Lisa Jones’ wake-up call came in the form of a pre-diabetes diagnosis. Her sister had passed away at 59 years old due to complications from the disease. Lisa’s husband, Steve Jones, had a similar experience when he was diagnosed with high blood pressure and his cardiologist said that the party was over. Just a year and a half prior, Steve’s father was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Even though he is still alive, his heart is only operating at a 25% capacity and Steve did not want to follow in his footstep. These diagnoses and losses led the Jones’ to turn to God to transform their physical health.
Neither of the Jones’ treated their bodies as temples for the Lord. Lisa found that her love of food was blocking her from God. They ate what was convenient and did not watch portion sizes.
“We needed to do something,” Steve said. “I accepted Christ at a young age, but to be honest with you, over the years I don’t I don’t know if I truly accepted that my body was a temple to the Holy Spirit.”
In the summer of 2013 Steve and Lisa began praying for God to use their bodies as temples. They sought nutritional counseling and radically changed what they ate. No more of convenient foods, riddled with white sugars, sodium and preservatives. The Jones’ learned what their bodies truly needed through portion control and treating their bodies as a temple.
“Was it easy?” Steve asked. “Not at all. As a matter of fact it was pretty emotional at times.”
“I don’t think God intended for us to eat all of these things,” Lisa said. “We have learned a lot about what our bodies really need to have.”
People began noticing their transformation at Cottonwood Creek, where the Jones’ have been members for the past six years and serve in the senior adult ministry. When people would ask if they were losing weight, Steve would take the opportunity to share their journey of trusting God and using their bodies as a temple. In January of 2014 Steve and Lisa started the Right Start Program on Sunday evenings to help others who were struggling with getting healthy.
“We found a lot of people in the church would join us in the evenings, looking for different information about nutrition,” Steve said. “We had nutritionists come and talk to us and John Mark came and talked to us. Lisa and I were trying to do some calculations and we think that through that program, over 1,000 pounds has been lost since the beginning of the year.”
By Christmas of 2013 John had reached his goal of dropping 80 pounds. He stuck by Lisa’s side and she reached her goal of dropping 105 pounds in May of 2014. Dedicating their bodies to God, changing how they ate and caring more for their bodies transformed Steve and Lisa’s physical health drastically.
“I think that the thing that we have learned the most in our journey as that it is possible,” Lisa said. “You can do it. There are some simple things that you can start doing today to help you have a healthier life and body.”
“Trust in God,” Steve said. “He will show you the correct way.”
1 Corinthians 6:19: Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own...
Zephaniah 3:17: The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.