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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Diet - deadline is 8-9-12 9:59 am NY time. (08/02/12)

TITLE: Trust In The Lord
By Gail Burks


“How are you doing today with your diet?” I asked my husband, with a slight tone of reservation, because it appeared he had broken his vow again.

“Good. When we were out of town, I really followed the plan – no soda pop, very little sweets and hardly any fast food.”

“That's good, because you mentioned when you guys were gone last week, that you took your vitamin supplement daily and continued to work on your program. Just checking.”

“I will do my best to lose this extra weight,” giving me a squeeze around my shoulders.

“Ok, That's good,” in a resigned tone, as I've heard this all before.

As I washed my face and put on my gown, I knew my husband was still having a difficult time with discipline in food choices. Other things he handled well, but when it came to food, that was another story.

Over the past twenty years, he steadily gained weight, and I knew that much of it was due to stress, especially in the area of finances. Becoming unemployed or working sporadically plagues many people today, which is possibly contributing to higher levels of obesity in America.

I remember reading an article by the Food Research and Action Center that states approximately two-thirds of all Americans are overweight and obese; with rates slightly higher for African-Americans and Hispanics.

It's amazing that even the bible approaches this subject when it says in Proverbs 25:28, “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man (woman) who lacks self-control.”

Well, self-control and discipline do not always refer to eating, but to any sin that controls. Even though I sometimes ask my husband too many questions regarding his eating habits, I, too, deal with issues such as patience and worry. Also, God has been dealing with me regarding the issue of trust, and I need to trust in His promises and provision more than ever.

As my husband went to bed, I asked the Lord to help me pray for a change in my attitude --- my thinking. The Holy Spirit quickened me that my constant discussion of my husband's eating habits was not helping at all. I needed to be still and trust in the Lord with my whole heart, soul, mind and strength.

Therefore, that is what I decided to do.

I began to ease up on speaking of his diet for the day; just asking about his work. I began to read a few more scriptures on self-control and wisdom for our family. God is faithful and He continually leads us into all truth.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths,” (Prov3:5-6),

So, instead of pestering my husband, I decided to pray. We're still on the weight-loss journey, but the destination appears closer and we're more at peace.

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Laura Manley08/09/12
Nicely written with a little different approach. You covered not only the topic for the week, but also approached the issue of when we should reserve our opinions. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is "Be still and now that I am God." You covered both areas of this story quite nicely.
C D Swanson 08/10/12
Great job with this entry. It has a significan meaning on many different levels.

I loved the scriptures you chose, some of my all time favorites.

Thanks. God Bless~
Kristine Baker08/10/12
This entry was definitely on topic and helped me to remember not to nag, but to pray instead.

I had trouble following the conversation at the top of the entry. When I read it for a second time, I understood who was speaking, but I think it was missing some information.

I liked the Bible verses very much.
lynn gipson 08/13/12
Very Good! You took the right approach...when someone pesters me about something it just makes it that much more difficult.....well written and true to life!
lynn gipson 08/13/12
Very Good! You took the right approach...when someone pesters me about something it just makes it that much more difficult.....well written and true to life!
lynn gipson 08/13/12
Very Good! You took the right approach...when someone pesters me about something it just makes it that much more difficult.....well written and true to life!
Nancy Bucca08/13/12
Your MC is a smart woman to trust in the Lord rather than nagging the husband. How true: so many food excesses are due to stress.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/15/12
I think this is a great devotional. You set it up beautifully with a real life issue that many of us can relate to. It grabbed my attention and I was eager to see where you were going.

I did notice you had a few incomplete sentences, especially after a quote. The days of he said and she said have merged into encouraging writers to do showing instead of taglines. When you have something like "I'm okay," he said. Then the quote and tagline all have to be there. But when you start to show like "I'm okay." He reached out and rubbed my shoulders. Then you need complete sentences. One example would be this -- in a resigned tone, as I've heard this all before. That's an incomplete sentence. You can fix it by doing something like this after the quote-- I lowered my voice and rolled my eyes. I had heard this all before. That shows the reader a picture of the MC and her emotions.

With that little thing aside, you did a great job with this. It is common that we often want to fix others but the truth is we can only change ourselves and pray that the change and God will help the other person fix what they are responsible for. The scriptures you chose were a perfect fit. You tackled the topic and delivered an urgent and important message without coming off as preachy or sanctimonious. Instead you shared your story and what God taught you from that lesson. I'm far more likely to learn this way than I am if someone says you should do this or that. I really enjoyed this piece and have learned from it. Thanks for sharing such a personal story.
C D Swanson 08/16/12
Congratulations! God Bless~
lynn gipson 08/16/12
Hey, congratulations, I knew this one would be a winner! REally good writing!
God Bless. Lynn