Do You Feel Worthy this Season?

This year, there has been this reoccurring theme of worth. Worth seems to be linked to everything we do. Or don’t do.

According to the dictionary worth means: “sufficiently good, important, or interesting to justify a specified action; deserving to be treated or regarded in the way specified.”

Do you ever feel unworthy? Have you thought that you weren’t deserving?

It isn’t just you. It’s me. It’s all of us. We constantly feel unworthy. In fact, as I write this, I am second guessing every word. Ugh.

Unworthiness is a crazy stronghold. It is time that we, as people, break free from those chains. It is time to remember to whom we belong.

“Whenever you feel unloved, unimportant or insecure, remember to whom you belong.” Ephesians 2:19-22

I figured, what better season to talk about our worth than right now. Christmas is a wonderful time to remember who we are in Christ because we are celebrating him!

Jesus loves us. He wants us to feel worthy.

Feeling worthy is vital. Feeling worthy allows us to live life better. When we feel that we are deserving, we open up to love and happiness. Guess what happens when we feel loved? We love other people better!

Feeling worthy is a necessity, especially if you love Jesus. Listen, friends, he did not put us here to feel bad about ourselves. Jesus doesn’t look at us that way. He loves us exactly where we are. In the thick of our craziness, his love is there.

So, why do we feel like we aren’t deserving?

The enemy. Plain and simple. All those self doubts, negative thoughts, feelings of unworthiness, those aren’t from Jesus.

DO NOT listen to those negative words.

Would Jesus love us so much that he died for us so we could spend eternity with him to only then tell us how horrible we are? NO!!!!

Stop listening to those negative words.

The only reason those thoughts creep in is so that enemy can handicap us.

I heard this great quote at a convention I recently attended: “You can only love other people once you love yourself.” Wow. Guys, that says it all.

What is our command from Jesus, friends? To LOVE God and to LOVE one another. How can we do that if we don’t feel worthy enough to be loved?

Trust me here guys, we are worthy. Jesus says so.

Do me a favor, listen to God instead. He loves us. He wants us. We are important to him.

This Christmas season, show other people how much he loves us. Remember to whom you belong and put on your crowns.

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

Guaranteed Weight Loss: Sugar Detox

Hey guys! I am super excited about this topic!

Last year, I was really unhappy with life; my weight, my appearance, depression, irrationally moody and just blah. I decided that there needs to be a change because life isn’t suppose to be that way. Life is supposed to be enjoyed, not tolerated. That year, I tried all sorts of “lose weight fast schemes”.  (Let me tell you a secret, weight loss takes work!!) I found out that none of those things worked, duh. However, I came to realize that my body doesn’t tolerate certain foods. By this, I mean that there are some foods that make me bloat, cramp, go potty and make me cranky, lol! What I found is that when I eat anything with flour, all those things occur. So, I cut that out of my diet. It seemed to help for a bit, but I was still overweight and not feeling well overall. Were there other foods that made me feel this way? I wanted to find out.

This past January I started to phase sugar out of my diet. Let me be clear, I started to phase unnatural, processed sugar out of my diet. This, my friends, has not been an easy task. The entire first week I went through major withdrawal. My symptoms included headaches, body aches, nausea, dizziness, and crazy sleep patterns. I thought there was a chance that I was going to die! (That is probably over dramatic, but to the point). I never knew that sugar had such a hold on me. It is seriously like a legal drug. I was addicted and needed to rid the toxin.

Well, after that initial horrific week, I started to feel a little better. And, you know what, it only got even better after that! I had more and more energy, less and less moodiness. I felt better more each week inside and out. This sudden jolt of energy and self-confidence enabled me to start getting more active and less sedentary. Getting rid of the toxic sugar helped me to get up and do something proactive daily. Before I knew it, I was reading labels of everything just to be sure that there was no added sugar and picking out fruit, veggies, meat and nuts over candy, soda and crap food. Of course, my NutriBullet was a huge help! Wouldn’t you know that the weight just started falling off. I went from 181 lbs to 152 lbs from January to May. My waist line went from 36″ to 33″. That is amazing to me! The proof is in the pudding. (Or without the pudding, lol!):

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This is the result from just getting rid of garbage sugar!

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There is a big difference in appearance and how I feel. It is just incredible that what we eat impacts our body so much. The old phrase is totally true; you are what you eat! If you are looking to lose weight and just feel healthier, consider cutting out processed sugar. It really is a difficult task and one that takes a considerable amount of effort, but, let me tell you, it is worth it. I keep on finding that anything worth while in this life is usually difficult and inconvenient. BUT, you are worth it!

Here is the link to the sugar detox by Dr. Avena that I followed to get started:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12786/how-to-completely-eliminate-sugar-from-your-life-in-2-months.html

What are your thoughts on sugar?

 

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