She looked in the mirror. The image that stared back at her was definitely a familiar one. The eyes, the nose, the hair...she knew it well. She looked deeper. She tried to look into her own soul. But she turns away. Its not what she wants to see...who she wants to see. She is hit with a barrage of images she has seen over the past few weeks of perfect teeth, perfect hair, perfect hips. All the imagery that has began to steal her own value, her own self worth away. She is has allowed herself to become a victim of identity theft.
The identity that she is supposed to carry in her soul. The identity of a royal priesthood. A holy generation. Giving way to a superficial figment of her imagination. Yes, there are some things that she can do to be more healthy, more beautiful, more whole. But she can't allow them to steal her identity. She is more than a number on the scale. She is more than the whiteness of her teeth or the sashay of her hips. She is more than the sum of all her parts. Whether or not she has the man in her life or the job of her dreams or the ideal weight or even the best credit score...not one of those things is her IDENTITY.
We are created in the image and likeness of God. We must continue to strive to be more like Him every day. Its not easy, no one said it would be. But we can't get caught up in the quest for superficial 'perfection' so much so that we forget to seek the kingdom of God. That is the focus of the Pray in Weigh in.
We may continue to work diligently to reach our 'weight' goals but its only a small part of our goal. It can only be a small part of our goals. If it is the only focus then when we fall short in it, we will slip and fall away...usually about 8 days into our new 'regimen'. So many 'resolutions' have already fallen by the wayside. But the Word of God says only what you do for God will stand. That may seem like an oxymoron - losing weight for God. But we are not doing it 'FOR' God, we are doing it 'WITH' God. For with God all things are possible.
Charlotte, NC Pray in Weigh in
Saturday Jan 15th, 2011
301 W. 24th Street
9am - Back to Eden breakfast to-go will be provided.
Please be on time. We will need to be done by 9:30am.
Prayer: God, continue to use me as an instrument of your peace. Continue to show us your will and your desire for our wholeness. Help us to be resolute in our service to you. Continue to unite us so that we can lean and depend on one another for strength and turn to you in every area of our lives. We surrender ourselves to you Lord for our daily bread and for direction in our lives. We know that without you we can do nothing but with you we can do ALL things
Special Prayer: Lord, continue to bless Shelly in VA. Continue to show the prayer warriors that they are the righteous and their prayers are required daily. Special prayer for CD that you bless her with the desire of her heart and that you answer her prayers for a husband Lord. She is diligent and a mighty woman of God. You said in your word that you would withhold from her no good thing. In Jesus Name we pray...AMEN!
Thank you for all your birthday wishes and for your prayers for a speedy recovery for me. I am so thankful that my sickness had and expiration date on it and that I have been delivered!! To God be the Glory!! It is already alright.
Reminder: Text the word 'PRAY' to 704-493-2035 to received the conference call number for our weekday 6am prayer call. God is truly setting the captives free on those calls. Women from all over are joining and sharing and being delivered. To God be the Glory!!! It is ALREADY Alright!!!