by Marilyn Osborn
I have been struggling with weight issues and a focus on outside appearances for over thirty-five years. Before Thin Within, I was involved with a weight-loss program that, similar to Thin Within, teaches “All foods are permissible. Eat only when hungry.”
However, that other program includes a non-biblical approach of self-condemnation when members struggle with disobedience.
[Editor Note: In Thin Within we recognize that the same grace that brings salvation teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions (Titus 2:11-13), but we also delight that God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him (John 3:17). There is no condemnation for those of us who are in Christ (Romans 8:1)]
When I found Thin Within, I began eating again between physical hunger and satisfaction (what Thin Within calls “0” and “5”), and I released 71 pounds! BUT I dismissed the “Discernment Phase.” (Thin Within teaches that we go through three phases: 1. Freedom Phase 2. Discernment Phase 3. Mastery Phase. – Ed.) God got my attention when, with a large weight fluctuation, I ended up in the hospital for three days with pancreatitis. For the first time in my life, I was ordered to avoid and limit certain foods. There was no way around it. I had to use discernment in my eating.
I researched pancreatitis, so that I would know what foods to avoid even while fearing I would fall back into the “DIET TRAP.” I am amazed at how Jesus just keeps sticking with me—PRAISE MY BEAUTIFUL JESUS!—He taught me how to continue 0 to 5 eating, even with my medical food limitations! Now I know and understand why Thin Within includes the Discernment Phase – it certainly IS needed!
[Editor’s Note: In Thin Within, in the Discernment Phase, while we recognize that God has indeed given us wonderful freedom in our eating, we also take responsibility to be faithful stewards of our bodies—temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). The freedom that we continue to enjoy is not merely freedom to eat foods we enjoy, but freedom from having to eat a certain food. We begin to notice how various foods make our bodies feel, how well foods sustain us and choose accordingly. Marilyn’s body indicated pretty strongly that some foods—even in moderation—are, for her, detrimental to her good health.]
I truly believe Jesus led me to Thin Within. In addition to everything else, I was SO tired of losing weight for the WRONG reasons. My joy comes from Jesus! We cannot get 100% satisfaction from any one, or any thing other than Jesus. He has changed me so much in motivating me to love and forgive others. I know I have a long way to go—my pride and boasting still gets in the way. The father of lies is always at work. At one point, I honestly found it easy to give praise to the food, instead of giving the glory to Jesus!
To GOD be the glory!!! Jesus removed the guilt-chains from me! I do nothing, JESUS does it all for me! He has me come to Him, I repent and I feel the joy again and again. When we go to something/someone else for something only Jesus can fill, it is lust. I now give that lust to Jesus, and JESUS brings me to the Truth. He is Truth!
Thin Within blog posts and the use of Truth Cards are extremely helpful. My Truth Cards include a Q&A:
“Was overeating EVER worth the pain it left you with?
NO! It ROBBED you of ALL joy and peace!”
Marilyn (Mar) Osborn lives in Newark, Ohio with her husband, Asa. They have a total of four grown children, two sons in-law, one daughter in-law, and ten grandchildren! Mar is passionate for Jesus, her family, and she loves meditating on God’s Word. She is a leader of a new Thin Within class at her church!