Monday, September 17, 2007

434 - Here We Go Again

Oh Lord, I am having the worst time finding a scripture - maybe some of my readers/friends can help? The conviction has set in so deep about getting control of this deal with food and weight. I have said it before and I hope to not say it again for a while, but today is the day. I am looking for the scripture where Paul says something about training His body or disciplines his body so that it does not master him - he is a master to it? I am probably combining a ton of scripture all into one thought. Can anyone help?

Eating is so tough. Unlike quitting smoking/drinking/addictions, etc. where you just do it, we have to keep eating unless you are fasting and that can only last for a brief time. I mean a 40 day fast can seem like an eternity, but in reality it is very short! So every moment of the day or at many times during the day we come to a crossroads. Am i going to give to temptation and overindulge or am I just going to do everything with moderation? That is the really tough thing for me. I can not allow myself just a tad here and there, i have to do the cold turkey thing. I have not trained my body enough and self-control is an issue that when given the chance to just "have a tad" - I go bonkers. Can anyone relate?

It is the same way with sin or I should say a different sin - it is all sin. Even if we are not overindulging, but our motivation is anything other than just merely feeding the body, it is sin. If we go to food for comfort, go to food for release, go to food for fun, go to food for security - anything than just the nutrition of our bodies, it is wrong to a degree. Now I don't want to get overly legalistic, but I also can not deny the conviction I feel in this area of my life!

So what am I going to do about this? I have asked a few friends to keep me accountable. I have added a new button on my sidebar called Live Well that I am going to be referring to. I am going to put some major restrictions on my eating, etc. I am going to TRY to leave no room for compromise. I am going to try to train my body or discipline my body for the purpose of godliness! Food will not be my idol, I will not be a slave to it. I have my sword ready!! I am taking one day at a time!!! Today will be a day of victory!!

Yesterday I spoke at 2 churches in town. It went really well. The weather is incredible. Hubby is home this week!!! Yeah!! I have my menu made out and will be sticking to the plan. We have Dairy Day - ugh!!!!! - this weekend. I mean I love it, but is it going to be some major temptation. This is the town wide big fall festival thing. I don't think there are a lot of dairy cattle around here so I am not sure how it got its name - Dairy Day. Saturday night we have my niece's homecoming deal. The girls love seeing that kind of thing with fancy dresses and hair. I posted more house pictures below this post. Electrician is coming today to go over the plan of action. Plumber is working fast to get things installed. Heating and Air guys are working on the second floor - first floor is done, i think!! Except for electricity of course. So once those things are done..............drywall can begin and then floors!!! wow - moving right along!

I love you, Lord! Help me today to hold to my promises to you. Help me today to love you more than I do things or food. Help me today to turn to you more often than i do things. Help me today to live a victorious life!! I love you!! Amen!!


Dori said...

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:27)

Don't know, Friend, if this is the scripture you are looking for! BUT...

I have read your e-mail and I have read this post and I'm ready, too!!!

Let me spend some time in prayer this morning and read through it all again and I'll let you know what I "hear" from Him.

I'm WITH YOU!! Okay??? We can do this together!

Love you bunches, but He loves you more!!


Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

Oh Leigh - thank you for being transparent about this!

I've been convicting about eating healthier, especially since Chad's training for this 1/2 marathon. So you've inspired me to look up some scripture to go along with this training time.

Love you girl!

Melissa May said...

Hi Leigh! Another verse (besides the one Dori mentioned above)I discovered recently is I Cor. 6:12 "'Everything is permissible for me'--but not everything is beneficial. 'Everything is permissable for me'--BUT I WILL NOT BE MASTERED BY ANYTHING." I also love Hebrews 12:11 "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." While (by God's mercy no doubt!) I don't struggle so much with food/weight stuff, I struggle (and think I will forever!) with getting up early enough and with exercising and God showed me recently that especially the getting up early thing is part of offering my body as a living sacrifice. I'll be praying for victory for you and that what God teaches you through this will be used by Him to encourage others as well!

Deborah said...

I have your back in prayer girl, going to see a diet lady today, pray for me as we fight this giant facing us. love always me

Nise' said...

Your statement, "If we go to food for anything than just the nutrition of our bodies, it is wrong to a degree", really spoke to me! I, too, am committing to "Living Well". It can be done with God's help!