Wednesday, September 24, 2008

40

40 is a big number. 40 days and 40 nights it rained on Noah and the crew of the ark. 40 years the Israelites wandered in the wilderness. And today I get to report that I've lost 40 pounds. It feels like the journey hasn't been unlike the stories mentioned above.

In the misdt of the wilderness God handed out some amazing blessings. Water from rock, manna, lights for guidance, etc... So too in the midst of this journey has He given me some amazing things. From tiny blessings like the DP being sold out at the machine when I was having a weak moment (this happened more than once!) to sending me comfort and hope as our journey with Tripp has progressed. God is faithful and though I don't think I'm truly out of the desert yet, I am not afraid because I know God will lead the way. I sort of feel today like the dove came back with a twig.

I'm also remembering that there were people occupying the promised land that had to be fought and kicked out. For far to long I've let Satan squat in my promised land. I know that he will always fight for space there. It is my daily prayer that God give me the strength and guidance to take back what He has given me. A life of peace and joy, strength and comfort, and most importantly for me in this moment is a life of confidence that God's love is never ending and His provision constant.

I know it's been a long time since I posted here. My sweet friend gave me the evil eye about that today after I weighed in and told her what I saw on the scale. So Stephanie, this post is for you. I thank you for being such a big part of my journey. For loving me all along the way, for celebrating when I celebrate (I forgive you the ugly tongue-sticking-out moment today), and for crying with me when I cry. You and your friendship are definitely one of the many blessing God has sent me.

So, if any of you still read this Remodeling effort, please know that I am, as I always will be, in a state of renovation by the Master Carpenter himself. Let it be the same with you and please pray that I stay the course God has laid out before me.

10 comments:

Marlin said...

March on victoriously!

I am so proud of you and honored to call you my friend.

Perks said...

Well, what a great post! Good job, sister.

Kate said...

40 is AWESOME!!
Way to go lady!!

Nellie's Nuggets said...

Proud of you and love you! Oh, and by the way - you look absolutely MAAAHVELOUS!!

NOAH said...

you know, i was thinking today when i saw you in the office i thought to myself 'wow she's looking really thin'! i really honestly did! so yay for sarah!

Me said...

You are an inspiration to me. Your words speak for many a person. Thank you for the courage to post them and share with us all.

Still movin' said...

I always enjoy keeping up with you through your writing--thanks for sharing this because it's very encouraging!
Love, Ayvrie

daddyO and honey said...

i've been looking for you. great to have you back...keep walking each day, He is there for you!! peace.

Matt, Kara, and Hank (plus Teej) said...

Impressive! Can't wait to see the new marvelously thin middle section. :)

Stephanie said...

I'm so proud of you and all that you have done. Weight loss, Tripp and life in general. I'm so glad that you have reached the 40 mark and sorry about the tongue moment that day. I really am happy for you. Thanks for the update and love you.

PS - you made me cry