I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4: 12-13
Have you ever felt at the end of your rope? Circumstances seem too hard. You lift your hands up and cry to Heaven, “I give up! I cannot possibly do this!” I have been there many times.
This past year, I was very discouraged about my weight. Being unhealthy and a bad example to my children, I prayed that God would help me change. Yet, I began to try to change on my own. Counting calories and exercising proved to be so challenging. The scale, my enemy, didn’t seem to budge.
Finally, earnestly through prayer, I truly seeked God’s guidance. Throwing up my hands, my health was given over to the Lord. He directed me to a new healthier lifestyle that I had been hesitant to try. Letting God work through the change, both my husband and I lost about 40 lbs each.
Health, pursuing something new, or just life in general can be enough to make a person scream and want to give up. However, when things become burdensome, we should give them over to God, allowing Him to work through them for His glory.
How to give it all over to God and don’t give up?
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to move. Psalm 55:22
*Lay Your Burdens at the feet of God.
Instead of giving up, take your worry to Christ. Ask for guidance. This may be hard. You may want to be in control. However, let God take your burden and give you new strength.
Allow God to direct your next steps. If your circumstances is God-ordained, God will direct you how to proceed through Him, taking your burden from your shoulders. If it is not what God wants, He will take you in a new direction. This may be something you never even dreamed of. Don’t be scared.
*Give all glory to God.
My weight loss was something I thought I never could do. Yet, it was only because of God that I lost weight and began a healthier lifestyle. When God takes a hold of your situation, stay focused on Him and give Him the credit and the glory He deserves.
To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever. Psalm 30:12
Meet our Guest!
Jennifer Dickerson – I am a wife, mother, teacher, and believer in Jesus Christ. I live in central South Dakota with my husband and two children. I love teaching from the Scriptures and hope to use my experience and education to help other women find hope and encouragement through Jesus Christ.
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