Expect the Best

Expect the Best
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Have you ever had a group meeting where you spent time preparing, praying and practicing only to experience problem after problem during the meeting? We need to take it as a compliment when our enemy spends time creating obstacles, challenges, and difficulties for us during our meetings.

I’ve had a tough meeting, where I wonder, “What just happened?” Then a day or so later I’ll hear from a group member about a breakthrough they experienced because of something shared during the meeting. Woo Hoo, that is a victory in my book.

Proverbs 21:31 tells us: Do your best, prepare for the worst – then trust God to bring victory. We should expect resistance and claim God’s victory each week. During your meeting accountability time, invite members to share how they did with the past week’s Wellness Challenge. Those who struggled and overcame obstacles often have the most significant victory.

Set aside time to celebrate the positive changes. Beware of focusing too much attention on just the weight loss. Celebrating all our health outcomes is critical. After all, we won’t maintain the weight loss unless we’ve cemented the necessary lifestyle changes. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be a challenge. Make sure your group recognizes resistance as a compliment. They are on the right track. The enemy doesn’t want us to succeed. We are growing spiritually when we trust God to bring victory.

Ask your group, “What change happened this week?” Experience God’s blessing as you praise Him for the changes made. Our changes honor God, and He cheers us on.

“How is it going?” is a loaded question on our wellness journey. Some weeks are better than others. How many times do we allow circumstance as a reason for a weight gain or lack of focus on our healthy habits? At some point we will all experience a hectic schedule, work/life balance struggles, travel, sickness, parents will have children challenges: no matter whether they are 2, 22, or 42. Life happens, it cannot be our excuse.

How do we maintain healthy habits during the challenges of everyday life? Once again Proverbs 21:31. Do your best, prepare for the worst – then trust God to bring victory provides the key. To do our best, we must be ready for life’s challenges. If you were my prayer partner, I would you to pray for my 3Es.
• Exalt God by finding time to spend with Him every day. My FP4H bible study is a perfect solution.
• Eat Right by tracking my food and planning for the unexpected. I want to eat healthy at every meal, every day.
• Exercise by scheduling some type of physical activity, I also benefit from how it reduces my stress.

No matter what is going on in my life, when l lay my head on my pillow and can say I’ve done my 3Es, I’ve had a successful day. Sleep comes as I thank God for bringing another day of victory to my life.

Helen Baratta Director of Development for First Place for Health. She is the author of My Place for Leadership included in the My Place Leader’s Kit and Restored! Embracing Weight Loss God’s way available at our online bookstore.