No Excuses

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Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Be alert and of sober mind.
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion
looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:7-8 (NIV)

I’m Made to Crave’s Biggest Loser.

No, you won’t find this girl on the stage celebrating her weight loss.  Year after year, I read Lysa’s book and watch her study video.  Year after year, I’m determined to stop making excuses and finally satisfy my deepest desires with God, not food.

But year after year, as struggles arise, I think “It’s okay, I’ve got this”.

And year after year, I lose.  Not the weight I want, but the determination.

The dictionary defines determination as “a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult”.   No excuses.  Keep trying.  But as struggles in my life weigh me down, I turn to food to lift me up.  Silly me.  Quickly my thoughts turn to “No, you don’t have this.  You’re such a loser”.

My disappointment is Stinkin’ Satan’s invitation to start the party.  He fires up his favorite song “Another One Bites the Dust”.  Not only the dust, but also the whole bag of Easter candy.  You know, the candy I bought for my boys’ Easter baskets.  Whoops, think they’ll notice?

God notices.  I’m sure he’s shaking his head again, as he sees Satan up to his old tricks.  He’s wondering “when will she ever learn that it’s okay, I’ve got this?”

I am encouraged by Peter’s words to us struggling believers.  Casting all our anxieties on Him sounds like a lot to ask for.  But it is what God asks for.  He too has determination.

Yes, we will keep “trying”.  Yes, it will be “difficult”.  But God loves us and wants us to trust him with our struggles.  For me, that includes my food struggles.  For you, it may be something different.  If we can learn to “cast all” our worries on God, then our minds will be free to be “self-controlled and alert” watching for Satan’s attacks.

No Excuses!  Are you with me?  Let’s stand strong together.  Let’s Crave God, not food.  Remember, girls, God’s got this!

Now it’s your turn:  What area of your life you are saying “No excuses” to.  “I’m determined to Crave God, not ____”.

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50 thoughts on “No Excuses

  1. Kim, you can do this. I know you can. God’s not disappointed in you; He’s cheering you on and wants you to succeed, friend. I have trouble finding motivation to work out but with warmer weather coming I’m committed to stop making excuses and get out there. Let’s do this!

  2. We can do it! God’s is on our side. He wants the good for us. His plans are bigger and better. We must look at Him always, and stay focused in Him. One of my struggles is taking the decision to laugh every day. Some who had live with depression in some way or another, knows that we see more tears than joy. But God has told me, “you are going to laugh and you are going to dance”. Since I received that promise from God, I decided to laugh and enjoy His presence, it’s the place where He transforms my sadness in joy. It’s our decision to believe!!!! We will see the Glory of God. Loved your words, keep writing, keep believing. He is with you giving you strength and power to conquer!

    Blessings and Love always,
    Tayrina from TGAWrites

    • Oh Tayrina, I wish you lived closer – I love to laugh :) Thanks for reminding me His plans are bigger and better. Have a great day!

  3. Kim, what a delightful, honest post so many of us can relate to. You had me smiling at the Easter candy there. “Think they’re notice?” I’ve put on some pounds as I’ve gotten closer to menopause, and it is SO hard to lose them. I don’t have the same motivation as when I was younger. But your post encourages me. Let’s stand strong against stinkin’ Satan!

    • Yep, Betsy, I can totally relate! Yes let’s stand strong together – thanks for stopping by!

  4. I love the honesty and humour of your post, Kim. It really is so easy to make agreements with the evil one, isn’t it? He would love to see us defeated. But you are right, God’s got this. You can do ALL things through Christ. Victory is ours if we walk closely with our Lord, listen to His whispers of love, and walk in obedience.
    Blessings,
    Kamea

  5. Kim, I love your transparency! Oh that stinkin Easter candy…totally with you there. Thanks for this great reminder to give it all to God. He takes much better care of everything than I ever could. Love & Blessings sweet Friend.

  6. My friends and I were recently talking about how King David failed God time after time. Yet God basically called Him a man after His own heart, because David kept turning back to God after each failure with repentant determination. I feel your struggles. The stops and starts. But we are continually turning back to God with a desire to do better. Sometimes I think that has more merit than we realize. Loved reading your words here today. So very relatable!!

  7. Hi Kim, this is a good reminder. All anxiety we feel are better laid at His feet even if it is a hard thing to do.
    God Bless Kim and enjoy the Easter.

  8. Kim–
    I can so identify with this post. Thanks for the sweet reminder to not give into discouragement, to not keep making excuses, but to live free!

  9. Kim,

    I may not be trying got lose weight, but I’m trying not to eat sweets. I crave them. And I make excuses. I can so relate to this piece. Thanks for getting into my head and heart.
    Coming to you from Live Free Thursday.

    Christy

  10. Oh Kim. We are soul sisters in this struggle and the worst part? I HATE myself for it. I mean deep loathing. Lysa’s book was just awesome and so true and it HELPED ME so much. And then what happened? Life. Chocolate. Craving food over God always.

    I guess the beauty is that every day more is one more day to try again and again. And again. Be blessed friend and Happy Easter!!

    • Oh April, yes…”what happened….life. chocolate.” that is the cycle I am in! Thanks for stopping by with your sweet encouragement!

  11. Kim, I love that you shared this right here > “determination as “a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult”. I think we miss the part that it is only determination when it is regarding something difficult :) I know I so want the difficult to be easy but then I would never develop determination. Can I just say, I am grateful to have read this today! May you & yours have a most blessed Easter!

  12. Kim,
    We are connected in the spirit this week sister as I too blogged about Made to Crave earlier in the week. One small decision at a time gets us there. The Lord gently whispers and our answer will be yes Lord I obey. Praying your strength as you turn to Him not ——for comfort.

  13. I so need to hear Melissa and Nicki saying OVERRULED to all my excuses and step away from the Easter candy!! I have found myself using the tired excuse for many things recently…words spoken, attitude displayed, food eaten…no more excuses!

  14. What if I get Easter candy for my boys…think they would notice??? OK Girlfriend, you got me on that one. Matt is 6 hours away…think he would notice? Think HE would notice?

    I’ll lock arms with you and be one of your accountability partners, if you would like that.

    LOVED meeting you yesterday. You bless me and I am honored to know you. HUGS! Susan

  15. Woohoo! Feeling confident today after reading these words. That’s one of my favorite verses, but you presented it here in a new and fresh way. Thanks for the boost, Kim!

  16. Stopping in from #RaRaLinkup : ) Thanks for the encouraging reminder, Kim!

    Battles over food can be so tough! I’ll be praying for and rooting for you -praise the Lord that we have the freedom in Him to not worry or stress or give in to temptation!

  17. Girl, I’m right there with you… but mine’s born out of hundreds of times I tried to block out depression with food that comforted… I was a God-girl, so I never went to drugs or drinking or gambling… which are usual coping tools for depression, but I sure used food. And now it tries to use me.
    It’s a hard trap to get out of. But God is more than able to lift us “out of the miry clay, and every pit, and place our feet on a firm foundation!!! Amen?
    Believing Him for this along with you!!! Much love, Kim! You’re a blessing!

    • Oh Christine, I can relate. Thanks for visiting and sharing your struggle too. Yes, let’s place our feet on a firm foundation TOGETHER!

  18. Kim, stopping in from #RaRalinkup. I’m reminded of a quote by, Spurgeon, I think, that says, “when the will to walk is there, God is pleased even with our stumbles”. He knows your heart, dear one. Don’t let Satan convince you that God thinks you are a loser. You are not! You are his dearly loved child.

  19. Kim, you are strong and beautiful! You can do this and I’m rooting for you, Doll! Infinite blessings to you, Love! :-)

    #SoulFriendsLinkup 😉

  20. Thank you for your honesty Kim. I too have struggled with my weight for years. Im finally on track and losing weight but I started a diet called Keto. Its been amazing. You can do it girl. So glad to have meet you on #Raralinkup

  21. Oh friend… I am with you! I have to talk myself into some things – and out of some things, every day when it comes to food and health and fitness! But it gets easier the more consistent we can be! And on every day – the good (read successful) ones, and the not so great ones, – EVERY day – He is loving us and leading us into victory! In Him, nothing is impossible!

    • Oh sweet Karrilee, thanks for visiting and for your words of encouragement – they mean alot!

  22. Oh, Kim … I’m sick of Stinkin’ Satan too. While our battles are different he is lying to me too and I want to stop making excuses about why I can’t and why I’m not good enough and what if I fail and just cling to God and chase the dream. I’m cheering you on and I know that God’s will is bigger than any will power you can muster on your own!! Go on girl!!

  23. I have a big weight problem. And I’ve been struggling with it for years. I have been praying about it for some time also. At first I tried to do it all myself and didn’t see how it had anything to do with God, it was a question of vanity after all… Then I started to understand that it was a health issue also, and something that affects my whole life. And God started talking to me about giving the control to Him, in every aspect of my life, also in eating and food. It has been an interesting journey, one filled with lots of prayer and lots of craving, both for God and food. But I have lost more than 20 pounds and I still have 80 more to go. So hanging here in the grace of God :)

    • Joanna, I am so glad you came by and shared your story that inspired me today! It helps to know I’m not alone in this struggle. I’m praising Him for your weight loss and hope to hear more about your journey in the days ahead!

  24. I praise God for your honesty Kim. You are the first winner in Jesus’ book as you keep on pursuing him. I praise you for your heart – and your determination. I praise you because you made good out of your struggle by writing this post. Keep after it dear sister. Thank you for this post. Cheering you on from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.

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