Live Well - Straining Towards the Goal

I'm taking things a bit slower today and just really rethinking who I am and what matters most. As I was pondering this, I went to go visit my sweet sister, Darlene @ Live Well Wednesdays and was very encouraged!

We hit a huge milestone today in our family...our oldest son, Michael just got his driver's permit! We're so excited for him! And we're so proud of the young man of God he's so is our youngest son, Kevin! We're blessed beyond measure and we're so grateful to our gracious, merciful and kind Father God for granting us so much joy on this side of Heaven!

I'm grateful for every stage of life and choose not to linger in the past, but look expectantly and joyfully to the future:

"Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."
~ Isaiah 43:18-19

Today also marks another victory in Christ I'd like to share....I've lost all the weight I wanted to! With the help of my physical illnesses (who'da thunk it!) I've lost all 15 lbs. I was striving to lose!

I've chosen to take Darlene's wise counsel and spend more time in God's Word, standing firm on His promises and worshiping Him in all His glory...and well, here I am...spiritually more fit and physically....well, less of EVERY way! Praise be to the LORD God Almighty in whom alone is all victory and pure joy is found!

Be encouraged sisters to press on, especially when it's tough and choose to give glory and praise to God during your most painful moments and you too will see the shackles of this world and all its temptations break and fall before you, so that you can dance with joy in the presence of your Savior, Christ Jesus our Lord!

"Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
~Philippians 3:12-14