“God, you did everything you promised,
and I’m thanking you with all my heart.
You pulled me from the brink of death,
my feet from the cliff-edge of doom.
Now I stroll at leisure with God
in the sunlit fields of life.”
This scripture was one I adopted this time last year when embarking on my healing journey. It went straight to the heart of how I physically felt…on the brink of death, the cliff edge of doom. Sounds dramatic…but it’s true. There were literally nights that I prayed that God would let me fall asleep and wake up in His arms. BUT, praise God, He gave me hope! And this scripture opens up with hope! God is true to His promises and I was thanking Him in advance for the work He, and only He, could do in my heart!
So, here’s the facts.
In one year I lost:
81 pounds (no, I didn’t have surgery…I get asked that a lot.)
4 inches off each arm
8 off each leg
11.5 off my waist
14 off my hips
With a total of 37.5 inches. Yes, that’s almost how tall my 3.5 year old daughter is. Sheesh.
I dropped 4 pant sizes.
According to my Fitbit, I blew my goal of 3 million steps out of the water with 4.2 million steps. That translates into almost 1800 miles and over 1 million calories. I set this years step goal at 5 million steps!
Above all these statistics, more importantly than what reads on a scale…I have a new heart. A healed, whole heart that is SO full of gratitude and love for a Father who is so much more than God. He is everything He says He is; Healer, Comforter, Provider, Victorious, Prince of Peace.
I could have done none of this without Him.
NONE. I can do anything for a little bit. Log food, count calories, exercise. But, when I came to the realization that I was being a pawn for the enemy who wants to destroy me. I was making his job easy. I was believing his lies. THAT realization is a good motivator for a heart change.
We are so much more than people wandering on hard ground.
God has SO much more for us.
If we would only take Him at His Word.
I know I can’t imagine if most of the people I talked to didn’t believe a word I said. It’d be heartbreaking.
Am I finished? Perfect?
God’s not finished with me yet! But I’m off to a good start. This is my new battle cry…
“Goodbye to shallow love, sharp words, self pity and suspicious fears.
I am an unsettled woman who no longer wishes to take
part in the enemy’s distractions or destructions.”
Here’s to 2015 and continued freedom!
I’m a book-shelving, former tap dancer, wanna be writer, singer,
and banjo player, mother of 4, wife of 1, follower of Christ,
walking in the shadow of the Proverbs 31 woman
and redeemed by the grace and love of an Almighty God…
just living the dream.