I’ve helped women who come to me so defeated. Turning to my coaching and my program feels like a last ditch effort and their belief that it is possible is slim. I understand. They tried so many things, so many ways, for so many years. But, if you were walking down the street a couple thousand years ago, would you have touched Jesus’ cloak and believed you could be healed? Or, maybe you don’t think any healing is necessary and you place the blame on the lack of self control and a weak will. My sister, healing IS possible and believing is jet fuel for the most epic change you might ever experience in your physical and spiritual life.
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I think I spent the first week of my Christmas break sleeping. No kidding. I kept opening my laptop to work on my Teaching license dossier or my coaching work and simply falling asleep. I would really like to say that my life has been more balanced than that, but it hasn’t. I’ve been exhausted, overworked, and living with so much stress and pressure that I could even tell the difference any more. It has felt so good to rest that I know I should probably make some changes in the upcoming semester and make sure that I figure out how to more consistently work down-time into my life. Sounds like a challenge totally worth the work.
Happy New Year, sweet sister. I bet you have hopes and goals and dreams for yourself as well. I hope you do!!! The Holy Spirit inside of us is always encouraging our growth forward in God, and if you are listening to this podcast, I bet your health is something you would like to see some improvement in. Maybe you would like to lose weight, find some consistency in your habits, or simply find balance again.
So, this is where I want to cut to the chase and ask you…do you believe healing and growth and change can happen for you? Or does this feel like your endless attempt to improve or try to turn things around and the possibility of yet another failure feels inevitable?
When someone does not believe something is possible it taints everything that they do, think, and feel and before you know it, it all turns out just the way you thought it would. So, sweet sister, as you dive into your goals and fight for your dreams, let's invest some time into this critical aspect of success.
When Jesus was here on Earth in a human body, He did many miracles and healings. I love reading these stories. They are so precious. I can empathize with having years with a loved one in pain and illness. I empathize with the deep desire to be free from addiction and bad habits that plague my life. I hurt with the ones who are struggling with sin and need to be guided forward.
As Jesus healed and cured and guided He often asked the people one of these questions: What did they want healing for and did they believe?
So, be specific, what do YOU want healing from? Do you believe that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit will guide you, provide for you, and heal you in this health journey?
In Mark 10: 46-52, a blind man calls out to Jesus who surely knew what the man needed but Jesus still asked him what he desired. Jesus is calling out to you and asking you, what do you want?
I am still wanting peace from a deep fear that I might not be wise with my time or get all the right things done. I feel deep guilt when I stop or rest, but I know that this isn’t from God. I know this isn’t from God because the result is me being cranky, tired, and even less productive with little ability to focus and concentrate. However, I’ve been like this as long as I have been an adult--a high achiever with lots of drive. I don’t know how to heal. But, I do know that I am calling out to Jesus and asking Him to fill me with guidance and peace and faith as I begin to build the habit of rest.
Okay, my dear, the practical application of learning to believe is interesting. I’ve heard all the things where you post positive statements around the house and listen to recordings of yourself affirming your hopes and dreams, but, while this can totally be helpful, let me offer a tacit that is even more accessible.
It is a strategy developed by Katrina Ubell, M.D. and described in her book, “How to Lose Weight for the Last Time”. She says that those ideal beliefs can be hard to adopt all at once on a scale that truly feels real for our heart and mind. So, instead you break it down and begin with a smaller, more simple belief.
For example, I want to believe that I can become an easy-going wife and mom who knows how to relax, enjoy my family, and take time to rest with peace and ease. But, I have too many doubts. I hear a voice telling me that I’m too busy or that if I live that way then I will be a failure. I have to start with a smaller belief such as, God will care for me when I honor my body and get a good night of sleep whenever He provides the opportunity. The next step up would be believing that 24 hours of no chores or work is a beautiful Sabbath practice that God created for me and I can do that with peace and faith.
Maybe today you don’t completely believe that you can get down to goal weight or become a consistently active person with healthy habits, but can you take a first step in your belief? Can you believe that today you can eat that healthy breakfast you planned or drink all your water?
When you get a moment today I want you to answer some questions either in a journal or while talking with a mature friend.
What do you need healed? OR How do you need to grow forward?
What is the thought you need to believe?
If that thought doesn’t feel true yet, what would be a thought you could start with?
It has been a treat talking with you today, sweet sister. Happy New Year! I’ll talk to you next week!
by Lora Armendariz
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