I intended to post this devotion earlier today…but I got distracted.  Some of you may be interested in this distraction so I might post pictures of it tonight…but for now I am trying to get this posted so that my hubby can have the computer (one of our computers crashed and we have been waiting until the xmas sales to get another one!).  Since we don’t have cable my poor husband has to depend on the computer to watch his beloved OSU Cowboys play…and the kick off is in five minutes so the race is on to get this uploaded.  I’ll just have to save the funny part of my day for later!  For now here is the devotion I told you about in my last post.   So the secret to my weight loss…as I encouraged these ladies in the challenge I followed the advice I was giving them and the weight I had been trying to lose for at least 7 years finally came off.  Oh and Go Pokes…when you win games the Buxton household is such a more delightful place to reside!

             Women seem to have a natural tendency to dream and plan.  How many times have you heard a bride comment that she had been dreaming and planning her wedding day from the time she was a small child?  Some of us started dreaming about and planning our first baby’s nursery from the moment the two little lines appeared on the pregnancy test.  If you are like me and are anxiously awaiting the day you own your own house, you may find yourself dreaming and planning the color of paint you want in the kitchen or debating with yourself about whether you prefer stainless appliances or white. 

                As careful as most of us women are at planning out our wedding before we even have a boyfriend, child’s nursery before the baby is even 3 inches long, and kitchens that aren’t even ours yet, you would think that we could successfully bring all our dreams into fruition.  However, if I were to ask you, what do you plan to eat this week or what are your exercise plans this week?  Many of you would not have an answer for me.   If you are like most women that I have met, you have a desire to be healthy.  So if the desire is there, if the dream is there, then why can so many of us not seem to achieve the healthy physical life that we desire? 

                I have come to realize that for most of us it is not simply a physical issue of not planning.  Though planning is an important part of achieving physical fitness goals, the reason we fall short of our goals goes much deeper than simply not planning.   We must remember what the Bible says Ephesians 6:12, For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (NLT)  The evil one knows that he can defeat most women in the area of physical fitness by doing two things.  Number one, he convinces us that we are too busy to plan our meals or to go exercise.  Number two, he convinces us that we can never be successful because we have tried before so many times and failed.

                Remember the name of our challenge, “You Can Do It!”.  Let me add a little subtitle to the name “Through the power of the Holy Spirit living within you, you can overcome the grip that the evil one has on you in the area of physical fitness.”  Yes, you can do it.  Do you remember the words of our Savior just days before he would hang on the cross for you and me, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33b, NIV)  We can overcome.  We can do it, because our Jesus has already overcome for us.

                 Your Assignment for the Week:

   1.  If you haven’t already, get on your knees before the Lord and claim the weight loss and self control confession that was included in your packet.  Put this somewhere where you can read it every day.  (Don’t forget about all the verses on the back)

2.  Start a journal:  Planning for success!

  • write down your fitness goals.  Make sure you are specific and that you will be able to measure those goals.
  • write out a prayer of commitment to the goal
  • begin using your journal to record meal plans and don’t forget to record what you actually do eat.   Writing down everything that you eat can be a very effective way to keep track of your caloric intake.
  • write down your exercise plans for the next 12 weeks.  And then begin keeping a record of your exercise so that you can see your progress. 

3.  If you do not already have a specific time that you meet with the Lord each day, begin doing that this week.  The power you need to overcome will be gained through reading the Word of God.  If you don’t already have a Bible reading plan for the next 12 weeks, I suggest focusing on the books of James and Philippians.  You will find great encouragement in these books.