Oh my word, friends, I really did not want to write this post. NO-I mean – I really tried digging in my heels and said “no way”, but God always has the last word. This is not my usual post-there are no poetic words just the plain hard truth. A punch in the gut kind of truth that God let me know was exactly what I needed. So here goes…

2015 is now here and with it began an attack of words from all sides like – healthy, goals, strength, willpower, food, exercise and the list goes on. It’s not that I have never heard those words before or accepted them for what they had to offer, but this time is different. You see I have been following the “closet eater’s diet” which is reaching in the closet for something salty or sweet, crunchy or satisfying, often and at times when I was not hungry. Every time I was feeling tired, stressed, overwhelmed, happy or depressed, I turned to my pantry and begged to be filled and satisfied. Every time I did this I knew it wasn’t the answer and as much as I wanted to change, I lacked the thing I needed the most.

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For many of you that would be motivation, willpower and a pantry with only healthy food choices, but for me it was God. I  bargained that tomorrow I would change and tomorrow would be the day to get up and get moving and then it would arrive and the routine I had started did not change. Please know that I have been very successful in the past and have let life circumstances bring me down and become my ultimate excuse, but this time is different. Why? Because I am getting a swift kick in the behind from the person who knows me best and who loves me beyond all imagination.

So I am going back to one of my pivotal verses from last year-Zephaniah 3:17 for strength and to remind me that God does delight in me, loves me and wants to be my strength. How can I shine for God if I can’t even take care of my physical self in order to persevere for Him?

For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

God rejoices over each of us no matter what, but I want to rebuild myself from the inside out. I want my heart to be strong for God and this will only happen when I surrender it all to Him-minute by minute, day by day, week by week!

I would cherish your willingness to love and pray me through this road to a healthier me. I am not setting number goals or a time limit because as we all know, God does not work that way. His timing and His plans are always perfect.

My mantra each day will be:

[Tweet “Each day is a new beginning, a “do over” blessed by God’s grace!”] Grab the gift of new mercies that only God can give!

I would love for you to join me on this journey of allowing God to be in charge and turning to Him to satisfy all our needs.

Love from a former “closet eater”,

Mary

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