Faith Fridays, Miscellaneous, Motivation, Self Love, Weight Loss

Faith Friday: Find Love In Yourself!

Faith Fridays are all about providing a visual to strengthen your faith. Some times we just need to witness the awesome moves of God in someone else’s life to remind us that He is real and can still perform miracles in our own lives! If we just believe, anything is possible with God!

But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? (James 2:20 NJKV)

It’s great for us to believe God to change our situations, but it’s worthless if we don’t roll up our sleeves and do SOMETHING! Today’s Faith Friday video showcases a young lady who did just that and in the midst, she found love within herself! Take a look…

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Encouragement, Goals & Dreams, God's Provisons, Inspirational, Motivation, Preparation, Strength, Weight Loss

Let Your Efforts Not be in Vain

Trust the Lord completely, don’t ever trust yourself.  In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Many of us, when asked why we are trying to lose weight will give different answers: to prevent sickness, to look great and the most general answer is  to be healthy.  However, are we really being totally honest with ourselves when we give these answers?   The subconscious hard truth of the matter is  that we would like to live and be beautiful for a very long time and losing weight and exercising is an avenue for which to facilitate this desire.  It is very interesting when I read or hear reports about certain activities or foods that add years to one’s life.  And then I hear about the jogger who had a heart attack while jogging or the vegetarian who died from cancer, or worse, the vegetarian who must eat meat because of an illness caused from being a vegetarian (no offense to vegetarians intended).

To put it gently, nothing we do individually will add a single extra day to our lives. Who of you by worrying can add a hour day to your life. (Matthew 6:27 NIV)  Only God can extend our daysIn those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years. (Isaiah 38:1-5 KJV)

We are obligated to take care of our bodies for they are our temples gifted to us by God.  As we go on these weight loss journeys and quests to live right and eat right, we must remember to put God first so that our efforts will not be in vain.  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  (John 14:13 KJV)

Dear Daddy,

I ask that You bless my desire to lose weight for the upkeep and maintenance of my temple because I know that through this maintenance and upkeep, there is a blessing of good health.  Within this, Daddy, I pray that my efforts not be in vain and I ask that You bless my desire to live. I know that nothing I do will add to my lifespan, but Jesus said ask anything so I come to You now asking for both good health and longevity that I may continue to be a blessing to my family and loved ones. In Jesus’ Name,  Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you today to place God first in all that you do.  It is not enough to pray for the energy and strength to exercise that you may lose the weight. Also pray for life that you may enjoy the benefits of your achievement.

Beverly Gordon is a graduate of Gonzaga School of Law (Spokane, WA) and currently works as an Executive Assistant and Director of Compliance.  She is a devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend who believes in the importance of teaching children the power of prayer.  In her journey of loving and leaning on the Lord she meditates on Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” She resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with her beautiful daughter and is an active member of the Springfield United Methodist Church.

Encouragement, Growth/Maturity, Inspirational, Motivation, Self-Control, Self-Esteem, Weight Loss

40 lbs Gone…And Counting!

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (I Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV)

About 8 months ago my doctor said to me, “Well, your blood sugar is a little higher than we’d like.” My heart began to race and tears started burning my eyes as I pressed to hold them back. She went on to add, “You are young enough to lower it, check out a diabetic diet and you should be fine.” My Earth shattered right there on that table. “A DIABETIC DIET???”

I went to God with my tears and cried at His feet. “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you;” Psalms 55:22 NIV “Lord, You know I don’t want diabetes and yet I am knocking on its door. You know that I don’t have the will power to push back from the table, nor the energy to work out. Lord, please help me. Please give me the resources and the will to do better.” I casted this burden over to God. My entire life I’ve tried to lose weight on my own. I never took it to God. But the day I did was the day He began to open my eyes. “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” (James 4:17 NLT)

You are not your own, for you have been bought with a price. God showed me that this body, this temple, which He gave me, is for one reason only, and that is to glorify Him. That may mean being strong enough to help others, active enough to nurture my family, or healthy enough to be a strong witness. Last week I talked about being a good steward over my money, but I wasn’t being a good steward over my body.

I once heard a preacher say, “Jesus doesn’t deal with the fruit until He has dealt with the root!” Little did I know, this weight loss journey was also going to surgically heal my spirit. My root was self-control. I’ve never had boundaries with food. I didn’t realize that I should be eating to live, as opposed to living to eat. God had to show me my issue: self-control. As I continued to pray for healing God showed me the abundance of life that I was missing. I was missing running around a playground with my daughter without breaking a sweat. I was missing more “fun” with my Hubby. I was missing ME! Guess what else? My self-esteem shot through the roof. I’ve always been characterized as confident but it was all a front. Those that know me also know that my “confident” air was also accompanied by a stern face. This was the shield to my insecurities and unhappiness. I smile more, I’m happier, I’m energetic, and I am pumped about encouraging other people to break out of the bondage of being overweight.

I made a decision that I needed to eat healthy and lose weight or I would die. I was going to experience a social, emotional, and spiritual death soon to be followed by a physical death. It’s not all about losing weight; it’s about breaking out of bondage. I’m truly happy with me and I am even happier to know that God is the one that sparked this within me and will continue to let this light shine. I’m not burdened with anticipated failure because I know that I am connected to the One that helps me do it! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV) And you can too!

Dear Daddy,

Teach me self-control. Help me to give You the issues that I think are trivial so that I may know that You truly know and are concerned with the desires of my heart. Help me with will power and to eliminate excuses. I want to live in the fullness of life through Your grace and in Your will. I avail myself to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you today to allow God to give you the will to live. Talk with Him plainly about your issues. If it’s going back to school, losing weight, stopping smoking, alcoholic drinking, or promiscuity, ask God to give you the strength to overcome it. He will do it for you! Jesus encourages us, For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:8 NIV). Ask it in Jesus’ name!

To read more about my Christian Weightloss Journey, check out my blog: WeightandLeanonHim!

As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 KJV) She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment.  Khalilah resides in Millbrook, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter. They attend St. Luke Christian ChurchCheck out Khalilah’s Christian weight loss blog here.

Black Music Month Series, Children, God's Love, Growth/Maturity, Inspirational, Marriage, Motivation, Relationships, Weight Loss

It’s the God in Me

It Ain’t What it Look Like…

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9) For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NIV)

When I turned 30 I was a tad devastated because I just knew I was entering this new world of “Divashness”. But what I ran into was a sensitive marriage, an extra 80 pounds of weight, health issues, low self esteem, and not sure of where my life was headed. On December 28, 2010 I made a decision because I looked depressed. I paused and took a moment with God and poured out my heart and asked God to “Create in me a new heart and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (KJV) I began to get deeper into prayer and began to slow down my chaotic life of being so busy. I began praying continuously, without ceasing so I could hear Him. I prayed getting dressed, driving to work, watching TV, eating dinner, and teaching my classes. I took “internal, eternal worship” to a whole new level in my life because I knew He could restore me. Months passed and one day my aunt said, “It’s something new about you.” By then my marriage had strengthened because I was listening to God as how to act, respond, and love my man. God gave me a sense of drive to lose weight (36 pounds to date) and exercise more. I even ran a 5K! I got bold and cut off all of my hair and started wearing a cute asymmetric cut to refresh myself. So why am I sharing all of this?

We don’t always have to look like we are down trodden because we are going through a disaster, but seek God and find joy in the midst of it.  Hasn’t God covered you, your mess and your embarrassment?  This fact is enough to EMPOWER myself. Sometimes all I can say is, “It’s the God in Me.”  The God in me is what makes me feel like a million bucks when I only have one. It’s the God in us that’s making our marriage as blissful as it is even when we aren’t sure if we are doing it right. It’s the God in me that makes being a mom look so “cute” and “fun” when I really feel inadequate.  It’s not me, not my deeds, not my actions, not even how I worship and pray, but God’s grace and mercy that has made Him show favor towards me. This is the “something” that my Aunt saw. It’s not me at all, it’s God, and for this I owe Him.

I selected “It’s the God in Me” to celebrate Black Music Month for a couple of reasons. When I’m jogging and I hear this song, I almost cry because only God could have turned me into a runner. People think that I am simply motivated, but not so much. I prayed for God to give me this drive. Not only that, but this song is so “divafied” that I feel encouraged that God has covered so many of my raggedy characteristics and made them look “polished.”

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for Your grace. Thank You for being a sustainer in the time of trouble. Thank You for being a strong fortress when I feel weak. God help me to share my story so that others know that they don’t have to feel beat down, but can walk in confidence knowing that if they have You, You will supply every need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Girlfriend, I EMPOWER you today to hold your head high in confidence that the God in YOU is what will keep your smile when it really is a frown. The Bible says, “Greater is He that is in YOU, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 KJV)  So don’t look beaten, because you aren’t. Jesus encourages us during times of sacrifice and fasting, “But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:17-18). Get a new tube of lip gloss, smack those lips, and walk in the beauty that God has blessed you with. The Potter is on the wheel and while you are being molded, relax, let it flow, and strut in God’s promise to never forsake you! What they don’t know won’t hurt them right? But we know, “It’s the God in Me!

Those shoes are my motivation pair. When I’m down, I strut around the house in them, just because they make me feel cute!

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As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6.  She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment.  Khalilah resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter where they attend St. Luke Christian Church.