Showing posts with label #Overeaters Anonymous. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Overeaters Anonymous. Show all posts

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Communication

Here is a book that was a beginning to those needing Overeaters Anonymous that ministers to man. This Courage of Change helps us all and can be purchased through Hazelden Publishing. Here's a couple quotes that I must use to help me cope overeating through God's direction.


This book helps me as a food addict.

 

“Our part is to ask, to seek, to knock. His part is to answer, to come, to open."


“Religion today is largely the imitation of an example, when it ought to be the hearing of a Voice. And so the interior life of Christians has become a dynamo, busy with plans and philanthropies and activity, when it out to be a receive set primarily concerned with catching the messages from on high.”

        Courage to Change compiled by Bill Pittman and Dick B.

 

 

 
From my word, one I’ve used in my devotion book should be like a radio that picks up God’s direction for every part of our life. Our biggest job is to keep open the lines of communication to survive and follow healthy eating by God's direction.


Reading my daily devotion helps.

 

 


“Happiness consists of a solid faith, good health, and a bad memory.”

                                Clare Boothe Luce

 
Freedom comes through Christ

“A man is about as happy as he wants to be.”
 
                                Abraham Lincoln
 
 
 
That happiness comes from letting go and letting God. Praise His Name.

 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

12 Steps of God's Hope

Without hope, we can’t make it through life. Addictions and compulsions bring ruin and destruction to many lives. God ordained a life-giving philosophy, utilizing twelve steps, to save those addicted ones who lost hope.


 

In 1935, the group became known as Alcoholics Anonymous. Since then, these twelve steps have been found to help with any addiction or compulsion, not just alcoholism. Groups sprang up titled Narcotics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Emotions Anonymous, and many others.

 

The guide book, Alcoholics Anonymous, for the twelve step programs is called “the big book” by adherents to the ideas. The big book teaches us to admit our powerlessness in what afflicts us and realize that it takes a higher power to heal the problem.

 

Quotes from the big book:


The fact is that most alcoholics, (drug addicts, overeaters, etc) for reasons yet obscure, have lost the power of choice in drink.                                 Page 24


The alcoholic (drug addict, overeater, etc) at certain times has no effective mental defense against the first drink. Except in a few rare cases, neither he nor any other human being can provide such a defense. His defense must come from a Higher Power.                    

                                      Page 43

 

Does this sound familiar? It should. Here are quotes from the Bible.

 

  I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
                                      Romans 7:15 NIV

 

 

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.
                           II Corinthians 12:9 NIV

 


I set out to write compelling stories about people in the grasp of addictions who find their only hope is God, using the twelve steps.

 

Wharton Rock is small fictional North Texas town.

 

Since Sept. 1, Worth Forgiving, the second in the Wharton Rock series is available for purchase at:

 
http://www.pen-l.com/WorthForgiving.html
 

 
https://www.amazon.com/Worth-Forgiving-Janet-K-Brown/dp/1683130391/
 



The first book in the series, Worth Her Weight, deals with food addiction and low self-esteem.

 
 
 
 
 
How can a woman who gives to everyone but herself accept God’s love and healing when she believes she’s fat, unworthy, and unfixable? Can she be Worth Her Weight?
 
 
 
Both my women's fiction demonstrate the twelve steps of God's hope.
 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Journal and Follow the First 3 Steps of Overeaters Anonymous

Divine Dining Weight Controllers follow the twelve steps of Overeaters Anonymous. Why? Because they have it right. I needed them. So do others. Bill W. and Dr. Bob got their inspiration straight from God when they began Alcoholics Anonymous, and it still works today for recovery from addiction whether it's food addiction or something else.


First 3 steps of Overeaters Anonymous.


1.     We admitted we were powerless over food, that our lives had become unmanageable.

2.     Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3.     Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

 Journaling

One helpful tool to Divine Dining Weight Control is journaling. This is especially helpful if you’ve had a rough day the day before, or if you’re wanting to eat, eat, and eat. Write down those feelings. Write down your petition to the Lord. It sticks with you better and rids your mind of any anger or resentment.

 

******I found this post in a journal from several years ago when I was struggling so much with food addiction:

     What I have trouble with is step three (action). I can say the words “Lord, take over my will,” but I obviously don’t mean them because I continue to try to control and react negatively when it goes contrary to my wishes.

     I must learn to not react to others’ problems. Step three and giving up control is in direct proportion to my spiritual condition. God is in the now, not past, nor future.

     One last note, as in “How It Works” in the Big Book, we claim spiritual progress, not spiritual perfection.


Have you tried the 12 steps?

Do you journal?

****This is important******


P. S. In case you're new to "Writing with God's Hope" blog, I lost 100 pounds and have maintained the loss for twenty years, after being overweight all my adult life.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Is It God's Way or the My Way?

There is a way that seems right to man, but in the end it leads to death.
                                        Proverbs 16:25



     Willpower is fine as far as it goes, but for the compulsive overeater, it does not go far enough. The obsession we are trying to control is not rational, so it does not come under the sway of rational resolve. As a matter of fact, it is our “self-will run riot” that pushes us on from bite to bite all the way through a binge, so trying to use self-will to control compulsive overeating is like trying to put out a fire with gasoline. The driving force behind out white-knuckled, clenched-teeth “no” can just as well shift over and fuel the mania to swallow more and more and everything.
                   from Hazelden Publication "When Willpower Is Not Enough"


First 3 steps of Overeaters Anonymous
 
1.     We admitted we were powerless over food, that our lives had become unmanageable.
2.     Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3.     Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
I’ve always been a journal-keeper through the good and the bad.
******I found this post in a journal from several years ago:
     What I have trouble with is step three (action). I can say the words “Lord, take over my will,” but I obviously don’t mean them because I continue to try to control and react negatively when it goes contrary to my wishes.
     I must learn to not react to others’ problems. Step three and giving up control is in direct proportion to my spiritual condition. God is in the now, not past or future.
 

 
Jesus said unto him, "Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind.
                           Matthew 22:37
 
     I think we get down the heart, the soul, even the strength. We follow Christ with everything in us, but we have a problem when it comes to our minds.
     Our minds take in our reason
                           logic
                           desire
                           imagination
                           memory
                           will
 
Our minds rebel, maybe only in a small area (like food). Jesus commanded us to love Him even with our whole mind. Rebellion in any area is simply rebellion, and God will not tolerate that. Like a rotten apple in a barrel of good ones, our small rebellion grows into a mountain of sin.
 
 
Who is driving the vehicle of your life? Who controls your food, your time, your thoughts?
 
When you begin the next diet, pray about it. Could it be that you're following a way that seems right to you, but ends in death and defeat?
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Face to Face with Yourself

In Overeaters Anonymous I was told, "let us love you until you learn to love yourself."

In Christian Weight Controllers, I was told, "understand that God loves you even when you don't love yourself."



God helped me lose 95 pounds and keep it off for 18 years. Praise His name.



God controls the whole earth. He made humans in "His image." He wanted us to give love to Him of our own free will. He desires we follow Him willingly.

    Don't fight the facts of nature. Who can straighten what he has made crooked?
    Enjoy prosperity whenever you can, and when hard times strike, realize that God gives one as well as the other--so that everyone will realize that nothing is certain in this life. 
    Ecclesiastes 7: 13-14 from Live Recovery Bible
 

Does that speak to you? Any message in that?

 
There are things in life that will never make sense to us. I don't understand how a young man can be taken, and an older man with Alzheimer's can be left. I don't understand why God doesn't strike down the child abuser.

Neither do I understand how my husband can eat one bite of candy each day, or forget about it and leave it in his drawer for weeks, while it burns in my brain until I finish the whole package.

 
God is sovereign. When we accept that, we're ready to come face-to-face with ourselves and learn how to retain permanent control of our weight.
 

****"It's not the flavor, it's the fix."
      You didn't fail at diets. Diets failed you.
                       How to Make Almost Any Diet Work
                           by Anne Katherine
 
Katherine gives lots of charts, lots of trial and error steps in her book. The point is there’s not a one-size fits all abstinence.

 
I don’t like the word diet. I use the word abstinence for when I follow the plan that works best for me, that God and I have chosen together for me to follow. Then, I’m being abstinent.

 

The book recommends learning how your body reacts to certain ways of eating.

 
Many years ago, when I joined Christian Weight Controllers and started my path of losing and maintaining weight God's way, I faced my own habits, desires, and lifestyle.
 
 
 
Here's what I discovered about myself:
I must have protein at breakfast or I feel weak all morning & tend to overeat at lunch.
 
 
I need to eat my last meal early in the evening, or it interferes with my sleep at night. Also I lose or maintain better if I do that.
 
 
 
 
 
I was a terrible snacker, so limiting in-between eating eases my compulsive nature. I strive for 3 meals with a small snack about 7 at night.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Time to come face-to-face with yourself? Are you at the point where you and the Lord are determining what plan of abstinence works for you?


Do you skip breakfast and become ravenous by ten in the morning?

 

Do big lunches help you through a sluggish afternoon or does it make it worse?

 

Can you safely go a couple hours after your usual eating time without any adverse affects, or do you feel faint and weak, then unable to stay abstinent when you do eat?

 

Do you get hungry in the middle of the night, the middle of the afternoon, or not at all?

 

 

Try different ways & figure out what works for you.


“We shouldn’t seek answers as much as we should seek God."
                   The Circlemaker
                        by Mark Batterson
 
Remember, almost any diet will work. Ask God to show you a healthy eating style that works for you. God provides the strength. You are only responsible for keeping open the communication line to the Lord.
 
What is He telling you to do today?