Wednesday, July 11, 2012


"Sometimes we choose to live with the burden of sin until it causes chronic pain that weighs us down, holds us back, and makes us miserable." ~Tresa Walker

I read that sentence over at Strength Renewed this morning.

My response?


This is such a true statement that I almost recoiled when I read it. Why? Because it hit a nerve, that's why. Without exposing myself entirely, suffice it to say that I have struggled with a particular sin nearly all my life.

Ok, it's overeating. There, I said it.

With one sentence, God used Tresa (author of Strength Renewed) to put a finger on my issue (issue sounds so much better than sin).  He pointed out that this sin is causing chronic pain that weighs me down (literally) and holds me back. And yes, it makes me miserable.

So, why do I choose to live with that sin? To continue in it day after day? Honestly...I don't know.  I've fought this battle so long and in so many ways that it almost seems destined to win over me, but I'm a stubborn gal. I don't want sin to control me.  I want my life and my behavior to be pleasing to God, so I'll keep fighting and I'll keep trusting God to do in me what I can't do by myself.

I'm so blessed by other Christian bloggers that speak truth into the blogosphere so that God can direct people like me to the words I need to hear.

Thank you, Tresa, for letting God use you this way.

God bless all Christian bloggers!

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Unknown said...

I never would have gotten overeating out of that... but that's why things hit people different. I took it how I beat myself up over things I did when the kids were little (ie not enjoying them as much as I should, yelling/getting frustrated too easily). If I'm ever going to go forward, I have to forgive myself for it. . Great post, Jan.

Anonymous said...

Great post, Jan! I'm glad God used my post to speak to you. I feel very blessed to have met you through blogging. I always look forward to your posts. Have a blessed day!

Unknown said...

I though of 2 things besides the over eating. I wouldn't have thought that until you mentioned it but you are so right. Glutony is a sin and I have dabbled in it more than a few times. lol I love your post!

Jan Christiansen said...

Thanks for dropping by, girls. I love that God has surrounded me with such sweet friends who not only encourage me, but challenge me to go even deeper in Christ. I appreciate you all so much!

Hugs - Jan