Today gives me new hope… a hope of getting better with age. A hope of feeling better and looking better. A hope of strengthening my relationship with my Savior. A hope of aging with grace, and continuing to enjoy outdoor activities for many years. A hope of a renewed outlook on relationships with others and my life.
Today I turn 56. A lot has changed in the last year. I have totally rewritten my life’s plan. Perhaps I should say I have SURRENDERED MYYYYYY plan and given in to the leading of the Holy Spirit. It was a long battle with my will, but I am so thankful that God does not give up on us. He has been convicting me for the last several years about my unhealthy lifestyle, but I would not listen. He has called me closer, but I would not commit the time.
Because I finally got to the place of obedience I am now much healthier and happier than I was last year at this time. Because I have chosen to listen rather than remain in rebellion to His will, I am now almost 40 pounds lighter, feeling better than I have in years, and walking in power rather than defeat. THANK YOU LORD!
Because I finally surrendered the time to “visit” with Him each day, I am encouraged and filled with His power, rather than struggling to change by myself.
The journey is not done, because I still have a long way to go, but the victories I have won in the last 6 months have taught me that it IS a war that is winnable… through His power, not mine.
There are rough roads in places (recurring foot and knee issues have really thrown my exercise plan for a loop), but He leads me on. Temptation comes, but He is faithful.
Thank You, Lord, that 56 (and beyond) looks better than the last several years have been! “I surrender all, Lord. Be glorified… I surrender all!” (From the Terry MacAlmon song, “I Surrender All”)
Have a blessed week!