1. A stressful experience recently that tempted me to overeat or make poor food choices? Any time someone in my family is sick. Or my house isn’t as “clean” as I’d like it. I get a little bit of anxiety, start to worry (that’s my problem: Matthew 6:34, Philippians 4:6), and just immediately turn to food. And not just any food. Junk. Of course, I also have issues with junk just being in the house. If someone gives me a special treat, I binge on it until it’s gone – my thinking, if I eat it now, it won’t be there to tempt me. Wrong attitude for sure.
2. In the past, when I’ve experienced problems or “difficult seasons” in life, I would put on a mask and pretend everything was okay. After our experience this summer (talk about a stinkin’ rotten, horrible, no good summer), I now am able to ask for help. I may not ask everyone, but there are a few people in my life that I trust enough to ask for their help. And I love them for that and thank the Lord for them.
3. A lot of times, when I’m running, I end up hearing the Lord talk to me. When I’m not really praying to him. I don’t know if I’ve ever sat and just waited for the Holy Spirit to intercede on my behalf. It really intrigues me. There have been times when I have had no words at all. Either upset so much that I’m crying and cannot speak and I know that Jesus understands.
- Old Food Lie: I can handle just a taste. It’s not going to hurt me. In fact, it may make me feel better.
- New Truth: Am I really hungry? If I’m not hungry enough to eat an apple, I’m not really hungry.
- Old Food Lie: A coke helps relieve stress. Just take one sip.
- New Truth: Coke is not going to make me feel any better. It does not have feelings and doesn’t care about me. It does not love me. Jesus loves me. If I cast my burden upon him, he will sustain me. (Psalm 55:22)
- Old Food Lie: I’ve already blown it for the day. What is one more. . . ?
- I have not blown it. I may have made some poor food choices, but that’s not the end of it. I can turn this day around. I am loved by the King!
5. “See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut” (Revelation 3:8). If God were to speak these words directly to me about my struggles with food, I hope that I would see and experience a new self control and self discipline on the other side.