finish your own sentences

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While I am not slim by any means, I do try to take care of myself.  I watch what I eat and exercise at least 4-5 times a week.  My girls have joined me in this quest to be in the best shape we can be, and so the three of us- along with one of the girls’ friends- went to run/walk at a local track.

I was so proud of the girls!  They kept on going, even when they got tired.  They commented that they stopped before they had wanted to.  But you showed up-I told them in my best “Jillian Michaels” voice… I’m proud of you!

As I ran, I passed by two elderly ladies.  They seemed quite surprised that a girl of my size was running, and I could tell that each time I passed them they made comments about me. I know I don’t look like an athlete or anything, but I am healthy.  The last lap I heard them say “That girl in front of us- that girl with those big wide hips…”

Fortunately, that was all I heard before I was out of ear shot of their comment.  Usually, that’s all it takes to get me in a bad mood… to discourage me from working out in front of other people.  Honestly, I didn’t know how they finished that sentence, but I had a feeling it was not positive.  But 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ!  As I kept running, He told me to finish it…

And so as I jogged along, He brought to mind all of the things that I’ve accomplished, and all I have to be thankful for…

 this girl with those big, wide hips-

-is BLESSED to be ALIVE and have breath in her lungs and legs to RUN with

-has given birth to two awesome, amazing girls

-lost over 100 lbs before I had my children

-loves her curves… because that’s the way He made me

-is trying to set a good example for her girls by taking the best care of her body that she can

-got a college degree and worked multiple jobs to pay for it (and I’m STILL paying those loans!!)

-knows where to find her SELF-WORTH…. in CHRIST ALONE!

-has a stronger walk with the Lord than ever before

You- yes, YOU,  are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Don’t let anyone else try to finish your sentence.  Give God that pen and let Him write it for you.  By His grace, He will turn it into something beautiful.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end-  Ecclesiastes 3:11

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Julie is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She has a passion for leading worship, writing songs, preaching, teaching, and thrift store shopping. Julie has two amazing teenage daughters, two dogs ("fur babies"), and one wonderful hubby :)

15 thoughts on “finish your own sentences

  1. Wow. This is powerful stuff, lady. SO good for you, and I will be trying this the next time I feel vulnerable to what other people think of me, in any aspect (which happens countless times a day). What a great skill set you’ll be teaching your girls, too. ❤

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  2. Oh Julie… I love this so much!! God BLESS you for taking those thoughts captive. It’s HARD to do so, especially in areas so personal. I absolutely applaud you and I know for sure that Jesus smiled when he heard you finish those sentences!!
    God bless!!

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement 😊 It is hard to re-focus our thoughts, we’ve got to turn them over to the Lord moment by moment! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Blessings to you😊

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  3. Julie, BRAVO!
    It has taken me over six decades, but I finally am comfortable in my skin, and only care what God thinks of me. And you know what? He only concerns Himself with my heart. And I am His beloved daughter. You are, too my sweet sister. ❤

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  4. Julie this is so beautifully written. Hits right at the heart of what I’ve been reading in my devotional. Need to care less about what others think about you and more of what God made you to be. You’re awesome!!

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