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2014_01_27 M2C_Determination

With my history with food and weight, plus all the other things that come along with getting over my need for control, it didn’t take long for the doubt and defeat to start rolling into my thought patterns. The enemy has certainly been on it and is pulling out all the stops, and truthfully I haven’t really even done anything yet except make to decision to start and keep going until I reach success. There is something different present along this journey with me this time though. That difference is determination.

What does determination brings to the table?

Determination keeps me focused and minimizes the number of things that can distract me from my goal. It helps me keep things simple and be intentional about progressing forward in this journey. It is so easy to get bogged down with the lies of the enemy or the ways of the world, but when I am fueled with determination I can push through those moments with success. I am empowered to be bold and stand firmly on this truth.

This time around failure is not an option. I have learned that the only way for me to truly fail is for me to quit. As long as I don’t quit, I cannot fail. I may not be moving as fast as I would like. I may not be seeing the results I desire to see. I may even make mistakes along the way. But as long as I consistently keep pushing toward my goal with determination, I am not failing.

What fuels my determination?

My determination is , quite honestly, fueled by reality. I can call my struggles all kinds of things and give you a list of many credible and believable excuses, but the reality is that none of that brings honor to HaShem {YHVH, literally The Name}. In all actuality, my lack of self-control is flat out dishonorable and completely out of alignment with His Word and Will. I was in no way created for a life that dishonors HaShem! {enhanced from M2C. p.50} Yet that is the kind of dishonorable life that I am living in this current state.

“I was made to be set free, holy, new, loved, and confident. Because of this, I can’t allow myself to partake in anything that negates my true identity.” {M2C, p.53} I am called to embrace all that which I was created to be and the woman I need to be, in spirit, mind, and body, in order for that to be accomplished effectively through me. Nothing less than that will do…period!!!

How am I applying my determination?

All that sounds great and if I put the right music on while I said it I could start a shoutin’ session. Without a plan though, they are just some encouraging words. I have learned the hard way over the years that the “how” can overtake the “why” if you are not diligent in setting forth your intentions. So I have laid out a method to start off this journey and have set times to evaluate it and make adjustments for growth. This method follows a basic cycle of identify, learn, and apply knowledge. For each areas of focus, I will apply this method, not moving forward until I have found solid footing in the current area. Only after each bundle or areas of focus will I decide what the next bundle of focus areas will be. This way I do not get overwhelmed with all that needs to be done or corrected and am freer to follow the lead of Ruach {Spirit}.

My first areas of focus are…

1. My dietary pyramid: What does my regular diet need to look like? What foods do I need to eat a lot of? Which ones do I only need to eat sparingly? Which ones are banned completely? This will be done according to the Word, drawn out, and kept for constant reference.

2. The “sacred” parts of my temple: There are parts of the body that are set apart and intended to be covered and kept holy. Many are fairly obvious, but some are quite obscure. I need to seek these out and learn why they are to set apart. This is crucial not just for modesty, but will later apply to my activity plan as well.

3. Cleansing my temple: This includes everything from detoxing to revamping grooming routines and beauty habits. It has been a while since I reworked this area of my life and my seasons have changed, along with the needs of my skin, hair, etc. drastically since then. This will matter greatly as the physical changes along this journey begin to kick in.

In case you didn’t notice, I said absolutely nothing about eating differently this week. That’s because I’m not, at least not on purpose. As I begin to focus more on Him and His will, I am naturally moving away from certain things, but that is not my focus right now. I know how to change the way I eat. This is about learning to live differently, to live without compromise, to live according to His will no matter what that costs, to live with the determination to grow closer to Him every day!

I pray this determination floods over us all along this walk with Yeshua! May the eyes of hearts truly be enlightened to His Truth! Blessings beloved! Shalom~

Surrendered to Him~
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What areas are you applying your determination to?

4 Responses

  1. Kris Danko (OBS Blog Hop Team)
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    I love this posting! You do sound very determined and I love how you have a plan in place–even the fact you aren’t consciously changing anything yet, but naturally moving away from things. Prayers for a successful study and to continue on with #determination.

    • ~rose~
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      Thank you Kris! I think that the #determination, the made up mind that will accept nothing less than victory, is the deciding factor in the outcome of most battles! When that is firmly in place, the rest just begins to fall in line, mainly because it has no choice 😉 I pray blessings and peace upon you and yours. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your heart!~

  2. LaVonne
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    I too am not trying to cut any food out. I am trying to achieve a healthy balance in my life. This is great journey for me. Thank you for sharing. I have been blessed!

    • ~rose~
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      Shalom Lavonne! Please forgive my delayed response. For some reason your comment ended up in my spam box. I’m not really seeking to cut out any foods for the sake of cutting them out either, but I am learning that there are some things that are simply not beneficial to my health goals and, by the Grace of God, they are beginning to fall by the wayside. I am glad you found a blessing here. Thanks for sharing your heart with me. Blessings to you and yours.~
      ~rose~

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