In so many areas of our lives we do the same thing over and over and some how expect a change...lots of us have been around the mountain again and again and have come away disappointed, frustrated and not knowing what to do next. I have been in a Bible Study with my dear friend Mary. The study, Made to Crave, by Lysa Terkeurst, addressed this very thing with a quote from Ruth Graham.....
"Either we can be victimized and become victims, or we can be victimized and rise above it. Often it is easier to play the victim than take off our masks and ask for help. We get comfortable with our victim status. It becomes our idenity and is hard to give up. The Israelites often played the victim card, and I love what God finally tells them, "You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north. (Deutermonomy 2:3)
Turn North? It is time to move on! Self-pity, fear, pride and negativity paralyze us. Taking off our masks takes courage, but if we don't do it, we will remain in our victim status and end up stunted."
This visual of going around the mountain really helped me get a handle on some of the struggles I was having reaching my goal in weight loss. But as I thought about this...I was able to apply it to so many other things where I felt I was circling the mountain. I now look for the opportunity to turn north and God is showing the way! It is so good to be under his lead rather than worrying what other people are thinking or judging or what ever. He has promised if we acknowledge Him in all we do, He will make our paths straight! That is a beautiful promise in the Word of God.
But, back to the reason I am writing about this mind picture...it helped me look for another way to get to my goal and I turned north and found a new path. This past week after yo-yoing for months, I finally met my goal for Weight Watchers. It was a good feeling to accomplish this and so many times I was frustrated and going no where fast on 'the plan'. I actually stumbled on a different plan that a dear friend suggested and it has worked in helping me cross the finish line! What an exciting thing and the best part of the whole deal??
My hubby is now on board with the new plan-THM (Trim Healthy Mama). He keeps asking, am I suppose to eat this much...it is really good too! By planning his meals and eating together, we have kept each other accountable and enjoyed the great desserts on the new plan! He has lost 14 pounds in a month and 1/2. At a recent doctor's appointment, his blood pressure was doing so well on the new plan that his doctor cut his medicine in1/2 and is monitoring it to cut more if need be--very soon! He is so excited about what he eats and the great results! The doctor was so excited that his numbers for blood pressure and cholesterol were where they were suppose to be he took the name and authors of the book to share with his patients!
So God had me on a journey...a weight loss one where I lost 55 pounds! After circling the mountain and turning North...I found a new healthier path and am finished at this goal BUT he has challenged me to not stop here. I have a new goal and I can't wait to see where he has me going next! The best part...I am not doing it alone.