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My Fight to Be Fit: Linda Michaels

Linda is a producer and lives in Virginia Beach. Come back each Monday and Wednesday to follow her progress.


June 7, 2006

Why Losing Weight Takes Faith!

The Bible says that “without faith it is impossible to please God.” Well, I say, without faith it is also impossible to lose weight – at least for me! Here’s an example that explains why I would say that.

Last week, it was announced that’s daily format meeting would be held outdoors. The reason for this field trip was to make sure that everyone in the department knew the correct route out of the building, and the exact location where we are to convene in the event of a fire drill, bomb scare or other event requiring evacuation.

As I stood at the appropriate place, my thoughts drifted back to the day a few years earlier when a suspicious package arrived in the CBN mailroom. We were ordered to evacuate as a precaution. Although the contents of the package turned out to be harmless, it took several hours to confirm this.

Since I’ve started this weight loss effort, I now drink anywhere from 8-10 glasses of water a day. Were we to have another such event, I would never survive 3 hours without a bathroom break! I’ve thought of drinking less water during the day, just in case. Yet, trusting God has seemed the better solution.

During the past two and a half weeks I have definitely needed faith in God to keep my weight loss efforts from being derailed.

Sometimes I’ve had to just trust Him when I’ve worried that turning down opportunities to eat out with friends would alienate them. Other times, when the event was unavoidable, I had to trust that He would provide the grace to overcome temptation at a special event – like our church’s annual pig-pickin’ picnic this past weekend!

1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (NKJV)

He does promise to help us with temptation. Now there’s a reason to shout, Hallelujah! Office goodies, special events, invitations, and gifts from well-meaning friends mean I need a lot of escape routes!

Previous blog entries: How I got Roped into This, Dodging the Donuts




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