Grace Filled Food Freedom: Devotion: Day 1: The Sinking Ship
VERSE: For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Romans 7:15
ESVREAD: Romans 7:15-25 Excerpt: “Have you ever noticed that even a deep desire to do better has little to no impact on certain sticky behaviors that we cling to? For some, it may be shopping or having a glass of wine (or 3) after dinner. For you and me, it may be food. 7:15-25 Whatever our struggle, we hold on to it like a lifesaver– all the while that “red and white circle” is actually made of cement.”
GRACE IN ACTION: Today, before you take that unnecessary bite, pause and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what’s driving you to the food. Then, say a short prayer asking God to take you one step closer to a better solution.
Another version, which I really like is:
This verse really hit home for me as I have started, once again, hopefully a new life changing style in eating healthy, making positive life choices, getting my diabetes under control. The plan I am is using is NOOM. I had heard about it before but was encouraged by my sweet friend, Lynda to check it out. She along with others that I know are doing the program.
My first challenge/goal is to quit snacking when I go to bed at night. I had written my bestie, Dee, about my struggle with always wanting to eat when I go to bed at night. She wrote me back: I talked with my doctor about my eating. I told him that when I eat, I don’t feel my headache, I don’t feel my fibro, my stress level goes down (until I realize what I’ve eaten), and so I just sit there and mindlessly snack on anything I can find even when I’m not hungry. He said, “of course” and I looked at him and he explained that when we eat, it releases serotonin (the feel good hormone). Especially carbs and sugary stuff. So, snacking at bedtime gives you a rush of serotonin and helps you feel relaxed to go to sleep. So, I am truly proud of you for being able to resist that urge for two nights in a row. Wow!! She hit the nail on the head.
I went NINE nights without snacking in bed and then caved…ate a bunch of candy corn and pumpkin jelly’s…why I even bought them is beyond me. But I did. I had been having a few here and there (tracking them on my app) but two nights ago I gave in and had two servings of the jelly’s and two servings of the candy corn ~ and yes I logged it…being honest with myself even it its not making good choices. I know I need to be honest with myself, besides it only hurts me when I’m not!
So last night when I went to bed, I spent some time in prayer asking the Lord to help me to focus on just one goal for the next thirty days and it is to NOT EAT WHEN I GO TO BED. So day ONE is in the books. Feel free to ask me how it’s going. I think about what I do when I go to bed…I normally spend time playing on my phone while munching mindlessly on candy, chips, pretzels or ???? So one step I’m going to make is to start reading again when I go to bed…a real book. I love to read but haven’t done it in a long time!! I have lots of books on my nightstand to choose from. So tonight will be night TWO. Please ask me how things are going!!!