It was presented on a shark-shaped cutting board; the eyes held a cup of honey butter; there were two small loaves fresh out of the oven; the aroma of yeast emanated from the rolls and wafted towards me, enticing me to reach out and devour said loaf with greedy jaws; but I didn’t. Not my willpower, but Thine, O Lord. Thank You for stilling my hands and calming my urge to partake.

I did stick to chicken thighs, wild rice with black beans topped with plantains, and a small baked sweet potato. Supper found more sweet potatoes in the form of pancakes sans the flour. I did indulge in several forkfuls with a small drizzle of one hundred percent honey.  I added a small eighty calorie cup of cottage cheese and later an apple, I think I ate an apple. This morning I feasted on cheddar and pepperjack cheese slices covered in real bacon bits, a boiled egg, and one kiwi fruit. I can tell I need more raw vegetables and less fruit; it may prove easier on my system.

The scale this morning reflected a three-pound loss; my scales are digital, yet I can get several different readings only moments apart. I may need to go back to the old-fashioned scales … ones with large numbers I can see from standing height. I am encouraged by the loss, yet knowing full well I can fluctuate and usually do three to four pounds on my present scales … all the more reason to purchase new scales.

Dear Lord, I do feel You by my side during the food decisions I’m making. Yes, it is hard and I am fighting much temptation, yet, I am believing You want me to succeed as much as I want to succeed. My heart, mind, and soul thank You for Your willingness to accompany me along this path. My body is Your temple; I need to take better care of it.

I am giving You ALL the Glory, Praise, Honor, and Thanks, for Your deeming my seemingly insignificant struggle to lose weight. I can’t imagine how many individuals and groups of Your children need so much more of Your time, blessings, and loving care. The world is full of such sorrow, dysfunction, pain, and disease; the AWESOME, and I use this word infrequently and only to refer to You and Your Mighty works, the AWESOME fact is You can be everywhere, anytime, anyplace, in every life simultaneously. That is a hard concept to wrap my brain around; but Your Omniscience, Omnipresence, and Omnipotence, are gifts beyond measure.  Amen


I thank God for the Unseen Hand, sometime urging me onward, sometimes holding me back; sometimes with a caress of approval, sometimes with a stroke of reproof; sometimes correcting, sometimes comforting. My times are in his hand.

Vince Havner



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