I have been a little “down”; “blah”, “blue”…. I don’t know if it is because the sun has not come out in days, or that I have been stuck in the house for over 10 days straight; either way I have been “singing the blues” this week. I continue to study God’s Word and pray each day; I take my medications and my vitamins; I’ve maintained the amount of calories I am to eat each day (minus Monday when I went over by 200 calories). Yet I’m still singing the “blues”. Have you had any days or weeks like that too?
I can hear the Lord right now, “Michele, you are making progress – be patient, stay strong, don’t lose heart – I am with you always – We are in this together – one step at time – steady on – you are winning the battle of the bulge one day at a time – one pound at a time.” Again, the Lord reminds me of this week’s memory verse: “Lord, you have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart.” Psalm 10:17. Yes, Lord, you are preparing my heart for this lifelong battle.
Once again I hear the Lord as He reminds me of today’s Scripture Study: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1,2.
The Lord has been preparing my heart; I am in His boot camp right now as He gives me the tools I need for the life-long battle that is before me. There is more than physical weight that has been holding me back in the race; day by day my Lord is helping me to lay aside every weight – every sin that so easily besets me. He is also instructing me with a word He has been teaching me for years – patience! I am to run this race – fight this battle with patience . One day at a time – one pound at a time – all the while looking to my precious Lord and Savior – the author and finisher of my faith; the author and finisher of my battle of the bulge.
Dear gracious Heavenly Father, I thank you for your Word –Sometimes it cuts me like a two edged sword, but I know that you are just trying to teach me – prepare me for this lifelong battle. I know that as I continue to lose every weight and every sin that besets me, I am closer to the finish line. I thank you heavenly Father for the 20 lbs I have lost so far. I know I have to work hard and be patient as I continue my battle. It won’t be long before I can walk again without great pain and without a wheelchair. In the meantime, may I remember that You are preparing my heart - my mind – my body for what is ahead of me. In Jesus precious name, Amen.