Over the years, I have tried diets, programs, exercise (not too much), supplements, etc. I was very good at being rewarded with good numbers on the scale at the meetings and did enjoy good success on several occasions as a result of those programs,diets and meetings. I even made the local newspaper several years ago well by backside did as I was weighing in at a weekly meeting. What I loved about that picture was how baggy my pants looked.....I still own those pants, they are not currently baggy, in fact, they do not currently fit. Truth, is hard, but truth will set me (and you) free.
John 8:32 (NIV)
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
It is a trust thing. And if you recall from a few posts ago I concluded that fear is simply a lack of trust.... it's just that simple right? No. There it is again - imagine that - that fun packed four letter word that God has asked me to deal with this year.....fear. Now this is where the ride gets a little crazy so secure your seat belts and hold on while I make a quick pass around some curves. It looks like this in my mind......
I use food to fill an empty place inside - not my stomach. The emptiness is there because I am afraid of something. I am afraid of something because I am not able to trust. Therefore I am using food to fill an emptiness which it was not designed to fill and will never succeed in filling. I gain weight. I feel emptier. I eat more. I gain more weight. The emptiness gets bigger and louder. I self medicate with food. I turn on myself for my lack of control and the whole messy cycle begins again! Exhausting! Destructive! Sad! Not to mention, absolutely not what God wants for my life.
Do you see the obvious problem here?....I am using a hammer to cut a piece of wood. I need a saw and I know what one looks like, how to use one and where one is, but for some reason, I keep picking up the hammer! WHY? I. don't. know. But I know someone who does.
The Prince of Peace. He wants to take away the chaos and confusion and put an end to the journey around the same old mountain and set me free to live and walk the path He laid out for me before I ever was. So what is stopping me ? Fear, which of course brings us back around to.....you know by now....trust.
It sounds like it might be a little taxing, a tad hard doesn't it? It is. This is....well, I've lost count of how many panic attacks I have fought off just getting this typed out! But then I find myself back at square one, facing my old nemesis ....fear. I cannot retreat, it is no longer an option. For goodness sake I have exposed myself here and there is no turning back now. And even more than that, there is that possibility that this just might help someone other than me. Believe me when I tell you if this helps one - it is SO very worth it to me!! That is all I need to acknowledge to keep moving forward. I have this fleeting vision of standing there one day (a thinner me of course....with a great outfit on a perfect hair day) and looking at this fear and saying in the most confidant and convincing voice "I laugh at fear." Does anybody else have those victory moments? Ok....moving on.....
I've acknowledged that it's hard and that I am afraid so, what am I going to do about it? Take baby steps forward....one foot in front of the other and keep moving....forward. This post is really more than a baby step, this may classify as a leap - a little 'catch up' of sorts.
For now, that's all I have it in me to share.
I currently reading a great book (see sidebar)which is providing some really interesting insight and ideas to approaching this battle, this prison that so many of us keep ourselves trapped in. I will be sharing more, but before I commit to doing too much here I would love to know if this is something you want to read more about.
Please give me some feedback.....Would you be interested in going through the book with me? Tell me what you want, this is for you...and I am more than happy to go deeper. Do you have any interest in my journey/progress, would you like to share yours? I would love to hear your ideas about what this could look like!
I will leave you with this for now, the good news is, there is Good News! And He is the key to release from our prison cell. You put yourself there and with His help you can sentence yourself to freedom for life!!