I am sure that by now many of you have encountered a set-back or two. I know I have. I know there have been times of wondering if I can really do this.....the answer is NO! Not without God's help....I can not make lasting change without having Him as my guide. Here are a few things to remember as you begin a new week of change.
Prayer: Proverbs 16:9 says "We can plan the way we want to live, but only God can help us live it." (MSG) Ask Him to be a part of everyday, every situation, every decision you make. It doesn't matter if it's about your health, marriage, work, food.....He cares about it all. Once you ask Him for assistance then......listen. Slow down long enough to really listen for the Holy Spirit's guidance - He'll be there!
Persistence: Keep at it! We are going to have some "slips." We are going to go back to the old habits, styles, decisions but we don't have to stay there. You see, the enemy wants you to believe that you can't do it, that you are a failure, or that this really isn't that important. Combat those thoughts with the Word: Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." , Romans 8:37 "I am more than a conqueror in Him who loved me."
Partner: Get an accountability partner. We are all more likely to hold to a commitment when we know we have to admit poor choices to a friend! Find someone who will truly ask the hard questions or say the hard things when you have slipped. Ecclesiastes 4:12 "a cord of three is not easily broken." When you ask God to come alongside, add an authentic friend and you jump in......you'll be unstoppable!
Be encouraged, stand firm on the promises of God, and make this your best week yet....Change is coming! We know change is hard and we want to continue to support you....let us know how you are doing! Let us know what has worked for you, what has changed, and how we can pray for you!