Testimony ~ Marilyn Osborn ~ Long Enough in the Wilderness


Mar – Before

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.

Mar - After

Mar – After

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!

A few scripture verses that are a huge help are Hebrews 12:11, Romans 13:14, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Romans 12:2.  

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!”

mar-profileMarilyn (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!


13 Responses to Testimony ~ Marilyn Osborn ~ Long Enough in the Wilderness

  1. Christina Smith January 6, 2016 at 3:58 pm #

    I love this testimony! And I think it’s so cool how the Lord has helped Mar to find peace in the discernment phase. Yay!

    • Mar Osborn January 12, 2016 at 7:44 am #

      Thank you Christina! I love your posts, and I’ve sent people to them! God bless U!

  2. Barb Shelton January 6, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

    What a wonderful testimony! Thank you so much for your vulnerability in sharing it, even down to the not-so-fun truths about yourself! The Truth of the Lord prevails over all of our untruths!!!

    • Mar Osborn January 12, 2016 at 7:45 am #

      Thank you Barb. Yes, we cannot hide from Him; even if we tried our hardest – AND that’s a GOOD thing! To God be the glory! Bless you!

  3. Michele January 7, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

    Thank you!! You are an inspiration!!

  4. Carol January 7, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    Wow!! I love seeing how obedience to God works. And I’m challenged to be more faithful in the discernment phase myself.

    • Mar Osborn January 12, 2016 at 7:48 am #

      Awww! Thanks Carol! Rely on Him; not ourselves… that’s what we keep learning from Jesus and from Heidi and Thin Within. What an excellent program – there is NO other program that is so inline with the Bible; His Truth. Bless you!

  5. Joy January 7, 2016 at 11:37 pm #

    I really appreciate you sharing your story. Thank you!

    • Mar Osborn January 12, 2016 at 7:49 am #

      Thanks Joy! So many have shared so much here at the Thin Within site… is certainly did give me the courage to do this. To God be the glory… now and forevermore. Blessings to you!

  6. brendaA January 9, 2016 at 9:17 pm #

    I’m so grateful to you for sharing your testimony. The reminder about discernment in eating as Phase 2 of the process is just what I needed now. Also–awesome to see your success—it’s very inspiring to to me to stay the course!

    • Mar Osborn January 12, 2016 at 7:52 am #

      Exactly Brenda! Thank you for your message! We can run, but we cannot hide from that discernment – praise the Lord that we cannot 🙂 Bless you!

  7. Kristin Lewis January 17, 2016 at 9:00 pm #

    Mar this is a wonderful testimony to God’s grace. I’m so glad Barb emailed me about the classes and I’m praying for the freedom you’ve received. Thank you for doing this locally.

  8. Jacqueline Jones May 25, 2017 at 4:16 am #

    Thank you for sharing , I too was in a program and a Church similar to thin within. You are correct when you say there is no condemnation who are in Christ Jesus. This is so encouraging I feel like God is doing restoration to my soul

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