Guys. Gals. Eating disorders are irrational at best. They are NOT logical. I repeat. ‘They are not logical.’ Often we think they are because the feelings and thoughts are so strong, but I truly believe that’s because we are at war. We are at war mentally and spiritually and emotionally, and the more I’ve grown up and learned about spiritual warfare, the more I’ve seen them as a spiritual battle.
The devil is the father of lies, getting you to dissolve into irrational thinking. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. The lies that leave you in fear and anxiety are not from Jesus.
What are some of the irrational lies that your head will tell you? What are some of the lies I still have in my head sometimes and ones that I have listened to before?
Eating disorders will tell you:
“Don’t eat. You’ll get fat.”
“If you don’t exercise today, then you’ll totally fall off the bandwagon, and you won’t be strong anymore.”
“Don’t eat ice cream in the middle of the day.”
“Anything with ‘this much sugar’ is NOT good for you, and it can’t possibly be.’
“Going out to eat especially at McDonalds or Chick Fil A will definitely be detrimental to my health.”
“If you don’t do an exercise that leaves you flat out on the floor, it didn’t count as a workout.”
I really appreciate how Robyn often talks about reframing thoughts, and I thought I would share some of the ways I’ve learned and am learning to reframe those thoughts into ones that are life giving, not anxiety inducing.
One of the biggest verses that comes to mind especially as I’ve wrestled with that anxiety that can almost be paralyzing around food and exercise is Philippians 4:6-7, ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’
I can not tell you how much the weapon of prayer, the weapon of bringing your requests before the throne of God by the precious blood of Jesus helps. I don’t know what I would have done without being able to pray.
Y’all the episode is real. There’s a husky whining in it, and there’s some fun background noise, and I hope you find it encouraging, uplifting, hopeful, and truthful in your recovery journey.
How do you reframe irrational thoughts that are not true into the right ones?