I dreamt of an elephant. He was held captive by a chain, secured around one leg, and attached to a tent peg. Did that elephant symbolize me? Struggling to walk in the freedom of Christ? Imagine then, when I read the TW Lesson on Forgiveness. The words I’d pondered popped off the page. But first, let […]
“Try to stay inside the lines,” said my teacher when I colored the picture of an an apple. “Stay inside the yard,” warned my mother me when I went outside to play. As a people-pleaser and big-time rule keeper, I complied. And that mindset colored my Christian faith. “What are the rules? Where are the lines? […]
Whatever struggle or pain I face, God has a plan, and He has good for my soul…but it may not feel good for a while or in the way I expect. Comforting myself outside His boundaries for me will feel good for a moment or few, but it won’t BE good for me.
My recent loss with the Battle of the Binge—and the TW Lesson on Gideon—showed me three things when it comes to losing and maintaining weight. First, I had to admit that controlling my appetite is an ongoing battle. I’m not sprinting towards a blue ribbon at the end of a twelve-week course. Food surrounds me […]
Standing on the scale, I watched the digital numbers escalate while my weight was calculated. The final number made me cringe. How can I exercise all week, control my appetite, and not lose an ounce? Weeks earlier, I faced two choices: Lose weight or buy a bigger pair of pants. I elected to change my […]
Am I alone in thinking this Thin Within journey is like the kids’ board game, Chutes and Ladders? Move your pawn forward to a particular space, then shoot up the ladder onto victory. Or land on a bad space (like eating too many cookies) and the pawn slides down the chute cause you have a […]
I admit I’ve eaten when I’m lonely or bored, but stressed? Never thought about it until I flew with my husband. We own a Taildragger plane, but I rarely fly with him because it STRESSES me out. So imagine when he flew me further than my own backyard this past weekend. The stress in my […]
“Why did you eat that? When will you ever learn? How can God love you?” Those are some of the nagging, ugly voices in someone’s head who wrestles with Self-Condemnation. They’re stuck. Unable to let go of their mistakes and sin. Or they view themselves as an ongoing failure. I’ve been there. Sick to my stomach […]
Pink scars line my right shin where I tripped and smashed—face forward—onto my asphalt driveway. It happened a month ago while I was doing yard work. Both my wrists and my right leg had cuts and bruises. My body ached from whiplash. I’m grateful I didn’t break a bone. Today, those scars are the visible […]
When food is what I run to in order to numb my feelings or to stuff my emotions, I am pushing the Holy Spirit aside, and saying this inanimate item can make me feel better than the Comforter that Jesus promised.