Monday, February 11, 2008

BE NOT CONFORMED BUT BE TRANSFORMED

I look out into my yard each morning and I am not just looking, I am longing to see something that is not there as of yet. I know that it is a little early , still I look each day to see. I am looking for the new leaves that will be coming very soon, I hope. I am not to fond of fall, it is very beautiful and it is much cooler but I love trees that are full of green leaves. Spring is my favorite times of the year. It is a time of renewing, of new growth, of vibrant green color. There has been a great transformation from Fall, then Winter and finally Spring.

In the fall, I see feel the air get cooler, then the leaves change color and finally drop off the trees one by one until they are very naked and bear. I know this has to take place before the Spring time comes and the new growth arrives all bright, strong and full of life. So this process takes time and I have to be patient. Then one moring when I go to my yard to look around there will be a complete transformation. A TREE FULL OF LIFE GIVING EVIDENCE BY ALL THE LITTLE GREEN BUDS THAT ARE POKING THERE HEADS OUT ON THE BRANCHES. My heart will rejoice and be glad and I will keep watching as the transformation continues. Then before I know it , those trees will be full and flourshing filled with more beautiful green leaves that I can count. It will give us shade in the hot sunny days of summer. Even now, I can feel the excitement filling my heart as I think about those coming times.

So, it is with you and I as we are being transformed. One by one we will lose those pounds. One thought at a time we will be letting the Lord transform our thinking so that we can better handle the battles that we will face in the future concerning the food that is around us every day of our lives. We will drop those bad habits and learn new and healthy ones. Even now as I read your blogs, I am being made stronger in body and mind. I have learned some very good new and healthy recipes and the different ways that you all are succeeding in your lives. I value everything that I have learned and I thank you. I have added to my memory many of the verses that some of you give for strengthening our purpose and will. They have been a great help.

We must go through this transformation and it is not always pretty to look at not easy to live with yet as the days go by, we are being transformed into that person and body that God would have us to have to be pleasing to Him. One day, with much determination and purpose and focus we will see the person we are striving to become. Then one day we will have become. My heart gets very excited about that day. We can not give up, we have to go through the transforming before becoming the butterfly. The reward will be worth each moment of sacrifice and effort.

I know now something that I truly never knew before. With you and I it will be a daily battle. We are weak in the area of food for what ever reason. We can win this battle daily as we give it to the Lord and let Him lead us in this area also. So, with you, I am looking forward to that peek in the mirror one day soon and actually be able to see for myself that budding of a new body and feel in my mind new thoughts that have taken root and are growing stronger each and every day. God be with you, my friends in our transforming and our becoming what God would have us to be. connie

13 comments:

Karen said...

What an encouraging post!

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Dear Karen, I am so glad that you were encouraged.We all need encouragement during our transforming process. I hope you are doing well. love you, connie

Tori said...

Great post Connie, your so encouraging. Surly you have the gift of encouragement.

I guess we have to be patient and learn lessons through ever pound.

Thanks for the uplifting thought this morning!

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Dear Tori, thank you, That would be a nice gift to have, I sure hope that I have it. I think that we do have to learn the lessons, that seems to be the way it is with other lesson in life, Patience is what it takes. I hope that the thoughts have been a help to you today. connie

Pam--in Jerusalem said...

Thank you for the encouragement, Connie! Your comment on my blog was right... I think the "repeated thought" is a sign ;)

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Dear Pam, You are very welcome. Probably a sign in which I have taken note. It is going to take patience and trust in God not just today but for all our tomorrows in this area of our lives also. connie

Marsheila said...

great post sis connie I was feeling down about my weight loss not coming off fast enough and with spring right around the corner I am really getting nervous cause I wanted to atleast be lost fifty pounds by summer for vacation.... and as for the tree's blooming already my trees in my yard have already got little buds on them it's beautiful and pretty soon our street will be lined with all white flowered trees it's so pretty from the top of the street it looks like cotton balls it's just so lovely but the tree's gives off a stinky fragrance maybe you know what kind of tree it is oh when it does bloom like that I will take a pic. and post it. so you can see what i'm talking about.

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Marsheila, thank you so much for telling me about your trees having buds on them see what God does. In His time and with your cooperation you will be a beautiful flowering "tree." Don't give up, it may be just around the cornor. I am looking forward to seeing a picture of your trees when they are in full bloom. I know they must look beautiful. I can't wait until mine gets some buds on them but I know that is in God's timming also. So, I will be patient and keep looking. You be patient and keep working. It will come. love you, connie

Sis. Julie said...

I LOVE SPRING!! Everything is so fresh and new. I love the new leaves on the trees and the blooms that come with them. I love the green grass. It just does a heart good when you see all that spring has to offer. Plus I'm ready to be done with the cold temps and be able to go outside more and get exercise outside.

Keep up the good work with your weight-loss!! God has been so good to us to let us get this weight off in order to better serve Him!!

Kim in said...

We were talking about metamorphosis yesterday in relation to repentance. We change completely and never go back to what we were before God saved us. I couldn't help but draw a parallel to my sinful eating habits. I obviously haven't really repented of this problem if I am only really sorry and ask forgiveness over and over. Repentance is a 180 degree turn away from sin; and like a butterfly, I can never be a caterpillar again.
Connie, may we really see our sinfulness as it really is.
Love you,
Kim

Kim in Alaska said...

That last comment was from Kim In Alaska...I can't seem to make my fingers work right today.

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Dear Sis. Julie, I haven't lost any more weight. I am having to be out an around so much lately and not where I can eat the way that I need to but I am not gaining and for me that is victory. soon, maybe God willing I will be able to get back on my program. I love Spring and I am so glad that soon I will see it again. connie

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Dear Kim, I am sure that if I were living in Alaska, nothing on me would work right, it is so cold. It has been very warm and sunny here just a little rainy at times. Thank you for your commnens. I am sure that I never see sin as the horrible thing that God sees when He want even look upon it, I am so thankful that when He looks at me, He sees me though the blood of His dear son and I am accepted in His sight. Thank God for that. Have a good day Kim and it will be nice knowing that soon you will be in Texas visiting with the other part of your family that live here. Have a safe trip and make lots of memories. love you, too, connie