Sunday, July 23, 2017

One Pound a Week!

Somewhere in the middle of our Pastor's sermon today, he threw this in "It's easy to lose 50 pounds."

My head jerked up from the notes I was taking. What? Easy to lose 50 pounds? Is he kidding?

Then he said, "All you have to do is lose one pound a week and in a year, you've lost 50 pounds."

One pound! One pound - that shouldn't be so hard. I can lose one pound a week. I quickly realized that one of the things that trips me up is thinking of the big chunk of weight I should lose and being overwhelmed by that number, but losing one pound a week? That makes it seem so much more attainable.

Just eat a little less, eat a little healthier and move a little more. I can do that!

So - this is Week One. My goal is to lose one pound by next Sunday

But wait - there's more!

If I'm going to lose one pound of me, I need to gain something - More of Him, Less of Me, right? So what if I commit to memorize one scripture a week to replace that one pound of weight loss. That's a well rounded goal.

What do you think? Can you lose one pound a week and memorize one verse? Are you with me?

If so, leave a comment below to let me know and I'll be praying for you. Come back to More of Him Less of Me each Sunday to let us know how you're doing and to see the verse of the week.

Let's do this!

This week's verse: "I can do all this through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Time to Take Care of Me

As many of you know, my husband fell off a roof on April 6th. He broke his pelvis in 3 places, fractured 2 ribs and did some spinal damage. He was in a wheelchair for the past 3 months and was just released to start walking again last week.  He's doing amazing and hardly even needs a walker.

I've spent every waking hour taking care of him and it's been a joy, but I neglected one thing - ME!

Now that he's back on his feet again, it's time to turn my care-giving attentions to myself and getting back on track with my health. Step #1 - I joined a gym today. It's very close to my house and I am looking forward to working out and getting stronger. (Never thought I'd hear myself say I was looking forward to exercising.)

I have several health issues related to food, so I really need to redesign my diet: sugar-free, gluten-free, low-carb, clean eating. All of which means I have to learn to cook all over again. This is not going to be easy, but I'm going to give it my best and lean heavily on the Holy Spirit to give me the strength to do what is right for my body.

If you have any good recipes, please feel free to share them and if you have any extra time during prayer, say one for me.  I'm praying for all who come to this blog, so if you're reading this, I'm praying for you, too.

Today, let's aim for More of Him, Less of Us.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

She Was Only Mostly Dead

I find inspiration for my spiritual life in some odd places. For instance, I saw this fiction writing prompt yesterday...

"Hold on, you died."
"Yeah, well, it didn't stick."

...and where did my mind go?

I immediately thought of my flesh, my old self - that part of me that still wants instant gratification, that part that still craves things that are not good for me (and this goes way beyond food)

When I consider these verses...

Galatians 5:24
"Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires."

Romans 6:6
"knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;"

Ephesians 4:22
"that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,"
Colossians 3:5-10
"Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry."
...I understand that I am to crucify my flesh and live in the spirit, but no matter how many times I nail that old self to the cross, she keeps jumping off  and runs right back to me demanding her own way.

Of course, I don't have to give into that resurrected tyrant. I can immediately squelch her and choose to walk in the freedom that Christ provides for me, and that is what I choose to do, no matter how many times I have to kill her off!

How about you - do you have that killer instinct?
 

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Friday, June 9, 2017

People, Places & Things


More of Him Less of Me is about more than healthy eating and weight loss. It's about recognizing our need for more of God and His Spirit in our daily lives and less of our old fleshly nature. It's about allowing Him to change our character and make us more like Jesus, our Savior. 

This morning I heard a blurb from recording artist, Japhia Life. His words inspired me to write the following...

Want to grow in your relationship with God? Then focus on three things; people, places and things

Hang out more with people who encourage you to live a Christian lifestyle and less with people who encourage you to sin . Go to places that encourage growth, such as church, life groups and Christian events, rather than places that encourage you to sin. Finally, do the things that help you grow, read the Bible, pray, obey God, love and forgive others and do not do the things that you used to do. Rid yourself (with God’s help) of old habits that do not fit into your new lifestyle.

 People, places and things. 

Let's think about how we can focus on these three things so that we can enjoy steady growth in your relationship with God.


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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Healthy Choices - it's not an all or nothing thing!


Happy Thursday!

I'm writing this post from one of my favorite places - a coffee shop. For some reason I am more focused with all the noise and hub-bub around me, especially when I'm sipping on coffee in one form or another.

My friend, Leola.
I've got my Kindle and bluetooth keyboard-ready to crank out a blog post and then maybe work on some fiction. The only thing that makes this setup better is that I'm sharing the table with a writing friend. I'm a happy camper!

We all know that a healthy lifestyle is all about choices. Today, my healthy choice was ordering a light frappuccino (110 calories) instead of a regular frappuccino (240 calories). 

Sometimes we think that being healthy is an all-or-nothing endeavor. Not so. We don't have to cut out everything we love. We can still enjoy our favorites if we will look for ways to order (or cook) lighter version of them.

I'm a big fan of the 80-20 rule. Eat healthy 80% of the time and enjoy some of my not-so-healthy favorites (in moderation) the other 20% of the time. On those 20% days, I might throw in another 1000 steps or a longer workout to compensate, but that's a small price to pay for a little indulgence, because total denial of all the things I love will only lead to binging. (I know me!)

We have to cut ourselves some slack and throw perfectionism out the window. Same goes for feeding ourselves spiritually.

Many of us think that if we can't sit down and read the Bible and pray for an hour every day, we are a failure. Not so. It would be nice if we had the time to do that, but few of us do. Sometimes we have to choose a "lighter" version of our quiet time with God. That might mean a 15 minute devotional in the morning, then listening to our favorite Christian music on the way to work and finding a place to spend a few minutes in prayer on our lunch break. Remember...even snack-sized portions of God's word pack a powerful punch and help us stay spiritually fit.

How about you? Are you an all-or-nothing kind of person, or do you think that consistent good choices add up to success?

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

How often can you hit the restart button?

As often as you need to!

It's been 8 months since my last post. (Why do I feel like I'm in a confessional booth?)

The last 2 months have been crazy. My husband fell off a roof at work. He broke his pelvis in 3 places, fractured 2 ribs and did some damage to his spine. He had surgery the next day. They put two huge screws in his pelvis and the doctor ordered absolutely no weight bearing for 3 months. That means he can't stand up at all and can't use his feet or legs to adjust himself in bed or in his wheelchair. He has to use only upper body strength to get around and transfer himself to the bed and other places. He spent a little over a week in the hospital and another couple of weeks or so in a skilled nursing center before coming home.

I spent every moment of that time with him. I would leave the house at around 6:30 am and not come home until about 8:00 pm. During this time, I lost about 6 pounds (hospital food is gross). He's been home now for about a month and guess what...I found those 6 pounds! They were hidden in doughnuts, ice cream, cakes, potato chips and the food we consumed eating out. Oh, and I found a bunch of them in movie popcorn. I've been doing everything I can to make life easier for him and keeping him busy. In the meantime, I haven't been taking care of me.I also haven't been writing much.

Yesterday during our morning devotions, God dropped some nuggets of promise into my heart. I didn't fully understand them, but I jotted them down in my journal. It wasn't an hour later when I received a friend request on Facebook from someone I didn't know. I sent them a message to ask why they sent me a friend request and got this response back...
"This weekend I pulled out my collection of weight loss books to tackle, once again, my weight issues. I have your book, More of Him Less of Me. I bought it years ago and it's been very helpful and inspiring. That's why I looked you up on Facebook, to see if you post things related to your book and to see if you have any other books."
Of course I accepted the friend request right away.

This dear lady brought tears to my eyes - both tears of joy and tears of repentance. Several times I have started and stopped this blog and several times when I haven't posted for a really long time, God has prompted people to search for me online.

My books, More of Him Less of Me and Desert Morsels came out nearly 20 years ago and I am always overwhelmed to know that they are still blessing people today. I know that God wants me to continue encouraging folks to reach for more of Him, yet I let myself slip away from doing what I know He has called me to do.

He's calling me back. This is undoubtedly because when I am posting here, I am being encouraged myself to reach for my health goals and to draw closer to Him.  All this to say - I'm back!

I'm praying that God gives me the words to encourage you as we reach for More of Him together.

By the way - Lee goes back to the surgeon in 3 weeks. His 3 months in the wheelchair will be up and he should be able to start rehab to get him back on his feet again. Keep us in prayer, please. Thanks!


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