Discover the RIGHT way to start your health or weight loss journey that leads to results and lasting success. Hint… It’s all about God. The goal of this episode is to break that cycle of diets, deprivation, and defeat so you can go from being burdened and bound to a healthy, free LIFEr.
In this episode, I walk you through what it means to put God first.
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I’ll pray with you as you commit your life to God and ask for his forgiveness and help in submitting your body as God’s dwelling place.
Here’s a preview of the episode:
00:36 Learn how to start your health or weight loss journey the right way.
01:52 The foundation of our health is our spiritual health.
02:54 Take Kimblee, for example. Kimblee was overweight, had no energy, brain fog, and joint pain.
03:18 God led her to the Healthy Free Life Way, and she took that first step.
03:38 God has blessed her with amazing results!
04:42 The first step on the Healthy Free Life Way is to partner with God from the beginning.
05:28 He created you in his image no less. He even created your food.
07:29 Invite God into the process, possibly repent, commit the journey to him and ask for his strength and power.
09:13 We learn we’re going to need his power every day to help us to continue the race that is set before us. And we don’t need willpower, especially when we have God-power.
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Learn how to invite God into your health or weight loss journey.
I am going to teach you the right way to eat and live healthy, a way that leads to results and lasting success.
Now what most physically burdened Christians do when trying to get healthy or lose weight is to look to the diet or exercise world for help.
Maybe it’s the latest fad diet or pre-packaged meals, or let’s go back to that diet that worked back in 1992.
This is why they stay stuck in the deprived diet or cycle.
Listen, if you’ve come here looking for the magic bullet, you’re not going to find it here.
- Magic bullets don’t work.
- Magic pills don’t work.
- Diets don’t work.
In fact, research shows that 95% of diets fail. Listen, if diets worked, then don’t you think we’d all be skinny and fit?
Am I right?
My goal here today is to break that cycle of diets, deprivation, and defeat, so that you can go from being burdened and bound to being a Healthy Free LIFEr.
Does that sound good?
I want you to trust the process.
What sets Healthy Free Life apart?
We take a body, mind, spirit approach to getting healthy, losing weight, and ditching disease.
The foundation of our health is our spiritual health.
Matthew 6:33 says,
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all of these things will be added to you.”
Seek him first. Everything flows from here.
I find that there is a huge disconnect that Christians have as it relates to the connection between our spiritual health and our body health.
And listen, I didn’t connect the two either.
Maybe you’re like me.
- I went to diets first, instead of going to God.
- Instead of seeking to first be filled by the Spirit, I would deprive myself of food
- I would turn to food for comfort for my stressed-out soul.
In the Healthy Free Life Way…
We go to God first in our health journey.
We must partner with God when we set out to get healthy, whether we’re trying to lose weight, ditch disease, find food freedom, or eat healthier.
No matter what it is, we have to go to God first.
My most successful students are the ones who partner with God.
Take Kimblee, for example.
- was overweight
- had no energy
- felt brain fog
- suffered joint pain
- was stressed out from trying many diets only to lose weight and then gain more back over and over and over again.
- was miserable in her own skin
Can you relate?
I know I sure can.
But then Kimblee:
- prayed for relief and God led her to the Healthy Free Life Way
- she took that first step
- partnered with God on her journey to get healthy/li>
- continued to take faithful step after faithful step after faithful step along the Healthy Free Life Way.
- depended on God’s power all along
And as a result, God has blessed her with 53 pounds of weight loss and over 45 inches lost throughout her body, and counting!
But even more important than that, she now has:
- less body aches
- a clearer mind
- a much closer walk with Jesus (my favorite part!!)
So now let me ask you, how do you think this has changed her life?
She’s a wife, a mother of three, and a grandmother of seven. How much more is she able to love and serve those around her?
How much more joy and peace is she experiencing because of the health and freedom that she now has in her mind, her body, and her spirit?
We’ll get to all those faithful steps that Kimblee took, but you’ve got to take the first step, the first right step.
To be successful in your health journey
You need a new way to do things because the old way isn’t working.
The first step on the Healthy Free Life Way is to partner with God from the beginning.
Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him and he will help you.”
If we don’t commit this health journey or weight loss journey to the Lord, it will most likely fail.
Many faith-filled women consider God in all other areas of their lives, yet when it comes to their health, losing weight, or the food that they eat, they have not invited God into the journey. Many have even told me they don’t think praying about their weight is right. That somehow it’s vain or that they only pray about the big stuff or for other people, but never for themselves.
He created you in his image.
He even created your food. Don’t you think that he cares about your body and especially your health?
But this is not just any body that we are talking about as believers.
Your body is his temple.
First Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
He paid dearly for your body in the form of his son, Jesus, who died on the cross for you.
You are his.
When my student, Diana, realized that God cared about her body, her weight,and the health of her temple, she shared with me that she had prayed about a lot of other things and for a lot of other people in her life, but had never stopped to ask God to help her control the food that she eats.
She decided to do things a new way and she partnered with God. As a result, she easily lost eight pounds in just a few weeks of starting Healthy Free Life Way.
Do you know what she did when that happened? She gave praise to Jesus, the King of Kings.
This is what Healthy Free Life is all about.
Our tagline for Healthy Free Life
“Eating and living for the glory of God.”
My prayer is that God uses me as a tool in your life to help you break free and experience a healthy, free life.It is his power that’s going to help you to do it. And when you experience it, you can’t help but sing praises to his name.
So now that you know what the first step is, it’s time to take some action.
Right here and right now.
Because I am all about taking action and doing the thing!
All we have to do is pray, invite God into the process, possibly repent, commit the journey to him and ask for his strength and power.
And I’d love to do that with you now. Can we take a moment and pray?
Listen, I invite you to pray along with me.
“Dear heavenly father. Thank you so much for loving me and providing everything I need for life and godliness. I’m so sorry for not loving you with my whole heart, soul, mind and strength, and for not loving well the temple that you gave me to live in. I did not treat my body kindly, and I want to. I want to turn from my unhealthy habits that reveal my lack of faith in you.
Help me to trust you for everything- my health, my fulfillment, my joy, my peace, and my life. Help me to learn to develop new habits that will place me in a position to receive your grace more fully and know you more intimately. Please renew my mind and restore my body, your temple. When I doubt or waiver in fear, help me to take captive my thoughts and submit them to you.
I invite you into this journey I am beginning. Help me to keep my eyes on you and all that you desire. Anoint me for your purposes and pleasure so that I will bring you glory in everything I do and say. I love you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Incredible. I am just so proud of you.
Not only will you want to partner with him at the beginning, like we just have, but also daily.
We’re going to need his power every day to help us continue the race that is set before us.
We don’t need willpower when we have Godpower. Amen?
I want you to invite God into your health journey.
If you would love a copy of this prayer that we have just prayed, so that you can print it off and even consider using it daily, you can click here.
I want to leave this blessing with you today from Ephesians 3:16-19,
“I pray that out of his riches, the Father may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power to gather with all the Lord’s Holy people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. And to know his love, that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Until next time. Bye for now!