Buh-Bye, Strapless Sin Suits

Like I mentioned in¬†Reality Check, Mah Ninja, I’m going through a period of identity transformation.

I’ve never been good at fashion. My whole life was sweats and tees to hide the ol’ jelly belly. Then I lost weight. From there, if I could get it around the middle, would wear it.

So my closet was a smorgasbord of “why do you still own this?!” type of clothing that once defined my life.

But I’m a new creature in Christ and need to clothe myself accordingly.

Which is why I’m getting rid of anything lifestyle inappropriate or too small. Unfortunately, most items I’ve gone through are both. ūüė¶

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Starting Over, But Better

The hardest thing for me to do is nothing. Literally.

This past year, by my definition, wasn’t productive at all. I spent more time doing nothing¬†in those months than I have my entire life.

It was maddening.

But in the silent undisturbed moments, I found Jesus. Like the ghost of Christmas yet to come, He showed me certain truths.

For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.  (1 Timothy 6:7-10)

I¬†could clearly see¬†the life I wanted¬†was spiritually unsound. I was bound to crash and burn. And without the Lord, I wouldn’t have been able to pick up the pieces.
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30/30 Challenge: Day 27

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If you read my post Oh, Hamburgers, then you know I have a difficult time saying no to yummy food after bland dieting.

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
(Hebrews 12:11)

The fruit of righteousness? Why not the Milano dark chocolate cookies¬†of righteousness?¬†ūüė•

Haha, just a little joke. But seriously.

Now I fully understand what Paul meant when he said, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15)

I know what I need to do to obtain the results I want, but instead I indulge in stuff that sets me back. Ugh.

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30/30 Challenge: Day 13

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As mentioned in my earlier post, I’m really excited about getting back to Church. Not only am I going back, I’m going full force.

I did some studying on what the Bible says about Church and these two verses stood out to me:

  • Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. (Colossians¬†3:16)
  • Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage- with great patience and careful instruction. (2 Timothy 4:2)

I feel God is encouraging me to play a more active role in my faith.

*Rae