Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
Sometimes when I read this I can get happy thinking that my desires of a certain job, goal, house, body or life will be met or reflect on why I am not getting what I want, they may seem like good goals but frustrated that I do not see them as a possibility any time soon. It may make you think that God is like a genie that is you worship HIm first He will grant you any wish. This verse is going deeper than we may choose to read it sometimes. This verse actually makes you re-evaluate what you want, and why you want it? Is it to advance His kingdom or to advance your agenda?
“He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’”
Luke 18:9-14 (ESV)
“I am grateful that I am not like the children starving in Africa?”
“I am so grateful that I am not blind like her.”
“I am so grateful that I do not have the condition that she has.”
“I am grateful that I look better than her.”
Looking at this parable we can see the similarities between the Pharisee’s statements and the once below it. Looking at them we can see how elevating one’s self and negative comparing puts the focus on the wrong person. I know there is a good sentiment to appreciate the little things and realize that people have it worse off, but this strategy can backfire. It still keeps you comparing yourself to others. It also means that if that person gets better than you in some way it may hurt at a different level. Additionally, it could lead you to keep them down where they are so you can do better. Studies have tested this out and people who expressed gratitude without comparison were happier than the group that compared and made “better than” thankful statements. This is not the compassion and love that Christ taught us about and not the thankfulness that is His desire for your heart. He wants the deep gratitude bubbling out of your heart. Gratitude that you just cannot stop. Gratitude because our expectations have been far surpassed.
It is so easy to think that you can make it on your own. You may be like Peter and the disciplines and not realize that you are saying you do not need Jesus. Peter’s thought process appears to be one of love of Jesus, but when we look at it it reveals something different.
We typically take our relationship with a person when processing their words. Even something as simple as, “You look great,” or “You are the nicest person,” means something different coming from a sales person, a friend, a spouse, or a stranger. The closer and more trustworthy someone will alter the impact those words make on ourselves.
You may have heard the term health coach, but you do not know what they do and more specifically why someone would have one. Health coaches create strategies specific to you and your goals, they encourage you to reach your goals, keep you accountable, and help you cultivate a positive lifestyle. Think of a health coach as your guide and encourage you as you navigate the crazy, contradictory world of nutrition, and physical fitness. The goal is to help you create a healthy lifestyle by figuring out realistic steps that you can take. Every person is unique and what works for one person will not work for everyone and different approaches are needed. We listen to your concerns and help make changes where you are struggling. Health coaches figure out how to make lifestyle changes and educate you in the process. The goal is a lifestyle change and a different perspective on fitness that is not about willpower and making you feel better. The goal in health coaching is empowerment in every person!
With so many different diets, intermittent fasting, keto, paleo, low fat, blood type, gluten-free, vegan, whole30 the bible diet, a Daniel fast, juice fast and the list goes on. You are left confused, and stressed you want to be healthy, but have no idea what to do. With so much information it is easy to get overwhelmed with everyone's opinion and the newest trend in health, but realistically study after study has shown that diets do not
You just binged, or you just ate something unhealthy. You are feeling upset and frustrated. You feel like you are stuck in a cycle that you cannot escape. First of all, I want you to know that you are by no means alone. Second, there is abundant grace for you. Please do not beat yourself over this. Stop the judging it is not sustainable to never let yourself have something with zero nutritional benefit. You want to be healthy, and you do not need to have a 100% perfect diet to be healthy. We just need to have some way to grow from our food choices and experiences to bounce back to be stronger mentally and get back into our healthy eating habits. Here are some tips to help you break the cycle and become unstoppable!
Jessica Hoeffner sharing some bible verses, health tips, and encouragement to transform your life! <3
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