Counting the Cost — Lesson 6 TW Class 2014

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This video is a bit different than the others…or at least I hope it is! Are you ready to hear me fuss, moan, groan, whine and wail about my day? Well…in it I confess about a situation that I was caught in right as I was trying to prepare to make the video about “Counting the Cost!” In fact, I had to stop recording, delete, talk to God about it all and start again! God wanted ME to count the cost! So I did and I share other thoughts with you about counting the cost as we launch into our study this week.

Video Questions:

1.) (02:26 – 03:12) I challenge you to settle the issue of if God is calling you to 0 to 5 eating or not. Have you done so? What have you concluded? If you have a conviction that 0 to 5 eating is a godly boundary that God wants you to have, have you written it down, dated and signed it? (It is likely to be important later!)

2.)  Why do you suppose I put such a premium on getting that issue (see #1 above) settled?

In the video, I refer to Barb Raveling’s I Deserve a Donut and Other Lies that Make You Eat book. The question set I refer to for much of the rest of the video is “I’ll Start Tomorrow Eating.” Basically, this is eating that is motivated today by the “promise” we tell ourselves that we will “get serious” about our boundaries tomorrow.

3.)  Have you been waiting for a good or easy time to start following your boundaries? Are you waiting until you are “in the mood?” Evaluate this attitude. What are boundaries for? Think about this… (It is sorta a trick question.)

4.)  Give some thought to the question poised at 05:12…”What sacrifices will you have to make to uphold your boundaries?” Consider this thoroughly…at any time you are tempted to eat outside of 0 and 5 you can consider this.

5.) If you put off following your boundaries (0 to 5) or “skip a day”…will you still have to make those sacrifices? Will procrastination make a difference in how “fun” or “easy” following your boundaries will be?

6.) What blessings will you experience if you follow your boundaries today?

7.) If you don’t follow hunger/satisfied eating boundaries, what will you do instead? If you don’t stick with this…or don’t return to this approach if you have been wandering far afield, what will you do instead? Are you ok with that?

8.) What do you want to experience 6 months from now? What will it take to get there?

9.)  Will it be worth it?

10.) Personalize Philippians 3:7-9. What do these verses mean to you?

Renewing the Mind – Pressing On

1. List 10 truths that God wants you to speak to your soul. For ideas about what to include, consider:

  • What is true about you?
  • What is true about God?
  • What is true about “failure?”

2. Speak the truths from #1 above to your soul…out loud! 🙂 (Yes, I mean it!)

3. Record yourself speaking them to your soul and then add them to your music player (iPod, iPhone, or mp3 player). Play it for yourself when you don’t feel like reviewing your truths.

Trade Book Assignment – To Be Completed by February 17th.

Please don’t try to do both the book and the workbook at the same time! 🙂 Here is Study Guide Week 6. Please feel free to discuss the material here or in the private Facebook group.

Workbook Assignment – To Be Completed by February 17th.

1. Read, highlight, mark Lesson 6, Counting the Cost, on pages C16-C20 or listen to the audio file of Lesson 6 at Sound Cloud.  Discuss it here in the comments section below this post or at our Class Facebook Group.

2. This week, the Hunger Graph is introduced. This is an OPTIONAL tool. You can use those provided in the Temple Tool Kit if you feel so led. You can also find the Hunger Graph tool in the Thin Within iTunes app for your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Please do not feel like you have to use this tool. Just ask God if he would have you do so and follow His lead. 🙂

3. Complete the exercises for Lesson 6 on pages C22-C28. Next Monday before the webinar, respond to the Review questions on page C29.

4. Have you begun to notice how different foods affect you? Take some time to share here what insight you have had so far. In Thin Within, we call those foods that are yummy and that sustain us with *no* negative consequences “Whole Body Pleasers.” Which foods are “Whole Body Pleasers” for you? Foods that we like the taste of but that don’t sustain us very well and, in fact, may cause confusing hunger/satisfied signals are referred to as “Taste Bud Teasers.” Which foods are “Taste Bud Teasers” for you?

5. What have you added to your God List? Won’t you share with us here? (That means writing in the comments. lol!) Have you had a Praise Fest when you have been tempted? How has that helped redirect you away from food?

6. Use the entries for Day 36 through Day 42 in the Temple Tool Kit. Again, please don’t use any part of the Tool Kit that you aren’t confident God intends for you to use.

7. Memorize 1 Peter 4:1-2 this week. Personalize it and add it to your truth cards. How have you been called to suffer. In what ways might accepting the suffering that God calls you to enable you to overcome temptation to eat outside of your godly boundaries?

How About You?

So, what do you think? I know I came down pretty hard in the video. I just want to encourage you to really think through the decisions you make. Especially the decision not to press on. I believe that if you are here, it is no accident. There is a reason you have come this far and are reading this paragraph or have watched the video. I believe you know in your heart of hearts that the cost is worth it.

The recording of our webinar wrapping up last week’s lesson, Lesson 5 on Restoration, can be found here.

I will share the discussion questions for the webinar as soon as they are available.

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2 Responses to Counting the Cost — Lesson 6 TW Class 2014

  1. Pamela February 11, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    NO, would not trade that – intimacy with my Eternal Love, – for anything, including this love for food!!! EXACTLY what I needed to hear; thank You, LORD, and thank you, Heidi, for your trasparency, through which His grace and Truth flows out abundantly in Spirit. Counting the cost, LORD, and especially the cost You paid to have this intimacy with me, Your beloved Bride!!! Going forth on this journey of faith with a renewed resoluteness like Daniel in a continual renewing of mind in union in You, Christ Jesus, fullness of God’s Truth and grace! John 1:14

  2. Gillian Klassen February 12, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    God knew exactly what I needed to hear this week. I just finished reading the lesson plan in the last 2 days and have it highlighted and little notes on the side all the way through. Last week I was struggling with eating past 5 late afternoon, but at the same time I was really coming to an understanding of living in HIs Grace, and surrendering my fleshly desires to wanting to do this His way. It is so worth the cost….I have fallen off the horse and gotten back on and realized that overindulgence wasn’t worth it…my body felt like crap. God is so gracious and His mercies are new every morning. It has been very cold here in Ontario and I use to come home from work, tired and hungry and numb myself with food and still make a supper for the family and eat it. Since starting again with Thin Within. I may eat a very small amount and I go hide away in my bedroom, as it is a place of comfort and retreat for me and a time to spend snuggled under my fleece sheets with the Lord and spending time on questions from my workbook or time in His word…I am also away from the temptation of the kitchen. God is doing a new work in my heart…Thank you for leading this study to kinow Hm more and more.

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