I’ve been struggling lately. I’ve been clinging to this one hope, my only hope. Isaiah 41:10, ‘Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.’ I’m not saying that I am destroyed, but I have been cast down as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4. I’ve been thinking too much about my ‘body’ and ‘food’ lately, and I’m realizing more and more, that even though he can’t destroy us, the devil still tries to shoot his little annoying arrows of doubt, despair, and lies at us in the struggle.
I can’t ever go back to trying out diets. It’s kind of a small thing for most people, but it’s just not something I can revisit, because God knows that it will re-open old wounds that are already closed.
I was thinking of it in terms of this verse in Philippians 3 where Paul talks about leaving his past behind. In the earlier part of the chapter Paul says that if anybody would have anything to boast in, he would, but when Christ confronted him on the Damascus road, he saw that all that ‘righteousness’ was filthy rags, and that all he needed to know was ‘Jesus Christ and Him crucified.’
For the rest of this life this man went on to preach the gospel. He put aside any idea of self-righteousness, and he placed all his hope in Christ. With Paul, I want to echo his words in vs. 8-14, ‘Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.’
I don’t live for food anymore. I can’t go on diets, because that would put it back in the realm of me, of ‘me’ trying to make the perfect body and not focusing on the perfection of God and striving after holiness because Jesus has redeemed me from sin!
I don’t live for the perfect body anymore. I can’t. It was only something that destroyed me.
I live in the life of Christ.
Dieting isn’t wrong, but for me it would be, because it would take my eyes off of where they need to be, and that’s on Jesus.
Everyday, I’m praying that by God’s grace, this cry would never be far from my heart. Psalm 73:26-28, ‘My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.’
Psalm 119:50, ‘This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.’
I pondered the thought of diets ‘again’ when I stepped on that scale a couple days ago, and then I thought, ‘No.’
I can’t do it again, but I will continue to listen to the hunger cues God gave me. I won’t live for the food. I can live for Him, because He enables me too. It’s not about me. It’s about Him and all this delicious food that He has made so I can nourish this body to serve Him, live for Him, and seek Him.
It is not my love that holds me secure. It is His everlasting love that will never let me go.
What I have been eating? 🙂 Well it’s been all sorts of different things, and I’m just so thankful that God provides every calorie, without which I couldn’t live each day, and most of all, I am thankful for His precious Words of Life in His Word that sustain my soul and spirit and whole life with their power and divine inspiration.
Square Bars = Thankful for these ‘fantasmagorical’ bars. They are so yummy for the hungry stomach in the morning. They are also nice on my sensitive stomach.
Yogurt Bowls = There is nothing simpler and quicker than a yogurt bowl. :))
Trail Mix = This snack always helps with satiety. 🙂 I’m thankful for chocolate.
Strange Nachos = I think this would work well for Laura’s ‘Strange but Good’ link-up, but it’s not technically a recipe. It was chips, eggs, and ranch dressing.
Oriental Food = Who else loves the noodles, the potstickers, the asian salads, and the rice of Asian cuisine? Maybe it’s the Japanese in me, or maybe I just love it… just ’cause. 🙂 When I went to Japan with my dad, about 10 years ago, it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, eating so much yummy Asian food, meeting brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, and gaining a deeper appreciation for the beautiful variety God has made in this world. It was also an awesome reminder that I can connect instantly with another brother or sister in Christ, because we have that common bond in the Lord Jesus, the Savior of our souls… He crosses all boundaries! <3
After Dinner Ice Cream Bowls: The down side to this was that I think my head didn’t like the ‘artifical sweetener’ that (I think) was in this icecream, so I had a bit of a headache afterwards, but it was still delicious. It also tasted AMAZING with You Fresh Naturals Caramel Coconut Muscle Butter. If you haven’t tried them, you really should… Hint… Hint…. I’m thankful God, in His mercy, made so many ways to eat protein, including muscle butter.
Kaila’s Bread with Home Plate PB = I’ve already posted about this, but I’m really enjoying finishing up the loaf of Kaila’s bread that I made last week. And… the Home Plate PB. Well it goes well in ‘Peanut Butter Cookie Bars’ and spread on … Kaila’s bread.
Cheerios, Raisins, and Milk = Simple is always good. It’s not the food that is what essentially matters. It’s that God made it for His glory, and we get to enjoy it.. It’s ANOTHER way of enjoying and marveling and worshipping Him.
So… with all those thoughts and food(s), I will close out the night with these verses from Psalm 3:4-5, ‘I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.’
I would love to hear your thoughts on diets? The Good. The Bad. The Ugly?
What is your favorite cereal?
Have you tried ‘Muscle Butter?’