• Day 7 – I Like It. I Love It. I Want Some More Of It

    Today’s lesson talked about how we believe that more is better.  Barb says, “The only reason we think more is better is because we’ve chosen to completely ignore the consequences of more. Here’s the truth: a little is fun. A lot is not. (It even rhymes.) In real life, “a lot” brings so many consequences with it, that it’s anything but fun.” Don’t associate with those who drink too much wine or with those who gorge themselves on meat.  For the drunkard and the glutton will become poor, and grogginess will clothe them in rags. Proverbs 23:20-21 HCSB But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will…

  • Day 6 – That Scary First Step

    So all week we’ve been talking about boundaries. Today is the day that we are supposed to consider setting boundaries. I have considered it and I’m not going to … just kidding. I am definitely going to. In the book, Barb talks about reasons that we don’t want boundaries. I’ll list the reason here but won’t go into detail about what she says on each one: We want to eat. We want to keep our options open. We don’t like rules. We’re afraid of failure. We want to wait until after that next big eating occasion. We think we can lose weight and keep it off without boundaries. Number 4…

  • Day 5 – I Hate Boundaries

    Barb says, “If we want to embrace our boundaries – and even grow to love them – we’ll have to get this idea out of our system that rules are bad.” We know that the law is good when used correctly. For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders.   I Timothy 1:8-9 NLT   Paul says that the law is good and that it is not intended for people who do what…

  • Not Even One Bite

    Today’s study talked about alcoholics and the fact that they can’t say, “Just one drink” and expect to stay sober.  And obviously the title is not saying that as foodaholics we should say “not even one bite” because we would starve to death.  But what Barb did say is that we CAN say, “Not even one bite outside our boundaries.”  There’s that word again – boundaries.  So I’ve been praying about what my boundaries should be and I think I almost have determined what they will be.  I looked ahead again and we will be making a commitment to boundaries on day 6 of the study.  So I will continue…

  • Day 3 – I’ll Start Tomorrow

    Oh my goodness… how many times have those words come out of my mouth?  Or Monday… starting on Monday is another lie I have said many times.  Why is it a lie?  Because tomorrow and/or Monday comes around and I likely won’t stick to a plan then either.  Starting tomorrow or Monday also happens over and over – like restart again and again… and again.  Barb says we need to ban the phrase “I’ll start tomorrow” from our vocabulary.  I agree.  But that means… I know- life long boundaries.  Plus have any of you ever said I’ll start tomorrow and so the day before “tomorrow” is an all-out-eat-fest??  I can’t…

  • The Quick & Easy Approach to Weight Loss

    This chapter title may not be the best for the content of the chapter.  It sounded really good when I first read it.  Who doesn’t want a quick and easy approach to anything, but especially weight loss! Barb says, “If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you’ll need to do two things:  renew your mind and restrict your eating.  Not just for the duration of the Bible study, but for life.” Yep… she used that word – LIFE! So this lesson was all about setting lifelong boundaries.  I do have boundaries in other areas of my life.  Driving – I don’t run red lights or stop signs, I…

  • Taste for Truth – Day One

    First off some quotes from my reading of Day 1: “God is powerful, and He can do anything, including set you free from the control of food.” “The Greek word for abide used in John 8:31-32 and John 15:4-5 is the same word that’s used for living in a house.  The idea is that we don’t just visit the Word for 10 minutes a day.  We live in the Word.  Meditate on it.  Chew on it as we walk through the day.” Taking every thought captive is something I have been trying to do already… when something comes in my head that goes against what I believe God is wanting…

  • Getting Real About My Food Problem

    Satan has had a hold of a corner of my life – my eating – for WAY too long.  He has kept me in bondage for my entire adult life in that one area.  And because of that, I have been distracted from what is really important… surrendering EVERY area to Jesus Christ.  Oh I’ve tried to get control of my eating; tried to lose weight.  I’ve jumped through hoops of all kinds.  I’ve even cried out to God to take away my desire to eat certain foods.  I’ve tried every diet known to man (ok – maybe a slight exaggeration, but close!).  But all of those diets had one…