Sunday, January 3, 2010

I can do this. You can do this.

Romans 8:25
"But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it."

I came across this verse while reading scriptures on the first day of this new year and was particularly struck by it.  How appropriate to find these words of hope and encouragement on that fresh new start of a day.  Being somewhat consumed right now with trying to get my eating and exercise habits in control, not to mention the scheduling for writers on this blog (You should all be really excited about our co-authors, by the way.  They have some really great stuff in store for all of us.), reading this scripture made me think of my goal to lose weight and be healthy.  And as for seeing and seeing not, it made me think of my quiet wish to put on my clothes and have them look good on me or look in the mirror and see a flat tummy and a slimmer face.  These are quiet wishes.  The little sighs I feel inside me every morning.  These are the things that only the Lord knows how much they matter to me.  When I read this verse I feel the encouragement of my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ telling me how proud they are of me for trying.  (They also know how much I've been wanting ice cream.)  When I read this I feel like it is possible.  And the memory of these words sustains me when I'm dreaming of ice cream and Oreos and the Butterfinger Crisp that I saved out from my stocking.  Starting out at 170 pounds, getting down to 125 pounds seems--at first glance--impossible.  Except in hope and faith, I see it not, but with patience I wait (and work) for it.


Kathy Haynie said...

I like the idea of quiet wishes. Those tender little things we hope for, even if we can't have them right now. Often they are personal, and we keep them to ourselves, and no one knows of our quiet wishes.

Patience is important here. One-half pound here, one-third pound there; this is not going to be a quick fix. We have to be patient with ourselves, and with the gentle process of change.

Carou said...

I am excited you've started The Skinny. The information posted thus far is interesting and motivating. I will be joining you on this journey to better health as I want to lose 30 pounds and I will truly need to practice patience and good choices every step of the way. Thanks for going public. It gave me the strength to move forward with my own goals. I am going to try WW as I've lost weight many times before using packaged programs but have never accomplished my weight loss goals using "real" food I need to prepare. I know preparation is the KEY. I am cheering you both on!

Richard and Emily said...

I really like that scripture! So applicable to my life right now! Thanks KT! :)

kati said...

I also love the scripture it will give me something else to think about other than goodies! Thanks for sharing.

Dorothy said...

"The little sighs I feel inside me every morning"

That's exactly how it feels to me, too. Good choice of words. I'll bet most of us go through the same thing. :)

my name is lauren. said...

you can do it katie! and i like that scripture. thanks for sharing :).

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