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5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup;
       you have made my lot secure.
 6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
       surely I have a delightful inheritance.
 7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
       even at night my heart instructs me.
~ Psalm 16:5-7

Gosh, there are so many other reasons I might turn to food…other than the ones I have shared about here during the past week or two. I hope to continue to talk about that…but it occurred to me that I should probably address something.

I have offered a challenge here: When you are drawn to food, to commit to waiting just five minutes before eating and to use that time to prayerfully ask some questions honestly…maybe with a journal or maybe in a quiet moment (even in the midst of a busy life with people everywhere!)…

Why am I drawn to food right now? Is my stomach empty? If not, what is this about?

I have suggested that this be something we just commit to doing.

Some might wonder, “But isn’t that a rule? Isn’t it like a ‘diet rule?'”

I consider this a godly boundary for myself, instead. Sure, some might call it a “rule,” but I don’t look to it to make me righteous. My performance isn’t what it is about at all. In fact, God has declared me righteous in Christ.

But a boundary is something that keeps in good things…keeps things from going “wonky,” keeps sheep from straying for instance. 🙂

A boundary is also something that stands guard–prevents things that are not so good from coming in…like excuses to eat when I am not hungry.

So, to me, this “Promise to wait 5 minutes before eating” is a boundary that will guard my heart, my mind, my body from the world, the enemy or my own fleshly tendencies. It will protect my resolve to honor the Lord with my eating and drinking and keep me from wandering off even when my feelings don’t line up with that so-called resolve!

This promise to wait 5 minutes also keeps me in the moment. Instead of mindlessly eating, I will be present.

This is GOOD!

So, if you haven’t “bought in” yet, I challenge you, give it a try. I am going to recommit, in fact, as I have gotten lazy! Enough of that! 🙂