The beauty of a plan is the presence of accompanying grace. I think this is true with most any plan. Well, except for plans with deadlines, specific time frames, appointments, etc.
So it is, with the Trim Healthy Mama “plan” for health and optimal weight or finding your trim. With grace.
Grace doesn’t mean carelessness, though. And it doesn’t mean neglect. I know that.
The result of neglecting the plan is sort of like how money evaporates in California. Or how the reaching of an optimal weight goal is erased by consuming bags of sea salt & dark-chocolate covered almonds from Costco. Or the only safe hot french bread and butter is a picture of hot french bread & butter.
So, I’m back on the plan — and, actually, I can’t tell you how vulnerable I’m feeling even saying it. I’m like: omygoodness, what if I fail? Again. Suddenly, it feels confining – like no grace at all. But, then I bring truth to mind: In three hours. There’s the grace. If I fail: in three hours (or any time!!) I have the opportunity to make a better choice/a right choice/a healthy choice. In three hours, I can get “back on the plan” and go on from there. In three hours. No starting all over again, just pressing on. I resolve to press on and prepare for my better choice.
The grace of a better choice in three hours is not license to excuse myself for overindulging or to eat whatever I want, whenever I want.
It’s amazing to me to see the parallels of grace regarding self will & food and obedience & faith.
Just like God’s merciful grace in our lives is not license to sin! God’s grace doesn’t absolve me from obedience to His known commands or the prompting of the Holy Spirit — it actually gives me more motivation to love and pursue God and to not do whatever I want, whenever I want. I know it’s by the grace and faith of the Lord Jesus that I can know Him, seek Him, walk with Him and trust Him to complete His work in me (and that includes the dying to self regarding food & over indulging).
God’s grace and the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit gives me strong desire and reason to seek Him, to love Him, and to obey Him. For I know I haven’t done, or can do nothing in and of myself to earn or merit His favour — it’s all His, it’s all grace. Not just in three hours, but minute by minute, day by day.