Scripture Reflection

“And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:4-5

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Devotion

The upside of developing good habits is that they become routine.

The downside of developing good habits is that they become routine.

Sometimes our messy middle is not chaos or backsliding but can stem from the result of plain old routine, boredom, or stagnation. But isn't this what we wanted? To make healthy eating, exercise, being led by the Spirit all routine so that they became automatic and habitual?

Yes, but habits also have a downside. It's only natural, when you do the same thing over and over again, you can lose the excitement, purpose, and even the desire to keep on going.

James 1:4-5 not only tells us why we should maintain momentum as we grow but tells us how we are to do it. He says that remaining steadfast will grow and mature us. He also says that we are to seek God to continue to teach us how to keep moving forward.

Are you growing complacent or losing momentum? Pray and ask God for wisdom to help you endure. It says that God will generously provide it. We can ask for God's wisdom to guide our choices and decisions, to help us to understand the process, and to see this journey from His perspective.

Here's is a short list of ways to maintain momentum. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show you how you can maintain your momentum throughout this journey.

  • Create some short term rewards and incentives
  • Never lose sight of the deeper purpose of being healthy
  • Remind yourself of God's promises
  • Regular check-in's on your progress
  • Change up the routine—add some variety to your meals and workouts
  • Build in fun
  • Keep a gratitude journey
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Review your goals regularly
  • Build in accountability
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Action

Write out a list of habits that are part of your routine. Which ones are boring and rob your energy? What can you do to bring the joy back?

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Questions for Reflection 

  • How is God maturing you on this journey?
  • Where do you need God's wisdom?
  • What parts of the journey have grown boring and monotonous?
  • Through prayer, how is the Holy Spirit leading you to bring back the joy?
  • How does God minister to you to keep you encouraged on the journey?

 

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Declarations

1.  I bring the joy to everything I do because I do everything as unto the Lord.

2.  I will never grow weary in seeking your best for me Lord. I will continue to pursue you with my whole heart.

3.  I am growing in grace and strength every day and I will never stop.

4.  I come to you Lord to be refreshed and strengthened when I'm feeling low.

5.  You're never boring Lord so if I'm feeling complacent or losing momentum, it's my warning signal to come back in alignment with you.

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Supplication 

Lord, I will continue to seek your best for me every day. In the highs and lows, I will never stop pursuing you. I will never stop making time for you. I will never stop submitting my plans and purposes to you. Help me to keep the zeal. Help me to remain steadfast. I rebuke the spirit of boredom and complacency. I find my strength and momentum in you so that I can continue on each day. You are my north star—my guiding light that keeps me motivated. If I ever lose momentum or motivation, that's my cue to come back in alignment with you. Thank you for loving me so much that you will never let me wander away from you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Meditation Scriptures

Jeremiah 29:11. "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Philippians 1:6. "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

Hebrews 10:23. "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful."

Psalm 90:12. "So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom."

1 Thessalonians 5:18. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 

John 15:5. "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."

James 1:4. "And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

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What is one thing you will do when you feel bored or are getting complacent with your health and weight releasing journey?