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We started Lisa Terkeurst's Made to Crave study at the ladies bible study group at church this week. I had a couple of realizations that resulted. First, that emotional eating is beginning to be a problem for me for the first time. The other half of the issue is that I've noticed myself feeling a little disconnected from God; or maybe it's that I'm craving Him more. I just know that my prayer life isn't as up to snuff as it used to be.
My big insight was to wonder if these two things are connected. Is my need for more of God being materialized in the form of emotional eating? Am I craving what I should be craving; God instead of food? As always, God has brought the perfect bible study into my life at the exact time when I needed it.
He does that with everything but it never ceases to amaze me that God doesn't miss a detail. Everything is important to Him, no matter how small my need, He cares about it. Thinking about this makes me think about other things in my life; like my longing for a husband... someone to love and be loved by. It makes me more excited about the future, what 2013 has in store for me. I really believe this will be an exciting year for me. I know I've said this before, but it deserves repeating... being a Christian is not restrictive. It's freeing and adventurous. Whoever said being a Christian was boring doesn't know how to be a real Christian.
What is it that you’re craving? God or food, or something else? Are you willing do what it takes to make your body strong and healthy for Him?
Just before leaving for bible study, I got this prayer as part of a comment left on one of my blogs. It fits perfectly, if you’re struggling and need some help from God.
“~~ Heavenly Father, please help me to uphold my commitment to gaining positive health. Transform my thinking about food at a pace that is right for me so that I make choices that are consistent with weight loss and gaining health. Clear my mind of dieting and nutrition dogma that confuses, misleads me and cause me to not be as healthy as you have desired for me when I was just a thought in your mind and before creation of me in my mother’s womb. Order my footsteps so that I avoid eating out of control and to eat only when I am actually hungry and in need of fuel. Order my steps so that I resist the urge to eat when I am not hungry. Encourage me, Lord through your grace and merciful love, when I am down, afraid, angry, or any non-positive emotion to be honest with myself when it is difficult. Help me to forgive myself and others for any past indiscretions that I absorbed that have led to my weight gain. Help me Father to feel comfortable and satisfied in the shape that I am now and the resultant shape and size that you have for me. Fill my mind with truth and guide my footsteps in the best way to gain health, lose excess weight and glorify you. Thank You for Your endless mercy and grace. Amen. "
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