Raise your hand if you made goals or resolutions for this year? *raising hand* How long did it take you to break your resolutions or seemingly fail on your goals? For myself, it didn’t take long. One of my goals was to blog weekly. Nope. Hasn’t happened. Yet, I’m okay with it because I know my family is priority right now, but it’s still tough because I so desperately want to make the time for it!
No matter how much you wish you would, should, or could do them, you just can’t? Why can’t I do the things I want to do? Why do I fall back into old habits? I have found myself in this position many times. In my health journey, my parenting, my writing, homeschooling, in all areas of life. Last week, I was finally able to breath a sigh of relief as I read the Word of God: I am being transformed. I am a work in progress. I’m not finished yet.The Struggle
Last week, I shared with you how I’m learning to delight in discipline. The funny part of that is, the same day that post went out to my email subscribers, I had a hay-day with some warm chocolate chip cookies. Instead of letting the enemy disqualify me for indulging, I did a Facebook live entitled “Confession: I’m still a recovering sugar addict!” The struggle is real!
Because what is revealed can be healed, and I wasn’t about to let the enemy shame me for eating too many cookies.
Why? Because I am being transformed.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2nd Corinthians 3.17-18
When I read this verse last week, it was a balm to my soul. God knew I needed to read it! That phrase, “are being transformed,” I just love it! The original word is metamorphoō and means to change into another form, to transform, to transfigure. Does that sound familiar to you? If you listened in science class or learned about butterflies, it should make you think of the word metamorphosis. The great change that takes a caterpillar to a butterfly. It’s amazing, isn’t it?
With the Spirit living within me, I am being transformed. This is an active process, not a one-and-done deal. In The Wellness Revelation®, we talk about entering into a cocoon phase. We need to pull away from all the noises of the world. It is a time of fasting from an element of choice in order to draw closer to God. Fasting is a wonderful spiritual discipline that we don’t seem to talk about much, unless it’s from a health perspective. If you are at all in the health world, you know that intermittent fasting is the latest thing to do. No doubt there are benefits from it, but we aren’t looking for what is best for only our health; we are looking at what is best for our hearts.
In these times of fasting, seek the Lord first and foremost. Check your heart: make sure your ‘why’ is greater than, “I’d really like to lose a few more pounds.” I fully believe that God can use a time of fasting to renew our minds and our hearts. Ask Him to show you what is holding you back from experiencing freedom, whether in health, parenting, ministry, marriage- whatever it may be. Nowadays, social media fasting is quite popular, and again, is great for us! You might be surprised how much time you spend mindlessly scrolling Facebook.
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Please understand, fasting is not the quick fix, get my answers now, or wake up and be brand new. In my own life, it has been a resuscitation to my heart. It is a “drop the pin” on what is gripping me. Element or food fasting from the things I know have control over me (one of the biggest for me truly is sugar) gives me a chance to reset.
I realized I am still being transformed in motherhood. Often, as a homeschool mom, people assume you have the patience of Job. Wrong! A complete homeschool misconception, at least, of myself. It is difficult to not beat myself up when I’ve read great parenting books, when I’ve read the Scriptures on parenting, and I still feel like a failure. I get frustrated with the whole “I don’t want to act this way, but can’t seem to help it!” kind of feelings. This idea of being transformed isn’t just for our health, it applies to all areas of life, truly.
A key component to allowing ourselves to be transformed is surrender. We need to have open handed living. You and I have to be willing to give up what is dragging us down, for what God has for us. He is willing to make the change, if we are willing to give it up. It’s an exchange. I hand over to Him the things that are weighing me down, He hands me life, truth, freedom, transformation– lasting change! Isn’t that what we are all truly wanting?
Quick Fix or Lasting Change?
Seems like we all want the quick fix, right? A quick fix in our area of struggle might be what we want on the surface, but if that won’t bring about lasting change, what good is it? An example in my own life is housekeeping. I joke that my spiritual gifts isn’t housekeeping. “If you are coming to see my, stop by anytime. If you are coming to see my house, give me some time.” That’s my running commentary to those who come over for dinner. My point? Once upon a time I had gotten into daily habits of small decision that lead to me actually keeping my house tidy! It was amazing! Seriously! However, life happened and we went away for the weekend and since then, I can’t seem to find my groove again.
I want to find a quick fix to help me be disciplined in the area of housekeeping. But there isn’t one. This is true for most areas of our lives!! The sooner we can accept that this idea of being transformed is not a quick fix, the better off we will be! While some things in our lives may change faster than others, “Old habits die hard.” Press into the active process of transformation.
What is holding you back from living the life you desire? What’s keeping you from eating right and exercising? Is there something hindering you from getting up early to have your quiet time before the busy of the day begins? What steps can you take to be an active participant in the process of transformation?