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Lenten Diet Devotions- 15


Wednesday, February 27, 2013



Day 15

Scripture: Luke 12: 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.

Application: When I first began to diet I worried about the amount of food I could have for that day. Fifteen hundred calories broken down into three meals and a snack didnít sound to me like it would stretch throughout the day to keep me satisfied. I worried about how long I would be able to keep the pace up, what favorite foods I would have to give up, what I would do about cravings; the battle in my head was endless.

But thatís the point; the battle is in the head, not the heart or soul. And we all know that through Christ we are more than conquerors. I learned to leave go of the crutch of food and lean on the grace of the Lord. I wasnít hungry before, only anxious. Leave your worries at the foot of the cross. Believe me, someday you will wonder how you could obsess and worry so much about food and drink. Trust me, someday you will laugh at your old habits, because that is what they will be--old. Behold, He makes all things new!

Prayer: Lord, we thank you for the faith in Your Son Jesus, that we can and will leave go of any undue concern in life for the things that perish. Renew, this day, our commitment to be more like Him, and less like us. Amen

Today's action and commitment: A SP friend recently placed a humorous inspirational graphic that basically told told the stomach to shut up because it wasn't hungry, just bored. The Lord also tells us that laughter does the heart good like a medicine. What dose of fun, slogan, song title, or mantra--sharp and to the point-can you think of to share with our readers today. "Don't worry, be happy" was a very goofy song I sang often. How about you?
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HEALTHY_BEACH 2/28/2013 7:59AM

    Thank you for the reminder. I started my journey before Lent began. It has great rewards to be able to hunger for the Lord's word.

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ANHELIC 2/27/2013 11:57PM

    Thank you for this message, Editor. Today, I met a friend and we went to East Side Mario's for lunch. Well, after we were finished, she said, how about dessert. Of course I was going to decline on it. Megell, the server was at the booth waiting for an answer. I said I have to consult with two people before a decision is made. Good Joan and Bad Joan are inside and arguing. Will you give them a chance to battle it out and come back to see who won out. Meanwhile, may I have more hot water for my green tea please. Well, he came back and said which Joan won out. I said, Good Joan won out because she has God on her side and she didn't want to disappoint him. Megell, just smiled and said, that's good that the good Joan obeyed God. My friend had her dessert and I kept drinking me green tea.


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KALLIE1958AR 2/27/2013 11:20PM

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DONNATINWV 2/27/2013 2:28PM

    I often say to my complaining children, "You'll just have to get over it..." That may just be the advice I need to give myself: "Don't like counting calories? You'll just have to get over it!" What's gotta be done, has got to be done . emoticon

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TEALHAWK 2/27/2013 12:02PM

  I've heard our worst enemy is ourselves! Love the Don't Worry Be happy! Our christian radio station plays a song often I'm Not Fat, I'm Just Fluffy. Its Not What I Eat I'm Just Short For Weight....... can't remember all the words, LOl. I dreamed I was enjoying a wonderfully huge marshmallow,when I woke up my pillow was gone.

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AVANELL 2/27/2013 11:43AM

    I was praying one day a few years ago about why I couldn't lose weight, giving the Lord a whole bunch of excuses as to why it just wasn't possible. Very quietly He spoke to my heart, "can a man starve to death?" Yes, I said. "Does it matter what age he is or his circumstances in life". No, I said, if he quits eating he will eventually starve to death. Very gently came this reply, "if a man can starve to death and his age and circumstances in life don't stop that, then you can lose weight". Point taken, Lord! Thank you for putting it into proper perspective for me.

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63KEEPONGOING 2/27/2013 10:08AM

  Love the humour mentioned too.

Isn't it amazing how we let the battle of our minds affect our heart many, many times! If we would only remember to give our battle to the Lord; he will fight for us!

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LOOKINGUP2012 2/27/2013 8:27AM

    A little humor goes a very long way! emoticon

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CANADIANGIRL15 2/27/2013 7:59AM

    You're right! These food addictions are all in our heads! Christ will and does help us overcome and we need His help daily!

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SANDRALEET 2/27/2013 7:29AM

    We Should be so glad we can get the wright amount of food One day we might not get all we need. We should tank God for our food more often each time we eat

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JSALERNO 2/27/2013 6:54AM

    I thought the same but Spark taught us the right types of food combinations to help us do just that.

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JOANIE69 2/27/2013 6:50AM

    emoticon Just dropping in for a moment because my company is still in bed! (a little bit of humor this calls to my mind is: "Let sleeping dogs lie"...because once she gets up, we will be "off and running" for the day, with no time for SP!)

Thank you so much for this blog and the reminder that "it is all in our head." Yes! the only way to victory is through victory in Jesus, for this food addiction can be all encompassing and all consuming.

"Turn you eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace".

"Grace, Lord, more grace we pray...grace that is stronger than all our sin and obsession with food. Continue to heal us we pray, and make us healthy worthy servants; able to better glorify You, Lord. Amen."

emoticon Blessings, Joanie emoticon
(-thank you for your comments on and faithfulness to my Lenten Hymns' blog!-you encourage me so!)


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DGFOWLER 2/27/2013 5:40AM

    "Attitudes and how we perceive ourselves" in this world can give us cheer, or tear us down. Circumstances of life are really beyond our "total" control. --BUT--We don't have to eat (emotionally and physically) everything that comes our way. Learn to laugh at yourself and the world. Don't take life so seriously that you forget to enjoy it.

PHILIPPIANS 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

One of my favorite songs is "What's Going On" by 4 Non Blondes




25 years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination
I realized quickly when I knew I should
That the whole world's MADE UP OF this brotherhood of man
FOR whatever that means

And so I cry sometimes when I'm lying in bed
Just to get it all out, what's in my head
And I, I am feeling a little peculiar
And so I wake in the morning and I step outside
And I take A deep breath and I get real high
And I scream from the top of my lungs,
What's goin' on

And I say hey.... hey....
I said hey, what's goin' on
And I say hey.... hey....
I said hey, what's goin' on

Ooh, Ooh, Oooohh, Oooohh, what's up...
Ooh, Ooh, Oooohh, Oooohh, what's up...

And I try, oh my God, do I try
I try all the time in this institution
And I pray, oh my God, do I pray
I pray every single day FOR A REVOLUTION!

And so I cry sometimes when I'm lying in bed
Just to get it all out, what's in my head
And I, I am feeling a little peculiar
And so I wake in the morning and I step outside
And I take deep breath and I get real high
And I scream from the top of my lungs,
WHAT'S GOIN' ON!!

And I say hey.... hey....
I said hey, what's goin' on
And I say hey.... hey....
I said hey, what's goin' on
And I say hey.... hey....
I said hey, what's goin' on
And I say hey.... hey....
I said hey, what's goin' on

Ooh, Ooh, Oooohh, Oooohh, what's up...

25 years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination

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MARYJOANNA 2/27/2013 5:27AM

  It is so easy to get stressed out about our food, and if we stray that something horrific will happen. We must remember to let go and let God. As Joyce Meyer says "where the mind goes the man follows."

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