Hopeless Eating – Do you struggle with the thought that I will never conquer this challenge? Do you feel like eating and weight will always be a struggle for me? Barb shares in her study that truth journaling about this is crucial! Reason with me for a moment: Who is it you serve? What does HE say about your struggle? What does he say about YOU? By way of review (or new information if you haven’t yet seen it), I urge you to download, print out and speak out loud each day Who I Am in Christ. <– Click that link and you will see a pdf document that is filled with wonderful truth about who you are in Christ! It is so very difficult to speak this truth over your own life and to remain hopeless. Christ blew the LID off the grave so that hope might be victorious forevermore! If you like, review the video where I speak about hopelessness. It is here. Also, Truth Journaling is an invaluable tool to fight the lies with truth when we struggle to experience hope. We CAN get to the other side of the feeling of hopelessness. Let’s fight our way through it. Besides, will eating make it any better? It never has before. In fact, eating feeds the very hopelessness we want to combat!
What are some truths that can feed and fuel hope when it wanes for you? Share here so we can all benefit from one another!
Good Food – or Yummy Food – Eating – Do you struggle with thinking if it is there and I want it, I must eat it? This is the mentality that just says there isn’t any deep hidden meaning going on here right now in my desire. I just want the food and there it is so I will eat it. To not give in to yummy food eating we can be proactive. If we know we are going to be in a situation where we will have opportunities for eating food that tastes good when we aren’t hungry, we can plan for victory! Some of Barb’s questions are so helpful to me personally. In fact, I think I have started thinking sort of like her! LOL! (In a good way!) Will eating this right now break a boundary? Will I have to learn to say no to my temptation to break boundaries? If I don’t learn that, what do I know is likely to happen? Given my history, do I have the ability to eat whatever I want whenever I want in the quantities I want for the reasons I want without it coming at extreme cost? In light of the TRUTHFUL answers to these questions, what will I choose right now?
How about you? What are some questions you can ask yourself in the moment when the food is there and you, simply, just WANT it!?
Bad Scale Eating We just completed a “Ditch Your Scale” Challenge. Why not start your own challenge? Can you not get on the scale for a week? Do you feel like the scale has too much power over you? Do you feel like one person posted, “Sure, I will give up my scale as soon as someone pries my fingers off of it!” Many of us feel that way. We have an unhealthy relationship with that device that is meant to be a tool, but we can’t seem to drum up the willingness to grow through this. We continue to seek approval of the bathroom scale. Let’s pray that God will help us to stand on His Word and on His promises. Let’s do what one person here at the blog said and choose to stand on the promises of God found in Scripture that says he who began a good work will carry it on to completion. She said she would choose NOT to “check on his progress” by stepping on the scale for two weeks. Does weighing yourself cause you to celebrate by eating? Does it cause you to comfort yourself by eating? Then it might be a good thing to evaluate if you should have a friend or family member take the scale for a couple of weeks and pray you through this.
What does God call you to do relative to the bathroom scale? If you are able to use it as a tool and not allow it to define what you will do next, then you may have a wonderfully healthy relationship with it. If, however, you give it the power to make you feel like a success or a failure, consider doing something radical! 🙂 What will it be?
I have a tendency to think that feeling hope just happens or feeling hopeless just happens. Even though I have been a Christian for many years and have memorized Romans 12:2 I have never really understood how to practice it on a daily basis. I thought I just read the Bible, prayed for God to help me and then just headed into my day. I have gone back and listened to Hopeless eating and renewing my mind again. What encouragement! As you said God delights in us but Satan also delights in tripping us up and leading us to feel hopeless. Thanks you for the reminder that it is a continual process of recognizing the lies and putting the truth in. I feel such encouragement when I read your blog and others comments.
I am so glad, Lynn! Barb has taught me so much about how to PRACTICALLY experience the renewing of my mind.
I came into this study with an empty toolbox, and over the past few weeks I have placed many Heidi B and Barb R tools in my box. I know that I have to make the effort to use these “tools” or they will become just another group of dust bunnies in the ‘failure corner” of my mind! So, today when I had a “broken” moment I poked around in my box and grabbed the “Who Am I In Christ” tool… I copied it into a Word document, printed it, and taped it on the front of the overhead bin above my computer monitor at work. It took just a few seconds to read a couple of lines each time I looked up from my work, but the “truth” of what I read lasted much longer!
Lesley! That is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing that. I love hearing about how things that are shared make a practical difference!
I really love the “Who am I in Christ” document. Thank you for sharing. I will read this often to keep me from feeling hopeless. Thanks!
I love it, too, Lisa. It really is encouraging. I think it is SO helpful to read it out loud every day! 🙂