Word Influence
article originally written 10 Feb 16
posted to this site 11 Feb 16
photo by: Shirley/Missouri/January 2016
This morning I was pondering the power of words.

After weighing in and discovering I’d gained a pound, I had a choice to make.
Was I going to focus on the negative or the positive of this result?
I chose positive...the gain made sense with all I've been learning about food in recent months. Then another thought meandered in,
almost parking itself unchallenged.
"That's what happens when you fall of the horse…you just gotta get back on."
Hmm...on the surface it seems positive, but I sensed a negative undercurrent.

I didn't simply "fall off" my horse,
as if it was some random accident that I couldn't control.
I willingly dismounted for a purpose. I consciously set aside the tracking of carbs, calories and effort to avoid artificial ingredients so that I could instead focus on enjoying an evening out with my love. For one night, I didn't want those things in the forefront of my thinking...I wanted to enjoy the time with him carefree.

Yes, there were consequences, my gut is not a happy camper this morning and my weight loss trend was sidetracked for this week, but these effects are neither permanent nor debilitating. We enjoyed our time out together for an occasion worth celebrating and doesn't happen every day. THAT is the point. 
Special occasions are not meant to be routine.

My eating habits before my diagnosis included items that my dear Big Sister, when hearing about them, would declare "that's a splurge!" LOL! I heard her words and knew what she was trying to say...but I still didn't "get" it. Splurges are okay...if they are truly splurges and not part of our everyday habits.
{I finally get it Lou. :) }

Back to words. Words matter.
How we talk to ourselves matters just as much as (if not more than) the way we talk to others. We need to be careful what words/thoughts we embrace
and which ones need to be re-evaluated and discarded.
We need to hold each up to the unchanging measuring stick of Truth.

For although we do live in the world, we do not wage war in a worldly way;
because the weapons we use to wage war are not worldly. On the contrary, they have God’s power for demolishing strongholds. We demolish arguments and
every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God;
we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5

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