Better or Worse?

jarFor me, one of the  most fun tools we use in Thin Within is the “marble jar.” Even though I use it off and on, when I do, it is highly effective.

Proverbs 11:23 says in NLT: The godly can look forward to a reward, while the wicked can expect only judgment.

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy looking forward to rewards. A paycheck for a hard days work, a thank you for a kind gesture, and yes, a release of weight when I’m honoring my 0-5 boundaries consistently. There’s a quicker way to get that little reward our hearts are longing for, and it doesn’t involve tasty treats going into the mouth. Choose your preferred “key to conscious eating” that you need a little work on.

 

1. Eat when your body is hungry.
2. Eat in a calm environment by reducing distractions (or calm your mind).
3. Eat when you are sitting.
4. Eat when your body and mind are relaxed.
5. Eat and drink the things your body enjoys.
6. Pay attention to your food while eating.
7. Eat slowly, savoring each bite.
8. Stop eating before your body is full.

Let’s say we chose “eat while sitting down.” Every time you sit down to consume your meal or your snack, you get to drop a marble into your jar. PLUNK! That is your instant reward, hearing the sound of obedience. Then later,  once we have obeyed a lot, and filled up our marble jar, we get to buy ourselves something we have been wanting, or do something enjoyable that we haven’t made time for in a while. It could be a book, a movie, that manicure, whatever it is YOU like. Going to the park, sight seeing the Fall tress, getting down on the floor to play with grandchildren. The rewards are as varied as the ones dropping in the marbles are. Something for now and something for later. It’s motivating, isn’t it? Not to mention the real reward we are all looking for. Though it won’t be instant, like the marble in the jar, we will begin to see our excess weight melting away.

The marble jar motivates me to “keep at it.” It’s a good visual and a good audio cue for me. Did you know that the marble jar is actually biblical?

Galatians 6:7 says; Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

So, ladies, let’s get busy sowing marbles by our obedience to the 8 keys and reaping the rewards each day. It’s up to you. the rewards can be for better or for worse, plenty or few, reward or correction. If all this seems a bit too trivial for you, look at it this way. Living at a size and weight that is not healthy for us is not trivial. And it’s not exactly easy to change it on our own. So we learn to tackle it in smaller bites that we can enjoy along the way. The marble jar can represent our character, our heart.

The Bible says in Proverbs 4:23; Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Out of our heart, we make our choices, from which come actions. Actions produce consequences. So if we want to “tip the scale” (no pun intended) and toss in more marbles, we just  need to focus on our character more often. Let’s ask God to test our hearts.

Proverbs 17:3: The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the LORD tests the heart.

He will show us the lies that have trapped the real us underneath all the weight. He promises to show us the truth to set us free so we can release our weight His way. He wants to strengthen our character through our trials of learning obedient eating. more chains

We can actually rejoice knowing as Romans 5:3-4 says: We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.

So, in coming full circle, back to our marble jars, they really are an excellent tool to motivate us to develop our character. That’s no trivial matter, is it? It can teach us to endure, instead of escaping through food as often. The better our character, the more marbles will be adding up in our jar, and the more weight we will be able to release.That’s not even taking into account all our heart-felt transformation taking place within. Using my marble jar  (and truth cards) is how I got free from a self-criticizing and condemning voice that held me captive for many years. I no longer depend on others to feel good about myself either, and that was huge for me. I am free now to look to God for my value and worth. I feel free to follow His leading as I co-operate with Him to re-build my body for health and honor instead of obsession.

Don’t misunderstand though because it’s never a “done deal.”  1 Cor. 10:12 says, Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.

Daily we need to seek God, humbling ourselves and fight against complaency. Yes, it gets easier and more natural, especially once you have released a lot of weight by eating 0-5 naturally. But our old nature is still there. When tests in life come our way, we can still be tempted to return to our old, familiar ways of coping if we’re not aware. If that happens, plunk another marble into your jar, because you resisted the temptation to go back. Yay! Another way to use our marble jar is to renew our minds with truth. Every time you recognize and reject a lie in your belief stystem about yourself or about God, plunk. Then, as you continue replacing lies with truth…plunk…plunk. The more lies you replace, the faster your marble jar fills up. Then we will be reaping those rewards of weight release and freedom. chains broken

So do you have a marble jar yet? Are you willing to get one? You can use any empty jar in the house, any size. I found marbles and glass gems at the dollar store. Are you willing to fill one up? Can you relate to wanting those rewards? How will you begin to use it first?

God will do His part and transform us. That’s the best reward of all!

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2 Responses to Better or Worse?

  1. Susan Bradbury September 24, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    I love my marble jar! It was one of the first vids that I came across when I was learning about TW!! http://youtu.be/6Rvd2HAFUcs

  2. Danelle Kilpatrick September 24, 2014 at 9:45 am #

    going to use my marble jar for the first key to conscious eating today. Thank you for the reminder, Cathy! I like how you explain why to use it. So motivational!

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