Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Health, Wellness, and Understnding Jesus (part 3)

I'm finally back on track with my little delve into the beatitudes (Matt 5:3-12). It's interesting to me that where I left off meshes so well with my struggle to lose this baby weight. Coincidence? Nah - I don't believe in coincidence.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

I've said it before, but obviously this truth is not yet buried deep in my heart...God cares about my weight loss! He cares because my health matters to Him. He cares because His Spirit dwells within this body. He cares because He knows that food (no matter how yummy) will never fill me up. Him, His Word, living for Him, striving for righteousness - these things will fill me up. If my heart's desire is to be filled by the Lord, food will take it's rightful place in my life. Rather than being the thing I seek when I'm stressed or lonely, food will exist for my nutrition and sustenance. When I'm stressed or lonely there is One who is so much better that can fill me up. The effect will be immediate and satisfying, and it won't add another roll to the muffin top.

Thank-you, Jesus!

I'm sure a few people are curious about my progress, so in the spirit of keeping it real and being accountable - you better get cheering! On Monday AM my weight was 153.8 lbs (down 4.6 in 2 weeks). Wooooohoooo! And what's more important, I feel good. My back pain has really eased - still there more often than not, but I don't have to get up at 4am and walk around my house. (Weird how a few extra pounds can cause such havoc on the body.) Oh, and I can now wear 3 pairs of jeans, instead of that same one pair over and over again. Yay! :)

To see how other are choosing to live well, click the pear picture at the top...


  1. Oh yay! You are really overcoming! This is inspiring to me, as I prepare to put on the same pair of jeans once again *groan*.

  2. Congratulations!!!! Both on the weight loss and the increased desire to pursue God rather than a full tummy!! Thanks for the insights and inspiration!

  3. Hey great weight loss this week Tyler...
    I saw you come into bible study for a quick minute yesterday and I thought you were looking good.... even if you had on your jammies...LOL.... Way to Go!!

  4. I love the verse that you chose. There are so many good ones about fullness from the Bread of Life.

    Enjoy the comfort in your jeans!

  5. Drum roll please! Yea!!! You're doing great. And you're right about losing weight helping with the pain. I am so happy you're feeling better. And congrats on the jeans. I know how that feels.
    Mama Bear

  6. Yeah! Good job. You are doing so good.

  7. What a great word gave has given you and thank you for sharing it. God does indeed care. I needed to hear that very badly today. Thank you and God Bless!

  8. Beautiful thoughts. It is God we should turn to first!

    Congrats on the jeans ;)


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