Confession. I didn’t do so well last week! I’m clinging to this verse today:
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Friends, if you messed up this morning, or yesterday, or last weekend, or like me–most of last week. Do not let that be your excuse to wallow in the failure. Forget that. Start fresh. Do it right now.
Lysa makes an important point: “We crave what we eat.” A very simple truth. But oh so true.
Then she gets into the basis of the book:
You were made to crave–long for, want greatly, desire eagerly, and beg for–God. Only God. But Satan wants to do everything possible to replace our craving for God with something else…[and] he knows where we are weak. (page 21-22)
And, I love the discussion of Eve’s initial falling, because Lysa brings up something that I hadn’t focused on before. Eve’s entire focus in that moment was on the food. She didn’t consider God’s truth. She didn’t consult God or her husband. “She focused only on the object of her obsession.” (23)
Many times, that’s the way food addiction and overeating manifest–in private. Many of us are at the point of hiding away. We don’t consult God (at least we don’t listen to him in those moments), or a friend to hold us accountable. So, it becomes increasingly important to be immersed in the word of God.
The more saturated we are with truth, the more powerful we’ll be in resisting our temptations.
And this is true across the board, not just dealing with food. It’s what Jesus did when he was tempted–He fought back with the word of God.
Throughout chapter 2, Lysa kind of focuses on the concept of admitting your problem, and realizing that your problem is bigger than the number on the scale. Been there done that. I have known this, but I still haven’t had the discipline, commitment, ability, whatever it would take…to actually do something about it. The bigger problem is relying on food instead of God to meet our needs. I can fully agree with Lysa when she says: “Food was my comfort. Food was my reward. Food was my joy. Food was what I turned to in times of stress, sadness, and even times of happiness.” (page 29) Lysa describes me as well, except that I don’t have the benefit of the past tense. I’m still there, fighting to get out.
And can I just say something? Using food as your comfort isn’t just an overweight problem. Because it’s not about the scale, it’s a heart condition. Sometimes the scale might reflect it and sometimes it doesn’t.
I had the same problem with food when I was 18 with high metabolism and weighed 115 pounds. And the same when I was an emotional eater all through college and gained 15 pounds up to 130. No one could tell by looking at me, since 130 is well within a healthy range, but I had the same problem then that I do now weighing nearly 200 (yes, I broke the 200 mark on the way back down…I’m going to be happy about that today).
Lysa suggests to pray when you get a craving. A friend of mine keeps her current memory verse in her pocket, so when she has a craving, she can pull it out. I have a post with tips, and, my friend Holly from 300 Pounds Down shares her tips here.
I also have a pinterest board with some inspiring quotes and images. Just find something that works.
Finally, remember the sweet, sweet feeling of victory, and your goal. Every single time you defeat a craving, you are winning. You’re one step closer to relinquishing the power that satan and food have over you. You’re one step closer to giving it to God instead. And as those victories add up, you’re ever closer to your end goal. In Lysa’s words, “One day of victory tasted better than any of that food I’d given up ever could.” (31)
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