Memory Verse #3!
Hey, it’s February 1! And guess what that means?! A new Scripture to memorize. I’ve been thinking long and hard what to pick. There’s so much going on in my life right now. I’m still on my weight loss journey. And let me tell you: this book by Lysa TerKeurst “Made to Crave” is amazing!!! It’s as if she took my thoughts and my experiences and put them into a book. Sometimes it’s really weird reading it, because it’s EXACTLY what I’ve been through since Jan 1, 2010. That was the day I seriously gave this problem to God and said to Him: “I can’t do this on my own. For the life of me, I just can’t. If you don’t help me, I will give up.” And you know, God IS faithful!!! Even if I am not, He remains faithful for He cannot deny who He is. (2 Timothy 2:13)
And so this journey began. My God and I were quite successful last year, until I got so sick suddenly, and it seemed that it was all lost. BUT I have learned that a set back is only a set up for something new, and so since Jan 2011 I’ve been continuing in all seriousness again. And reading Lysa’s book and all the Scriptures she’s referring to, has just strengthened my resolve to not give up. And what I’m learning during my weightloss journey also applies to so many other areas in my life. So it’s become a “fight on many fronts”, and some days it’s just simply HARD to get through the day. The thing is, if it were just one fight and I would concentrate on this one problem, it might be manageable (with God, of course.). But Satan does not want any victory in my life, and so he targets me from all kinds of directions. And some days this just brings me to my knees like never before. And one thing that I’ve learned during the Fall Women’s Bible study was: When you don’t know what to do, praise God! And I’ve started practicing that. And I can tell you it really works. I thank God for small victories that I might have overlooked otherwise.
And today was another set back. My beloved treadmill broke! It just gave up… with a very sudden stop… I almost fell off it. I was in a big sprint, 500 m at 10km/hr. And it just didn’t like it today. I’ve noticed other problems with it before, and was always hoping it would last just a little longer. It has served me and my girls faithfully for 6 years and 3 months! Now I feel at a loss. It was such a big part of my life. With the weather as it is, I just can’t bring myself to run outside, when there’s snow on the ground. I’m sorry, I just can’t. I see some people running outside in the coldest winter here in Manitoba, and I admire them. But for me that’s just where I draw the line. The thing that I will miss most is: I read a lot of Scripture while running, and I memorized most, if not all, of my verses on my treadmill. And I prayed a lot while running. BUT, this is only a set back for a set up for something new. So I just have to be patient and figure out what to do next. We do have an elliptical downstairs (Vanessa bought it a year ago, and has barely used it), but I’m just not a friend of it. But I guess, I’ll have to give it another try. Maybe I’ll like it.
So after all my ranting, I will finally tell you what I’ll be memorizing Galatians 5:24-25:
“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed their passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” (New Living Translation; emphasis mine)
So, my dear family & friends, let’s hear it, what will you be memorizing?