Friday, 18 June 2010

Ticking off my goals

I was reading through some old blog posts of mine and found this one. I was reading through this list I had made on the post:

Seven things I would like to do...

1. Learn how to play the piano.

2. Travel with my family abroad.

3. Write a book.

4. Help other women overcome depression once I have!

5. Live on an acreage.

6. Get fitter...again, I'm working on this one.

7. Eat healthier
I had forgotten all about the list and just wrote it as a bit of fun. It struck me though, that I have now achieved 3 out of the 7 on the list! Which 3?

#5- Live on acreage;
#7-Eat Healthier;
#4- Help other women overcome depression once I have.

When I wrote this in October 2008, I was living on a small block of land and my boys all shared a room. My husband ran a business from home and  we had outgrown the place. A few weeks after I wrote the post, we found ourselves bidding at an auction for a house on an acre. We signed a contract on a house before we sold our home. But, Our King sold our house for us. Then at the last minute, we lost the contract on the house and then the house that we are living in now came on the market the same day our contract fell through. (confused? you might want to read the old posts.) This was totally the Lord's doing. He just wanted to bless His children. We weren't even looking for a property at the time!

When I was working towards overcoming my depression, I realised that my diet was far from healthy and so made a decision to eat healthier. As a result, I lost many kilos without exercise. Woo Hoo! Ah, that doesn't mean I don't have to exercise. I'm still working on that one. In fact, just yesterday I blew the dust off my Pilate's DVD and completed a workout. Today, my abs ache, reminding me how unfit I am.

I researched the eating habits that God had outlined in His Word to the Israelites. I discovered that everything that He said not to eat is bad for you! Pig is really bad for you as are prawns (bottom-dwellers.) Anyway, I have now cut out sugar form my diet and replaced it with honey, I don't use white flour and have cut out additives and preservatives. This was a slow process and I replaced one thing at a time. I followed what His Word says is good for us. (of course He would know best - He designed the Human Body!) A year later, I am still eating healthy. Yay me! This was totally my choice and a choice I have to make daily.

When I wrote this list I was still on antidepressants. I was still in my winter season and had just begun my journey to overcome my depression. It was so hard some days battling against the depression and sometimes I it seemed that  I would never be free from my winter. But I had faith that He would deliver me. I did not say "I am healed from my depression" when I was not as some teach to do. But I did read His Word and started to understand His grace and just how much He loved me. I started to trust His Word and my King. I did say, "He will heal me someday." I still don't know where I found the faith. As I read back over my old posts when I was struggling in my depression, even I was amazed at my faith. I was sure though that He would come.

Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. Hebrews 11:1
I noticed that every goal was achieved in very different ways. The goal to live on an acreage was my King's blessing. My goal to eat healthy was achieved by my choice to do so, and the best way to eat was discovered in His Word. The goal for me to help other woman overcome depression was one of faith. Three different goals, three different ways to achieve them. But He was in all of them.

Still taking lessons from the King,



  1. Hi Jo, :)
    Would love to know exactly which bible passages you used to follow for healthy eating - I too have felt convicted about being healthier and eating Gods best.
    Luv Donna

  2. Hi Donna,

    A good starting point is this book:

  3. Just yesterday, in looking for ways to cut sugar (processed cane) out of my diet, I tried honey in my coffe instead - I figured that people do honey in their tea, why not coffee? It's good - it doesn't necessarily taste like honey (maybe a bit in that last sip) but it sweetens just right.

    You post reminded me of a similar list I made more than a year ago... I'll have to track it down and check back in.

  4. What a blessing it must be to see how God has faithfully helped you achieve each of these goals!! :)

  5. That is so amazing! I know you will acheive everything on that list!! Love you heaps xxx

  6. Beautiful post my friend. You have found Him in your midst.... I see you walking in this beautiful path of His grace covering you...

    Loved visiting you today... If you travel abroad to America.... maybe our paths will meet... Wouldn't that be cool???

    Love ya friend!
    PS. Thanks for all the love you are showing my girl... you are blessing us both!

  7. Thanks Jo!
    Will take a look at that book.
    Luv Donna

  8. That is so cool to find an old list and find you achieved something.
    Yay for you Jo


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