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June 2010 - Heleen's Blog

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Okay, guilty as charged, I’ve been looking over Rick Warren’s shoulder again. I mentioned on our Members Forum that I’m doing the 40 Days of  “The Purpose Driven Life”  – AGAIN! Now don’t despair for me just yet, it’s not that I keep forgetting or that I”m still searching for the purpose of my life. I simply get so swept up in the rat race of life that I tend to wander off course. I forget what”s really important and I get caught up in the mundane grind of life, moving forward without any purpose or joy. So I’m sorry that I have to drag you along on my journey of re-focusing, but this is where I’m at right now, and I thought a few of you wonderful ladies might need a little reminding as well. These few key points of Rick in DAY 3 got my attention again: Common things that drive our lives: 1. Many people are driven by guilt 2. Many people are driven by resentment and anger 3. Many people are driven by fear 4. Many people are driven by materialism 5. Many people are driven by the need for approval He goes on to say: “There are other forces that can drive your life but all lead to the same dead end: Unused potential, unnecessary stress, and an unfulfilled life” There is nothing like “unused potential, unnecessary stress and an unfulfilled life” to make people reach for something to bring “meaning” or “joy” to their lives (food, tv, porn, alcohol, drugs etc) Don’t fall for the enemy’s lie that you just have to stay away from sin and you’ll be okay. Our lives are not about fighting off the enemy day after day. Yes, we are at war and we have to fight for our dreams and hearts, …

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What if you’ve tried EVERYTHING and NOTHING worked?

I’ve been asked this question many times before so let me try and shine some light on this matter. Most ladies who struggle with compulsive overeating and binge eating have literally tried everything you can think of to lose weight. They’ve tried fad diets, healthy food plans, diet pills, and other dangerous methods of purging, without success. They’ve tried to eat only when hungry, count points, prayer, counseling, and yes, many have tried my program… without success. Why? How can it be that after you’ve tried EVERYTHING, you are still dealing with the same stuff? Like I’ve said, I know the feeling, and this is the conclusion I’ve come to in  my own life: I DID NOT DO EVERYTHING I COULD! It was the only logical explanation, and it might be for you too. When I stopped denying the truth  I had to admit that there was ONE thing I didn’t do: OBEY Now please don’t stop reading just yet. I know nobody likes to hear about obedience.  Obedience is not easy and not much fun (just ask your kids), BUT IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO TRULY LIVE IN FREEDOM. If we disobey God and think we’re bossing ourselves, we’re fooling ourselves. The Bible clearly says that we are being ruled by the enemy if we’re not under God’s rule (Romans 6) It’s the one or the other, there’s no neutral ground. Have you tried obedience yet? I’m talking about wholehearted obedience to the Word of God and the voice of the Holy Spirit. Only you can answer this… There are so many advantages to obedience. According to the Bible we remain in God’s love and joy  if we obey Him. John 15: 10-11 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands …

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In Every Season…He is still God

My heart is broken for so many of my friends. In the past weeks close friends of our family buried a daughter and grand daughter. Other dear friends lost their precious baby girl. I am praying at the moment for people who live under horrible circumstances and others who are trying so hard to break free from years of bondage. In a neighboring town a young boy has disappeared from school, leaving the whole community in shock… Life is hard and our seasons are not always joyful, on the contrary… I wish I had wonderful words of wisdom but I don’t… I only know this: In all of the seasons of our lives, HE IS STILL GOD. ONLY the everlasting love of God can mend broken hearts and pick up shattered lives. If your season is particularly painful, long, and difficult then I want to extend my prayers and this song to you… Desert Song This is my prayer in the desert When all that’s within me feels dry This is my prayer in my hunger and need My God is the God who provides VERSE 2: This is my prayer in the fire In weakness or trial or pain There is a faith proved Of more worth than gold So refine me Lord through the flame CHORUS: I will bring praise I will bring praise No weapon formed against me shall remain I will rejoice I will declare God is my victory and He is here VERSE 3: This is my prayer in the battle When triumph is still on its way I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ So firm on His promise I’ll stand BRIDGE: All of my life In every season You are still God I have a reason to sing I have a reason to worship VERSE …

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