Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Freedom is...saying 'no'!

Tethered or Free?
Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. (Galatians 5:1 The Message)

There are subtle and less subtle ways that others - friends, family and colleagues, can tether us through manipulation and control. But the good news is, that if you can recognise what's happening you learn to say, 'no!' and can begin to break that control. Love releases, it doesn't chain. It's as we release people to walk in the freedom of our love, that they want to return to us rather than feeling they have to, or ought to. That's the nature of unconditional love - it's unconditional!

If you're a people pleaser, you're more likely to be caught in this trap. I've made this mistake in the past, but no longer - I'm sold out for God and know I'm called to do His will and to please Him. It's much better to be a God-pleaser than a people-pleaser! He's the only person I'm yoked to. There's safety, protection and freedom in being yoked to God!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Is it time to dejunk your eating habits?

I had a rough few days at the weekend and felt really low. I found myself eating loads of junk food and feeling even worse! I was particularly annoyed with myself because in the last 5 months I've managed to break my comfort eating habit. So this seemed like real failure. However, I realised that what I was doing was stuffing my feelings - which actually achieved nothing.

On Monday I decided I wasn't going to give in to this whole comfort eating thing and was going to  lean fully on God and allow him to walk me through the pain, rather than use food to anesthetise it. I'm now monitoring myself and am back on track and eating more heathily again.

Our bodies are our temples so they need looking after and feeding with the right fuel. The odd treat is fine, but when junk takes over your life - it's time to dejunk!