I've got a birthday coming up in a few days. THIRTY-NINE. For the life of me, I can't figure out how I got here. I certainly don't FEEL 39. I'm sure I don't ACT 39. And I don't LOOK 39 (it's more like 45, I think!)
I've been telling friends for the past month that this is the last birthday I'm acknowledging. Not the last one I'm HAVING (Lord willing)...but the last one I'll openly celebrate. During the past week, God started writing something on my heart... a plan which, if I follow it as He's laid it out, will enable me to celebrate the BIG 4-0 with a bang next year.
Are you ready for this?
It's called the "40 BY 40 Plan", & it involves 2 things.
First (and most painful), I'm going to lose 40 pounds by my 40th birthday. I want to. I need to. I've GOT to. I'm giving myself permission to take my time on this, and not set any unreasonable goals or focus on unrealistic expectations. I started Weight Watchers again today, and I know with God's help, I can do this. Well, not God's help so much as Him doing it ALL! The Holy Spirit is going to have to knock me over the head more than once to get the chocolate cravings out of my system!
Second (and most importantly), I'm going to commit 40 Scriptures to memory. And "Jesus wept." isn't one of them. I don't know what they are yet, but He's going to give them to me. I just know He is.
So, I'll be LOSING the weight and GAINING Jesus! How great is that?!
I'll save myself the embarrassment of actually posting my weight, but I might be brave enough to keep track of pounds lost. I'll be posting the Scriptures on my blog every weekend. If you'd like to join me in hiding His Word in your heart, let me know in the comments. Who knows, we may be able to get Boomama to make us a fancy-schmansy icon for our sidebars ;-)