Sunday, November 4, 2007

Victory




Yes—today I feel like I have a victory.


I have tried to control my environment so that I wont stumble into an eating self-indulgence binge again. I see, however, it is not possible to control my environment and this morning in my quiet, devotion time the Lord showed me that I can and must exercise self-control.


Titus 2:11-12 (NIV)

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age


My son’s soccer team was knocked out of the play-offs today and the team wanted to meet a popular buffet pizza place to have pizza and let the kids play. Of course, you pay as you go in and everyone has to pay. I used to say something like this to myself, “I’m paying for this food, I better eat all I can.” But today, by the grace of God, I said, “I’m paying, but that doesn’t mean I’m eating everything.” I stuck to the salad bar and did not eat any pizza. I drank tea instead of soda. Thank you Lord!


My nature during this time wants to hibernate. But I cant hide myself away. I have two Bible studies this week, a baby shower and company coming to stay next weekend. Food is involved in all events. I am not allowed to hibernate and separate myself from people. So I must exercise part of the fruit of the Spirit—self-control.


Galatians 5:22-25 (NIV)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.


Day by day I pray for victory by the grace that God brings. I pray to live a self-controlled life each day.


Thank you for your prayers…


Blessings in Christ--

9 gracious comments:

Bev Brandon said...

thank you for your sweet comment and how precious is your post--- pleasing Him for He sees what you do in secret turning down that piece of pizza you paid for---that's a lot of "p's"...may you live this week by His Presence and Power pleasing Him in those moments...I want to be around Christians who are experiencing the presence of God in their lives, alive to Him and not to this world, I want to be around people like you who knows His Presence...

Lisa said...

I LOVE WHAT YOU HAVE WRITTEN SHONDA. I HAVE TO SAY ONE THING THOUGH I THINK YOU ARE A VERY BEAUTIFUL AND KIND WOMAN. AND I'M GLAD TO CALL YOU MY FRIEND.

Ang baylis said...

Hi Shonda! I want you to know that I am praying for you tonight! I will pray that The Holy Spirit will invade your life! I need to pray... Please, More Spirit every single day! You are doing great! You are so beautiful... I mean it!

Love,
Angie xoxo

darla said...

I will join you in that prayer. Self-control-:( I am always working at that one. But there is victory in Jesus. Love ya Princess!! Thinking about you

Bev Brandon said...

just wanted to drop by again to say i was thinking of you tonight and your beauty is beautiful!

Bev Brandon said...

just had to stop back by again because our good God is so all over you Psalm 61:1,2 for your Strong Tower calls out to you breathing on you tonight and leading you to the Rock that is higher than you...Deut 8:2--your awesome God is showing you what is in your heart, humbling you, and you will follow Him wholeheartedly...you will find Him Shonda cause you are looking for Him and not finding your joy in anything else Deut Deut 4:29...I wish I could hold you and hug you and pray with you...there is a part of you that is so full of childlike faith...it so jumps out in your words...fan the flames of that faith and draw near to your good God for He is waiting for you tonight...Fan into flame the gift of God which is in you II Timothy 1:6 and go read the next verse for it's for you from your Mighty God and it is what He has put in Shonda! You are so precious! I love you, Bev

Bev Brandon said...

okay, i am back again...cause your little life was my first waking thought this morning...God brought you to mind...and I prayed for you Matthew 11:28...i'll try not to leave too many more comments---does this make me a stalker? LOL...i just think you are absolutely precious...and it is my immense privilege to pray for you...God layed your face, your words on my heart...

Shonda said...

Bev, What a blessing from the Lord. You're not a stalker! Thank you for the scriptures as I have meditated on them. You're precious to me and please leave comments & scriptures anytime the Lord moves you.
Blessings in Christ--

Gods Gal said...

Shonda I thank God for you and your web-site. This is one of the last huge hurdles I am facing in the self-control, let God do it phase of my life. Your blog encourages me to keep going and really I've learned to love myself the way I am, (which was also quite a battle) now the Lord is taking me a step further to get back in shape and drop some of the overextention of myself...ahem...this bev is awesomeness as well....time to go check out her blog. Love ya gal, I'm right there with ya!