When Satan Sugar Coats Sin

When Satan Sugar Coats Sin

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (The Message)

How did I get here again? I really thought I had figured it all out last time and I was going to be free and clear to enjoy my new life, my new body. To be able to shop without tears, to get up and get ready for the day without dreading the getting dressed part… to be able to go on vacation without fear of the same old thoughts- What will I wear? What will people say when they see I’ve gained the weight back yet again. Y’all, it’s exhausting! This battle satan and I have had for the past 26 years just gets so darn old sometimes and really makes me what to give up. But it’s when I’m at the end of my rope- yet again- that I feel that gentle nudge to return to God…to go to the only One who can help me with this struggle.

Those of you that know me well, know my weight has been a struggle most of my life. I can claim with almost certainty that I am the “Biggest Loser”. I have lost and gained, and lost more weight in the past 26 years that I care to admit. I’ve done it all…the programs, the self help books, I even went as far as to try to listen to some silly cd that was supposed to hypnotize me into a better body. Yet, here I am again- on the road to “recovery”. My biggest struggle is an internal one- a question that nags me each and every day… How can you, Shelley, lead a health and wellness ministry when you can’t get yourself together for more than a few months? Well, I may not have it all together all the time, but I can say that each time I fall I learn something new and these falls are getting fewer and farther between .
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Taken by surprise

cleaning-lady I’m in the midst of cleaning. My every week, boring, mundane task of cleaning my house only to have it completely in shambles and in need of cleaning again next Wednesday.  It’s kind of like that whole thing of brushing your teeth while eating Oreos? Well it goes something like that.  Anyway, I am feeling completely compelled to stop midstream and write this.  Not finishing up a task is something I really struggle with- I constantly feel that in order to do something well I have to complete another project first.  I’m slowly learning that things don’t go away, the house will still be here to be cleaned…. there will be constant interruptions in my life- and that’s ok.

So back to feeling compelled to write this….God showed me something last night that I truly feel another Mom needs to hear this morning.  I don’t know if it’s you, or a friend or family member, but I pray that God will use these words to encourage you today.   Continue reading “Taken by surprise”