Sunday, May 06, 2012
"Stinkin', Rotten, Horrible, No Good Day" reflection
This chapter is about getting a handle on food during the hard times. That is probably my biggest challenge...not running for the chocolate or chips or cookies or popcorn, or apple crisp or doughnuts or .....any poor choice when needing comfort for my stress or hormones or emotions.
I loved what Lysa shared from Ruth Graham's book, "Fear Not Tomorrow, God is Already There, when she quoted, "Either we can be victimized and become victims, or we can be victimized and rise above it. Often it is easier to play the victim than to take off our masks and ask for help. We get comfortable with our victim status. It becomes our identity and is hard to give up. The Israelites often played the victim card and I love what God finally tells them, 'You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north!' (Deu. 2:3) Turn north! It's time to move on! Self-pity, fear, pride, negativity paralyze us. Taking off our masks takes courage, but if we don't do it, we will remain in our victim status and end up stunted."
Boy, ain't that the truth!!! I fell into that victimization...I'm hypothyroid, I'm too tired, I'm too fat, I have fibromyalgia, I have fat genes, I'm too busy being a wife, mother, homeschool mom, Sunday School teacher, etc, etc, etc. I can't, I can't, I can't.
I turned north and have made HUGE changes in my life all for the better----just this past week I was able to go mushroom hunting and fishing with my family. A year ago, I couldn't. I have my life back!
HOWEVER, if I don't get a handle on the emotional eating side, I know all the hard work over the past 11 1/2 months will disappear. It might take 2-3 years, but those 69 lbs (so far!) will come back and bring an extra 10-15 lbs with them just for the fun of it!
I love Romans 8. There is SOOOO much in that 1 chapter! Lysa quoted Romans 8:26 to teach what kinds of prayer is useful in getting a handle on those stinkin, rotten, horrible, no good days. "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."
Be still and sit with the Lord. Then you'll be able to discern the changes needed to be made to your responses to your circumstances--none of which include using food for comfort.
So, Heidi, STOP CIRCLING THE MOUNTAIN (self-pity, turning to food response) AND HEAD NORTH (towards lasting changes)!!!!!!! Fill up on God's truths.