It’s Monday, and that means I get to link-up with Katie for a ‘new to me’ link-up!
‘For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.’ (Romans 14:17)
This verse has really pressed me in the past 6 months to a new view on my own food and nutrition. It has pressed me to say this, ‘What I eat doesn’t define me.’
It’s true. Whether I eat or a cookie or a salad, that doesn’t make me a different person. It doesn’t save me. It doesn’t gain me true friendship. It doesn’t make my family love me more or less.
What I eat is so much less of an issue to me than it used to be. I was thinking of this last night, when I was so tempted to let the anxiety of the fact that I ate ‘two desserts’ instead of one overcome me. It came on me this morning, that what I eat isn’t what drives me anymore. It can’t be, because that only produces a spirit of fear, hopelessness, and misery.
What does define me?
I’m a child of Christ. God has made all this wonderful food for me to enjoy from cookies to salads to ice cream cones to steamed broccoli. What does define me, now, more than ever, is being grateful for each meal that God provides every day to fuel my body and keep me going. What does define me is the ABSOLUTE hope that Christ has given me even through the trial of struggling with my eating, obsessive exercise, and body image.
I read these verses this morning, and they were such a perfect reminder that everything I went through was not in vain. In fact, it has given me so much more hope and joy to share with others, knowing that what I thought was impossible WAS possible with God.
Romans 5:3-5 says, “ And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience. And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
With that, these are some of the foods I enjoyed over the weekend up in the mountains!
This banana bread was some of the BEST banana bread I’ve ever tasted. Hence the reason I already took a bite out of it before the picture…
Taco salad is truly one of my very ‘favoritest’ Mexican dishes. It’s incredibly simple to make, and it also feeds my love for toppings. You all already probably know just how much I love toppings on cereal, yogurt, pancakes, salads, ice cream, and MORE!
You know what’s better than a regular sized cookie? A giant cookie topped with ice cream and chocolate syrup!
Grilled Chicken sandwiches. I’ve been really working on intuitive eating and continue to work on it, but I didn’t quite have room for the whole chicken sandwich, so I ate the chicken out of the bun + the butterscotch cookie below. I always want to be honest with what I eat and don’t eat and my struggles, just to let you know that I still struggle, and that recovery is not a walk in the park. Yet it is a battle worth fighting!
This oatmeal butterscotch cookie was one of the best, chewy cookies I’ve ever had. And it was also about the size of my hand which made it more tasty?
I wish I had taken a a picture of the icecream cone I had yesterday, but we stopped at this little roadside shop called ‘Dairy King.’ They sold shakes and burgers, and I got a waffle cone with Dreyers Peanut Butter Cup icecream! Y’all, it was the best peanut butter themed icecream I had ever tasted. Wow. There were HUGE chunks of peanut butter and peanut butter cups. It was another opportunity to just simply stand in awe of how GOOD God is to us to give us these moments of just sitting with your family, eating ice cream, and resting after a long, hard weekend.
Thankful to be resting in Jesus today.
What do you think about our culture and eating? Are we too obsessed with what we eat or do we not care enough?
Does eating define us? Does eating define you?