No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:11 NLT
Barbs says, “During the trial it’s anything but peaceful because our desires are warring within us. They’re saying Give up! This is too hard. You can’t do it. Go get something great to eat and end this misery! “
I need the truth of God’s Word to shine in and shatter those thoughts. That happens when I renew my mind and abide in Him!
Barb also says, “God has a reason for not giving us the quick fix: He wants us to be conformed to His image and He uses trials to help us grow. Weight loss is one of those trials. It’s not fun, but God can do great things in our lives if we persevere and keep going to Him for help.”
In day 8 of Taste for Truth, Barb mentions six stages we go through to break free from the control of food:
1. Fully entrenched – no boundaries or commitment to renew your mind on a daily basis.
2. Willing, but Not Able – set boundaries and committed to renew your mind, but you can’t make yourself follow through on one or both of your commitments.
3. Willing and Able – you’re renewing your mind on a regular basis. You’re making progress – but you may not think you’re making progress because you keep breaking your boundaries.
4. Barely in Control – In this stage, you’re beginning to see some real change in your behavior and even your desires. You still have the occasional bad day and you still think the “eating what you want when you want” life looks pretty attractive. But for the first time, you’re thinking, “This really is different than all the other times. I’m changing!” It’s exciting.
5. Living in Victory – In this stage, you no longer worry about gaining weight because food no longer controls you. Your weight is constant and doesn’t fluctuate more than a few pounds unless you’re still losing weight.
6. Living Recklessly in Victory – I hate to include this stage because I’d just as soon end on a positive note, but I’m afraid it’s a real stage. The danger of living in victory is that it’s easy to become complacent. Since you know food doesn’t control you anymore, it’s easy to become lax about the boundaries.
At this early stage of boundaries, I think I’m somewhere between stage two and three. I need to remember that change will not happen overnight, so I need to guard against getting discouraged and giving up. I do this by renewing my mind with the Word of God!
Going through Taste for Truth by Barb Raveling
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:1-13 NIV
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT
Oh Father, I thank you for all that you have done for me. Help me to lean on You completely while I learn to stay within these food boundaries. Help me to trust You completely and not to worry or become discouraged. Help me to renew my mind with Your Word and to come to You in prayer when I feel weak. I know that in my weakness, You will make me strong. I love you, Lord, and am so thankful for this journey! Amen.