Reshaping It All: Chapter 6


Hi Friends! Ashleigh here.

It’s time to discuss chapter 6 from Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness. We’re still talking about the previous chapters — so keep those comments coming.

In chapter 6, Candace encourages us to remember that even though we may not fit into our ideal size of jeans yet, God loves us. As Psalm 139 states, each of us is “fearfully and wonderfully made.” While we have a responsibility to be good stewards of the bodies God has given us, our intrinsic worth isn’t determined by our physical appearance.

This isn’t always so easy to believe though, is it?

I love that this chapter was placed toward the middle of the book. It came at a point where my excitement had dwindled and I struggled with staying on track. I was discouraged by the fact that my jeans still weren’t fitting as well as I’d hoped by now. Negative thoughts were an issue.

But I haven’t invited these thoughts to stay for a pity party. Instead, I’ve taken action. In this chapter’s vlog, I share one way I’ve been combating this type of thinking — and I want to know how you’re doing the same.

Let’s hear from Darlene.

One day as I was reaching into the fridge for some strawberries, a revelation came to mind. It was then — during that moment of choice — that I realized a key factor in reshaping it all.

I had tried diets before. I had joined reputable groups. I had practiced things that I’ve learned … but the one ingredient I had been missing was this: persistence.

When you combine persistence with the grace of God, you become a dynamic living force. It’s as simple as that. Stop giving up when the going gets tough, and for once in your life, make it happen. This lesson in persistence is one to be applied to every area of our lives whether it be healthy eating, working out our marriage or trusting the Lord through a trial.

Stick with it, have hope, and press on!

Enjoy the journey, and until next time, live well!!

Darlene Schacht

Here are a few questions to start this chapter’s discussion:

  • Do you weigh yourself regularly? If so, do you find it helpful or not?
  • Who has been your biggest encourager in life? How has this person molded you into who you are today?
  • How are you cheering yourself on?
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Ashleigh Slater is the author of Team Us: Marriage Together and the editor of Ungrind. As a regular contributor at several blogs and websites, she loves to unite the power of a good story with biblical truth and practical application to encourage others. She has 20 years of writing experience and a master’s degree in communication. Ashleigh lives in Atlanta with her husband Ted and four daughters. You can follow her on Instagram here.

  • I do not weigh myself regularly. My goal in reading this book is to eat healthier, and literally reshape body with more toning exercises.

    I would say hands down, my dad has been my biggest encourager. He always takes a positive approach to negative situations. He is definitely a go-getter and has the stamina of a teenager. It helps that he is runner too, so he gives me tips on exercise.

    I mentioned in Chapter 5 that I run/walk with my friend Lisa. Well, I am cheering her on with the clean eating and she is cheering me on with the exercise. Plus, it is great time for venting our work frustrations (we both work at the same school). She helps motivate me everyday!

  • I forgot to share my verse: I LOVE Zephaniah 3:17!

  • Sarah

    I am not one who weighs myself on a regular basis. It probably is not helpful, as my goal thru this process is to be healthier thru loosing weight.

    My parents have always been my biggest motivators. They used Godly principles to raise me His way.

    When I was in high school (quite a few years ago), I learned a verse that has always been one of my favorites.
    Galatians 6:9
    “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do
    not give up.”

    • Sarah, that’s a great verse! I may have to use that one too as a reminder not to give up.

  • Kerrye

    Love that verse, Sarah!

    ~ I do weigh myself regularly. (every couple days) Every time in my life when I put the scales away, I gained the weight back. I need that little reminder to keep my eyes open.

    ~ My mom is my greatest encourager. (My hubby is a close second…)

    ~ Right now I am cheering myself on with a silly little idea I found on Pinterest. Two little glass votive-candle holders, one with (stickers) saying “Lost”, the other saying “To Go”. I move marbles from one to the other, each representing 1 pound, as I lose (or, ugh, gain). It feels a little kindergarden’ish, but I get so excited every time I get to move a marble into the “Lost” jar!

    • Kerrye, what a fun idea with the jars. I hadn’t thought of having a visual reminder like that of my progress.

  • Awesome and encouraging vlog. Love it!

    • Thanks, Darlene! I think I’ll be saying that verse a lot as I walk on the treadmill today! :-)

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Reshaping It All: Chapter 6

by Ashleigh Slater time to read: 2 min