“Believing In Your Hidden Potential”
Chapter 12 has my story. In 2012, I made a rock solid commitment to God that I would never overeat again. I have struggled with my weight most of my adult life. In 2005, I started a journey that finally ended with me seeking a medical procedure in July of 2012. I had a partial knee in May. I started at 233 in October 2011. You see I did every diet only to regain my weight plus more when I would overeat. I had an idol in my life called food. Can you relate, food would call my name. A good friend of mine, Dr. Nick Yhantides used to say, “God says we are a temple of the Holy Spirit, not a cathedral.”
When I shared my story with Tracie, I was in awe when she decided to include my story in this book. I still have to pinch myself. When I read the book before it was published, I had to smile that she included it in this chapter. Not only do I want to write a children’s book some day, but I love to sew and just recently made doll clothes for my granddaughters.
Tracie shares in this chapter some powerful statements, “You once were like the old piece of fabric, but I transformed you into a new creation. I felt overlooked, unimportant, and paling in comparison to others. Void of value, unworthy of love, incapable of being transformed into something good and whole, much less beautiful. We are all new creations in Christ.
“Are you peeling off burdens and insecurities, that are weigh you down emotionally? Are you disputing lies that the enemy has whispered in your eat? Overcome critical words, time to surrender your pain.”
“God is always there to whisper encouragement when we need it the most.”
“Your life still matters to God and He is ready to help you see your hidden potential.”
“God is ready to hold your hand and take a walk with you. Are you ready?”
God took a walk with me and He walks with me every day. My dad sings, “I Come To The Garden Alone,” I came to a garden alone when I decided to have surgery but as I have shared my story, I am no longer alone. I am no longer filled with shame. I have been at goal weight for over a year now. The scale does not define me, God does. I do have a strategy, I eat until I am full, I do not overeat. I do have the victory of losing 105 pounds but the bigger victory is my health. I am off pain medications, and high blood pressure medication.
I ate whether I was glad, mad or sad. I lived to eat now I eat to live. If I can be of encouragement, I am here for you.