Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Weight and Other Stuff

Just a few more words about dieting, and then I think I'll quietly go about the business of eating less. I would love it if we could connect every now and then and share the struggles and triumphs. It always helps to have company on the journey.

I'm not sure what the underlying cause of my overeating is. I sometimes think it is the one thing I feel I can indulge in with impunity. This "good girl" has always tried desperately to do what pleases everyone else, but in this area - I can do as I please without hurting another soul (except me, of course).

I know it isn't pleasing to the Lord when anything is out of balance in my life, yet I somehow grab onto grace with all my might, asking for forgiveness and promising to do better - tomorrow, or next Monday, or the first of next month. I have managed to convince myself it isn't a really "big" sin, knowing all the while sin is sin. It isn't measured in degrees.

I'd heard other people say they pray about what they will eat. It sounded like an excellent idea, but I've avoided implementing it knowing once I took that step there really was no more room for my usual list of excuses or good intentions.

When I read that verse(,I Cor. 10:31) I felt a bit as though the Father sat me down and said it was time to deal with this. There, in plain English, was His thought on the matter. Ignoring it was no longer an option.

I hesitantly put one toe over the line, and I knew there was no turning back. I don't mean to say I will never eat another piece of chocolate or have a day when I fall back into old habits. I mean to say I want to walk in obedience to what I believe the Father has asked of me. That's serious business.

He asks it because it's what is best for a whole host of reasons, not the least of which is my health. I find if I talk things over with Him first, I can't comfortably drag out the bag of chips at ten o'clock at night just because I feel like something salty (not because I'm the least bit hungry).

I'll be delighted to lose weight, but I think there is something much more life-changing at stake here. It's time.

Can't have a post without pictures! Isn't this gorgeous? I stepped out onto the front porch last evening and there it was. Glorious!

I'm going to report on myself next Monday. If you'd like to join me, I'm putting out the welcome mat.  Perhaps it isn't food you struggle with. Anything that feels as though it is out of balance in your life will do. We can encourage and pray for one another.



Cheryl said...

Oh, it's so much easier to say, "I don't do X, Y, and Z," isn't it? But God wants all of us, all parts of us, to be submitted to Him. Not because He's mean or punitive, but because He is good. So good.

I continue to struggle with several areas of obedience: food is one, lack of exercise another. And the whole social media thing. Yeah, there's that.

But God is faithful.

Thank you for this bold step, Linda. For leading the way in authenticity.

Beth said...

Once again the Lord is using you to reach out to others about something very important to us. :>)
Food and procrastination are my main weaknesses.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Beth.

Dea Moore said...

I love your heart Linda---Godward. You have inspired me to take a deeper look at where I am out of balance. It's not food...but I don't live intentionally. I am often scattered. There's something to that...something that keeps my heart ready for what God has for me.

Anonymous said...

I love welcome mats.

I put it on my Google calendar to come back here on Monday. I could use the encouragement, and I'll bring my own report. Thank you.

Susanne said...

Oh boy, can I relate. One of the best programs I ever did was the Weigh Down Diet. It was like a huge bible study about when God brought out the Israelites out of bondage from the land of Egypt and all related to our bondage to food and overeating. I might just pick that book up again this fall. I'm looking forward to reading your insights and what God shows you.

I'm with Beth, food and procrastination are huge out of balance areas for me.

Linda said...

I struggle in all those areas too Cheryl. My prayer is that as I an faithful one step at a time those other things will be put in their proper place too. Little by little.
Thank you so much for this.

Linda said...

Oh Beth - procrastination is one of mine too! As I said to Cheryl, we can take this one step at a time as He leads us individually. As a teacher you know we can't learn everything at once. He is infinitely patient and kind. Thank you for always encouraing me.

Linda said...

Dea - we are all so unique and wonderfully made, and the Father is always at work in us to make us more like Jesus. Thank you for sharing your heart.

Linda said...

Oh thanks so much Monica. I think we could all use a bit of encouragement. There is something so special about doing things with friends.
I wish I was a wiser, but I'm doing my best to work through all of this!

Linda said...

Truthfully my list is even longer Susanne. I am praying that as I take small steps in the right direction in this one area, it will help me to make the other changes that need to be made. I'm thankful the Lord is so patient with me.

Anonymous said...

I like your idea of small steps, Linda.