Re-beginnings

Well, the server at my office is throwing a fit, so I decided to write a quick post.  I tried writing one the other day, but my computer froze up completely.  Methinks it’s time to invest in a new machine!

Anyway, I realize how ridiculously long it’s been since I’ve posted here.  I’ve managed to eat up 6 months of time avoiding beginning real work.  I’d like to make a grandiose “well that stops right here and now, ladies and gentlemen – from this day forth I will be the model diet-er, intense exerciser – the healthiest person you’ll ever meet!” statement, but . . . . yeah.  That’s not likely.

So, instead, I’ll start off by saying . . . . yes, I am committed once again.  Yes, I am beginning once again.  No, I don’t expect to be at my goal weight by 10.10.10.  Yes, I will still shoot for that deadline!

I have this book titled The Dieter’s Prayer Book.  I’ve had it for….oh, two years?  I thought posting excerpts from it every day or two would help to keep my commitment at the forefront of my mind.  Here’s the first prayer:

Dear God,

I admit that I have come to both love and hate the word “diet.”  On the one hand, it represents hope for change.  On the other hand, it’s like a sign flashing “Failure ahead!”  I don’t want to simply embark on another faulty plan, Lord.  I want to embark on a journey with You that is led by You and depends on Your powerI can do nothing on my own! And I don’t want to just punish and deprive myself.  You and I both know where that leads:  to rebellion and failure.  Show me the right path that will enable me to change.  Show me, as only You, who know me so intimately, can, what works for me, what is healthy for me.  I want to think of this venture in positive terms, Lord – not that I am signing up to be miserable or in want.  I want to learn to redirect my thinking, to feed my body what it truly needs when it truly needs it.  And to feed my soul with the Bread of Life – You!  Today I place my future, my failures, my setback, all of my hopes and plans into Your hands.  There alone will I find meaning and true success in my life.

Amen.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. ~ Ps. 20:7

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.  Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.  By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. ~ John 15:1-8

* emphasis added

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