Beyond Gorgeous

Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.  Psalm 4:7

Naturally skinny people can by trying at times.  They can eat what they want and never seem to gain an ounce.  I would certainly be happy if I could eat a banana split anytime I wanted with no blubber to show for it, I think.

But does happiness come from food?  True gladness — real joy — comes from God. He has given me something far better than a naturally fast metabolism.  He has given me Himself.  Let’s focus on Him and our happiness will be greater than the “corn and wine” of the scoffers and the banana splits of the skinny folks.

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown



Perhaps one reason we tend to be sedentary and to focus so much on our food is that our worlds are too small.

Getting involved in missions bigger than ourselves will get us out of our lethargy and busy doing something that is truly fulfilling — not just filling.  Where can you start?

Church is an excellent place. Most have lots of jobs and not enough people willing to volunteer to fill them.  Can you teach Sunday school?  Take part in nursing home ministries?  Visit members in the hospital?  Volunteer to help with outreach ministries?  If your church doesn’t have any outreach ministries, maybe you can be the one to get one started.  There are plenty of needs and needy people in the world. You can be one who makes a difference!

A note to our junior members: Those who have young children at  home are already involved in an important church ministry — raising those children for Him!  Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have the time or ability to do extra things right now.  The empty nest season will roll around soon enough and you will have the opportunity to serve in a different way.  What you are doing now certainly makes a difference, too!

And another quick thought — doing good works gives satisfaction and a special fulfillment.  It does NOT earn you salvation or brownie points with the Lord.  We only come to Him in one way.  Here’s a link that explains what I mean: Click here to see my message about God. Serving is our privilege and we are the ones who benefit most.

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown

“You got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.”

Yogi Berra

During our low times we sometimes forget where we are going, and why.  That’s when we mess up in our eating plan — and in the rest of life, as well.  Think about why you are on this journey to a better and stronger you. Think about where you are headed and what you want to be.  Now is a great time to get out the roadmap of your goals and desires and refresh your memory about your route and your destination.

Keep going in the right direction.  You can do it!

Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown


Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits.

It’s called inertia.  Things that are at rest don’t want to start moving.  It affects all of us, and as we get older, it exerts a stronger and stronger pull.

“Would you get me a cup of coffee while you are up?” we ask.

“Where is the remote?”

“Would you hand me that….”

It’s so easy to fall into that habit — to sit and ask people to do our walking for us. That’s why the pedometer method works.  It gets us on our feet and moving.

Once we are up and walking we gain momentum, because things in motion want to stay in motion.  It’s easier to keep moving when you start stepping.

One way to get lots of steps on your pedometer, or clicker, as I call mine, is to get up and do things for yourself. Add to that and be the one that gets up and fetches things for others.  You will collect clicks and have the added benefit of being appreciated.

Now my husband Paul frequently looks in his coffee cup and says, “Do you need any steps?”  Which means “Would you be the one who gets up and pours the coffee?”  And I always receive treasured words of appreciation along with clicks on my pedometer as I cheerfully get up and get the coffee pot.

Here is your challenge for today: Decide that you will get up and move. You won’t ask people to hand you things or do things for you. You will do them for yourself.  When your spouse (or, for our junior members, your children) want or need something, you will be the one to get up and get it.

Jesus says that the if you want to be greatest, you should be the servant of all. (Matt. 20:25-26)  You may also end up being the thinnest and fittest!

Eating to live and living for Christ,

Susan Jordan Brown