Have you ever been hit over the head by a verse? Then you go and read the whole chapter and know that it's the place to sit and meditate on for a while? This happened to me this week. I was reading in my Streams in the Desert devotional and came across this one on Wednesday- I have parked in Isaiah 49 for the current time.
Stream in the Desert- August 2
This devotion has this verse at the top and as the focus and as I really began to read through it I began to really take the words to heart and think maybe it's time to tell my story- in one place. The thing about a story that hasn't been finished is that it's constantly evolving and being added on to. It's been a while since I have told my story so it's time- sit back, grab a cup of coffee/water/tea/etc and take a gander at where I have been and where I am going and those mountains that have been turned into roads.
Road #1- I saw my body respond well to the change in diet except for the two stones and things went along well for a while.
Road #2- this bp issue then led me to begin running, spinning, and taking my health serious (this is important to the future story). I began running 5K's and fell in love with exercising. I made my health a priority- even after school started. This is big because in 2011 I had that bulging disc and I was told I would NEVER run.
Mountain #3- In 2013 I wanted to take my love of healthy living further and found The Institute for Integrative Nutrition but the cost was a HUGE mountain.
Road #3- BUT God- He provided through a generous gift from someone anonymously and I began studying in May 2013.
Mountain #4- it's strange to say but my mountain then sort of came about because of IIN- while I was learning and taking away so many things I also lost sight of what worked and weight started slowly coming back on- then I had some physical issues that were challenging and eventually led to sinus surgery in 2014. That mountain is the weight that I have put on.
Road #4- While I would love to say that the mountain has completely become the road- it would be a lie- it's still an uphill battle with my weight day in and day out. I know what worked for me before and you would think well it should be a no-brainer BUT I became a slave to calories and while physically I was healthier- it messed with my head so I have to approach it a bit different.
Mountain #5- Professional stress which took its toll physically (there's not a lot to say here so...)
Road #5- I moved- got a new job- still have some professional stress but it's different.
AND- since this has gone on long enough- I'm going to stop here and address Mountain #6 in my next post (and I'll write it right now).