Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tuesday's Treasure: On Living Victoriously

My dear Bloggy friends,

I had no idea when I posted my struggle last week regarding comments with my current body size ~ (recap
here), the overwhelming response I would receive. As one dear reader shared, "Almost every woman I know has body image problems, even the slender." Wow.

Thank you for your prayers, words of Truth, encouragement and support. It was one of those posts that after I hit "send", my stomach sunk a bit, and I thought, "Did I really just share on the world wide web my fat pictures?"

BUT THEN I remembered I was now "
Fat Talk Free" (lol!) ~ so I couldn't talk that way to myself anymore! I took a deep breath and just asked God to use my hurts for His redemptive purpose.

Never would I have guessed what God was up to! Soon after my post, I was invited to share on the Radio Show
The Sisterhood of Beautiful Warriors. The topic: body image! I'll be a guest next week Tuesday (8/24/10) at 2:00 EST. I'll post a reminder next week ~ I'd love to have you tune in, and most importantly, PRAY! :)

Also, I received so many personal stories of hurt, shame, guilt, and tears regarding body size, insecurities, and just plain old life in a broken world. THANK YOU for sharing your journey with me. I am praying for each and every one of you ~ that we would walk all FREE and LIVE VICTORIOUSLY as the mighty women God is calling us to be!!!

Speaking of living victoriously, one of my favorite Bible teachers,
Priscilla Shirer, shared this "little gem" on her blog last week and it really blessed me. May it encourage you as well....

Max Lucado
, in "Walking with the Savior" says of living victoriously:

"You get impatient with your own life, trying to master a habit or control a sin - and in your frustration begin to wonder where the power of God is. Be patient. God is using today's difficulties to strengthen you for tomorrow. He is equipping you. The God who makes things grow will help you bear fruit.

Dwell on the fact the God lives within you. Think about the power that gives you life. The realization that God is dwelling within you may change the places you want to go and the things you want to do today.

Do what is right this week, whatever it is, whatever comes down the path, whatever problems and dilemmas you face - just do what's right. Maybe no one else is doing what's right, but you do what's right. You be honest. You take a stand. You be true. After all, regardless of what you do, God does what is right: He saves you with his grace."

1 John 5:4-5 This is the victory that conquers the world - our
faith. So the one who wins against the world is the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God

Cindy here again....What is getting in the way of experiencing the full, victorious life that Jesus came to offer us all? Body image stuff?? Fear?? Worry? Relationship troubles??

I pray for each one of us that we would let go of the lies, fully rely on God (and His power and promises), fill our minds with Truth, and then do what is right this week ~ whatever it is!

Let's walk in victory today!!

Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*!! God's richest blessings to you!!


LisaShaw said...

I love your heart! Thanks for sharing this as I was one that shared with you on your previous two posts and I'm one who is praying for and with you dear friend.

I know the radio program will be GOD honoring so I'm praying for you and for all who will hear...

Blessings to you victorious sister in Christ!

Lea said...

You will be used in a magnificent way next week on the radio show. What a wonderful opportunity! Blessings to you as you go forth!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

Cindy - i think that you look amazing and I am thankfult that you chose to share your heart.

I have seen firsthand how satan works at telling us true things but doesn't tell us the TRUTH. The truth is Jesus and He made us beautiful in His own image.

Love to you my friend!

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