I was 50 pounds overweight, stressed, depressed and exhausted and I was a believer.

I often teach that the church is in slumber. What do I mean by this? Too many of us are sitting in the pews singing hymns about surrendering all but not truly surrendering. We sing the words but we aren’t experiencing the wonderful Fruit of the Spirit that God’s word offers. Galatians 5:22-23,  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

There is no easier way to put the church or America to sleep than with food we are in slumber. Food is in every home. Obesity is at an epidemic level. The food we are eating is over processed and filled with GMO’s. We are a sugar crazed society bowing down to fast food and not cooking in our own kitchens. Our food is creating confusion and a lack of understanding.

1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Yes, he is devouring believers and we are not seeing it. We are not watchful, we are asleep!

Long ago I was asleep and I was a believer. I was doing and saying all the right things but I was tired, stressed and depressed while doing it.

I was standing outside over 20 years ago crying out to God, “God when did I lose my love for life, when did I fall out of love with my husband, when did I stop living?” And He said, “Laurie, love yourself 50 pounds overweight.” That made me angry. “I said “What? Love myself 50 pounds overweight?!” He said, “I created you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.” I said, “Do you see what I see in the mirror?” He said, “Yes, I do I created you, love yourself 50 pounds overweight. Laurie, you are giving and giving and giving and you are not receiving the love I have for YOU.” At that moment a peace that only God can offer washed over my mind, body and heart. I said, “Okay God, I will see myself in the mirror as you see me. I will receive your love.”

In my case, there was too much Laurie and not enough God. I justified, rationalized, made excuses and ate through my problems. I wanted people to like me, I wanted the pat on the back, I needed acceptance from my environment, husband, family and friends. I was so hard, sharp and pressing with my thoughts and actions that I didn’t make room for Christ.

I decided one day a long time ago to be free of me!

My job in Christ is to coach, mentor and love you into John 3:30, “He must become greater; I must become less.”

There is much more to the story but I share this conversation to God to prepare others that are ready for this life-changing journey!

I can teach you how to nourish your temple for success and prepare to undergo the thrilling journey of unleashing the beauty within you so you can experience health, joy and healing!

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

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