I would like to share something personal with you all today. Because bad things to happen to good people, and because life can stink sometimes, I think we get our minds messed up on how God feels.
Stay with me, and I will try to explain.
I have a health condition called "Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome". I was familiar with it before I was diagnosed because I'd read a magazine article, and it sounded exactly like what a friend of mine, at the time, was dealing with. I never had the major symptoms of it.
When I was diagnosed, I was surprised, but it also made some issues in my health make sense.
One of those issues is my weight. I am short, so any amount of extra weight is noticeable. I have had times in life when I was smaller. It takes a lot of discipline.
So, here's a full blown truth about me. I struggle with consistency in a lot of areas of my life. Thankfully, when one of my good friends prayed for me to have a hunger for God's Word, I got it and it's never left me. So, I'm consistent with my prayer and Bible time.
Also, thankfully, I enjoy Zumba so much that I go as often as I can to class. I have given up on other things before, even walking in my neighborhood.
Eating right and drinking enough water is hard work for me and where I struggle with consistency.
But, God cares about how I treat my body.
One of my best friends knows this struggle. She's watched me over the last year bounce back and forth with my weight. Guess what she did about it.
She made me a notebook for praise and weight loss. She wrote a note to me, a prayer for me and Scriptures to inspire me.
Philippians 4:13, "For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength."
Hebrews 12:16, "Let us strip off every weight that slows us down."
Proverbs 16:3, "Commit your actions to the Lord and you plans will succeed."
Those are just a few.
God cares about EVERY part of our lives.
Our weight matters to Him because He wants us to be healthy in order to tell people all of the amazing things He does for us.
Our relationships matter. Our work ethic matters. Being honest matters.
If you'd like more in depth ideas, check out my friend Matt Ham, at www.mattham.com I love his ministry of "Your Whole Life Matters".
I read this today too: Proverbs 20:18, "Plans succeed through good counsel; don't go to war without wise advice."
My wise counsel is this best friend who cares enough to help me. My wise counsel is God who loves everything about me, but wants me to be the best me.
Even though this is a struggle for me, I told another close friend the other day how I have never felt so alive. I have had times of walking in darkness. Not right now. My life isn't perfect. It's not even close to perfect. However, God has me in the palm of His hand. I am fully living for Him. That's all He wants.
The second paragraph in my Jesus Calling devotional today says this, "As you identify more and more fully with Me, My Life becomes increasingly intertwined with yours. Though the process of aging continues, inwardly you grow stronger with the passing years. Those who live close to Me develop an inner aliveness that makes them seem younger in spite of their years. Let My Life shine through you as you walk in the Light with Me."
God knows we age. God knows we struggle with stuff like weight, but He is there and if we walk with Him, He makes us strong.
Are you currently struggling with something and think He doesn't care?
Talk to Him. He will show you differently.
Have you struggled with something and are on the other side of it? Leave a comment of encouragement to others of us. We would like to hear your positive story!
God bless you today and always.