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9/12/11 9:12 P

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I've never tried to lose weight before and I consulted God in the beginning because I KNEW I couldn't control this monster on my own. Ever since then it's not been easy, but it's been do-able. I don't thank God enough for all the work he's doing though so I have to work on that. But we do occasionally high-five...yes, really! I think the only way to do anything good is by asking for God's grace and help!!!

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4/2/11 10:39 A

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Hello everyone, I am glad I read all of your posts before I wrote mine a few of your responses really helped me learn now I can keep this study in perspective as I am doing it. I have never done a faith-based study on weight loss before but I do worry about trying to do it all on my own and not letting God control it. He needs to be the focus and the drive not the food.

I read Psalm 5 in its entirety before I started writing this, that is a great passage to help us realize our struggles are important to God and we can cry out to Him when we need help!

When I reflect on my past efforts at healthy eating I think that I never expected God to help because I did not connect the two, I always thought it was something I was dealing with that is challenging that I needed to fix. Or for a while I did not think of it as a problem at all, until I started really being unhappy, emotionally and with my body. I think that as I begin this journey I DO need to fully rely on God, as I read this book and gather all the evidence I wonder why I DIDN'T think it was important to involve Him in this part of my life, but now I am beginning to see it is no different than any other aspect of my life or any other thing I pray about, every word from my mouth is important to God, as are all of my desires and struggles so when I don't include Him in this aspect of my life I am depriving myself and God of what I need the most and ignoring what God created me to do which is worship and want/need Him. I think that the idea of praying every time I feel an unhealthy craving is a great idea and I think it will bring me to realizing I need to talk to Him about everything and I think it will strengthen my relationship with Him. :)

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3/31/11 12:00 P

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amy:

i posted my answer BEFORE i saw your post! please don't read it and think it has anything to do with yours. i didn't want to get distracted, but i wanted to read your responses! those were for me... please believe me!!



"so whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 cor 10:31

"therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that so easily entangles, and let us run w/perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews


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3/31/11 11:56 A

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"When you reflect on your past efforts at healthy eating, would you say you expected God to help you or did you feel more or less on your own? As you begin this MTC journey, how do you feel about the idea of relying fully on God and expecting Him to help you every day?"

in the past, it has worked strongly sometimes, and very very little in others. i say that i looked at it, that i was not supposed to ask God. i was supposed to figure this out and do it on my own. and present myself to God when it was done. that i was doing it wrong to ask God's help. you know in that parable of the sower?? i thought of myself falling on hard ground, and not taking root. so i am supposed to grow BIG THICK roots to reach around the bolders, and get through the clay...

but i realized today in reading it, that i had it wrong. it is IMPOSSIBLE. i got to thinking about my yard, and some of the areas of it. we had to remove the boulders, and we had to remove the areas that were clay. one time, we tried to plant a tree in the middle of the clay area, but when the hole was dug, and when we put water in the ground to soften it up, and did not put the tree in, 8 hours later, the water was still there!!!! it was literally a God made clay pot in the ground! we had to completely remove the whole clay area, and replace with soft fertile earth, to get a good grounding start for our tiny pathetic tree.

so i prayed today about this fact.. whose job is it to remove the obstacles? i prayed for the wisdom & knowledge to know. if it is God's, then i pray i relinquish my lack of faith, step back, and let God do it. if it is me, then i pray for wisdom and knowledge, strength and courage to use the tools, and of course again, wisdom and knowledge as to how to use the tools.

i have to say: up till today, i was giving in to not just food cravings. but EVERY craving. money. things things things. i want it. i get it. and i realized something. i may be doing this because i had a poor deprived childhood. (gag.. i didn't have it THAT bad, folks) but it is now 20 years later... i need to so seriously grow up. those days are over. i need to stop acting so selfishly and so immaturely. it's time i started telling myself... NO. WOW. by the way, to psalms 78:18.. he does really care about what we eat. up till now, i thought it was about how much we ate... whoops.

"so whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 cor 10:31

"therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that so easily entangles, and let us run w/perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews


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3/14/11 11:30 A

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SCERENEMOM71, I feel the same way. My biggest struggle since I've started reading this book has been the pain of giving up my best friend. logically I know food has caused me damage, but emotionally (from my stand-point) I often only see all the times I was comforted, eased and healed by food. I don't want to give that up. I almost feel like a child who is being asked to give up their blanky or worse; a child on the first day of school who has to leave their mom for the first time for so long. I feel like life has already 'taken' so many things, why should I be asked to give away something that means so much to me? I 'know' God has only my best interest in mind, but from where I stand I just can't see it....and certainly can't feel it.

I guess that's where faith comes in and I've always had a hard time with faith.

Never mistake failure as final

They call it a diet, but it's really my life.

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

Rebecka


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3/11/11 11:50 A

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I've been really praying and surrendering every time I pray. I realize that I am going to need to go back into therapy and address the food issues from my childhood to be successful on this journey. This is what i have "felt" every time I have prayed so that Is what I am going to do. I need to find a new therapist so this will take a little while. I am praying that God will guide me to the right therapist.

I can do ALL things through Christ whom strengthens me.


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3/10/11 3:45 P

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I worry about turning praying every time I have a craving into some formula that supposed to work magic. I know that's not the intent in MTC--she means for us to truly rely on God. Maybe it's a little lie Satan is whispering in my ear, but I don't want the kind of spiritual walk that's really just checking to-do items off a list. But, I do believe that if I ask God (with faith) for His help with food issues and relying on Him, He will be faithful and will help me.

"Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name . . . and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s." (Psalm 103:1 – 5)

"Our feelings should be an indicator of our situation but never a dictator of our reactions." Lysa TerKheurst


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3/10/11 1:26 A

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Because of how food was used in my childhood abuse, it is difficult for me to surrender it to God. It is like the last frontier! I never realized how hard this would be for me until this week when I seriously started this study!! I thought this study would be easy for me as I had about 25 pounds to lose but let me tell you that I'm going to sweat every pound off in frustration because I am really struggling! I've already lost 50 pounds and kept it off for 5 years but I gained back 30 pounds and I lost 5 pounds but I just can't seem to lose the rest. Now I'm sure that to some of you that may not seem like a big deal, but I have terrible arthritis and I really have to get this weight off. It's just killing my knees and feet (OA) and makes my RA that much worse. Plus I have other medical problems that are affected by it, too, I rely completely on God on every other area of my life, why not food? I think it's the small child in me who was denied so many years ago so many times that needs comfort that I need to reassure that she won't go hungry ever again.

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3/9/11 7:40 P

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I have used several faith based diet programs in the past. I was successful for awhile and then I guess I didn't keep God first and eventually fell into trying to do it on my own. I guess I need to learn that losing weight with God's help means that I continue to need that help even when I am no longer doing the study. It is amazing how quickly I can fall into old habits.

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3/9/11 5:29 P

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I've also done a Christian weight loss program before. It was a good study, but I still tried to do it on my own. I read the verses and filled in the blanks and tried to change the way I thought about things, but I was not very successful. I did not surrender it to God. I try to change things through sheer determination, so when that runs out, I give up. I have not pleaded with God persistently and with faith.

"Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name . . . and forget not all his benefits — who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s." (Psalm 103:1 – 5)

"Our feelings should be an indicator of our situation but never a dictator of our reactions." Lysa TerKheurst


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I've been a part of Christian weight loss groups or done Christian weight loss studies in the past but I realize now that I never did them with quite the right perspective.

I was raised with the view that God won't do anything for you that you can do yourself which I internalized as don't ask for help if it is something you should be able to do yourself. So because I am a perfectionist, I would try to do it all by myself to please God and of course because I'm not perfect, I would end up feeling like a failure. So what do I do to make myself feel better? Find some comfort food, blow the diet, and feel worse.

I am starting to learn that God wants me to depend upon him. He wants me to worship him and honor him by doing the things he has made me capable of doing and ask for his help and strength to do a good job at them and for his guidance. That does not make me weak but makes me stronger.

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3/7/11 3:56 P

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One of my favorite parts of the book was actually in the introduction "finding your 'want to.'" Wanting to loose weight has always been the hardest part for me. I have a list of reasons why I should loose weight and why I should want to loose weight. I would also like to look better and fit into different clothes, but it has never been important enough to go through the pain of giving up food. It never occurred to me to ask God to give me that desire I had always been missing. This week has been the greatest week in years in terms of my spiritual walk and my diet. I lost 6 pounds already, but I love how I feel about My God even more than how I feel about the lost 6 pounds. The desire I have now is to please God and that includes being obedient in my food choices and so on. That is where I went wrong, my desire should have been for God, not for the reasons others gave.

I had actually relied on God once before to loose weight and it was the most successful time ever. I lost 75 pounds and kept it off for about 5 years. Since then I know I haven't relied on God to help me and I know that's why I failed. Instead I allowed the rules and opinions of others to pull me away from what I knew was right. I'm so glad to be coming back Home to Him, His ways and His arms.


Edited by: BECKAFANO at: 3/7/2011 (16:00)
Never mistake failure as final

They call it a diet, but it's really my life.

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

Rebecka


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3/7/11 9:26 A

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This chapter really opened my eyes. Any time I've tried to lose weight in the past, successful or not, God was never a part of it for me. It never crossed my mind to include Him in my journey. I feel excited about the idea of having God help me on this journey. Other than Sparking, I have no other support, so with God on board, maybe this will ease the burden and make it seem more possible.

As was mentioned in Chapter 2, I like the idea of every time I have a craving to stop and pray. As I get stronger against my cravings, I will also become closer and talk more with God. It's a win-win situation. Starting today I'm going to go to God every time a craving hits.

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3/7/11 7:46 A

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The psalms are sometimes referred to as the prayer book of the Bible. They not only teach us how to communicate with God, but they also help us to express emotions and experiences that are sometimes hard to put into words. Psalm 5 is the prayer of a man who desperately needs God's help. He is pursued by enemies who lie about and plot against him - much like our enemy Satan, lies to us and tries to use out cravings against us. Instead of relying on his own wisdom to devise a counterattack, the psalmist pleads his case with God:
Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King
and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the
morning I lay my requests before you and wait in the expectation. (Psalm 5:1-3)
The psalmist waits in expectation for God to act. This is not a halfhearted or passive kind of waiting. To wait in expectation requires active attention. It means starting each day on a God hunt in which we are alert and on the lookout for every sign of God's activity on our behalf.
When you reflect on your past efforts at healthy eating, would you say you expected God to help you or did you feel more or less on your own? As you begin this MTC journey, how do you feel about the idea of relying fully on God and expecting Him to help you every day?


I can do ALL things through Christ whom strengthens me.


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