July 23rd, 2014
Rejoice in so far as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.
I Peter 4:13-14
Not in the height of elation is true joy to be found, My son, but in the quiet places of the heart. Too much "happiness" tends to make you giddy and unwise. A more somber scene is safer for you.Yet I know your longing for "joy unspeakable and full of glory." I know how hard it is for you to allow gladness to drive away shadows of doubt and fear. So I bid you, child, to draw near to My heart. Do not worry about details of feelings, and avoid introspection about your motives. I will attend to all that. I want you to be a child of the upward look. I want you to seek My face, My merciful visage in all the circumstances of your day. This will take concentration and focus--because it is so new to you. But do try!
from Echoes of Eternity: Listening to the Father (Volume II)
A Word from Carol:
"I often hear this question: Why a "faith-based" diet program? Or even,
what does "faith" have to do with dieting?
My quest in the early days of this journey was to learn how to apply the
faith I had in God -- the faith that believed he could move mountains
and that he kept my life in balance -- and apply it to my daily
struggles. Each of us struggles; my struggles were primarily with my
weight, my self-image, and my self-worth. I wanted to take my spiritual
beliefs and put them to work in my daily life.
I knew beyond any doubt that God cared about everything I was concerned
about. The Bible says that he cares about sparrows, and even about the
hair on your head! So why wouldn't God care about my struggles with
eating? While asking that question, I looked up at a Sunday school
bulletin board and a simple sign that read, "God Has the Answer." I knew
then and there that I had to incorporate God fully and completely into
the nitty-gritty details of my daily life.
Does God have answers? Yes, he does. He has answers for all of our
needs. We just have to learn how to listen, and believe. That's your
first challenge as you go forward with the 3D plan!"
-Carol Showalter, coauthor of Your Whole Life: The 3D Plan for Eating
Right, Living Well, and Loving God