Someone posted on the Thin Within forum a thought that struck me as a BFO – A Blinding Flash of the Obvious…yet I hadn’t really thought of it like this before. That is this: No matter how long I have been at a 0–totally hungry–no matter if it has been an hour since I first sensed I am hungry but I just couldn’t get away to have a meal–my stomach is still the same size. It hasn’t gotten bigger. Being at a 0 longer doesn’t mean I need more food to reach my comfortable “satisfied” point – or what Thin Within calls a 5.
Isn’t that profound? 🙂 Obvious, but profound!
Another thought I wanted to share today is this…I have just completed my last day of study in the Freedom From Emotional Eating workbook. Sometimes there is a study that I just feel needs to be shared from the rooftops. The last week of study in this workbook is definitely one I wish MANY people could experience. In today’s reading in the workbook, Barb Raveling says:
My obsession with skinny was actually a deterrent to getting over the problem of emotional eating. I felt like I had to be skinny. But is this true? Does God say I have to be skinny? Of course not! He loves me just as I am, no matter what my weight.
I wonder how many of us can relate to being obsessed with being thin. This is an idol every bit as much as food can be an idol in our lives. Funny how having food be an idol can actually cause the constant toppling of our idol of “Thinness.” And funny how our inability to be perfect for our idol of “Thinness” often causes us to run back to food to pacify our disappointment in ourselves.
Finally, I wanted to share today something God wants me to get…to know deep inside every fiber of my being…something that he wants to flood the emptiness inside of me…He asks me if I believe what He says:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world
to be holy and blameless in his sight.
In love he predestined us
to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ,
in accordance with his pleasure and will—
to the praise of his glorious grace,
which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
In him we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins,
in accordance with the riches of God’s grace
that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
And he made known to us the mystery of his will
according to his good pleasure,
which he purposed in Christ,
to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—
to bring all things in heaven
and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
In him we were also chosen,
having been predestined according
to the plan of him who works out everything
in conformity with the purpose of his will,
in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ,
might be for the praise of his glory.
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth,
the gospel of your salvation.
Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal,
the promised Holy Spirit,
who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance
until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—
to the praise of his glory.
Oh, glorious truths!