I weep sometimes at night. That is when I am alone with my thoughts. All of the hopes and dreams I had for my life that didn’t come to fruition, haunt me.
I have had several nights like these in the past. I toss and turn and raise up an honest prayer. I cry out to God and ask, ‘How long will these thoughts overwhelm me?’, ‘When will this sadness and pain leave me?’ The next morning I will feel tired and emotionally drained. I would struggle with opening my Bible and seeking God. because what’s the point? I had prayed numerous times for relief and I still felt tortured.
Have you ever felt this way? If you have, then know you are not alone! We are surrounded by great company, David, Moses, Jesus..All of them cried out to God and asked why; but, for the purpose of this study, we are going to talk about Moses and how his story relates to our trials and sufferings.
As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, ‘What it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!’ Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’
If the Lord will fight for them, why wouldn’t He fight for you?
After Devotion: Study Exodus 14:10-14. What words jump out at you? What do you hear the Lord whispering to you? Write down the actions you should take.
Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday April 7th, will start a 3 day devotional titled, Walking Through the Red Sea. Writing a devotional has been on my heart for sometime, and God’s timing was this week!! Please join me in this 3 day devotional and feel free to comment. We can have some community time in sharing our experiences, questions, or doubts. Also, I would love any suggestions for future devotions. God Bless!!
I am now in the tenth week of my weight loss journey. I have lost twenty-five pounds and eighteen inches total so far. I am thrilled and excited each time I step on the scale and see that number going down, but there have been times when the numbers haven’t moved. The biggest thing to do when that has happened is to ask myself, ‘What else has changed?’.
The first thing I have noticed is my energy level. I used to basically be a couch potato. I would do my cleaning (sometimes) and then veg out in front of the T.V. and take a nap. I would then stay up until around two in the morning, wake up at 7 and start the process again. Now, my days look like this:
Wake up at 6:30 a.m.
Take boys to school
Walk, clean and/or run errands, write, Bible study
Pick up boys from school, homework, dinner
In bed at 10:30 p.m.
Notice the differences in the two routines? I may watch about an hour of T.V. a day and maybe nap once a week. I am productive and actually getting out and walking. My energy is up and I feel great!
Next, are my clothes. I have gone from a 2X in tops to a L/XL. My bottoms have gone from a 20/22 to a size 16. I have already had to buy some new clothes.
Now onto the inches. My stomach is shrinking and my thunder thighs aren’t so thunder anymore! This is a HUGE win for me guys. I notice in my pictures that my face has slimmed down and isn’t as puffy and swollen too.
Lastly, is how my body is responding to motion and walking for exercise. I used to choose not to be active because I was embarrassed. It would be only a short time into a walk and I would begin to sweat…like really sweat. My hair would be wet and sweat would run down my face, neck, and back. I would become winded easily, and my lower back and feet would begin hurting. My pace was also pretty darn slow. Now I average walking about two miles. I no longer sweat or have backaches or foot pains. I walk at a fast pace and my lungs feel good. I actually have started to love my walks and look forward to them!!
These non-scale victories sometimes are even better than the number I see on the scale.
So what is the take away from this post? The number on the scale is just that, a number. Do not allow that to discourage you and make you doubt the journey you are on. Great things are happening if you just look for them!