Beyond Gorgeous

Yesterday we talked about walking with Jesus — picturing Him walking beside you, just outside your range of vision as you follow your exercise route.  So what do you say to Jesus?

Most of us start out with our list of wants and needs.  I have to admit to it.  A lot of my recent conversations with God recently have begun with a mention of my malfunctioning refrigerator.

Here’s a better idea.  Let’s begin our conversation with a few overdo thank-yous.  What in  your life do you appreciate most?  Your family?  Your friends?  Your health?  Every good gift you have comes from God — so you might want to let Him know occasionally that you appreciate them!  A walk together is a good time to begin that habit of gratitude and praise.

It never fails. When I begin thanking God, I find I have a huge supply of good things in my life that I was taking for granted.  I never even  bothered to think much about them.  But as I begin thanking God for them, I am overwhelmed with the goodness of God and with the joys He has lavished on me.

Don’t forget your walk with Jesus today.  It will be good for your heart — in more ways than one!

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown


Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. ~James Baldwin

One reason why we don’t see results — we haven’t really faced the seriousness of our need.  It’s easy to compare ourselves to people who are REALLY overweight — and there are always those folks who weigh more than we do.  Just watch daytime tv and you will see them on the talk shows!

But those folks aren’t our business. Our own bodies are our business.  Quit avoiding the mirror and take a good look.  It doesn’t matter if you aren’t gorgeous — because we are going for something better.  We are going for healthy and vibrant.  Do you see a person in the mirror with that type of future — or one  with a future of slowly becoming more and more disabled and sick?

Your weight problem won’t go away until it is faced.

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown


Ready to walk?  Don’t go alone.  This morning, walk with God.

You knew already that God is there, with you all the time.  But let’s see if we can make that truth more real to you. Today as you start out to exercise, imagine that Jesus is walking with you in His physical body.  Think of Him as being to your right and slightly behind you, just out of your range of vision. What would your walk be like if  you were walking with Jesus?

Think of having a walking buddy who knows you inside-out and understands you like no one else does.  He is interested in everything that concerns you and loves you more than anyone else could even think of loving.  Best of all, your walking partner doesn’t just listen — He is able to do something about those worries and heartaches of yours.

Walking with Jesus would turn that exercise time into the most important, most exciting part of your day!

Our blogs this week will be about your exercise walk, but even more about turning that time into a relationship-deepening time with God.

Have a good walk, you two!

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown



Ready, set — go!  Well, we’re almost ready to go.  On our daily walk, that is.  We talked in yesterday’s blog about deciding when to walk.  If you just plan to do it “sometime” it most likely won’t happen.  You have to plan a time and prepare for it.

And you need to figure out where you are going to walk.  You might start walking around your neighborhood, if you are blessed to live in one that is safe.   If you live near a park, that’s a good option, too.  However, here in Oklahoma it’s summertime and the temperature hit 105 yesterday afternoon.  If you live in a place with our type of weather, you might want to find an indoor track or walk at the mall.

What about treadmills?  I loved mine,  but had to give it up because there is no room for it in the travel trailer where I live.  I used mine daily and enjoyed it.  If you will use it, a treadmill might be a worthwhile investment.  It’s not hard to find them inexpensively at garage sales or on Craig’s List. If you have a history of using your exercise equipment as an expensive clothes tree, though, better plan on saving your money and walking somewhere else.

Again, you are unique.  Find out what is best for your personality and lifestyle.  Make it as easy on yourself and as pleasant as possible.  The easier it is, the more likely that daily exercise will become a part of your life.

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown