The journey...

Life is in the journey, not the destination, so do what you can and take it one day at a time. Go slow, do it right, and make your changes permanent — then help out others who are where you were.

~Jillian Michaels

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

PSYCHOLOGIST

It's totally a good thing that I'm not a psychologist because this would be my diagnosis for EVERYONE (lol):

JESUS....and blogging!

Seriously, I have such a passion for writing, especially creative writing, and I had kinda lost sight of it for awhile. I think "journaling" of any form is incredibly therapeutic and can reveal the deepest parts of a person's heart. For me at least, writing is the overflow of my heart. "When pen and paper meet, your heart is set free..." that's a line from a poem I once wrote because I believe it is so true. There are no limitations and there is no one to judge or critique you on paper. (Now blogging is open to comments...but I consider if positive feedback and/or rebuke - the people who follow you generally have your best interest at mind and their responses are received as encouragement and concern, not negative criticism.)

Luke 6:44-46 (NKJV)
...For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
I fully believe that starting this blog was one of the best things I could have done for my weight loss journey. It provides a positive release for emotions, thoughts, goals, dreams, etc. It initiates accountability, support, love and positive criticism. It tracks progress, success and documents your growth (physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially...). I think I have met some of the coolest people and even learned about others on a more personal level via my blog. (Ay! I'm getting emotional just typing this.)

So many people box their dreams, aspirations, emotions, failures and such inside and it just eats at their heart til there is no peace...First and foremost, JESUS is my peace! I want to make that clear because as strong as I stand behind blogging...it's not the answer folks! My blog has become my "Open Box" though. This is coming from a person who NEVER spoke about weight issues and denied them as if they didn't exist. Now I'm freely blogging about them where anyone in the world could see. I'm logging my goals, accomplishments, milestones, progress pictures and such and making myself vulnerable to receive HELP! Just a quick note on that "vulnerable" word - those who know me know I don't open up to just anyone, I HATE crying in front of people because I feel weak and I typically try to laugh things off. I don't like my problem being someone elses problem...but the Bible encourages us to bear one anothers burdens (Gal. 6:2).

Haha...my friend Audrey would be the first to agree when I say "I'm stubborn" and have a hard time listening and receiving sometimes...but I even feel I'm improving in that area too. I'm daily learning more and more about "ME" and what makes me tick. God is revealing my heart and what has hindered me in the past. He's giving me revelations, illustrations and analogies that I strongly feel parallel between this weight journey and that of my life as a Christian. We press on and move forward, don't look back, don't shrink back or give up, learn obedience, resist temptation, deny our fleshly desires and in our weakness HE is strong in both arenas - and to be honest that's the case for "any" struggle or journey someone faces.

I'm using this "weight loss blog" to write down my vision so I've got record of my goals and by faith I will see them achieved. Amen? Amen! I've got GREAT friends to run with the vision and believe for it with me. I don't have to see the end result "right now" I just have to believe it's there. God-willing I will make it there...

When you write down a vision or a dream you've taken it to that next level of faith. You are saying, "HERE IT IS, I'VE MADE IT CLEAR! THIS IS MY ACT OF FAITH AND I'VE GOT A TESTIMONY ONCE IT'S BEEN RECEIVED!!! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!" What a wonderful verse below:

Verse of the Day:

Habakkuk 2:2-4 (NKJV)

Then the LORD answered me and said: “ Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, it will not tarry. “Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.

2 comments:

Kristen said...

I love your term paper analogy! I have never thought of it in that way! Also, I completely agree with you on the blogging thing. For a long time I never thought I'd have a blog but it has basically turned into a way to journal (because I am horrible at regular journaling) and I love to write. It has allowed me to be completely open with people and share my faith. Like you said about people boxing their dreams and things up, I have never been like that. I have always been one who lays it all in front of you and holds nothing back. Granted, sometimes being sooo hope sets me up to be hurt but it has also stopped some hurt feelings before they started and make it so I feel that I don't get taken advantage of. I just lay it all out on the line. :)

Shauna said...

Ya dude you need therapy! LOL! you know I love ya! I do think this blog thing has helped you work out stuff in your head, which is helping you on this journey.