At the end of 2014, God spoke to me my “one word” for 2015 (mine were 2) – pivot and pivotal.
Pivot means the central point on which a mechanism turns; to rotate; to turn; to revolve.
Pivotal means of crucial importance in relation to the development of success of something else.
God told me that this year is a pivotal (crucially important) year for me. There’s no time to waste.
I don’t want to miss out on God’s purpose and plan for my life. (Jeremiah 29:11) While God has done amazing salvation, healing, and deliverance in my life, there still have been some areas where I wasn’t obeying God.
My diet and exercise. I know, it’s so annoying to talk about it.
I’ve been addicted (emotionally, not physically – like comfort food to some people) to Coca Cola®, sugar (can anyone say chocolate?!), and I like Sonic and Mexican WAYYY too much. This year I made a DECISION, a CHOICE, to obey God.
To get off the Cokes. To stop eating so much fast food. To eat healthier. To exercise. To drink more water. To take care of myself so that I can fulfill my purpose and calling from God.
You can read more about my radical LIFESTYLE CHANGE (not just a diet) here.
I’ve been walking each day at the track. This is a HUGE change for me.
I HATE to exercise. Hate. it. with. a. passion. Here’s reasons why people hate to exercise.
But I love God, my family and friends, life, and my purpose more. I’m doing this to be fit to fulfill God’s mission for my life (the weight loss is a great side benefit!)
Exercising to lose weight can actually be a bad motivator. Women who exercise to feel better and curb stress work out more.
The scorekeeper billboard at the track in town where I walk has encouraging words on it. It says “To Go On.”
I don’t always want to walk. It’s been really cold here lately (the other day it was 14 degrees!)…plus, I confess, I can be lazy, as far as exercise!
Today was “only” (right?!) 32 degrees, but the wind is blowing hard so it feels much colder. I bundled up again in my coat, hat, fur scarf, and another long, thick scarf to cover my nose and cheeks. It worked fine. No excuses this year!
I walk in the middle lane at the track. It has the number 5 on it. Spiritually, the number 5 is symbollic for God’s grace. I need His grace to go on and to be self-disciplined to continue with this radical lifestyle change. (Chocolate cake is calling my name!)
After a friend read my post on taking a single action from yesterday, she felt bad.
She’s been taking steps of faith this year by going to the gym and eating healthier. But she told me she can’t do all the radical changes that I’m doing right now. Actually, her words in a private Facebook message were, “UUGGG! You are making me feel guilty!”
That was NOT the result I wanted from my post! I told her this is something I’m doing for God and me and NOT to feel guilty.
She called me yesterday and we talked about it. Everything’s good now. I encouraged her that she is taking steps of faith and to go on.
I need prayers and encouragement, too, to keep on keepin’ on. Would you pray for me to keep it up? (Oh, and I have lost some weight – yahoo!)
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9, The Message