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Exposed

on December 12, 2014

IMG_2843When everything is stripped away

exposed for all to see

When all the rustling leaves are gone

it’s simply just a tree

How beautiful His radiance

and endless glories shine

right through these spindly branches

straight into this heart of mine

I admit that I am a fan of pretty things.  I also use these pretty things to hide myself quite often.  As pretty as the fall foliage was, the bare trees are just as beautiful- and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that His light shines through more clearly when the trees are stripped of their beauty.

It is so easy for me to get caught up in my insecurities about my weight, or other silly things- and at times it can become an obsession.  It is a vicious cycle, one I pray about often.

The past few days, I have felt like that spindly tree…exposed before Him.  As His light shines down on me- He is showing me all kinds of things I need to work on.  As I release these “little things” to Him, His light gets brighter.

I recently made a commitment to change my diet… no, I’m not going on a diet, but I am changing what and how I am eating. Far too frequently, I turn to the instant gratification of food to satisfy my desires.  I have managed to stay away from all processed food and have greatly limited the amount of sugar I intake.  I must say that the past few days have been difficult, but this has definitely drawn me closer to Him.  He is always faithful…even when I am not.

 I am desperate to change, and change only comes with being willing to be changed.

The less I focus on me-

the greater my focus is on “He”

When I bare my soul to Him, He bears my burdens all the more.

Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him- Psalm 37:7

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16 responses to “Exposed

  1. lorriebowden says:

    Beautiful Julie! And I mean YOU!! Your faith is so true and in that faith your beauty shines through! Much love…many blessings ❤

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  2. atimetoshare says:

    I have spent my entire life fighting the scale. I have also spent my life not looking at the beauty inside. We both have been blessed by God and are beautiful to Him. That’s what really matters. We are loved!

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Amen!! Thank you for your beautiful comment 🙂 It has been a lifelong battle for me as well… one I surrender to Him often, and then take right back, lol! But it also brings me closer to Him- knowing I can’t do anything without His strength! Blessings to you!

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      • atimetoshare says:

        Thank you! I do have one consolation. My doc tells me that as long as I’m healthy the extra weight is good at my age. At least I won’t look like a skeleton when I die. LOL!

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  3. popswally says:

    Reblogged this on Journey With Jesus and commented:
    “The less I focus on me-
    the greater my focus is on “He”

    Such an awesome view point!!!

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  4. popswally says:

    “The less I focus on me-
    the greater my focus is on “He”

    Such an awesome view point and it occurs to me that in the type of exposure you relate here, exposed to God… How much freer we are to just BE HIS children and truly focus on HIM! Thank you again for sharing a straight forward post anchored in His truth. ~R

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  5. Shanda says:

    I have recently reduced the amount of carbs I eat (the sugary and white bread kind) 🙂 It’s been so good for me. Thank you for your post, there is something so lovely about the bare bones of things ,right?

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  6. Love this blog- beautiful. I feel healed and set free . He has healed me of 68 pounds excess weight and I will be 62 next week.
    When I cried out to Him in desperation, He told me to eat only three meals, no snacks, and half portions. This has resulted in the easiest weight loss ever. I am free from 68 pounds and the bondage of dieting. I feel like dancing.
    http://www.talkingtomyweightlosscounselor .wordpress.com

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Praise the Lord!! Thank you for sharing your awesome testimony! It has always been a struggle for me. I lost 100 lbs about 13 years ago and since then, I’ve had two daughters… and much less free time to devote to exercise 🙂 But I still work out 5x a week, and eat healthy most of the time. I know I am not meant to be “thin”… and it has taken me a long time to find a good balance and to focus on being “healthy”- not a # on a scale. I can do ALL things through Christ 🙂 Thanks for visiting- I will check out your blog as well! Blessings to you!

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  7. Kev says:

    It’s very important to be happy about the way he made us. I was thinking only today, that I must be perfect, but not in a vain way, my thoughts were on God. God is incapable of creating something that isn’t. I know there are arguments otherwise, but this was the light that shone to encourage me when I needed it. 🙂

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Thanks for your wise words, Kev 🙂 Someone once told me God doesn’t make mistakes…we were created in His image. Looking in the mirror and seeing what He sees is a difficult thing to do. Thanks for your beautiful, encouraging words! Hope you are enjoying the Christmas Season!!

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      • Kev says:

        I don’t know anything about wisdom, Julie… sometimes I feel nothing more than a babbling fool, but if God chooses such as a vessel to promote his good will, than so be it.

        Hope you and your family have a wonderful, beautiful and truly happy Christmas. 🙂

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