This year I decided to address some health issues I’m having.  Specifically, diabetes type 2. And as in many years past I’ve attempted to lose weight in order to manage this disease and hopefully get off some of the medications that I’m on. Simply changing the habits of overeating and not having enough exercise were not enough.  I would lose the weight, get comfortable and then gain it back.  I know there’s someone out there who can be a witness to this yoyo cycle behavior.  I looked backwards at my previous weights via my fitness app and decided enough was enough.  I realize that I have to have my mind ready to pursue the goal and understand my why’s so well that I could rattle them off without thinking.  I didn’t want to participate in a particular diet just because my best friend was trying this or that but I wanted to make the plan specific for me.  But first I had to retrain my brain.

My daughter is playing volleyball for the first time.  It’s a recreational league and most of the girls have never played before.  These 7,8 and 9-year old’s in some cases have probably never seen a game from beginning to end. And if you didn’t know it, most all the games are won with the serve.  The girls stood  in formation with their hands out and ready, like little soldiers as instructed by the coach and one by one the ball either hit the net or came across without a response from them.  What amused me in the beginning was how the girls waited for the ball to come precisely to them before attempting to respond to its presence. Over the season they learned that they have to move their feet in response to where the ball is going.  They cannot stand there and wait for it to show up in their laps.  The ball will almost never come directly to you. You will always have to adjust to that moving ball in order to hit it back.

As they learned to move more, they then had to learn the concept of “mine”.  The coach drilled them over and over again that if you are the one going for the ball you must claim it by saying,” Mine!”  Stating it loud enough for all your teammates to hear you.  Go for it!  This one is mine! Chase after it and claim it. In the beginning they were very timid about all of it.  Not sure what to do they occasionally would go for it and other times not. Their voices seemed so small in the beginning. But as they progress and change to adapt to this ever-moving ball, they are now yelling it out and claiming what is theirs!  Mine!  I heard my daughter say and made an attempt to hit it back.  Occasionally she made it work and other times did not but her efforts were improving and that was something to be proud of.  Of course, all of this had me to thinking…

As I chase after my health goals, I have to claim what belongs to me.  I have to claim it.  I have to believe that it is mine.  And not only do I have to speak it out of my mouth but I also need to move to it!  Don’t sit there waiting for a normal blood sugar to show up but chase it down for what it is.  It’s mine.  I relish these thoughts when I’m walking, or on the treadmill or lifting weights.  I play the song,” It’s Yours!” by Jekalyn Carr to remind me that If I want it, I can have it.  I’m taking time each day to write and or read my affirmations.  I write down my I am’s each morning and try to review them throughout the day. I am healthy.  I am strong.  I am capable.  I am blessed.  I am free.  I am a child of the Most High God.  

But not only do I have say it aloud, I have to do it too.  I have move toward the best eating habits and exercising habits.  I have to listen to inspiring messages to keep my motivation going.  I have to remember all the promises that God gave us.  I post it, I draw it, I read it and I write it.

Isaiah 58:11 ”The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength.  You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.” 

Revelation 22:2 It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month.  The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.”

John 10:10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.  My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.  I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.


I am retraining my brain to receive what God has for me.  Strength, health, wisdom, love and so many other good things.  This is the day to work for and claim what is, “MINE!”


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