Hey, all. I wanted to offer a place here for you to report in how you did on the Fire the Desire 3-Day Challenge. Did you make it through the three days? What did you learn during the experience? About yourself? About God? About how it feels to follow your boundaries? About observation and correction? What’s next for you?
Let’s hear from you!
Yes, I made it through the three days. 🙂 So long as I lean on God, obey the nudges of the Holy Spirit, and listen to my body’s cues, I can stay within my boundaries one day at a time. These three days helped to get me back on track when I was starting to rebel against the good and reasonable boundaries God has given me. It feels good to follow these boundaries; some of my observations after eating being that “I ate slowly and felt very content; I was relaxed and happy; I enjoyed a very light snack; I felt good.” When I was rebelling against my boundaries, prior to the three-day challenge, my comments were “tired and ???; on computer and distracted; sad – emotional eating; my husband’s toast smelled good so I had some.” Observation and correction works because it is rooted in God’s grace. My days prior to the challenge included a lot of observation about my triggers to overeat – tired, migraine, want what looks and smells good, sad, feeling low, feeling ??? (off), distracted because I was eating while playing on the computer, feeling rebellious. The three day challenge was a time of keeping these triggers in mind, asking for God’s help, listening to the Holy Spirit – a time of correction. It was gentle and not as hard as I’d started to make it in my mind.
What is next for me is to continue to add to my truth cards, add daily to either my God List/Praise Fest pages or my Gratitude List, and record in my Lie/God’s Truth pages any lies I fall for or am tempted by. I will continue to do, one day at a time, what I’ve done for three consecutive days.
Hi, Sheila. Thanks so much for checking in. I am so blessed to hear how God used these three days! And you can always do another go at the 3-day challenge if you want! I love what you have shared…especially the part about observation and correction being rooted in God’s grace. I have always felt that it is such a practical way of seeing this in action! Thank you again.
Observation correction moment last night for me! My husband was enjoying his glass of milk with a cinnamon roll…oh did it smell good and look so Yummy! The war was going on inside my heart to obey God or give into my flesh…I bowed my head and ask the LORD God for His strength and His will in the matter. It was hard to even pray at first. I bowed my head a second time and ask God to take away this STRONG DESIRE for that cinnamon roll and he did. I felt the power of SIN be broken off my heart. What an awesome experience I had being delivered by the power of God. 🙂
Later on that evening I did get very hungry at a 0. I had a bowel of cheerios and a whole banana and milk. I was very satisfied and thankful for my meal. I had NO DESIRE for the CINNAMON ROLL at all. God totally took that away! Halleluiah! Praise You God for delivering me from sin and temptation. Amen. 🙂
Hi, jMie. WOOT! That is an awesome tale of victory. Thanks for sharing it.
These three days really helped me to go back on track, even if I wasn’t perfect the first two days. The third day I took extra long time with God to worship him, praying, reading his word and stay in his presence. So wonderful! I also wrote down why it is important to me to follow the boundouries and why it is The only way to freedom for me. That day was really victorious, so Im glad Im back on track! Thank you Heidi for your helpful blog!
Perfection is a rare thing…but the longer we keep at it, the more infrequently we will misstep and the less long will be those missteps. Sounds like it was a productive experience! So glad that the third day was such a blessing, too! My pleasure, Mi-ma!
I got mostly stars. About 3 total circles with observation and correction regarding those situations.
Sounds like a very victorious three days, then!
So, what’s next for you everyone? Will you use the three-day challenge again? 🙂
Yes! I will be doing it for the next 3 days.
I wrote a post earlier, but it didn’t post on the blog. The 3 days were mostly victorious. The perfectionist in me wanted all check marks but there were 2 circles. I was able to observe and correct (eating out, after dinner snacking on friday night = celebration/justified eating). So, I have printed out a chart for the next 3 days, but I will especially need it for next weekend. Truth journaling after dinner would help a lot with how I justify. Thanks for shaking it up, Heidi!
Carrie, it sounds like you learned some things, practically speaking. YAY!
A-OK….Still doing good…God is faithful..and I am not thinking about food all the time!