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 :)