During my journey of navigating health issues and trying to lose weight, I always had good intentions and thought will-power would get me through. In this last season, I have realized as I have reconnected with my faith coming out of my season of suffering, that it is not will-power, but self-control that is necessary. Galatians 5:22-23 says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." I truly believe that when our spirit is connected to something bigger than ourselves, the outcomes are the fruits listed. Despite my pain, I have joy and peace, and my self-control is growing daily. When we try to do things in our own power, we white-knuckle and hold on by a thin margin until something knocks us off the path to our goal. If we wake up every day and release it with our hands open hands, we can find peace in the process, and grace for ourselves.
In a revelation one night recently, God revealed that He is sufficient and the provider of all things. He opened my eyes to Scripture that reveals this:
John 6:35 "I am the bread of life," Jesus told them. "No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty again."
Nehemiah 9:20-21 says, "You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst. (21) For forty years you sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen."
Please understand that I am not trying to convert anyone. I am just sharing my story and my revelation. I believe that balancing the mind, body, and spirit will help everyone find peace. We have all heard that stress causes weight gain and practicing mindfulness while eating can help us to be more aware not to consume as much at one time. My mindfulness practice just includes reading the Bible and placing my trust in my Father. My mantra is Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength." When we rely on ourselves and our own ego to do things, we are fallen people and will fail. I know that fruit will bear when I am connected to the Father because He will strengthen me and provide. God provided manna in the desert when the Israelites fled from Egypt and wandered for 40 years. He will provide for me as well.
The vision: God is calling me to be authentic in my faith and be obedient in telling my story in my business. I cannot hide this part of myself. There are too many people and businesses out there trying to sell weight loss and quick fixes. It is hard to know who to trust. That is why I am called to share my story. I am not trying to get rich quick. I am not trying to get over on anyone. God wants me to help the masses and change the world by restoring our bodies to health and well-being.
I pray for my brothers and sisters who would be found reaching this. I pray that their spirit would be awakened and stirred to want better health for themselves and others. Lord, I pray that you would take them on a journey of restoration and balance, to find peace and joy in a world full of chaos and stress. For you are the provider and sufficient for us when we are wandering in our own desert. You light the path for our feet and guide us. You provide manna and all the earthly fruits and vegetables that nourish our bodies and our souls. Thank you, God, for being our strength, our joy, our peace, and loving us when we feel unlovable.
It is in your holy name that I pray,