July 2, 2010

Back to My Roots

This morning I did some catching up on my First Place Bible study. If you attend Weight Watchers meetings this would be the rough equivalent to having homework every night that pertained to the upcoming meeting topic. It is a very helpful tool to stay motivated, learning, and on track.

If you do it, that is.

As I opened my study book this morning I was thinking it had been a while since I was doing this consistently. I have done some days here and there but not every single day. So I flipped back through my book to see when I began to slack off. It was 4 weeks ago. Right when I hit the 50 lb. loss mark. Suspiciously close to when the funk began.

I think it is highly possibly that I felt a little...cocky at that point? Like, "Yeah. I got this. I'm awesome. I just lost 50 lbs. Rock on!" Even perhaps thinking that this is easy. That I don't really even have to try.

Well, that part has been true for me for the first 50 lbs. It actually has been kind-of easy. But it is because I have fully relied on God and let Him do the heavy lifting. When I stepped out of His protection, by failing to rely on His Word and promises, things got hard. Really fast.

This was what the Lord had me read this morning:

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:1-8

So...it only took me a month to be reminded of my roots. And basically no pounds gained. Thank you for that, Jesus. And thank you for your patience--You've sure got a lot of it :)

Oh yeah, the random pictures are from me playing dress-up with my BFF's jewelry. So fun!


Deb Willbefree said...

Yep. God is good! If you haven't seen it, I put a comment on your last post about an award. :D Deb

Jess said...

Great pics and good message!

Ana said...

You are so beautiful! You've got this!

Jess said...

Definately! : )

JewliaGoulia said...

You are seriously beautiful inside AND out.

Have a great weekend. ;)

Carmen said...

you are absolutely stunning!

Traci said...

Love the new pics! Especially thr first one. Look at the difference between that one and the one on the right top of your blog. Sometimes it's great to go back to what we learned at the beginning to make sure we are doing it all right too.

99ToGo said...

So nice to see a smile on your face! (And back to letting God carry the weight of your burdens-really no pun intended!).

Sam said...

Awesome post, I love the idea of getting back to your belief system. When I was going through Massage school one of my teachers taught us that a person cannot be happy when they are not living within their belief system. I have found this to be so true in my life! You are such a strength and example to those around you, thank you for sharing your heart!!

Untypically Jia said...

Gorgeous pictures! You're what my "After" pics will look like when I lose 100 pounds!

I gave you a Beautiful Blogger Award over at my blog!


Seth said...

Just so you know - I love your mindset with things...you are quickly moving your way up the vital daily blog reads!

{Absolutely, Positively} Josie said...

loving every bit of this! i hope you don't get tired of inspiring people.
ps: fab pics!! give me your hair!! you remind me of the pioneer woman in those shots.

Kristi said...

You look so cute in all the pictures! I wondered what all you were doing while I was watching TV. LOL!

GREAT post. PERFECT verse!

Love you!