Several months ago I read a book about insulin resistance. I was ready to lose some tummy fat, get my energy back, and feel good again. As I read, I began feeling empowered; I was feeling thinner already! This book was exactly what I needed and I was no longer a prisoner to bad health. I was healthy. I was unstoppable.
Did you see the progression there? Just by reading the book I convinced myself that I was already healthier. Imagine my disappointment when a few weeks later I realized I wasn’t any healthier at all! Was it an ineffective book?
No. It’s a great book and it has the power to help any reader find better health…
…IF said reader does what it says.
The same is true for any change we need to make. We can get the best information, secure the right tools, and be filled with hope and courage that change is on the way. But there’s really only one way any of that is going to produce results.
You have to use the tool!
It is my heart’s desire to be an instrument in God’s hands that will help free captives from depression. I’ll do my best to bring you valuable, biblical information, compassionate support, and honest, personal testimony. And I ask something of you in return: I ask that you make a commitment to “do the hard stuff.”
This is a battle.
And you will not win if you do not fight.
Jesus won the battle for your soul on the cross. You have an enemy who will do whatever it takes to convince you that you are not free. But he’s a liar.
Are you willing to pick up your weapons? Will you do the work that freedom requires?
If you simply read these words — or the words of someone else God sends your way – and do not put them into action, you will not be changed.
So, if I…
…explain to you that exercise is vital to your mental health…
…tell you that you need to have quality relationships in your life…
…show you some powerful changes you need to make in your diet…
…suggest that you stop ruminating on the negative things in your life…
…encourage you to discover the truth about who you are in Christ…
…implore you to stop looking for support in all the wrong places…
(and I will)
…then don’t tell me you’re too busy, or too tired, or too broke, or that you can’t control it…or whatever.
This is your life.
I want you to win this battle. I want you to turn around and help the person climbing the mountain behind you to win her battle. If you want that too, then you must choose to take up your weapons, put on your armor, and do the hard stuff.
Will you make a promise to yourself today? Will you promise to pick up your armor and fight?
No more excuses.
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Beth Cranford believes every Christian has been equipped and empowered to do specific and effective work in the kingdom of God. It is her heart’s desire to see women live in the freedom that is theirs through Christ by helping them break free from depression and other strongholds. She encourages women to experience God’s power in their lives by understanding their identity and position in Christ and their unique design.
Beth has a passion for helping Christian parents design and implement an education that honors and nurtures their children’s individual design, equipping them for a life of freedom and power.
Beth has been married to her best friend for 21 years. Together they raise and educate their two children in middle TN. You can find her at http://www.bethcranford.com
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