The Death of Fear

Every morning one of my Sorors (Sorority sister) sends out a short daily devotional. I absolutely loved this morning’s. It offers practical advice for dealing with ungodly fear. I wanted to share because I found it very encouraging. I think we’ve all had times where we were inhibited by our fears. I know I have….

The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, but the righteous are bold as a lion.
–Proverbs 28:1

How do you respond to fear situations in your life? The following steps will help you identify and hopefully eliminate any irrational fears.

First, analyze your fear. Most people aren’t aware of what is controlling their lives. If you are struggling with anxiety attacks, determine when they first occurred. What experience preceded the first attack? People struggling with agoraphobia can usually identify one precipitating event. It is often associated with some tragedy or failure in their lives, such as a marital affair or an abortion. Satan takes advantage of victimized people if they don’t seek a scriptural solution to their crisis (Psalm 38:18).

Second, determine where God’s place in your life has been usurped. In what way does any fear prevent you from responsible behavior or compel you toward irresponsible behavior? You may need to confess any situations where you’ve allowed your actions to be controlled by fear (Psalm 28:1). We will always live less than a responsible life if we fear anything other than God.

Third, work out a plan of responsible behavior. A college student shared with me that she was living in terror of her father. They hadn’t spoken to each other in six months. Obviously there was irresponsible behavior on both their parts. I suggested that she take the initiative that evening and say, “Hi, Dad!” We reasoned that there were three possible responses he could give. First, he could get mad. Second, he could respond with a greeting.Third, he could remain silent. It was the possibility of the third response that created the most fear.

We then discussed the fourth point: Determine in advance what your response will be to any fear-object. The young woman and I talked about what her response would be in each of those three cases we had mentioned. I then asked her if she would be willing to carry out our plan. She agreed to do it. I got a call that evening from a happy daughter who exclaimed, “He said ‘Hi’ back!”  Do the thing you fear the most, and the death of fear is certain.

Prayer: Lord, give me the courage to meet my fears head-on and the persistence to overcome them in Your strength.

–Source:  Daily In Christ

Taste the Real Rainbow

One of the first things I learned on my path to healthy eating was the importance of eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in all different colors. The colors are related to the nutrients found within fruits and veggies so in order to get a variety of nutrients, you need foods with a variety of colors. Below is the first “healthy food thing” I ever posted on my refrigerator. I got it from the Eat Well, Live Well challenge at my job. It was very useful as a reference when I couldn’t think of something… blue to eat, for example. 

It also introduced me to another topic that I think is a very important one, phytochemicals (or phytonutrients). There’s a quick definition of phytochemicals on the bottom,  but if you want to read more about it, I would recommend browsing this site. There is also some discussion on phytochemicals/phytonutrients here, here and here.

Weigh-In: Ni

I was really dreading writing this cause when I stepped on the scale this morning I weighed 2 lbs more than I did at the last weigh-in. I spent the rest of the day in a really funky mood. I mean, I knew that this was going to be a process and I knew that I probably should have done without some of those Girl Scout cookies so I didn’t expect to lose much, but a gain of 2 lbs?!

Now, I’m sure that I did not gain 2 lbs of fat in one week,  I didn’t have that many cookies, but it’s still a bit discouraging to see the weight go up instead of down. It makes me wonder if I’m doing the right things. I think I need to just be patient and keep at it. If my weight continues to go up then I’ll reassess everything, but for now I’ll just keep in mind that I’m still down 1 lb from 2 weeks ago.

And despite the gain, this week wasn’t a total loss. I definitely have some accomplishments to celebrate. For one, I didn’t eat the bread at the restaurant. I am very proud of this. Also, I didn’t eat the whole footlong at one time. I actually saved half of my sandwich for later. Another big accomplishment. And lastly, I had my longest run ever, over 10 miles. This made me happy 🙂 (and tired).

So I have a lot to be proud about. It took me all day to see it that way though. Like I said, I was in a funky mood for the majority of the day. But then I decided to go for a run on the beach and that really did wonders for my mood! Now me and my extra 2 lbs are ready to face the rest of this week. In fact, I’m thinking I’ll bust out the Wii fit tomorrow….