Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations—“Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.
It was just a little over a year ago that I was welcomed into the fold of Thin Within/Hunger Within. I was already facilitating another Biblical weight loss Bible study, but was not experiencing any victory. So, when January came, I was at once drawn into the promises of the TV commercials and all of the esteemed celebrities promising me a different future. If I would just once again sign up for their program. And I can join for FREE for a limited time! Wow, they make it so tempting. Sadly, the truth of the matter is that if that program worked for me, I wouldn’t once again be here at January 1st, bemoaning the holiday weight gain and the feelings that I couldn’t move because of all the treats I consumed through the holidays.
So, there I was, just a little over a year ago, saying to myself, “It’s January again, and I can’t stomach the thought of going on another diet!” They have failed me time and time again to change me. I go on the plan. I am “righteous” in following the plan. I don’t stray…until…then I am gone. Overeat one day, then two, then three. I start hiding my eating by waiting till my dear hubby is in bed to binge. Then the games start to try to “fool” the scale at the weekly weigh in. Over-exercise. Fasting the day before weigh-in. Laxatives. Abusing of my body. Hurting the body that God gave me to dwell in while I am here on the earth. Hurting the body that My Loving Father knitted together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). Hurting the body that the Holy Spirit indwells. Hurting the body that my spirit, soul and heart lives in, that my Lord and Savior went to the cross to save.
That was then. This is now. I am here over a year later with weight release, new attitudes, new ways of how I handle relationships, circumstances, situations and just “stuff”. I am not “righteous” in how I work my Thin Within/Hunger Within program. I traded the chains of having to do TW/HW right and perfect for the FREEDOM that is found in turning the whole mess of my life and my obsessions over to the Lord Jesus. The righteous part of my TW/HW journey is totally His. You may want to know how much weight I have released this past year, without dieting, and eating all the foods I enjoy and that my body craves, within the God designed food boundaries of 0 to 5. It is somewhere around 25 pounds. I don’t weigh myself (the scale is another source of obsession that I have let go of this past year). I do know that I have gone from an uncomfortably tight, size 16/loose size 18 to a comfortable size 14. I pray that God takes me to a smaller size, but I don’t obsess about it. The results are totally up to Him. What I want you to understand, is that what I have gained this year, is so much more than the released weight. God has been working. I see His hand. I know it is Him changing me. I am blessed.
If you identify with the first part of my story, but not with the second, I invite you to join the class that changed my life. The class is Hunger Within and the next one starts February 1, 2016. It was through jumping in and being involved in this class and reading the anointed material in the Hunger Within book that I finally, once and for all, surrendered my food obsession, body image issues and disordered eating over to the Lord. The tools I learned took me into a deeper walk with the Lord. I want that same surrender for each and every one of you that has suffered as I did. I am co-leading this class with my friend Deanna Lewis and you can find all the class information here: http://www.thinwithin.org/thin-within-class-2014/. I have seen so many set free from disordered eating and body image issues and obsessions with food while taking this class and then co-leading this class in 2015. Are you ready for real change? Then it is time to surrender the whole mess over to the Lord. He is the only source of change. He wants to heal us of our self-focus and pain. Deanna and I would love for you to join us! Let’s walk this road together.