- Cyndi Benson
Hi everyone. Here is a great testimony by one of our own as he is winning with the Grace and Strength Lifestyle. I love to hear the stories that tell about the change that happens on a core level as people grow and develop through the G & S Program. Way to go Gil! Keep up the good work, and way to go coach Dave - this is a testimony to your coaching as well! I love our team!!!
Ok Grace and Strengthers (GNSers), I am mad and I have to vent! I am solidly in phase 4, and if anything I am struggling to stop losing weight! Here is what I am annoyed about....my mother is battling weight issues, and everything that goes along with it, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc, etc.
Her doctor, while encouraging her to lose weight, keeps telling her not to do this program. What I am most irritated about is that my sister (who is a fellow GNSer) took Mom to her last appointment, and according to my mother, this doctor offered her "free" opinion that she is concerned about my sister doing this program (she is also my sister's doctor). My sister is doing fabulous and looking fabulous. Together with her husband (another GNSer), they are in the neighborhood of 150 lbs of loss to date. Sis, don't drink her Kool-Aide!!
I am writing this because all of us who are in this program are in it because God has led you here, and we are all brothers and sisters and I want you to be encouraged about this journey you are on. I don't wish to disparage the medical community. But God is bigger than the wisdom of those who don't understand this program.
So here is what I would leave you with this day. Last night at our Small Group meeting, we had various snacks on the table; popcorn with butter and salt, whole ripe strawberries, watermelon slices, and homemade fresh baked peanut butter cookies with sugar sprinkled on them. As stated earlier, I am in phase 4 and am learning how to eat anything I wish. Right directly in front of me were the cookies, and the watermelon was all the way at the other end of the table. 6 months ago, I would have been working on polishing off the whole mound of cookies, and not even sniffing the watermelon cause I hated the stuff...seriously. It would almost make me gag to eat it! I realized this morning that the cookies seemed almost invisible...what I really wanted was the watermelon!! I never even thought about the cookies, didn't want it, I wanted the watermelon and I loved it.
As brother Dave would say...that's the Grace and Strength lifestyle!
With Jesus, sin has no hold on me. With Jesus and Grace and Strength*, food has no hold on me, and because of these two facts I am finally experiencing my dream of being Holy, Healthy, and Happy!
* Individual results may vary.
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