Devotional — It’s the weight

Somebody else may need this reminder…

A few years ago, I was dealing with pain in my thighs and legs. Unexplained pain so, I’d been going back and forth to my primary doctor who tries this medicine and that medicine while doing blood work. Afterward, the results showed inflammation but couldn’t determine where it was coming from. He refers me to a Rheumatologist, to rule out arthritis, lupus, etc. (I’m sighing writing this because more doctors.) However, this doctor was cool and he did what was within his specialized field of study and nothing. All of my tests came back normal. Read this carefully because it’ll make sense in a minute.

ALL OF MY TESTS ARE NORMAL and he checked everything.

He said, maybe you need to have a nerve study of your legs. Did that, a year or so prior and it was normal. Anyway, I go back to my primary doctor who says … Lakisha, all of your tests are normal and there’s nothing we can find. I can do some more tests but I truly believe, you’ll see some benefit if you lose weight. Sitting in that cold room, looking in the face of a doctor I’ve seen more than I like, I was inclined to agree because I’d, also, come to the same conclusion, it’s the weight.

Why am I sharing this? For somebody who, like me, is facing some unexplained pain whether in your physical or spiritual. For somebody who can’t understand why your life is seemingly unstable and for somebody who is feeling the pressure. Beloved, it may be the weight. The weight of being immobile and unhealthy eating habits. The weight of him or her who you’ve been dragging around too long. The weight of burdens you’ve been carrying on your own. The weight of being the only provider. The weight of caring for a sick love one. The weight of a job that keeps ignoring your potential. The weight of the mantle God called you to carry. The weight of being for everybody, what nobody can be for you. Beloved, it may be time to lose the unnecessary weight.

For the bible shares in Hebrews 12:1 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

Here’s how you do it. Pray, fast, want better, do better, get up, get active, get vocal and get to cutting. A dietitian will tell you to cut out bad carbs, sweets, and fats and Lakisha is advising you to lose bad carbs, fats, sweets along with the weight of bad choices, settling for anything, dealing with fickle folk, trying to be everything for everybody, ignoring your emotional needs, that job, relationship, grown children and your past. When you do that, you’ll start to see the benefit of losing the weight.

Published by Pastor LaKisha

Lakisha Johnson, native Memphian and author of over fifteen titles was born to write. She’ll tell you that “It isn't just writing, it's ministry." Along with being an author, she is an ordained minister, co-pastor, wife, mother and the product of a large family. She is an avid blogger at and social media poster where she utilizes her gifts to encourage others to tap into their God given talents. She won’t claim to be the best at what she does nor does she have all the answers, she is simply grateful to be used by God.

3 thoughts on “Devotional — It’s the weight

  1. Thank you. That was for me and I accept the challenge. I appreciate you, your devotions, books and Hey Sis. Kalen

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  2. You wrote this devotion for me. I’m a fan of your books, writing style, and the way you connect the word with your stories. Thank you LaKisha for using the gift God gave you and for sharing with those of us in need.

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