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Dashing Devotional ~Change that Will Last

January 15th, 2013 - Dashing Devotionals, True Beauty

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You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.~John 15:16

Have you ever experienced a time where you decided to make a change in your life and you feel like you are doing great for a period of time, (hello New Year’s resolutions) only to find that you wake up one day feeling like you have been completely defeated?!? I’m sure we have all felt like that, whether it’s for a day, a week, or a season of our lives. This can leave you feeling discouraged and in some cases even like there is no point in even trying to make a ‘change’.  After all, you know in time that you will just fail again, so why bother?

Sound familiar!?!

If it does, you are not alone! Why is it that as humans we so often feel like we are bound to fall at some point after we decide to make a change? Well, I can speak from experience here, and say that whenever I try to accomplish anything without the Lord it always leads to failure.  I may make it  awhile on my own, (which certainly leads me to believe I have been successful for that period of time) but it is always inevitable….  When I try to make a lasting change without the Lord’s help, guidance, and strength the out come is always the same… I fall back to my ‘old’ ways.

This pattern went on for much of my life, as I tried to succeed in many things without the Lord, (or according to the worlds way’s of doing things), but it wasn’t until I woke up one day and realized that I wasn’t getting very far using my wisdom, or the wisdom of this world. I decided one day that instead of trying to ‘change’ things about myself, that I was going to follow the direction and guidance of Matthew 6:33, which states, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

It wasn’t until I fully made the decision to pursue the Lord’s ways for me and sought Him out in specific areas where I needed change, that I was finding lasting change was being produced in my life. This is what the bible talks about when it speaks of bearing fruit that will LAST in our lives! (John 15:16).

I now know that anytime I am seeking change in an area of my life that I can overcome anything and be successful in anything I set out to do, but it truly is only THROUGH Christ that I will get the strength that I need for lasting change! (Philippians 4:13)

Practically speaking, I have concluded that all lasting change begins with a simple cry out to the Lord for help. I know that in myself I am not strong enough. I begin by acknowledging that I NEED Him to guide, counsel and strengthen me in a specific area.

The next thing I do is go to the Word and ask the Lord to give me promises to stand on relating to whatever it is that I am dealing with. He is always SO faithful to point me to the truth that I need in each situation, (Matthew 7:7). I write these verses out on a piece of paper and keep them where I can see them to remind me daily of the truth. I also know that God’s word is life-giving and encouraging when I am tempted to feel discouraged or afraid (Proverbs 4:20-22).

Another thing that I have learned that is vital to walking out change is staying connected to the ‘vine’, which is Jesus! John 15:5  reveals this truth when Jesus tells us, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;apart from me you can do nothing.” There is no magic formula to this, but for me, I know it requires taking time out of each day to spend with Jesus. For example, if I find that I am getting overly busy that it isn’t long before I feel my eyes being pulled away from the Lord. I know that I absolutely NEED to spend time with Him to walk in freedom and walk by the Spirit daily! I think this can really be summed up by the scripture that says, “the cares of this world come and choke the Word”…(Mark 4:19). We don’t even need to be preoccupied by ‘bad’ things…just being overly busy with the cares of this world can really drown out the truth of God’s Word in our lives.

Now the good news…I can honestly say that every time I have ever brought something to the Lord that needs to be changed in me, I have been radically changed. Not changed for a while and then in a matter of time I fall….I can say by experience that when you get the Lord involved in any area of your life, you will always reach a place where you are so far removed from those things of your past that you will look back and not even be able to identify with that old habit anymore!

It’s so amazing how the Lord heals us from our past and truly wipes it clean! I think that’s why I can so freely talk about eating disorders without any shame or guilt… The Lord has truly made me new in this area!

Change can take time and there is often a healing process, which isn’t always easy, but the Lord is faithful when you trust Him and don’t give up! It is then that the miracle of healing and restoration takes place by the Lord in those places that used to be a struggle. And before you know it, they become a distant memory.  And what’s even better… a testimony that can help set others free!

 

 

 

 

27 Comments

Amanda Wade said:

Hi Katie! Thank you so much for doing this devotional, it helped me to see how important it is to give up this eating disorder to God. I am often conflicted with counting calories or weighing myself.I am praying that God will guide me to my perfect weight that He set for me, not the crazy expectations I have for my body. This behavior sent me down a bad path of anorexia. How did you stop counting or weighing, or if you do how do you keep it under control and not run your life? Thank you again, you are such an inspiration : ) Amanda

January 15th, 2013 — 10:39am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

HI Amanda, thank you for sharing your heart in all honesty….The only way to give up control to the Lord totally and fully is really just what I posted in this devotional… Ask for His help, and find the truth of Gods word and replace the lies of the enemy with the TRUTH! It’s not an overnight process but Jesus has full freedom for you and wants you to be free… dont settle for anything less!

January 15th, 2013 — 6:11pm  | 

Janna said:

Thank you so much for sharing! Absolutely the reminder that I needed/need each day! :-)
I have been so encouraged by you and your focus on the Lord!

January 15th, 2013 — 10:45am  |  Reply

Stephanie F said:

Katie, you are SO ENCOURAGING!! Thank you for sharing what God has done and continues to do in your life!!

January 15th, 2013 — 12:36pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

thanks stephanie! :) i cant take credit though…its the Lord! :)

January 15th, 2013 — 3:29pm  | 

Liz Stark said:

As a creature-of-habit, I know that I need to take the time to accept change and embrace it. Thank you for this encouragement and reminder that changes can be GOOD!

January 15th, 2013 — 2:06pm  |  Reply

Shannon (Healthiful Balance) said:

God is SO great! Ever since I gave my life to Him and ever since I spend more time with Him I am amazed at how amazing He is!

January 15th, 2013 — 2:15pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

amen shannon!

January 15th, 2013 — 3:28pm  | 

Carley (Optimistic Health) said:

Amen! It’s funny because it usually takes a big slap in the face to realize I have no final control over what is done but only God does. Without Him we are nothing!

January 15th, 2013 — 2:32pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

amen!

January 15th, 2013 — 3:28pm  | 

Sarah Shaffer said:

Praise the Lord!!!

January 15th, 2013 — 3:24pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

The Holy Spirit actually inspired this post from the email i sent you!!! :)

January 15th, 2013 — 3:27pm  | 

Sarah Shaffer said:

Well then DOUBLE praise the Lord! :)

January 15th, 2013 — 3:34pm  | 

Dashing Dish said:

:) amen!

January 15th, 2013 — 3:56pm  | 

Olga said:

What a great message! All the verses that you used have been such an encouragement for me throughout the years.
I have just recently discovered your blog and am thrilled. We have so much in common – I am a nurse and a blogger also, am married to my first love and a Christian too. I try to cook healthy as much as possible and really appreciate all the work that you do to to convert and create healthy delicious recipes.

January 16th, 2013 — 1:53am  |  Reply

Dorinda said:

Thank you for this! It kinda felt like this was just for me :) I’ve always struggled with weight and food. Last March I lost one of my best friends do to obesity. She was only 34. I had just had a baby, a premie who was born at 22 wks, and I wanted to be healthy for him! He was born Dec. 7 2011 and came home from the hospital April 1, 2012. Since then I’ve lost 36lbs. It hasn’t been easy but your website has helped more then I can ever say! I got a little lax over the end of summer and fall then 5 days before Christmas my dad had a heart attack. He is ok now, but this re affirmed a need to get healthy. It also breathed life back into the flame and desire I have to do this! Thank you so much for your encouragement, healthy yummy food, and kindness! May God continue to bless you abundantly in 2013!

January 16th, 2013 — 2:13am  |  Reply

Molly said:

Your daily devotionals are always very timely for me showing me a little more insight on whatever and whenever I am working on with Him. Praise God! And thank you for your ministry.

January 16th, 2013 — 11:58am  |  Reply

Connie said:

Thank you so much for this beautiful devotional. I have been to your website many times but this is the first time I scrolled down to the devotional and I felt like it was written just for me. I really needed to hear this not just for my battle with eating but for so many areas in my life. I love how God uses people today to speak and I thank you for being that vessel.

January 16th, 2013 — 9:27pm  |  Reply

Jen said:

The Lord always knows! Doing you through a Pinterest pin and decided to dig deeper into your blog, thankful He led me here!! 2 week induction and here you are being used by Him to keep me going and giving me what I need to succeed! Thank you for sharing Ypur faith andgetting out of the way to let Him lead!

January 22nd, 2013 — 10:51pm  |  Reply

Nee Nee said:

You know how God puts exactly what you need to hear in front of you right when you need to hear it? He just did it. Through you.

Thank you for your dedication to writing and to sharing and encouraging. It just jump-started me!

I’m grateful!

January 23rd, 2013 — 1:37pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

amen!!! :)

January 23rd, 2013 — 1:49pm  | 

Shauna nix said:

Wow umm this is just awesome ..it’s so cool how God knows exactly what you need to hear at the exact time you need it !!! I recently found out I am a perfectionist lol..I have a perfect weight but workout for health and now I want to build muscle and get ripped! I was a Beachbody coach,I have completed p90x once before, I have dabbled with a couple of other Beachbody programs , and recently did the ultimate reset if you’ve heard of it . All that being said I have found I cannot be consistent !! I always give up if I mess up at all ..my thinking is always ” we’ll I messed up so I should just go ahead and give up” I love healthy foods and have no problems eating them but the problem is I love sweets ! If I eat one I will eat 100 I have no self control. So anyway I was talking to my husband today about how I can never be consistent for long periods of time so I’m not seeing the results I want..I haven’t worked out in like 1 1/2 months and told him hey I’m going to workout today then the conversation shifted to how I think it takes too long to get results and he replied you are such a perfectionist it ruins your mind..he said get up there and workout !! So I did and I’m so glad but the conversation made me think hey…I should pray about this and ask God to help me stay consistent ! He has brought me through addiction to drugs and alcohol ( clean 5 1/2 years ) he can definetly do this minimal task of helping me with workouts !Maybe if I bring him into it then I will stay focused ! It was so awesome when I read your devotional ! Perfect thanks

January 27th, 2013 — 9:01pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

amen shauna!!!! :)

January 28th, 2013 — 6:50am  | 

Melissa said:

I appreciate your thoughts! In the last year or so I have started letting Jesus heal the pain in me. It is a journey, and I’m at the beginning, but so excited to see him working in my life! A quote that recently grabbed me is, ” Jesus has no intention of letting you become whole apart from his moment-to-moment presence and life within you.” -from the book, Beautiful Outlaw.

As someone who has struggled my whole life with feeling second rate, this really resonated with me, to see that he wants me to succeed in my life, and in fact, loves me so much that he won’t let me find peace any other way, is incredibly reassuring. It’s so good to be wanted!!

January 28th, 2013 — 9:59am  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

AAAMMMEEENNN!!! :) SO TRUE MELISSA! HE LOVES YOU AND HAS PLANS TO BLESS YOU!

January 28th, 2013 — 3:28pm  | 

Lisa said:

I SO needed to read this tonight. Especially after a day in which I ate healthy all day until tonight after dinner when I gave in to my chocolate cravings and overindulgence in a few spoonfuls of Nutella–and felt like a failure for doing so. Thank you for sharing your own struggles and reminding me that true lasting change is only possible through God at work in us.

January 29th, 2013 — 9:30pm  |  Reply

Brandi Morris said:

So thankful you posted this Katie. I even find myself even coming back to read this devotional multiple times. I’m on the road to creating that lasting change with my eating, and over and over I find if even for one day I fail to go to the Lord in prayer or get so caught up in being “busy” for a day that I don’t sit down to spend time with Him, I lose sight of that change becoming a reality for me. I still have slip-ups with unhealthy eating at night occasionally, but I refuse to give in because I know God will bring me through this! Like you said, He tells us to ask and we shall receive :)

January 30th, 2013 — 7:26am  |  Reply

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