Hey Weight Loss Wednesday gals! Hope your week was fabulous.

Mine was exhaustingly Holy.

Is exhaustingly even a word? It has a little red squiggly line under it telling me it is not. However, there isn’t any other way to describe the last week I spent in North Carolina. It was exhausting. And holy.

I got to spend two solid days with my Proverbs 31 sisters in  our annual team time training, which I was in charge of this year. Then, 608 women (as our Queen says, “that’s 1216 high heels!”) came in for our writers, speakers and womens ministry conference.

Also, I got to spend time with old friends like her and her and her.  We heard  a surprise message (just to the attendees, not to us, we knew it was happening ) via video from none other than her.  On main stage, our own president Lysa spoke and then, special guest her.  They both knocked it outta the park.

I was the last scheduled main speaker on stage. My knees were knocking at the thought of batting clean-up after three fabulous speakers, but our God showed up big.

And, best of all, I got to spend time with my daughter Kenna who lives in Charlotte.

Truly the best week of my year.

However, I was also faced with 6 days of the most fattening food of my life. The food served to us at the conference was fancy and decadent. The rest of the time, I was on the road, except for the night I spent at her house. She may know her fashion, but her man knows how to cook! Two fabulous meals there were out of this world!

So I was met with a challenge. How to stay on track in the face of such yummy food. No scales to weigh out portions. No calorie count on the back of the box. No fruit to grab while I passed on the cheesecake or fudge-laden brownie. No salad to order instead.

I only relied on one thing.

God’s whisper.

Yes, it may sound strange, especially if one is not used to two-way communication with God and instead only visits Him Sunday mornings while parked in a pew or auditorium seat. But I heard Him loud and clear.

So, did I eat any of the decadent food?


All that was put before me?


Were there times I passed things up completely without a bite?


Were their times I just took one or two bites and called it good?

Oh yeah….and good it was!

I relied on the whisper of God. I knew when He was saying, “Go right ahead sweetie. You have lots of duties this weekend and you need some nourishment.”

And, I knew when he was saying, “Whoa now sister. You’ve had plenty. Put down the fork and trust in Me.”

James 4:17 says, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” (ESV)

I saw that verse in a whole new light this past weekend.

Is it a sin to eat a decadent dessert? Yes and no.

Is it a sin to enjoy a sourdough roll with butter? Yes and no.

To answer those questions, you’d need to know the circumstances, the last time food was eaten, whether or not God had prompted you to fast from food that day or that meal. It just isn’t a black and white or yes or no answer.

It is a whisper answer.

And it works.

It even allows us to lose weight while living in the land of fattening food for a week.

I know :-)

Now, how was your week? Or if you are new today, leave a comment letting us know why you are here?

Have a wonderful week everyone!


Congrats to: Linda; timestamp July 24,2010 at 7:28 a.m. You are the winner of the fashion package giveaway with Shari Braendel. Please send me your home address at  karen@proverbs31.org!

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  • Oh, and what about inviting us to join you in your memorization of James? I thought about that while you were speaking!! I admired your boldness to speak the truth about our biblical illiteracy as believers!

  • Thank you for your willingness to bat cleanup! God annointed your message and imprinted it upon my soul. As far as I was concerned, you and I could have been the only ones in the room. Your message pierced my heart. You see, I experienced a desert season after She Speaks 2009. The oppression I faced was severe as Satan berated me. “God didn’t call you. Are you crazy? You don’t know how to hear from God.” As you said, Satan wants us to take a real need in our life and fill it with anything but Jesus. And that’s exactly what I did last year. Flipped my desire to SERVE God with my desire FOR God. And in the process I created an idol out of ministry. So this year, I relished Angela’s message about being just an ordinary girl. Because I’m just an ordinary girl who loves Jesus. Excited this year that publishers asked for my proposal. And then moments later petrified as I sat in sessions that touted platforms were everything. But this year I recognized the voice of my deceiver trying once again to discourage my heart, and as you so eloquently stated, I am not letting his distractions lead to my demise!

  • YES! This is my favorite WLW post yet, Karen!!! This was so good to read! And also, about that Sunday talk at She Speaks, I had a funny feeling… am I enjoying this so much because this is Karen, or am I enjoying this so much because this is the truth or am I enjoying this so much because she is a gifted speaker?

    All of the above.