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  1. Anna such an encouraging yet stepping on my toes message! I admit some of my small daily decisions could be wiser & healthier. You have challenged me toward making the wiser choices because they really do fit into the big glorifying God picture! For one who works in front of a computer all day getting up for a 2 minute walk each hour is so incremental it seems worthless, another sip of water after each claim entered or call completed can & will add up! Doing the small things well really does bring Him glory. If I’m faithful in small things He will multiply the results beyond my imagination seen & unseen! Thank you for the encouragement! Blessings!

  2. This is so good a post. One thing when we let God be incharge of everything in our lives. We find it easier to do things and the right way God wants us to do them that please him. Not our way. We get through time with God’s help it gets easier to do them. We find we are not tempted to things that God would not want us to do that are not pleasing to him. As at the beginning the Enemy will try and make us feel I can’t do this. Plus say to you go on have that one cake it will do you know harm. Then if you do give in no matter what it is you give into at the time you see no harm in it. Then afterwards you feel yuck and say to yourself why did I give into that. God wouldn’t have wanted me to do that or give into it. The Enemy is stutle like he was when we read Genesis when he tempted Eve into doing wrong and eating from the tree of Good and Knowledge. That God said not to eat from. As soon as you do you will know good and evil. That brought sin into our world. How crafty the Enemy is. As he knows our weekness. He will push and push to get us to do the thing God does not want us to do that is wrong in his eyes. Then if we do give into it. It is only a temporary pleasure that does not last. Afterwards we feel so guilty for giving into it. Been there loads of times. I have them had to go to God and ask him to forgive me for giving into something he knows I should not have that wrong in his eye. I hate myself afterwards even though at the time I seen no wrong it. So I have to be strong and not give in to sign again. Do as 1 Corinthians 10 verse 13 says. It says ” No Temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man. But God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able but with the temptation will make the way of escape that you may be able to bear it” so true this verse. That means if I am tempted because I am human and the Enemy getting to me and the feeling getting so strong I have not the power to say no to it. Even if I know it is wrong in God’s eyes. I have to read that verse in 1 Corinthians 10 verse 13 and then pray to God to help me do as it says. It not easy. But it taking baby steps to find the strength in God to with his help to do the right thing and not give into the wrong thing in God’s eyes. Not let the Enemy win. By saying to himself yes I got you to sin. It hard but in thoes time. We have to go to God and ask him to help us not give in. When it wrong in his eyes. Then when we don’t give in after praying about it and asking for God’s help. We feel a million times better than feeling guilty if we gave into to it. Then having to again ask God to forgive us. God does because he is loving a God. But if we keep on doing the same sin. Then think we can go to go in pray for forgiveness. After so long God will not be pleased with us. God will not let us away with it. He will let us know he not pleased. So we have to be the people in the those moments to say God if tempted and it strong to say God help me sat no not give in. God will be pleased with us. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

  3. Congratulations, Anna, for making one small decision after another that achieved such valuable results. Those verses from 1 Corinthians 6 (that you quoted at the beginning of this post) have echoed in the back of my mind for years, ever since a Bible study, “God’s Answer to Overeating.” (May not even be in print anymore; don’t know.) God still reminds me now and then: We ARE temples of the Holy Spirit, and even our bodies are meant to be honoring to Him.

  4. Anna,

    Congratulations on making those changes & losing the weight. Our bodies are temples in which Holy Spirit lives. We need to care for ourselves like we do other things. Just yesterday (9/24) I watched a show on TBN about the book “The Makers Diet”. The author talks about eating healthy more home grown or organic foods. Doing so can stop most diseases. I decided that hubby & I are going to make changes & eat better. We walk each day-especially working in hospital. For me it is about drinking more water, eating fruits & giving up a lot of sweets. Want to feel better, have more energy & not end up like a lot of patients I see. Thanks for the incentive.

    Blessings 🙂