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Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Diet is a word packed with a lot of meaning for many people. Many of us have struggled at some point in our lives with body image and dieting. I am currently approaching a 40 pound weight loss, as I began an exercise and healthy eating plan in April. That journey has taught me a lot.

A little history about me. I was always the skinny, athletic girl growing up. I never had to watch what I ate until after I had kids. Not that I always ate healthy--I just did not have to. After having two children and not making a concerted effort to lose the weight, I had crept up about 50 pounds from my college years of playing volleyball.

This was difficult on my self image and more devastating to me spiritually. Food had become a stronghold for me, something Satan was using to defeat me in many ways. I am not saying that you have to be at a certain weight, but I was being unhealthy physically and using food in an unhealthy way emotionally. This past April the Lord gave me the strength to overcome that stronghold--to Him ALL the glory for my victory.

As I continue to exercise and eat healthy, I see my body as a vessel not my own that I am called to bring into submission to honor Him. As I daily assess what goes into my body, I have become more and more aware of what other "influences" I allow into my life. Just as we have to be careful of the quality and healthiness of our food intake, we must discern the quality and healthiness of our intake concerning what we read, watch on TV, etc. Our "spiritual diet" is just as important as our diet of food.

So today, I challenge you to assess your diet. That may be what you are eating or what you are watching on TV. Is what you are putting into your vessel going to bring honor to the Lord and allow you to serve Him better?

God's richest blessings to you today!

In Him,


Blogger Chris @ Come to the Table said...

Congratulations Kelly! Praise God for His great work! I have missed you!

August 15, 2007 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

Good job Kelly. I love the way you shared this post in such an honest way. I know I use food at times simply for pleasure. You have inspired me to really seek God in these areas.

August 16, 2007 at 4:22 PM  
Blogger Mindy said...

This is such a tough one for me. Thank you for sharing. You have encouraged me. I need to lose 10-15 pounds to fit into most of my clothes, but it is the loss of self-control that really bothers me. It becomes an obesesion and I need to get it under control! Seems so overwhelming.

August 16, 2007 at 11:09 PM  
Anonymous Lynn said...

Oh Kelly,

Profound messsage. I am convinced that we as Christians, need to be more concerned about the television we watch. So much seeps into our souls that is unhealthy. This is especially true of our children. Great Post!!

August 19, 2007 at 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Violet said...

You are inspiring and I've learned a bit more about myself. I, also, was thin most of my life until reaching middle age. Now I'm past that and struggle with my weight. After reading your post I'm hopeful. I know I can resume a healthy weight, lifestyle, through a spiritual diet. Thank you.

August 20, 2007 at 2:12 PM  
Anonymous m edwards said...

Sorry, not a comment about dieting I'm afraid but a request about authorisation. I've just set up a web site
and have written a poem called A Spacious Place and need a photo to illustrate it. Is the photo yours? Is it copywrited? Can I use it?
Contact me at
If you like the web site maybe you can recommend it to others. (You are the first person to see it!)

September 13, 2007 at 5:04 AM  
Blogger Jenny in Ca said...

Kelly, your sharing is so very true. We really do need to be careful of what we allow in our lives, great reminder.

November 13, 2007 at 12:17 AM  
Blogger Mindy said...

I don't know if you still read these comments, but I commented in August to this post and wanted to let you know that I too have experienced this great freedom that you spoke of. Practicing self-control really is rewarding in so many ways, spiritually and physically. I have lost 20 pounds since September!!

December 7, 2007 at 10:27 PM  
Anonymous ダイエット said...

I am Japanese.
I am interested in your article and enjoyed your blog!
Please keep it for us.
Thank you!

February 25, 2008 at 8:57 AM  

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