I will put my laws in their minds,
and I will write them on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Some would joke that the New Year really doesn't begin until February, as we are still trying to adjust to making changes in January!
Whether those changes are healthier eating habits or simply getting caught up on unfinished business, making lasting changes is simply a challenge!
This week as we focus on Hebrews 8:10,
I am encouraged that true transformation isn't my burden to carry alone.
But the Holy Spirit is working in me to transform me from the inside out.
I am learning to filter my daily throughts through God's Word and then seek the Holy Spirit's guidance to show me how to respond.
Sometimes, I need to replace that thought (or lie) with Truth and believe God's promises.
And sometimes I need to embrace that thought and follow in obedience.
For example, sometimes I struggle with feeling appreciated for all that I do as a "work-at-home-mom". And I feel like no one cares and no one helps me and on and on. My inclination is to be frustrated and then yell at my kids and act resentful towards my husband...
BUT when I take those thoughts and feelings (that have not been expressed verbally, but i assume because no one is meeting my expectations), and surrender them to God, He reminds me that possibly my family just needs a gentle reminder to help me by picking up after themselves and completing their daily chores. Granted, it's not easy, but there is so much more peace in my home if I can practice responding with gentleness rather than fits of anger!
So, as I cooperate with Him, by first letting Him renew my mind with knowledge of His Truth and then lining up my heart's desires with His Will, changes in my body and behavior will manifest as a result!
We are all a work in progress and although I have not accomplished all I have wanted to for the beginning of 2018,
I am so grateful for the small ways I have grown in learning to discern God's Voice and practicing being obedient to Him in response to His amazing and faithful love for me.
"Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined],
be alert and cautious at all times.
1 Peter 5:8
One of the most challenging aspects of being healthy, no matter how much we know or how many resources we have, is the staying motivated to WANT to make those better choices.
This is usually because we are RESULTS-oriented. So if we do not see the results we are working for, we lose our determination and decide it is not worth the extra time and energy.
But if you can change your mindset to be REASON-oriented, then your motivation would be centered around a deeper force that drives you to keep making better choices, even when you aren't seeing results!
And the ONE THING you need to be start becoming more
Accountability is more than just checking in with someone periodically to tell you how you are progressing...
Accountability is about having a REASON to keep making progress, and being responsible for our choices.
This week, pray about someone who can join you on your journey to help you become more accountable for your choices.
This person should be someone who:
*encourages you to be alert by reminding you of WHY you want to be healthier, especially when you are struggling;
*equips you to be self-disciplined by being available to measure & evaluate your progress; and
*empowers you to make better choices by celebrating your victories, no matter how small!
Granted, God is your greatest Accountability partner,
but He also created us for relationship to help build each other up!
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for added accountability, tips & encouragement!
#FITfocus: ACCOUNTABILITY | #FAITHfocus 1 Peter 5:8
A Jesus girl who desires to honor God with my everyday choices! I love my family, sweating with my friends, and anything chocolate!
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Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit?
You are not your own. You were bought with a price.
Therefore, Honor God with your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19, 20