Weight Loss Bible Study Preliminaries

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Mark your calendars for Mondays, starting one week from today–March 4th–for our study of Barb Raveling’s Weight Loss Bible Study. We will study putting a Thin Within Spin on the material.

Before we begin, I wanted to share with you some thoughts I have at the outset.

First, if you know me at all, you know that I don’t prefer focusing on weight loss. And that is one of the things I love about Barb–neither does she. Even though this study is called “Weight Loss Bible Study,” she focuses our attention on renewing our minds so that the transformation we desire physically is birthed by a deeper transformation inwardly.Β  This is the only way to experience permanent change. It is only fair to warn you this requires a lot of work. You likely will be pushed out of your comfort zone.Β You may want to decide now what you will do when you are tempted to quit!

Secondly, Barb *does* use the word “diet”…be forewarned! So, when you see the word DIET or DIETING in Barb’s material during our study, please replace it in your thinking with “0 to 5 Eating” instead. Barb does a great job of speaking of boundaries. For those on diets, this may include points or calories or whatever else. For us, our primary boundary is to eat between 0 (physical hunger) and 5 (physical satisfaction). Please don’t let the use of the term “diet” throw you! God can use this material in our lives!

Thirdly, logistically, it can be easiest to work through the material if you print it out or have it on your own computer. I like to copy and paste Barb’s material into a Word document so I can interact with the material directly. This way, her blog posts become a journal for me that I save on my laptop. I can refer to it later or finish the study at a later time. If you don’t want to do that, you can print them out and/or journal in a notebook just as effectively.

What I do *not* recommend is to just do it in your head! πŸ™‚ We tend to get lazy if we try that approach.

Given how much energy and effort and practice we have put into eating more than we need, causing us to carry extra weight, we can certainly spend time renewing our mind, thinking differently, by doing bible study. πŸ™‚

So, what are your hopes, concerns, questions before we launch into this study?

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13 Responses to Weight Loss Bible Study Preliminaries

  1. Laurie February 25, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    I will be joining the bible study. I am really looking forward to this as I have just recently found Thin Within. Thank you for hosting, there doesn’t seem to be much online for this way of eating, so I really appreciate you making the effort to give us someplace to connect. ~ Laurie

    • Heidi Bylsma February 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

      So glad to have you, Laurie. I have entered you into the drawing, too. πŸ™‚

  2. Becky February 26, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    I am very interested in being a part of this Bible study….so thankful to find your blog. ~Becky

    • Heidi Bylsma February 26, 2013 at 7:11 am #

      Hi, Becky. So glad to have you along. I am looking forward to what the Lord will do!

  3. Becky February 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Heidi ~ are we going the material in her actual book or the items on her blog/site? Thanks ~ Becky

    • Heidi Bylsma February 26, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

      Hi, Becky. We are doing the material on her website. The FREE stuff! πŸ™‚

  4. Brenda Ameli March 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Hi Heidi! So great to see what you are up to! I have a couple of women I would love to connect to the upcoming Bible study–is it an online class like TW? Or do they do the work on their own and check in as a blog discussion?? What’s the website address for the class?
    Thanks so much!
    Brenda

    • Heidi Bylsma March 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

      Hi, Brenda. We will be doing the study here at this blog. If they want to get emails when I post a new blog entry, they can follow the blog or they can visit each Monday. I will post assignments each Monday…for the entire week! We won’t be having a chat…at least that isn’t planned right now. I plan to have the link that they need here each Monday so they can check in here to get all links to whatever we will use at Barb’s website. All that to say, this is the homebase for the study and our resource is Barb’s website. She has listed the study at this page: http://barbraveling.com/weight-loss-bible-study/

      So glad you have stopped by! πŸ˜€

      • Brenda Ameli March 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

        Thanks Heidi!

  5. Holly March 2, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    Heidi, I’m in for this study. I want to thank you in advance for hosting this study. I am looking forward to see what God has for me in this journey.
    Rejoice, Holly

    • Heidi Bylsma March 2, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

      Hey, Holly, Girl! So glad to see you! I am thrilled to have you along. God is doing a new thing! (I sound like a broken record! LOL!)

  6. Lisa Robinson April 14, 2013 at 4:20 am #

    I’m a little late, but I know I will enjoy going through all of your materials!! Thank you, Heidi!

    • Heidi Bylsma April 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

      Hi, Lisa. So glad to have you here. Join in any time. There are a number of people who have messaged here or emailed me privately saying that they are hoping to start the study we are in the last weeks of. So for anyone who is reading this comment, they can join in by finding the links at http://www.www.thinwithin.org/weight-loss-bible-study/ Hope there are a bunch of you starting it at any given time. Others of us I am sure will be glad to support you with comments as you make your own comments! πŸ™‚

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