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

Friday, December 30, 2016

DIVINE DINING WORKBOOK

A companion to the Life-changing devotional to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness
 
 

Add the workbook for 2017



Are you feeling discouraged and fat? Has life escalated your eating and your low self esteem? Starting a new program to eat healthy is important. That takes care of the physical, but any compulsive action requires healing of also the mental and spiritual. It isn't enough to give up fattening foods. We  must fill the vacuum with Christ.
 
 
The workbook covers fourteen new classes.
 
 
 
VICTORY THROUGH JESUS 
 
 
Many have read the daily devotions in Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.. Now, add to it the NEW WORKBOOK for Divine Dining. Try meeting at church or your home and each of you follow the class. If you don't have others that desire to join a group, follow the workbook at home by yourself; a perfect combination.
 
 
Read the devotion each day
 As many of you know, I do little right now because of my health. If you need new information on the new workbook, contact me best through my Facebook link, or preorder the book through Pen-L Publishing (See above).

You may leave a comment here.  God bless your 2017.
 


Saturday, May 28, 2016

An Easy Summertime Meal

In North Texas, it's been hot this week. We're wetter than usual. Praise God! But, when the days reach the upper 80s and lower 90s and the humidity is high with the constant threat of thunderstorms, it's uncomfortable.

With summertime comes the need to keep the oven off if at all possible. We grill outside some, but I'm always looking for meals that cool me, don't heat the house, and that tastes good.

Salads are the perfect answer, but my husband detests salad of any kind except this one. Thank you, Jesus. Charles loves this meal almost as much as I do, and it meets the criteria.

1. Cools me to eat it
2. Doesn't heat the house much
3. Tastes wonderful
and of course,
4. My husband will eat it.
also for a recovering compulsive overeater like myself,
5. It's light and healthy.


Taco Salad
 
 
1 pound ground 93% lean white turkey
My dinner last night
Cooking oil spray
1 packet McCormick mild taco seasoning
3/4 cup water
shredded lettuce
diced tomatoes
4-5 jalapeno pepper slices
1 oz. Tostadas multi-grain chips
2 T. shredded 2% pepper jack cheese
2 T. light sour cream
salsa to taste
 
 
Spray a skillet with cooking spray.
Chop up the meat into the skillet and cook until browned.
Stir in seasoning packet and water.
Cook over low heat for 10 minutes to blend flavors.
 
Set out all the other ingredients on the table.
Each person should have a big, open bowl instead of a plate.
Now, each is free to add all or some of the ingredients as they desire.
 
Serves 4
 
If you follow the Weight Watcher plan, this recipe is 11 pointsplus.
 
Changes you can make:
McCormick has a regular and a mild seasoning packet.
 
Why McCormick? It doesn't have to be, but it was the only one I found that listed sugar as the 10th ingredient. Some have it 2nd. Read the label.
 
Lucerne, and other cheese makers, offer Mexican blend cheese, or you might find and prefer a fat free cheese to lower points.
 
Why Tostados multi-grain chips?
I like them. They're only 3 pointsplus for an ounce. If you find others tortilla chips that are comparable, super.
 
If you prefer, lean ground beef can be substituted for turkey.
 
 
Well, this is my easy, healthy, summertime meal. What's yours?



Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Is Willpower Enough?

Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.

                                   John 8:32
 

If there is one truth I’ve learned since the Lord healed me of compulsive overeating, it’s that I must be honest and real.

 
Me at 250 pounds
That truth provides the basis for my book Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.http://www.pen-l.com/DivineDining.html
 

     Despite the trusted belief to the contrary, will power isn’t the answer for weight loss. My strong will power fueled my disease. I reached two hundred, fifty pounds. By then, I was an emotional wreck with thoughts of suicide. Food dominated everything I did.

     I was a Christian, so I prayed for God to help me, to stop the cravings, to take away the desire to overeat. Nothing lasted. I rose from my knees to try another diet, to do it for myself. I could tell you the caloric content of foods, what to eat and what to avoid. Knowledge did not translate into success. My will power would last for days or for months, but then it turned on me and pushed me to eat what I wanted, so that I regained the weight, plus some. Nothing worked until I truly gave up trying and told God if He didn't heal me, I was doomed. Desperation drives divine dining.

     Every week during a Christian weight loss class, I soaked up the lessons presented. When the teacher moved, I continued to teach the class. I lost weight in direct proportion to my reliance on Christ. God healed me emotionally. While teaching this class, I also attended a twelve-step Overeater’s Anonymous group. I tore down the idol of food and put God on the throne of my heart.
Showing off my 3 books including Divine Dining in the center.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     In Divine Dining I teach principles from my weight loss journey. Even now, after eighteen years, I read books and literature over and over to keep me inspired, and keep off the weight.


     I have several daily devotion books, some specifically for compulsive overeaters, but Divine Dining is the first one I’ve found that combines a twelve-step approach with drawing closer to Christ and allowing Him to take His rightful place in our lives.



     A few years ago, the Lord woke me in the middle of the night. My mind popped with devotions. I wrote fourteen before I went back to bed. For four years, ideas came to me. Sometimes I wrote one a day. Other times I wrote one a week.
Now, at 150 pounds, 100 lbs. less
By the time I had finished 300 devotions, I knew this wasn’t meant just for me. God wanted me to share it. I started submitting. Pen-L Publishing released it in December, 2012.


 
It remains my best seller.
 
Soon, I’ll be releasing a workbook as a compliment to the devotion book. Keep tuned for further information.

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, February 10, 2016

DEPRESSION

Our church has a prayer loop. I noticed this week three requests for someone suffering from depression. It's real. It's devastating. It's one of the devil's best tools, but God can and will heal it. Praise His Name.
 

The devil delights in causing depression for saints. He whispers lies in our ears. We repeat them over and over until our spirits are so defeated only a miracle can redeem us, but God is in the miracle business.

 

Depression isn’t new.

 

Look at the prophet, Elijah’s words.

 


“I’ve had enough,” he told the Lord. “Take away my life. I’ve got to die sometime, and it might as well be now.”

                      1 Kings 19:4 Life Recovery Bible

 

 
Jeremiah poured out his depression on the page.

 


He has filled me with bitterness and given me a cup of deepest sorrows to drink.

                 Lamentations 3:15 Life Recovery Bible

 

 

In that same chapter of Lamentations in verses twenty-one through twenty-three, Jeremiah tells us the answer to depression.
 
 
 
Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness, his loving-kindness begins afresh each day. 

(That's one of my favorite verses.)
 

Our only hope.

 


God is strong enough to lift our burdens and loving enough to mend our broken heart.

              Life Recovery Bible, note on page 843

 

 
All forms of depression bring a wedge between us and God.


Like Jeremiah, the only remedy is soaking in the Word of God, allowing it to soothe and encourage, and reminding ourselves of His faithfulness in the past.

 

Depression is like an elephant sitting on you and you can't get up.
 

“If God never sleeps, why should both of us stay awake?”

                       The Freedom of Letting Go

                        by Donna Clark Goodrich

                 

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right."
                                                      ~ Henry Ford



Depression kept me down for years. I tried to eat myself into an early grave. I felt unworthy, unable to cope. Praise God for His healing. I still have days when I feel the effect on my thoughts, but His mercy is new every morning, so I know I must look up. I had one of those days Saturday. God is helping.

 Loss or betrayal can, at any time, throw us into a spiral of depression. Our only hope is through Jesus Christ. I pray today for all those battling with depression's effect.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

12 Reasons We Succumb to Overeating

1. We respond compulsively to life's pressures.

2.We may subconsciously desire added pounds to protect ourselves from love and intimacy.

3. We may use food to satisfy our need for immediate gratification.

4. We may use food as a sedative.

5. We may concentrate our desire for food to avoid facing problems.

6. We may eat to punish ourselves for not being enough.

7. We may eat to relieve depression or stress.

8. We may eat to rebel against someone's perceived wrongs to us.

9. We may eat to exert control over life.

10.We may have a faulty perception of our body image.

11.We may have emotional feelings about food which were developed at our parent's dinner table.

12. We use food as a nurturer to satisfy love hunger.


Jesus wrapped God's ten commandments into two with Luke 10:27

He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"


Might we not roll up the 12 reasons we succumb to overeating into one?


Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.                     1 John 5: 21

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

What's Wrong Now?

What's wrong? God has enriched our lives. He leads us to peace of mind and joy of heart. We’re eating healthy, exercising, and worshiping God with renewed vigor.

Then we flounder.

Lord, help me.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
                            Matthew 11:28,29 NIV


What do I need?


H.A.L.T. Stop and examine your life.


H - hungry

    Are you eating enough?
    Do you overeat before your hunger is assuaged?
    What type of foods do you eat?

To defeat hunger, eat power food. Here are my top 10 power food:
        1. Spinach
        2. Watermelon
        3. Sweet potatoes
        4. Low fat string cheese
        5. 2 Tablespoons almonds
        6. Red peppers
        7. Oatmeal
        8. Tomatoes
        9. Apples
        10.Carrots

A - Angry

    Even if you don't admit or realize that you're angry at someone or some situation, you may begin to overeat. It's a compulsive overeater's natural response to turn our anger inward. When we become angry at ourselves for the overeating, we forget the root cause. 
  

    We only have four choices.
       1. Keep overeating and hold on to our anger.
       2. Lose our temper, hate ourselves more, and eat more.
       3. Avoid the situation or person. (which isn't always possible and doesn't help you lose the anger).
       4. Submit your angry feelings to God and allow Him to heal your spirit.
    

L - Lonely

      Do you eat because it's fun, and you're bored?
      Has food become your best friend?
      Do you crave companionship?

       God is your friend.

              You are my friends if you do what I command you.
                                                                    John 15:14

              Seek out ones that need help, and your loneliness will disappear. 
    

             For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me drink, I was a stranger, and you welcomed me, I was naked, and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison, and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty, and give you drink? And when did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick, or in prison, and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brother, you did it to me.'
                                                                 Matthew 25: 35-40

        Another tip: Be a joiner. Get in a Bible study, a walking group, a weight support group, the choir. What interests you?




T - Tired

     Have you become too tired, done too much, not slept enough?
     Have you been sick? Did you go to full schedule before your strength returned?

    It's a proven fact that you lose weight better if you sleep 7-8 hours at night.
    If you work too long without eating, your blood sugar may drop, destroying your natural defenses against an easy food fix.
    If you find yourself wanting to eat too much, read God's Word more often. Pray more. Draw nearer to Him. Remember, God is our strength in time of need.



When craving hits, and you can't get enough to eat, the problem might not be the food.

Ask God to show you what's wrong.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

FORGIVENESS

Do you have questions about what the Bible says about forgiveness? Here's my warning from the Lord.


    F-O-R-G-I-V-E

 
          Or

 
         D-I-E

 
 

In Christianity, forgiveness isn’t an option. If we are to live, we must yield all anger.

 

     The madder I get, the more I eat, the more I yell or pout, and the more I dive into other compulsive behaviors. You may handle anger in other ways, but anger left in your heart expands into resentment and resentment into unforgiveness. Let it go, or it will destroy your witness and eventually your life.

 

What did Jesus tell us about forgiveness?
 
"Then, Peter came to him and asked, 'Sir, how often should I forgive a brother who sins against me? Seven times?
 
'No!' Jesus replied, 'seventy times seven!'"
                Matthew 18: 21, 22 New Recovery Bible

How many of us come close to forgiving that many times? Jesus is saying we should always forgive. No room should be given in a Christian's heart for unforgiveness.

 

What does the Bible say about forgiveness in the Lord’s prayer?

  

Hint: (Matthew 6: 12)
 
 
Doesn't forgiveness mean I wasn't wronged?
 
No. A plaque that hangs on the wall of a local mental hospital uses these anonymous quotes:
 
to "let go" is not to deny, but to accept.
to "let go" is not to regret the past, but to grow and live for the future.
to "let go" is to fear less, and love more.

 
If we forgive, how do we get rid of the pain and hurt?

Like with any sin, we must first confess. God will never force himself on you. You must expose the hurt for Him to take it away.


 
"Before you can really begin the healing process of forgiveness, you must come to a point where you acknowledge that God is aware of every struggle you encounter. He knows that some of the hurts you have suffered are intensely painful. He understands that you need to grieve, heal, and be restored.
        Landmines in the Path of the Believer by Charles Stanley

 

 
Our red bud tree gives blooms of hope in March

To receive the healing that forgiveness brings, you must lift your head to the Lord and trust Him with judgment for wrong-doings. Then, pray for those who’ve hurt you or been unfair.

 

Sometimes, forgiveness doesn't come immediately. I remember one time with a "friend" that took advantage of us in a business venture causing us embarrassment, frustration, and a lot of money. I prayed and prayed for God to heal the pain, but every time I saw the man, anger reared its ugly head again and sent me back to my knees. After two years, I entered a party not expecting him to be there, but he was. I smiled and went into his open arms, all unforgivenss gone, never to return. Praise God. 

When we forgive, we receive the peace that passeth all understanding. It’s the only way can we live a healthy, Godly life, the only way we can bloom and produce fruit as God asks.

 

One extra note: Forgiveness isn't easy and only comes through God.
 
 

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Do You Think Sin is Progressive?

Jesus said unto him, "Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
                                Matthew 22:37


This is the first commandment, according to Jesus.

     Personally, I think we get down obeying with our heart and soul. Even with our strength as another Scripture says. 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

 
Sometimes we hold back a little part of desire, a big chunk of self-will. We rebel in some small area which grows into a mountain of unbelief.

 
Have you ever had one bad potato in a sack of potatoes? If you leave them alone and don’t pull out the bad potato, what happens?

All the potatoes get rotten and black.

 

 That’s the way it is with one little sin. Just like rotten fruits or veggies, sin in one area contaminates other areas. If we serve God every way but have one sin, one thing that’s too important to us, something that comes before God in our mind, and we leave it alone and don’t get rid of it,  that sin overwhelms our Christian walk.

****I found I added dishonesty to overeating by lying about the food I ate or bought.

 

****I added envy to my overeating because I had no self confidence.

 

****I added resentments to my envy because I saw hurts and betrayals with everyone in my life.

 
Now, instead of one sin, I had four sins.

 The basis for it all was unbelief, not believing God would control my compulsion if I left it with Him.
 
 
   Is there any area in your life, in your mind that's rotten?
    
     SIN IS PROGRESSIVE.
    
     Give it to Jesus.
 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My Secret Tool to Losing 95 Pounds

One of my biggest secrets to maintaining my weight loss this time has been my daily prayer and meditation that includes reading inspirational books or pamphlets that address my compulsive overeating.

I read the same 20-25 books over and over. Four years ago, God woke me in the night and dictated fourteen devotions to me. I wrote as fast as my fingers could move on the keyboard.

I’m thinking God felt it was time to add a new book to my library because He continued to give me devotions over a 4 year period. Some months, I only wrote 1 or 2. Some months, I wrote 20. I thought God was giving them to help me with my healing.

When I had written 300, I decided I was aiming for 365, so that other people could benefit. I proposed the idea of a 365 devotion book for overeaters to Duke Pennell of Pen-L Publishing. He asked me to finish it and send the full manuscript. I did, and he offered me a contract.

The book released December, 2013. I find it beneficial to have my own copy in my prayer corner. I, like others, read one devotion each day. They’re short and easy and, hopefully, inspirational.


Though I gave my heart to God at age seven and attended church regularly, compulsive overeating almost ruined my life. I teetered on the brink of suicide and divorce for several years. Praise God, He gave me an emotional and spiritual healing in time. I lost 95 pounds and have now kept it off 18 years.
 
Food is merely a symptom of a problem. When I have trouble wanting to eat, I:
1)Get more into the Word and draw closer to my Lord.
2)Pray for God to examine my heart and let me know why I'm so tempted.
 
Saturday, we'll delve into some of the reasons that push us to overeat. See you then.
 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

RENEW

My thoughts trouble me and cause all manner of difficulty. My overeating, my self-condemnation, my sharp tongue all stem from my mind, and what I think about.  Romans 12: 2 urges us to be "transformed by the renewing of our mind."  As Christians, it behooves us to renew our minds and seek the mind of Christ.

Is that possible?

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
                                                                            1 Corinthians 2:16


Salvation takes away our sin and provides us eternal life.


What then must we do to have the mind of Christ?



    1.     Meditate on God.

I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember thy wonders of old.
I will meditate also on all thy work, and talk of thy doings.     Psalm 77: 11-12 
 

Meditation is simply soaking in God, dwelling on what He's already done for us, listening to His voice, and obeying His Word..

 
  2. Give up our critical nature nd words. Be an encourager.
 

****If it’s not good or uplifting, don’t say it and don’t think it.
      
          Divine Dining, my devotion book and Worth Her Weight, my new women's fiction seek to
         encourage the readers.
 
 

               3. Keep an attitude of gratitude.

In everything, give thanks.
A simple thank you can solve a lot of misunderstandings and hurt feelings.



4.  Remind yourself daily how much God loves you.
 
Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

When we look down ourselves, we negate God’s love.

What I am and what I struggle with are not the same thing.
                                         Me, Myself, & Lies by Jennifer Rothschild
 
We need to separate those two things. I battle compulsive overeating. I also tend to use negative self talk about myself, calling myself a failure. But that’s not who I am. I’m a beloved child of God who seeks to follow His will and touch other lives with His love flowing through me.
 
 
    5.  Be positive.
I'm not talking about just positive-thinking, but positive because I trust Him to make it right.
 
                  Think of the problems you're facing today. How many of them would wither in the
                      light of God's love if we sought to renew our mind, to possess the mind of Christ?

                        I feel the need to fall on my face and seek the "mind of Christ."

                      
                        How about you?