It is so easy to lose hope in the pressures the world imposes and those we impose upon ourselves. I’ve been on Weight Watchers for a couple of months and I was very excited when I received my first 5 pound loss charm. The thought of filling my keychain with various charms marking even more weight loss incentivized me! But I didn’t really want to give up my old comforts of tacos on Wednesday and veggie pizza on Sunday. These are times I spend with one of my best friends every week. I count the points and don’t overindulge. BUT this also has caused me to think I deserve not to cook. So I slip and pick up fast food on other occasions. Ugh.
When my daughter came for a week’s visit, I went off plan completely. I forgot (on purpose) about tracking points. It didn’t take long for me to fall back into a habit of craving and indulging in snacks during the afternoon and evening. Even though she left on Thursday morning, I continued to snack, snack, snack. This morning I thought about Weight Watchers and how I just couldn’t lose weight on the plan. I considered cancelling.
Then I stopped and thought about the reason I wasn’t losing weight. It wasn’t the plan. It was me. So I headed to the community tab and confessed. There I find encouragement to continue. I see success stories of others just like me who made it to their goal. Hope can be lost if we listen to the wrong voice. If we hear words like “you deserve this” it is not the voice of God! When we give up hope, it can all be attributed to our listening to Satan’s voice. He invades our thoughts and crowds out any positive messages. Oh, how easy it is to find excuses to give up.
Lifting my cup of tea on this beautiful sunny morning and encouraging you to pray about any loss of hope you might be suffering. You can do all things through Christ. He will give you the strength.