<![CDATA[Does God Care If I’m Fat?  <br />To Nourish Body & Spirit - Blog]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:56:38 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[NEVER ALONE]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:06:25 GMThttp://doesgodcareifimfat.com/1/post/2017/04/never-alone.htmlAnd I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.  He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. John 14:16-17a (NLT)

Do we sometimes feel alone in our battle against weight? Rest assured, we aren’t by ourselves.  With more than two-thirds of Americans either overweight or obese, I suspect many feel the same way.  Millions of people need or want to lose weight. As Jesus’ followers, we have one who will always be available to help.

Jesus was with his disciples in human form, but He could not be in different places at the same time. He promised his followers before he left this earth that He would never leave or forsake them. He promised that God would send help to dwell within each of them and us all the time.

After Jesus ascended to heaven, He went to our heavenly Father and requested a comforter for his followers. God sent a comforter―advocate to help as we face trials and difficulties. We know this Advocate as the Holy Spirit. But this advocate does more. He is with us in the everyday challenges of life.

Jesus said the Holy Spirit would lead us into all truth. Jesus no doubt referred to spiritual truth, however, our Advocate helps us make wise decisions in all things. God cares about our physical well-being, and when we acknowledge and trust the Holy Spirit, He will guide us to make appropriate choices, including food.  

Friends may come and go, but the Holy Spirit is always with those who believe in and follow Jesus.  The next time we feel alone and despondent because of our weaknesses, let’s remember the Holy Spirit stands with us and for us in all things, even the food we eat.

<![CDATA[Does Size Matter?]]>Fri, 07 Oct 2016 22:36:31 GMThttp://doesgodcareifimfat.com/1/post/2016/10/does-size-matter.html Do we think of ourselves as fat? Why? Do others agree? If so, how do we feel about it?

You may read this blog because you have an interest in losing weight or you desire to help someone close to you find the courage to shed excess pounds. 

Health care standards say that on the BMI scale a reading between 19 and 24 is the preferred weight for optimum health. A BMI between 25-30 is considered overweight. Figures above 30 represent obesity. See how your weight ranks. That will give you a starting point.

We are familiar with the grim health statistics for obesity. Many have been advised by their physicians to lose weight to help some physical problem. Many readers want to look better and believe that losing a few pounds will accomplish their goal. There’s nothing wrong with that either.

Some have tried many times to lose weight and have failed. We overeat or make unwise choices. And if honest, we know foods are tempting, yet we yield. Are we destined to weigh more than health charts suggest? A small number of people are predestined to remain overweight―but a very few. While past studies insisted the obese can be just as healthy as their thin brothers and sisters, current research tells us that isn’t so.

How does God feel about our weaknesses toward unwise food choices? Will he smite us if we fail in our weight-loss efforts? What about those who struggle and can’t get those pounds off? 

 First, know that God uniquely created each of us. He loves us and desires what is best for our lives, every part, including size. God wants us to stay as healthy as possible.

Together let’s study the Scriptures to determine whether or not God cares if we are fat. And then we can work and pray together for answers to become nourished in body and spirit.

 Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body
 as you are strong in spirit.  3 John 1:2