gain perspective on what goes in my mouth, and be aware and choose things that benefit my body, not just sugar and goodies(though God knows I love those things) I need to get back to moving and being active. So, I am hopeful and excited to walk this journey with the 40,000 people that have also decided that they want to #CraveGod.
I am not worried as much about a number on the scale. I want to feel healthier. I want to feel like God is coming first, not food or the hundreds of other things that are available to distract us from Him. I want to feel #empowered not defeated. I want more and more of God, and I hope you are finding that you do too!