Sunday, January 23, 2011

Accepted by Christ....Enabled by Christ

I really felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit this week to start a blog on my struggle with accepting who I am in Christ and becoming the woman he wants me to be. This is the last place I want to place my struggles, but I feel God calling me to be an open book, to share the things I would rather hide. I have a feeling this blog will take many turns along the way as I go along in this journey in becoming the woman Christ wants me to be.

So, who am I?  I am a girl who has always said and done the right thing, yet thinks impure thoughts.  I desire to please God, but struggle with a greater desire to please people. I have lots of friends, but yet I do not feel loved by anyone.  I feel like a failure as a person, a wife and a mother.  I struggle with wanting to feel beautiful and my biggest struggle is my weight.  Now, I know that as a Christian, I am not viewed by Christ in any of the ways I view myself.  So, who am I in Christ?  I am someone fully accepted and loved by the God of the Universe, my Father, my Savior.  I am his daughter who is in desperate need of His immense patience and abundant grace (1 Timothy 1:16).  Christ's desire for me is to become a beautiful person on the inside.  So, what is God's desire for me?  This is a tough question.  I know his ultimate goal for me is perfection (Matthew 5:48).  However, I will not ever be able to attain this on this earth, so where do I start?

The thing I hate talking about the most, and has caused me the most pain in my life is my weight.  The biggest reason I did not want to post this blog, was because I did not want people from my past to know what I had become.  I am ashamed.  But you see, I've always struggled in this area.  In high school I struggled with anorexia.  I hardly ate anything in order to maintain my 102-105 lb figure).  When I graduated I became a little more confident in the woman he was creating me to be.  I put on a healthy amount of weight.  I got married and became pregnant at 19.  We all know what pregnancy does to our bodies - its not pretty!  Anyways, 12 years and 4 kids later, I find myself in the position I am in.  I am obese and strongly desire to get out of this body.  I have been on every diet, attended the meetings, some with minimal results, but here I am today.  So, what is God's desire  for me in this area in my life?  I truly believe that he wants me to be a healthy temple.  He wants me to give him control of this area of my life.  He does not want me to obsess over a number on a scale or even the way I could look.  In any weight loss journey, it is very easy to obsess over these things, but I feel God calling me to something different.  So, what is my goal?  My goal is not a number on the scale, a clothing size, a certain look - but the energy and peace I need to aspire to the goal of perfection - to be a better daughter, wife and mother.

So, how do I start?  Creating this blog is huge for me, because it gives me accountability (even if no one reads this, which I am secretly hoping is what happens :)).  Knowing that I have committed to post each week on my progress, will give me some sort of accountability I hope will be beneficial.  I don't have much of a problem with food - I know nutritional information and what I should be eating.  Not that I always eat what I should, but for the most part, I think I have a handle on not over-eating.  My biggest obstacle is exercise.  I am not a morning person, and basically sit on my rear all day  at my desk in an office.  Then many days, I do not get home till after 9 because of kids activities/church activities/etc.  Ok, enough excuses - this is where I feel my focus needs to be, and I know I am empowered by God to follow through!

I am so ashamed of the way that I look, that I do not allow pictures of myself.  If you look at my facebook page, you will not find any recent pictures.  You may see a few of me about 50 lbs ago, but my page is covered with pictures of my beautiful children (as it should be :))  My son actually needed a family picture for a school project recently, and the only one I could find was 5 years old!  So as part of my accountability: here I am (attempting to be) content with who God has made me.  Knowing I am growing and improving; trying to be the woman he desires.....Becoming beautiful from the inside out, because I am accepted by Christ and enabled by Him to become the woman he wants me to be....


  1. I am SO proud of you. I love you and can not wait to go no this journey with you. Have a great day Sarah, know you are beautiful and you are loved...

  2. Thanks for sharing you story Sarah. I was reading this morning in Eph. 3 about God's great love for us. So I pray this for you as you start this journey that you will know this love that surpasses knowledge. Also I know we live not to far from each other, so if you want a walking partner when it gets warmer :) let me know.
    Christie Thompson

  3. Sarah, you are one of the most beautiful women I know. I share your struggles, and will pray you through them!

    Love, Lisa