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Why is it so hard to win the battle on our health? Why do we struggle and think the next diet plan or workout will be the one to save us from our own demise?
We aren’t battling our strong will, we are in a war with something much bigger that we can’t control on our own.
We all have trigger points, moments of weaknesses (like over-eating), addictions (like chocolate), emotional stresses (friendship drama), mental mishaps (work, situations, thoughts)…which are all connected to our health.
Let’s get a little deep for a moment. When one area of our health goes down the toilet, the rest can easily swirl down with it. If we fail at a nurtional health goal, our emotions can plunge. If our relationships are strained we can get stressed, which makes us angry and lose sleep. These negatives pull us away from the bigger picture – our purpose and reason for getting out of bed in the morning. (told you it was deep).
But I’m not here to just give free exercise plans or great nutritional meal plans (although there are tons on this site), I’m here to addres the reason why we aren’t mastering these plans and failing over and over again at our own goals.
These are questions I asked myself:
- Am I truly desiring God or more interested in myself?
- Am I fulfilling my purpose and calling in life?
- Why am I floundering instead of flourishing with my goals?
- Why am I always comparing with someone else?
- Why am I often frustrated, worried, upset, or depressed?
- Why am I a hot mess with my schedule?
It’s easy to feel like we are floundering in all of these areas – when we aren’t connected with God. But I’m not talking about just praying to God every once in a while, or going to church and doing our ‘feel good’ for the week. We honestly need to CONNECT with Him, truly with our heart, soul, and mind.
My plans were not sustaining me for the long haul. I got pretty far on my own, but after a while, I realized I couldn’t just look better on the outside and be healthy. My mind and emotions were on overdrive and causing me stress. That’s why I needed a plan, to help in my ‘hot mess moments’. But really, another diet or exercise program wasn’t it. When I truly connected with God and asked Him to call the shots and save me from my mental junk that things really changed most amazingly!
We need a plan with a deeper penetration to our soul in order to triumph in all areas of our health. Someone bigger and better than us must lead the way and show us how to arm ourselves, stand our ground, and win these health battles so we can flourish in our life purposes.
“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…” Eph 6:14-17.
“…that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Eph 11-13.
God has given us His tools, to fight and take a stand against our jealousies, comparisons, lack of desires, emotional distress, mental assaults, bad habits, and all the other messes we get ourselves in. But we can’t use these tools like we would an exercise or meal plan. We can’t just decide to put on His plan of armor and it work. His provisions, tools, and weapons are useless unless He is leading the way. We must connect with Him truly in our heart, mind, and soul.
Let’s start, shall we?