I am learning during this study to delight in my obedience to God as Lysa encourages us to do in chapter 7 instead of being defined by a number. This has never been and still isn’t easy for me. I am someone who has been dealing with my weight numbers since age seven, for a total of 35 years. I am learning, however, that if I hang in there with God I can do anything that is in His will, if I work at with Him, being Obedient.

This is not a time to use the excuse of evidentially it is not in God’s will for me to be thin. Well maybe looking thin is not in God’s will but I know eating healthy is in His will. I also should not say well I handed it over to God but He did not show up. This is not an issue where we should expect Him to do all the work. We put ourselves in this situation and therefore we need God to guide us, giving us His strength and peace and walking with us through this hard walk but we need to be right in there with Him working just as hard.

I have become more obedient to God and less defined by the number by first praying to God and listening to what I thought He was directing me to do and making sure I discussed it with my husband to see if he was getting the same direction from God.  I felt God told me to make sure I was only weighing myself no more frequently than once a week and sometimes not even that often. My father lives with us because of his health and our 20 year old daughter still lives with us so I talked with my husband and we made some food swapping choices and then relayed those to my dad and our daughter who were both on board and so gradually we have made the changes. No more vegetable oil, things we do decide to sear or fry is done in olive oil, more fruits in the house than junk food along with other changes.

Finally the other change I worked on last year and continue with it this year is the renewing of my mind. Although that can be a Bible study in itself I think it is important to be working on your thought process while you are trying to get healthy. The enemy knows food is one of your weaknesses so that will be one of the ways he will certainly try to attack you. Now every time a thought comes to my mind I immediately try to stop it and see if it would be a Godly thought, if not then I come up with a scripture or a Godly truth to replace it and if I can’t come up with something then I go straight to my five statement of faith pledge I memorized several years ago in another Bible Study. No matter what I do my best to get that thought replaced with a Godly one so I can grow closer to Him.

These are the things I have found that are working for me and my family. I do still get cravings but not has often except for soda. I don’t deprive myself of anything, if I still want sometime several minutes after the first thought of it then I go ahead with it in small amounts until I am satisfied.

When I am encouraging others, I fill then in on what my family has found that works but I also suggest the book to them. I also tell them to make sure they pray first to see where God leads them. If they think he is leading them one direction and it doesn’t work when they do it then go back and start over with prayer to make sure that is what He wants them to do.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. prunable
    Feb 06, 2014 @ 11:54:29

    Danaye, love your post today about obedience and how our first response to anything is pray! So thankful you’re not being defined by the #’s and are responding in obedience. Thank you for your encouraging words shared here today.

    In His love,
    Pat (OBS Blog Team)


  2. Amy Wall (Small Group Leader/Prayer Warrior Team)
    Feb 06, 2014 @ 15:16:24

    I just love how you shared your heart and how God is changing your view on how we’re defined…by Him, through His eyes!! Continue being strong in this journey and being obedient to God and watch Him move!!


  3. Valerie
    Feb 06, 2014 @ 18:28:53

    I admire your journey and transparency. Thank you for sharing and God bless you as you continue, one day at a time, one choice at a time.


  4. Cynthia
    Feb 06, 2014 @ 20:03:22

    I love that you are not having to do this journey alone. It is wonderful how your whole family is willing to be on the journey also.


  5. Christa (OBS Leader)
    Feb 06, 2014 @ 21:58:27

    I think it is awesome that you have made a plan to address each of the areas that you could struggle in. Plan it, then do it! Thanks for sharing today!


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