Five Pounds

This week I uncovered a lie that Satan has been trying to feed me. The reason I want to share it is because I think it’s a common one that he uses on women. It’s simply that “You’re too far-gone.”

As you probably know by now, I had a baby last February. The Lord blessed me with the ability to lose the weight by last summer. I went to aerobics twice a week and did a lot of swinging, bouncing, and carrying my hefty little boy in my arms. I felt great. Then at the end of September my favorite step aerobics instructor left my gym and was replaced by someone else. I was really bummed and didn’t want to go anymore. On top of that, Jackson began sitting up and crawling around that time and he didn’t require as much swinging, bouncing, and carrying. I should also add that my husband and I are far from being healthy eaters. So by Christmas I had invited 5 pounds back into my life. It was not a welcome guest.

So I asked myself, “Do I fight for my figure or just accept that I’m going to be heavier now than before?” Well, I didn’t want to accept it, but I felt so bad about it that I almost couldn’t do anything. Except enjoy more french fries. I could sense the enemy trying to convince me that it was too late and I was too far-gone to get back in shape. Looking back now…are you kidding me? After 5 pounds? Yes, he was kidding me. And it was a cruel joke.

As soon as we got back home from our vacation, Curt and I bought some Lean Cuisine meals to resort to whenever we knew we weren’t going to cook. McDonald’s has always been our back up. We’ve only been home a week and I can already see a difference. (I know. We ate there a lot.) I went to my aerobics class twice this week and realized I didn’t mind the new instructor that much. And I am not too far gone! And I can still do it! And it actually makes me feel really good – mentally and physically – to exercise! The flaming arrows are not sinking in anymore.

Ladies, Satan is such a liar. If he’s telling you that you can’t do something, that you’re too far-gone, or that it’s too late for you, please call him out on it. If we decide to stay in whatever shape or situation he wants us to remain in, will he let us be happy there? Absolutely not! He will shame us mercilessly.

What are your “five pounds”? Whether they are an addiction, a bad relationship, or 50 unwanted pounds, know that God has made us strong, smart, wise women with gumption and we do not have to take “You’re too far-gone” from the father of lies. The Father of Victory and Power will equip us to get our lives back in order for His glory.


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