Showing posts with label #addiction. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #addiction. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cover Reveal for Worth Forgiving

My next inspirational women's fiction, Worth Forgiving is set to release on Sept. 1, 2016. My excitement bubbles over at the prospect. This is the second in the Wharton Rock series. The first in the series, Worth Her Weight came out in January, 2015.

Wharton Rock is a fictional small North Texas town where everyone knows everything about you, and gossip runs wild. The series focuses on self-worth destroyed by addictions, habits, and hang-ups.

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.
                                                                                2 Corinthians 12:9

Worth Her Weight deals with a woman controlled by food addition, a man who must let go of control, and a mother who fights anger over her fate.

In small town Texas, a drug addicted woman who is released from prison faces an uphill climb to forgiveness. This is the story of Worth Forgiving.

With that introduction, for the first time, I wish to reveal the cover Pen-L came up with for this new book.

And now, ta-da!
 
 

Pen-L will be offering it for pre-order on August 1, so watch for the link.

What do you think about the cover?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Goodreads Giveaway

Goodreads now offers a chance to win one of two signed copies of Worth Her Weight.



It's easy. Go to the link and click to enter.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/194725-worth-her-weight

The contest will close out after August 10, 2016, so don't delay.



TOBY WHEELER loves being a policeman in Wharton Rock.

         But…

           He can’t help his best friend, Lacey

           He can’t stop the town’s drug problem.

           His best never seemed so inadequate.  

 

LACEY CHANDLER hates her life as a single mom,

           So she eats. It’s the only control she has.

           She wonders if God even cares.

           Is she following her dad’s footsteps into insanity?

 

 
BETTY CHANDLER, Lacey’s mom, faces disability, despair, and anger at the only daughter who takes care of her.
 

3 people who are unfixable

Is God enough?

Saturday, February 27, 2016

How Important is Honesty to Deliverance from Addictions?

     This morning, our local Christian station played a song about honesty. The lyrics tell us honesty brings freedom and joy. Wow, is that ever true.

 
Honesty is imperative to follow Christ’s will in weight loss, or deliverance from any addiction, obsession, or hang up. A thorough, honest inventory exposes wounds and rips open scars where God’s touch can rub in salve.

 
 
And how can we be sure that we belong to him? By looking within ourselves; are we really trying to do what he wants us to?

Someone may say, "I am a Christian; I am on my way to heaven; I belong to Christ.” But if he doesn’t do what Christ tells him to, he is a liar.

                                      1 John 2:7,8


Ouch! A liar?


If you’re not honest about everything, it’s the same as not being honest about anything. There’s no such thing as being partially honest, anymore than there’s such a thing as being a little pregnant.


Sneaky sins creep into our life; a bit of resentment, a smattering of anger, a tad of envy, a small disobedience. We think it’s not big enough to worry about. We should keep going to church and confessing Christ, and deny bad thoughts.
 

My husband says, “I’d admit my faults if I had any.” He’s joking, of course, but many of us live our Christian life as if we were saying that to the world, all the time while we’re stuffing stinking thinking into our mouth with a plateful of goodies.
 

I can’t fix myself, but God can fix me. He died to save my sins. I’m perfect in Him. My part is surrender.

 

“The first time I shared my story with others, I died to myself. I felt like God needed me to tell it, and after I did, I was overwhelmed by the needs of those around me.”

                 Food for the Hungry Heart
                           By Cynthia Rowland McClure

 

I found that to be true. When I was honest with others, they no longer feared opening up about their own struggles. After we do a thorough inventory, we must bring it first to God, and then to at least one other person. In honesty comes healing. I recommend following the twelve steps of Overeaters Anonymous. (See my page to the right for all 12 steps).

 
Do you need to start today? Here’s the first four steps:

 
1.     Admit you are powerless over ________

2.     Admit that God can overcome your __________

3.     Turn your will and your problem over to God.

4.     Begin a thorough, honest inventory of your life.

 
No, I don’t like being called a liar, but I was. I hid anger, resentment, envy, and despair. I worried that if people knew what I was really like, they wouldn’t like me, anymore.

 
But, God already knew.
 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Inspirational Quotes

Sunset over my grandson's first scrimmage for baseball, 2016
I post a quote that helps me at the top of this Writing with God’s Hope blog. Such thoughts can minister over and over.

Today, I decided to post several that influence my thinking over my overeating compulsion.

To heal emotionally and gain deliverance from food addiction, we must change the way we look at ourselves, our God, and our food. If I know the author, I give credit. I hope these speak to you.

 
    It is the life, not the lips, which truly praise God.

  

Death of self helps prayer life.

 

It’s not who runs your eating; it’s who you run to for your eating.              
                          -Janet K. Brown

 


The enemy of our souls wants to discourage us from ever thinking we could have a supernatural self-control.
                         Lose It for Life

 

Change your thoughts, and you change your world.
                            Norman Vincent Peale

 

Food is not the cure for your pain.

Freedom, not bondage is what we seek.

 

Losing weight is not the end in itself; it’s merely a by-product of other, more important, transformations.

 
You can’t change life, but you can change yourself.


God can’t give you anything new until you let go of the old.
 
One day at a time.
                - Overeaters Anonymous
                

 
Do you have a quote to share?


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

How Do You Compare to the Israelites?

In the Old Testament, God chose the Israelite nation to be His children. He protected them, fought for them, and blessed them, yet time after time, they turned away from their God. How could they be so bad?
Do you see through a glass darkly?


Then again ...
How do we measure up or compare against the Israelites' failures?


Stiff-necked – That’s what Moses calls the Israelites in his prayer.

Are we stiff-necked? I am.

 

Wants their own way – The Israelites were unsatisfied with manna and quail. They wanted the choices they had in Egypt.

Do we complain and want our own way? Do we want to eat our pie, and still lose weight?

 

Impatient – They couldn’t wait for Moses to come down from the mountain. Out of impatience, they set up a golden calf to worship instead.

      I want weight loss every week. I want a two pound loss, not a quarter of a pound. I want to lose a hundred pounds in two months. If I don't, I complain that God is no help with weight loss? Am I alone? 


 

They believed their way was best. – They took things in their own hands, fought battles their way, and lost.

Through the years, I tried everything, but I continually regained weight plus gained even more.

 

Sin in their lives – They lost the battle of Ai because of sin in the camp. When the sin was cleansed, they won.

We harbor unforgivness, resentments, anger, and dishonesty and wonder why God doesn’t give us the desires of our hearts.

 
As you begin your new year, think about your walk with Christ. Have you really submitted to Him in the realm of eating? What about other areas? Is there parts you cling to, or refuse to let go, so that God can heal it? Are you comfortable in your small arena of failure? Have you put God on the throne of your life in everything?


If a daily devotion book would help you with weight loss, consider checking out my book Divine Dining. Find it to the right of this page. Pen-L Publishing will sell it with FREE SHIPPING through January 1. http://www.pen-l.com/DivineDining.html


If you're beginning a weight loss class at your church or in your home to support each other, watch for the Divine Dining Weight Controller Curriculum  book due out soon.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tunnel Vision

     Then Peter called to him, "Sir, if it is really you, tell me to come over to you, walking on the water."
     "All right,"  the Lord said, "come along."
     So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.
     But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified, and began to sink. "Save me, Lord," he shouted.
                          Matthew 14: 28-32 Life Recovery Bible




Tunnel on way to Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado
For our Christian walk, we require tunnel vision.  On a recent trip in the Colorado mountains, we passed through three tunnels.  While our car was going through them, we could see nothing except the sides of the tunnel and the road ahead. There were no distractions to pull us away from our goal, getting through that tunnel. Once we reached the end, lakes and trees, homes and businesses, other cars and even animals vied for our attention.

In the verses above, Peter reached his goal (walking on water) as long as he kept his eyes fixed on Jesus, but when the waves distracted him, he sunk.

If your goal is to lose weight God's way, or to find deliverance from any addiction, compulsion, or hang-up, keep your eyes on Jesus. If, like me, you have a hundred pounds to lose, or even thirty, the difficulty rises in your mind like a mountain that looms across Colorado roads.

Tunnel vision is the solution. Block out worrying about the storm, the problem, the mountain. Focus instead on Jesus, and Him alone.

If your feet begin to slip, spend more time in the Word and in prayer.



When a train goes through a tunnel, and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.
                                                                        Corrie ten Boom

Are you struggling to reach your goal? Do you feel God led you to write? Or lose weight? Or teach a class? The goal may seem like mission impossible.

Try doing it by going through a tunnel. Don't allow anything to take your eyes off Christ.



Saturday, February 15, 2014

6 Pointers for Change in 2014

Change the way you look?

Change the way you feel?

Add more zest to your life?

Draw closer to God?

Heal?

We're all looking for help to change our lives. Twenty years ago, I began to change, to heal emotionally, to lose weight. . Here's my tried and true pointers.



This is my before picture with my newborn granddaughter.

Today, she is 22 years old.


1. Read your Bible daily.
 
   Hearing the Word read on the TV or in church service isn't enough. Read it for yourself. Think about the words. Apply it to weight loss or whatever your habit or temptation might be.
 
   I read Proverbs 9:17. Stolen waters are sweet and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
 
   Secret stashes of food hidden around the house put weight on my body and pain in my soul.
 
   What Scripture ministers to you today?

2.Pray daily.
 
   Ask from the fount of God's wisdom what you should eat, how you should live, to whom should you minister.
 
   We are our worst enemy. Our wisdom is as weak as we are sick.
 
   Keep the relationship open with God on the throne and you, his willing servant.

3. Read Divine Dining devotion book or other inspiring literature without fail each day.
 
   Compliment your Bible reading with things that pertain to your particular problem. What you put in your mind shows forth through you life.

4.Come to meeting every week.
 
   If you're fortunate to have a support group for your addiction or habit, attend with regularity. If not, find an online support group. Chat with others who have similar struggles Encourage and hold up each other.
 
   For those who live in or near Wichita Falls, TX, our Divine Dining group meets every Tuesday evening at 7 at Heritage Church. We weigh, we study God's word, we delve into subjects to improve the physical, mental, and spiritual side of weight loss. Then, we pray.

5. Keep healthy foods available.
 
   For those of us who struggle with weight, it's important to be prepared. Keep cupboards as clear as possible of tempting junk food. Buy and have ready healthy snacks.
 
   Tailor this advice to your particular problem.

6. Visualize God working in your compulsion.
 
          Your nervous system cannot tell the difference between an imagined experience and a "real" experience. In either case, it reacts automatically to information which you give to it from your forebrain.
         Your nervous system reacts appropriately to what "you" think or imagine to be true.
                                                                                   
                                         This is a quote from Psycho-Cybernetics by
                                                                                  Maxwell Maltz, MD

                  If I go to a party expecting to get a dessert, eat half, and then cover it with a napkin to be thrown away, that's what I will do.

       If I see myself as thinner and eating less, I will.

  
 
 
The above picture was taken at Eureka Springs, Ark, the fall of 2013. I maintain the 95 lb loss using the 6 pointers above.
 
 
I welcome any other suggestions or comments.
 
 
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