November 25, 2008

~Challenged by the Challenges~

Lately, my dear readers, I've been challenged by numerous things:
(aside from the 40 day challenge I'm currently doing at RawFu!)
~A messed up sleep schedule, (couldn't sleep till dawn, having to get up on 4 or 5 hours sleep too often) & all the FM symptoms returning with the exhaustion...
~Dental problems: Getting a tooth pulled, fighting infection off in the hole that it left, & having two other half done root canals acting up, but I have no more dental coverage until the new year, so can do nothing about them, & am praying I don't lose the teeth because of that!
~ Major financial challenges (big dental bills for both Hannah & I, behind on other bills, & her birthdays fast approaching!) & though I totally trust God to provide, & my bags are starting to sell, ...still, it's been adding to the stress levels affecting me...
(I've been doing a major sewing marathon for many weeks now, preparing things to sell, which has given me tennis elbow, & aggrevated my carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists...but it's been worth it, if it helps me be able to throw Hannah the Birthday party she's wanting & already planning, & gets us through the holidays!)
These challenges have sometimes affected my ability to stay raw, mainly due to having to rely on the food bank to keep food on the table numerous times the past few months, & not being able to afford the things that help me stay raw...(I'm not reacting to stress by going back to cooked/junk food anymore, at least!)...
...BUT I AM an overcomer!!! & I will NOT be overcome by ANY of this!!!
I will NOT allow these challenges to keep me from progressing in continuing to improve my health so I can live the life I was created to live!
The weight is coming off again, slowly but surely, & the nights I sleep well, & sleep early, the improvements in my pain levels & ability to be on my feet come rapidly, so I'm doing all I can to keep it turned around...(I've been getting up at 7 or 7:30 the last 2 days again, & am determined to continue!)
I appreciate all of your support, encouragement, & faith in my ability to do this, to reach my goals & regain my health, & most of all, I request, need & count on your prayers!!!
Please forgive me for not posting more frequently, I've had little time online, & my wrists can only type so much, but I'll keep returning, & sharing my progress with you all!
{& I'm praying for you, too!}
& now, I just have one more thing to share this morning with you...
...Please Allow the challenges to challenge you!!!
Don't allow yourself to be overcome by them, but be an overcomer!

John 16:33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I (Jesus!) have overcome the world.

Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.

1 John 5:5 Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Revelation 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Revelation 2:26 And he that overcomes, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations...

Revelation 3:5 He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Revelation 3:12 Him that overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name!!!

WOW! Reading all those incredible verses just FILLS my spirit with such fervent desire to be an overcomer, even knowing that, in myself, I can do nothing, but also, that I CAN do ALL things THROUGH CHRIST who gives me strength!!!
Of course, the context is spiritually overcoming, but I believe that in ALL areas of our lives, we are either overcomers, or we are overcome...& that He is there to help ALL who call upon His name, in any & EVERY area of our lives!!!

These verses have been cut'n'pasted from here:
{I love this site for searching out the truths found in God's Word!}
So have an overcoming, joyful, FABRAWLICIOUS day!!! (YES, I mean YOU!!!)
& please keep me in your prayers...
...& let me know if there's anything I can pray for you about!
{& don'tcha just love how, when I BOLD things, they go PINK??!!??}


Livin'onLife said...

Hi! Just wanted to let you know I'm praying for you. Keep up the good work! You are an overcomer!!!
P.S. Your progress photo is amazing!! : )

Evelyn said...

I want you to know that there is no Giant too Big that you cannot conquer with God's help. Take care and God bless you and Hannah. I have a video on my blog that I would like for you to see (Conquering Giants). Keep the faith, dear sister.

~Anastazia~ said...

Wow, thanks, you guys, it really, really encourages me so much to know that you know that, with God's help, I really can have VICTORY over my obesity & health problems!
I'll come check out the video real soon, Evelyn! & thanks for the photo comment, Leah!
Hope you're enjoying your purse!