Hi all! Glad to have a place again for us to check in with each other and find support and encouragement.
My week has been crazy-busy with numbers!
A 39 page proposal with 3 book ideas due to my agent in less than 24 hours, 8 baseball games, 3 practices and 1 daughter flying home for the weekend bringing 1 friend (Lysa TerKeurst’s daughter) for her birthday party where 16 relatives from both sides of the family will be present.
I have not done well in my eating.
I haven’t even weighed in yet for the week. In fact, I am actually writing this Tuesday evening and setting it up to automatically post in the morning. I have to spend tomorrow starting at the crack of dawn, proofing my proposal, getting groceries, planting flowers and making food for the upcoming weekend.
Time for a Weight Loss Wednesday guest post to come to my rescue!
Many of you have already met Lindsey Feldpausch, the wonderful mom of three young girls who guest posts here occasionally. What you don’t know about her yet is that she, like us, struggles with weight issues.
I’ve seen her not only lose weight, but speak to the spiritual side of the whole dealio. I’ve interviewed her below on her journey.
Find encouragement in her post here today and don’t forget to leave a comment letting us know how your week went or simply saying “restart” as in the case of yours truly. Okay now…..
So here I am a diet dropout, running-impaired, stretch mark-scarred, carb queen-confessing, weak, broken sister ……who knows that freedom will come by nothing that I do, but by everything that Christ is.
This is how I introduce myself in the book I am writing (my first one that I hope to get published soon!) and this is the best way I can think of to introduce myself to you right now. I am not worthy of the opportunity that God has given me to be the guest for today’s Weight-Loss Wednesday, because I am not a success. I am a heap of fitness failures. Jesus is the success and He has made himself glorious in the area of my life that I was most failing.
Tell us a little bit about your struggle over the years with weight issues.
I wanted to find a way out but couldn’t locate the door.
What made you decide to make a change?
For me, the change didn’t occur as a result of me realizing that it was time to take action. It was a result of me realizing that God’s power was the only force that could redeem my diet-crash-and-burn lifestyle. When I gathered up all my baggage and placed it before God, I said “I’m ready to do this your way.” He said “Let’s go.”
God revealed to you that this was a spiritual issue. Tell us what you mean by that.
Like every person struggling with weight, I asked myself “why do I do what I do?” Proverbs 4:23 says that our heart is “the wellspring” of life. My life flows from my heart. If something is wrong in my heart, it will be expressed in my life. I didn’t want to alter my habits. I wanted to alter my inward being.
We serve a God who alters, changes and makes all things new. He is the only One who can change winter to spring, night to day and a small, dull seed into a breathtaking rosebush. …. And that’s the kind of change I needed.
What does your eating and weight management look like now on a daily basis?
Everyday I come before God and ask him what to eat, and how to move. Straight up. Then I know what it is to obey and what it is to disobey. Otherwise, my stomach and taste buds will try negotiating more and more and more. It’s not up to them.
How does being a mom of small children affect your healthy eating quest?
It reminds me that the sweetest treats are found in giggling toddlers playing tag. The most savory moments are in my four year old still wanting to snuggle. The richest delicacies are in the realization that it’s a privilege to turn on the bathroom light for those that can‘t reach….one more time.
Being the mom of three small girls has taught me that God has created all things good. From cheesecake to peas. It’s all to his glory. All to be enjoyed inside the boundaries that he gives us. Not because God is withholding something good, but because he’s protecting us from harm.
Just like in Eden.
Everything in Eden was good, but there were certain commands God established. He knows how to give us good things and he knows that we need boundaries to keep the good things good.
Any words of encouragement you might have for our readers?
There comes a time in each of our lives when we’ve been reduced to ashes. We’ve crashed, we’ve burned, we’ve smoldered and now….ashes. It is in this moment that God may look upon our beautiful helplessness and say “the fullness of time has been reached. The old has gone, the new has come.”
How will we know if today is that day? We may never find out unless we realize that winter didn’t make itself spring, night didn’t determine to be day and the seed didn’t will itself into a rosebush. God transformed.
Dust, like ashes, is the very material that God used to make man. “the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)
Into our beautiful helplessness God can breath new life. And as long as you and I awoke this morning, to see that He changed the night to day…
…..today, could be that day.
Love to you all,