Hope Wissel, Relax, Reflect, Recharge

The Lens of Lovely

“I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3 (NIV)

LYSA TERKEURST always make me think which is great on this day to Relax, Reflect and Recharge.  Her blog “Learn to Love Your Story” changed me perspective on a day when I was starting to let Negative Nellie pay a visit.

She talked about loving your story – your life – being content in the moment and enjoying it! WOW!  This week has been an emotional roller coaster and I am not sure I even know why.  No major fiascos, no crisis – just little hiccups that quickly sent me on a road less traveled (okay so maybe it is traveled a little bit more than I want it to be).

It is strange but I can almost tell when I wake up, if I am going to love my story that day.  Crazy, right?  When I said that to hubby, his response “could you send me a text message to alert me”?  It is on those days that I need to STOP, take a breathe and regroup.  Praising and thanking God for my life… my story.  See I forget that sometimes.  My life may not be a story book or full of lots of happy endings but it is MY story.  It is the life that he gave to me.

Hubby and I were talking the other day about just this thing.  We were reminiscing about days gone by.  I have no regrets nor does he because it is because of those things that we are blessed to be in each other’s lives today.  We had our struggles.  We had our heartache.  We had our joys.  Life wasn’t perfect but we got through it to get us where we are today.  The struggles still come but now we try to look at the differently – together.

I LOVE that Lysa talked about “pre-deciding” that she would LOVE her story.  NOTE to self: change my point of reference BEFORE the day begins.  Stop thinking about the “what if” and “predicting” what may happen in any given situation.

I decided I would look at it all through the lens of noticing the rich evidence of life through each mess and mishap.

Did I do it all perfectly? Nope, not at all.

But even if we choose to be noticers with thankful hearts just once today, we’ll start to look at our stories in a different way.

A more beautiful way.

I remembered our key verse, Philippians 1:3, where Paul says “I thank my God every time I remember you.” I have plenty of reminders each day to thank God for the people in my life. To rejoice over every piece of my story. Starting with those shoes.

So I whispered, “Notice. Be a noticer. See all the fun represented here and thank God for these moments.”

Noticers see the lovely in front of them and learn to love their story.

What might happen if you pre-determined to look through the lens of lovely today?

Thank you Lysa for reminding me to look through the “lens of lovely” today.  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel, Relax, Reflect, Recharge

A Piece of Peace

I LOVE Lysa TerKeurst!  She always seems to bring a new perspective to things for me…especially in the area of weight loss.  She writes: “I always considered my food struggle as a small thing in light of the bigger challenges of life. However, small things can easily become big things.”

She goes on to talk about having PEACE.  No matter how hard I try, I always feel guilty when I have eaten something high in points (a Weight Watchers thing) or high in fat or picked all day.  That feeling of guilty takes away the joy and peace that I feel for the HUGE strides I have made in my weight loss journey.  I don’t know about you but when the peace goes so does the motivation or willpower to continue on this journey towards my goal weight.  I have been talking FOREVER about reaching goal weight – a mere 10 pounds away!  I have heard that it is the toughest weight to loose – AMEN to that!

I just want a “piece of peace” in my  weight loss life.  I don’t want my heart (or my mind) to be filled with feelings of inadequacy, defeat, or negativity when it comes to my struggle with food.  I want the same peace and contentment that I have in other aspects of my life to overflow into the food struggles.  Is that too much to ask?

Lysa talks about PEACE at the scale no matter what the numbers say.  In a perfect world, that is what I want too but to be honest it was that PEACE with little care about the numbers on the scale that took me a whopping 290 pounds at one time.  So, how do I reign in that PEACE while at the same time reaching my goal?  I guess first I have to believe that I can actually reach the goal – I mean truly believe it.


Yes, we all want a smaller waistline (or in my case, smaller hips) but should that goal be a measure of our peace of mind or self-confidence?  I love how Lysa has changed one of my favorite quotes from Nicole, my former WW leader,  “Will this choice add to my peace or steal from it? Remember, nothing tastes as good as peace feels.”  Nicole always said “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels”.  I can’t really see myself  as thin, but I can see myself as being content and at peace with the choices that I make – good, bad or otherwise.

Rest, Reflect and Relax on this Sunday.  Enjoy PEACE in all aspects of your life.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.” Romans 14:19-20a (NIV)


Hope Wissel, Relax, Reflect, Recharge

What Direction Do I Go?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

I am so grateful that God guides me (or pushes me) on his path when I am at a crossroads.  I mean don’t you just wish sometimes that God would say in a VERY LOUD PARENT VOICE “GO THIS WAY!”  It would help so much when I get in my own way.  Those days when we consider quitting – our diet, our business, our job, our marriage – whatever it is YOU have considered quitting, have you STOPPED and LISTENED for God’s directions?  For those of you who are wondering – NO, I am not quitting anything in my life.  Not to worry.  For I have LISTENED to God’s nudge and am going to keep going.

I LOVE reading blogs by Lysa TerKeurst – she always seems to say the things I need to hear.  Here is an exercise that she shared – write the word R-E-S-T then write the R-E-S-I-S-T, what is the difference?  The “I”, right?  That is me – trying everything I know and giving it all that I have to give.  Then when I think there is nothing more or I think about quitting, I ask God for a sign (or a thump on the head) to show me what I should do.  Have you been there?  I know at some time in your life (more times then I can count in mine), you have said that “foxhole prayer” asking for God’s help and promising ANYTHING and EVERYTHING, right?  Why do we wait till we are desperate to ask for a sign from God?

This is where we need to trust God and BELIEVE that he will do all he can.  I am trying every day now to STOP, ASK God what is the next step that HE wants me to take today and then LISTEN for his answer.  Some days, I don’t get it right.  Some days, it will take a smack in the head.  Some days, I will be exhausted from trying to control things.  It is on those days that I will REST and look to God for my very next step.

Are you struggling to hear God’s voice?  Are you tired – physically, emotionally or spiritually?  Stop and ask God to guide your next step then wait in calm expectation for his response.

Rest, Relax, Recharge and Rejoice TODAY!  For we do not have to go through our struggles alone, God is there to help.  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!