I am on the struggle bus lately when it comes to food. I’ve been doing all the right things – keeping a food journal, cutting up the veggies as soon as they enter the house, buying bigger underwear.

I even started going to a dietician because I wanted advice on how to properly feed my family. We’ve become such a grab-and-go household with everyone’s activities that I don’t even know what my kids are putting into their bellies. Besides, I just don’t feel healthy.

My husband died of laughter when I told him the dietician looked at my food log and suggested I stop eating candy for lunch. “You needed a professional to tell you that?!”

Yep. I did. The problem is, it’s just so tasty.

So here I am at this hard place wondering if all these miniscule changes will ever make a difference. I feel like I’m stuck in the wilderness. Ever been there?

I opened my notebook and found some advice I had written to myself from a Joyce Meyer class I took earlier this summer.

  • You’re on the road to victory when you refuse to give up.
  • Renewing your mind takes more time than you think it will.
  • Refuse to quit and you will have success in any area you need it.
  • Don’t become weary of doing good. You’ll get the harvest if you don’t give up. (Galatians 6:9)
  • God does change us, but He does it little by little. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
  • Be brave. Don’t give up. Your work will be rewarded. (2 Chronicles 15:7)
  • He who began a good work in you will continue until the time of His return. (Philippians 1:6)

When I first read them, they seemed like something from a 1990s Successory poster. But when I got still and read them again, I could feel the power emanating.

It’s like those words were saying just to me, “It’s okay to struggle. Everyone has hard things to work through. Just keep going. God’s got this, just keep trying.”

So, that’s what I’ll do. I’ll put on my (size larger) undies and do the hard work that needs to be done. Little by little. Day by day. Trusting the process.

I don’t intend to give up the candy. But maybe I’ll start saving it for dessert.