A few weeks ago I completed a weight-loss Bible study called Taste For Truth by Barb Raveling. A friend of mine and I went through the study together. We would send an email to one another each day sharing some of our answers to the study questions and just discussing what we learned in the chapter that day. I am a huge fan of Barb’s book. This was my second time going through the book (which was a few months apart–the first time I went through it really slowly). I love the focus on the importance of renewing our mind in order to see change in our lives (the transformation from God). It also helped me see how important it is to have boundaries and to delight in those boundaries.
On day 30 of the study, she shares her story about eating a lot of ice cream and then eating all of the food from the Fair. Then she says she only gained a pound or two after all of that because “God was speaking the truth about food to me, even while my mind was speaking lies.” I have found this to be true when I have those “moments”. The Lord is right there, speaking to me! Praise God! He brings back to my remembrance what I have taken the time to meditate on in recent times. And I definitely don’t eat like I used to, especially after breaking a boundary. Praise God!
“You’ll be at that point too some day if you keep renewing your mind. I know it’s hard. I know there are times when you feel like you’ll never ever change. I felt the same way when I was going through this. You should see how many truth journal entries I have at my house regarding food.”
She has all of those journals she has filled, but she has lived 7 years free from the control of food! That’s SO awesome! Praise God! This really encourages me because I know I have filled countless journals on the topic of food alone. They aren’t ALL about food, but the topic is definitely in there. Whew! Once I realized this about Barb and how she’s now walking in victory, I felt better. I just have had to work through these thoughts through the journals–through talking to the Lord in my journals about it. He doesn’t grow tired or weary of me. He wants us to come to Him! He loves us so much!
She said, “…I enjoy life with boundaries better than life without.” I do too! At first, when I started this part of the journey, I remember feeling like my boundaries weren’t fair. I would whine in my thoughts about not eating while being distracted, but now I delight in these boundaries because I see that they DO make my life better. I have so much joy and peace when I stay within my boundaries. My life IS better with boundaries! My mind is more at peace! My boundaries DO work! (That’s a truth that’s brought me much peace because I used to automatically think that if I broke a boundary that my boundaries must not work and I should go back to Weight Watchers. But now I’m seeing that my boundaries DO work, I just have to renew my mind and follow them).
In one of the study questions she asks to write down what I would do if I lived Philippians 4:4-13 in accordance with this journey of weight loss. And as I read it, I was encouraged to see that it’s really so simple and how much peace I would have by doing these things. God’s word is so refreshing and full of life! I want to walk this out! I put down:
I would rejoice always.
I would eat in moderation.
I would pray about everything and give thanks.
I would have peace.
I would think on right things.
I would do what God has taught me and I would have peace.
I would be content where I am in this journey.
I would look to Christ for strength.
She says, “You will break free. Believe that! God is powerful, and He will transform you. It just takes a heavy dose of truth and time. My prayer is that you will continue to renew your mind as you go to Him for help with food and life.”
I want to preach that from the rooftop!! Let’s believe that wholeheartedly! Let’s keep renewing our mind when it’s needed! Let’s keep on going to God for help! He WILL transform us! He will break us free from the control of food! He will give us back what the locusts have taken from us all of these years!!
This has basically been a 12 year journey for me! And now I am seeing myself for the first time. I’m seeing the first lie I believed all of those many years ago that started me on this crazy wilderness journey. I didn’t see myself through God’s eyes. I didn’t think I matched up to what the world was saying I needed to be. I didn’t think I was good enough in where I was at. I compared myself. But I was fine–that’s the silly part! I was completely fine! And now the Lord has set me free from that lie! I believe it! I’m walking in victory! I will continue to renew my mind!
I wrote this in my journal:
Don’t become complacent!!!
Don’t be lax about boundaries!!
Renew your mind!!
Life is better with boundaries!!!
How about you?
Would you like to experience freedom from the control of food? I have good news!
You are cordially invited to join me as we go through Barb Raveling’s Taste For Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study via a private Facebook group. The study will start June 16th and end July 25th of 2014, with the weekends off. I would love for you to join me in this incredible study of learning how God transforms us when we renew our minds! If you are interested in joining this study, you can find the information for the class here. Class is a maximum of 40 participants, so sign up ASAP!