Have You Met Beth?
The building itself intimidated her as Ann parked her red car in the parking lot of NorCal Gym. The tall two-story building spanned half a block. As they walked to the entrance, Beth cringed. The treadmills taunted her.
Like Beth, the thought of going to the gym seemed dauting and overwhelming, but what if you can't go to gym? Could you lose weight in other ways? Most people would tell you that diet and exercise are the keys to losing weight. But if you are like me, going to the gym is not likely to happen. Why is that? Because unlike Beth, who is old enough to go to the gym alone, I don't regular income to pay the monthly fee. So how do I lose weight without going to gym?
In my personal weight loss journey, I started with cutting down on the foods I love to eat. I also cut down on carbs. Was it hard? You bet, but I couldn't do it without God's help and the support from my sister. I found that carbs and sugar causes me to gain inches on my waist, and as I did, little by little the inches came off. I'm not saying that I'm where I want to be, but I am closing to meeting that goal. I have gone from wearing size large to medium and from 14 to 10. I also found that walking to work and back helped me burn calories, Beth had the advantage of going to the gym with her mother. You would find in book two the reason she gained weight. "I binged to feel good." Many people are the same way and they may have a lot more weight to lose than me. My sister does. Walking is hard for her because of her asthma and now her arthritic knee, but she found that drinking green tea and cutting down on servings helped her lose weight. I too, drink green tea and I took up a new workout routine when I am not working because in process of losing weight, I gained some excess skin called flab. I will keep on doing what I am doing until I reach my goal.
A Man for Beth is not a how to lose weight book. It's a Christian romance. each of the main character struggled with acceptance and had bad experience with past relationships. You can read a little more about Beth in this blog:
"The angels of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them" -Psalms 34:7 NKJV
You may have heard or read that "do not fear" is mentioned 365 times in the Bible. It is no coincidence as God is the author of the Bible. We should fear Him, not man, or anything a man could do to us, including a man made virus yet people fear the virus. They think it is deadly and they need to wear a mask. In the Bible, when people had a contagious disease, they had to stay outside the camp until the disease had run its course or forever as in the case of the leprosy. The authorities in those days didn't make the healthy protective covering. No, I'm not going to write on mask wearing, but this is an example.
I know that there are Christians today who will say, "old testament is for the Jews", but the Hebrew writers wrote that the scriptures is alive and powerful.(Hebrews 4:12) and Paul wrote that is given by inspiration by God. (2Timothy 3:16) You want to read something inspiring? Read the Bible! It has many scriptures of healing, deliverance, salvation and impossible deeds!
Leaving Willmar Times, Marge felt the familiar panic rise up again as she limped out into the cold, dark night. Last night, a silver sedan had sent chills up her spine when the driver slowed just inches from where she waited for the bus—then he or she had sped away. Would that same driver come back? And her leg added to her panic.
This is just an example of healing but necessary about fear. Scripture says that fear brigs torment. If we are not deeply rooted in God's perfected love, it can't wash it out. Satan would love to remove God's love from us. All he would have to do is convince us that God doesn't love us.
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.