Tag Archives: Ezekiel 18:31

A Heart-to-Heart and a Plan

A dear friend, concerned.  Understood last week’s yuckiness. Over diet soda’s she shares and builds me up.

You tell yourself all the negatives.

I agree.

You never see what good you do.

I look off.  Uncomfortable.  Do I do good?

You hear a critic and you latch to those negative words.

I look down.  Uncomfortable in my own skin.

Truth in those words, I hear.

Surround yourself with the positive.

I agree to.

Boundaries I need.  Affirmations I long for.

Embrace. Give. Love. Serve.

The small echo in my heart.  Cracks in my harden heart gorge from truths.  Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed and get a new heart and a new spirit.  Ezekiel 18:31  Rid myself from the negatives. Rid myself of the hurtful words.  Rid myself of the impurities found in binge eating. Rid myself.  Embrace the new heart and spirit.

2 Corinthians 12:9-11 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…. For when I am weak, then I am strong.'”

His grace.  His love. This everlasting love is sufficient for me.  I don’t need empty calories, guilt, nor negatives.  God weakened me last week.  So I may be strong.

Give yourself away…. one pound at a time.

Love given so I may love myself

Serve God.  Serve others.  In order to forgive myself.

Earthly weakness….. God’s strength for me to grasp onto.

Embrace it. “For I am the Lord, your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.”  Isaiah 41:13 

Embrace. Give. Love. Serve

So God put it on my heart.  Confirmed with Ann Voskamp.  I need to plan my days better.  It is all a part of forming a habit.  (And our Pastor’s sermon summed it up for me….Jesus in the middle of it.)

Planning my meals.  Planning my daily routine.  Planning everything…. my prayer time, Bible readings, and my water in-take.  Ann Voskamp has two planning guides that are helpful.  Take a look. You will have to scroll down to the Weekends are for planning post.

Now, for the important note of the day.  We walked  49.98 miles. We’ve walked a total of 103.44 miles. This week we ended up near Eddington, ME. We’re 3.06% of the way there!

God bless……

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Hard Answer to Swallow

So, like, if you have read my recent posts on my New Year’s goals, then you would know that Ezekiel 18:31 has been haunting me.  Especially the offensive part.

Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed and get a new heart and new spirit.

Well, yesterday, I thought it was about time I work on my part of the Bible study I will be leading in a couple of weeks.  The teacher has to be prepared right?? So any-whooo, I read Psalm 139.

I’m wonderfully made.

I’m beautiful in His eyes.

Then there is verses 23- 24:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

There is that haunting Ezekiel again….. offensive.  In Psalms, King David is asking God to point out those offensive ways.

Offensive. Ways.

I just had to ask…….. what are my offensive ways?

God?  What are my offensive ways?

I got a hard answer.  The harsh reality.  The truth.

I was reminded of how I reacted watching someone eat on a TV show.  The person was obese and shoved the food in the food.  Mounds of food being shoveled in fast and furious.

I swallowed the sting.

Me?  Really God?

Swallowed.  Hard.

yes…..me

Guess all those years of having 15 minutes to eat lunch has conditioned me to eat too fast.  Excuse #1

I’m so hungry when I sit down. I just inhale.  Excuse #2 (I’m not that hungry all the time)

Offensive. Way.

So later another thumping came to mind…….

If you look back up in verse 19 of Psalm 139, David whines, “If only you would slay the wicked, O God!”  Of course, he was talking about men being after him.  BUT, if I think of my “wicked” as my relationship with food…..

It dawned on me.

I have whined to God before.  “God, why won’t you make these thoughts stop?”  Those thoughts of food……those thoughts that turn into reality.

Another. Hard. Answer.

God will not fight my battles for me.  However, He will support me. Give me the tools and resources to battle.  I expect God to do it all.  Make it stop.  Then I will behave.

Offensive. Way.

I’m lazy.  I want Him to snap His heavenly fingers and resolve my issue for me.  I want the easy way out.  I don’t want to put forth the effort.

Offensive.

Swallowed. Hard.

I am sure God isn’t through with showing me my offensive ways……

Embrace, Regina, Give yourself away…… one pound at a time.  Give yourself away to God.

God bless…….

Regina, Give Yourself Away

Last week, I examined my 2011 goals for the new year.  Ahem, I was successful in some ways and well……let’s just say….. if anyone lost a pound last year, I found it. Right here around my middle, posterior, thighs and my chin.

Ugh!

Yuck!

Mark and I sat down and budgeted.  We discovered something.  Or at least I did.  I have been over indulging in many areas.  Numbers don’t lie.

Ugh!

Yuck!

Ezekiel 18:31 haunted me.  Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed and get a new heart and a new spirit.

Me?

Offensive?

Ahem…..treat your body as a temple.  Ouch….. do not conform to this world.

Ugh!

Yuck!

Romans 12:1 seeped into my thoughts.  So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. 

Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.

He gives.

He helps.

He loves.

Embrace it.

The tune, “Give yourself away” echoed and stalked me.  I heard it on the radio constantly.

Regina….

Give…..

Yourself…..

Away……

Give. Help. Love.

Embrace it.

Prayer found a solution….. or a resolution, you might say.  A year, in which, I give myself away.

Give Myself Away Weight-loss Challenge

My jeans do not lie.  The dryer has been on the fritz so I can not blame all of the shrinkage on it.  Like I said before, I have discovered a whole lot of extra on me.  I needed accountability and a goal.  So, I am going to give myself away…..literally. One pound at a time.

Here’s how……

Our church has a food pantry.  Lately, the amount of food needed to supply to meet the needs of our community has doubled, tripled, and possibly quadrupled over the past year.  I have decided to embrace giving and helping.  For each pound I lose, I will donate 1 pound of food to our church’s pantry.  For accountability, I went to my Sunday School class and presented my idea.  For every pound I lose each week, three couples will match the food donation. One couple even said they would consider joining in on the weight-loss challenge.

Tears filled my eyes.  Not that I was touched……( I was ) but because, I have to put the plan in action.  They expect a number each week.  Ahem…. numbers don’t lie.  That scares the living daylights out of me.  Accountability!

So today, I climbed on the scale.  Shock.  Disappointment. The Truth.  Numbers don’t lie.

Regina….

Give…..

Yourself…..

Away…….

Give Yourself Away Exercise Program

I am not stupid.  I know in order to lose pounds, exercise must become the norm.  Again, accountability comes into play.  This time, I have enlisted three drill Sargents accountability partners: Mark and the kids.  Together as a family we are going to “Walk Across America.”

Please understand, I have not lost my mind.  We won’t actually be walking across this great nation.  We will tally our mileage on pedometers.  At the end of the week we will see how far along our plotted map route we have gone.  According to Wikipedia, the greatest distance between any two points within the contiguous 48 states is from West Quoddy Head, Maine to Point Arena, California at 2,892 miles as the crow flies ….. that would be 3,385 walking miles.

On the last day of the month, we will look on our route and find the closest destination city, town, or community.  Team Dettra will research a charity, church, or organization in that area and make a $10 donation.

Giving.

Helping.

Loving.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg.  I will be sharing other ideas in the near future.  Oh, by the way, yesterday, Team Dettra walked over 8 miles.  Yay!!

Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.

Oh, May God bless you today.  Embrace, my dear friends.  Embrace what God does for you.