Ok… You might be a little worried when you see this caption, but let me explain. There are a few kinds of mindless eating, and I’m not talking about emotional eating or promoting binge eating… However, there is a kind of ‘mindful’ eating that became an obsession, an idol. I was worshipping the food and I was ALWAYS thinking about eating. I was ‘too mindful’ of eating and not mindful of God’s grace, God’s goodness, and just resting in, waiting on Him.
It was absolutely miserable. The only thing I was mindful about was eating; and life was made to be so much more than eating. Life was made to be enjoying God, learning about the grace of God in Jesus, walking in His light and rejoicing in His grace to sinners like me.
I wasn’t redeemed to be a child who focused on the food instead of the One who made the food. God is SATISFYING. He satisfies the soul with His goodness. More and more God changed my heart to realize that hungering after Him, hungering after His love and being filled in Him was what would really satisfy my longing heart.
‘My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.’ Psalm 84:2
Food didn’t fulfill that longing or craving when it was the center of my life. I was mindful of my eating, but that was all. I couldn’t look at how God had made my body fearfully and wonderfully. I didn’t wonder at how God made my body to process food and to give Him glory with the things I did, fueled by nutritious, comforting food.
Comfort started to come from knowing that God cared for my body through the food I was eating.
This kind of ‘mindless’ eating turned into more of a mindfulness of just being more grateful for the food instead of letting it control me.
What are the most important elements of this ‘mindless’ eating?
1) You’re more focused on being thankful for the food instead of the food itself.
2) You’re not focused on the calories but the time with precious family and friends over the food.
3) You realize that the food is a gift, but it’s not something that is a worthwhile idol or god.
I want to do more and more of that mindless eating where I’m eating to nourish my body, but food is no longer the center or the goal.. That’s where freedom lies. Freedom in Christ to live not for food but for Him is awesome. It’s all His awesome work.
It’s humbling to think that the Almighty God cares for me, someone who is just one person in millions, billions of people on the earth, but I am so thankful that He is mindful of us, and that He alone can teach us to be mindful of the right things….
When you’re freed from that bondage of food there is truly no feeling like it. You don’t want to go back. You may have thoughts from time to time, but in God’s grace and mercy and power, there is no going back. I’m thankful for God’s patience with me, in teaching me this through His kindness. His mercies are new every morning. His compassions do not fail, despite my failings. His promises and His wondrous works are what we can sing of forever and EVER!
What kind of ‘mindful’ eating do you want to do?
How has your way of eating changed over the years?
Oh yes, and don’t forget that ‘Pinole’ and ‘Oats’ Giveaway! You’re not too late to enter! It ends on Tuesday.
Linking up with Lori for Moments of Hope and Katie for Marvelous Monday and Amanda to Think out Loud! This is also the first ‘Take Care of Your Temple Tuesday’ in a while. Thank you so much dear Lyss for creating this graphic and continuing to promote recovery and a God glorifying, sweet hopeful look at life and taking care of your body every day, through every blog post and every picture.
If you search the ‘take care of your temple’ tuesday tag, you should be able to find the rest of the posts in this series!