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During a time of prayer and meditation (listening quietly to the Lord), I recently came to understand that I had been asking God to remove my depression while He wanted to teach me that I needed to take charge of my thought process and willingness to act "not depressed" such as get out of bed, care for hygeine, change out of my nightgown and robe. even "pretty myself up"! It made a world of difference to prepare myself for something better. It allowed me to get out of the house, run errands, restock the cabinets and refrigerator!

TO GET ACTIVE in other words! emoticon

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this is really good. Fasting helps me get back on track when I've lost it. thanks for this devotional.

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emoticon Avanell, I have this devotional also... it's one of my favorites!

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Internet came back up....for now....

I read his story long ago about his quitting cigarettes (quite funny) and the weight loss...very inspiring!

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8/5/14 5:07 P

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Thanks, Gaye! I had not heard this story, so it was a new one for me. One of which I can very much identify with! Thanks for your comment! Enjoy your mowing!

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emoticon I had read his story already but it has been awhile so glad for the refresher! emoticon mowing all day (this is a break) I shall catch up with you tomorrow I hope!

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8/4/14 7:50 A

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***This is from an email devotional that I receive. It is by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland and all credit for it goes to them!
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The Heart of the Matter
Posted: 03 Aug 2012 05:00 PM PDT
"For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart" (1 Sam. 16:7).

Too often we ask God to fix the problems around us when what He really wants to do is solve the problem within us. I did that myself for years where my weight was concerned. I prayed and prayed for God to help me lose weight. Yet I experienced repeated failure. I lost literally hundreds of pounds, only to gain them right back again.

Finally one day, I made a firm decision. I told God, "I am not going one step further until I find out what to do about this!" Then I went on a fast, shut myself away from everyone and determined to hear from God.

During that fast the Lord revealed the real source of my problem. He showed me that I wanted to lose weight, but I didn't want to permanently change my eating habits. I was like an alcoholic who wants to be able to drink constantly and not be affected by it. I wanted to eat nine times a day and still weigh 166 pounds!

Suddenly I realized God wasn't content simply to rid me of the extra pounds on the outside of me, He wanted to rid me of the sin of gluttony on the inside of me. So I repented of that sin right then and there. (It was then that I realized just how hard it is for a man who drinks to face the fact that he's an alcoholic. It hurts to admit something like that.)

Then instead of asking God for deliverance from my weight problem, I asked Him for deliverance from my food problem.

Sure enough, He did it.

If your prayers don't seem to be changing the problems around you, maybe it's time to take a look inside. Maybe it's time to ask God to go to work on the heart of the matter.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:1-10, 23-24

Source: From Faith to Faith Devotional by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland
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