Showing posts with label God's Word. Show all posts
Showing posts with label God's Word. Show all posts

Saturday, January 9, 2016

What Does It Mean To Keep A Single Eye?

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.


Keep a clear eye on Christ
              Matthew 6: 22 KJV

 

We must focus on Christ. When Peter kept his eye on Jesus, he walked on water. When he looked at the turbulent waves, he sunk. We’re the same way. We can do anything with Christ, but if we focus on the problem, the problem overwhelms us.

 
I note from Devotions for Dieters by Charlie W. Shedd words used in other translations for single eye are:

 

If thine eye be clear

If thine eye be unclouded

If thine eye be true

If thine eye be sound or healthy

If thine eye be unaffected

 

I like this one: If thine eye be undivided.

 


Are you walking blind?
Do you need God's wisdom?
 
     If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

 

    But let him ask in faith, nothing waveri
ng. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed

.                              James 1: 5-6

 

 

Synonyms for waver are go back and forth, blow hot and cold, dilly-dally, flip flop, indecisive.

 
God wants us to seek His guidance and wisdom for whatever challenges we face today. He wants us to keep a single, (undivided) eye on Him. We should ask in faith and not doubt (waver).

 

Apply God’s instructions to any trial. With me, as most of my viewers know, I apply this principle to food addiction.

 


How do I handle a buffet or party table laden with food by keeping a “single eye” and not “wavering?”

 
I should first seek God and focus on Him.

I should sort and dismiss options.

I would make my selections.

I would reject some choices.

I would be satisfied with God's direction in my life.

 

 

What does having a single eye and not wavering mean to your problem area, today?

 

 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

What's the 3 Components of Weight Loss?

Compulsive overeating, despite our own wishes, hits us on 3 levels: physically, mentally, and spiritually.


1. Spiritual:   Study the Bible daily. Read a devotion or spiritual lesson to help with the spiritual side of weight loss or weight maintenance. Many great groups like Weight Watchers or TOPS hit the physical and mental part, and that’s important, but few address the spiritual element.
     Pray daily, "Not my will, but Thine be done."



*****Without Christ’s power, we will never find permanent victory, merely temporary relief.



Most of us have discovered the temporary.

Many of us have lost hundreds of pounds in our lifetimes.

We must learn to conquer it forever, and that requires submitting to God’s will and utilizing His power.


2. Mental  Support groups such as Weight Watchers and Church groups help with this. Share tips for changing your mindset.  If you don't have a support group, find a friend fighting weight.

Our goal is to look at food as we would the mountains or the beach, something that God has given us to make life more enjoyable.

We want to look at food as we do God’s Word, something we take in daily to nourish our bodies, like His Word does our souls.

Food isn’t a drug.

Food isn’t what will fix your problems.

Food isn’t your friend.

Food isn’t your god.


Anything you put on the throne of your life instead of God is an idol.


Though we love God and desire to serve Him, we build up habits. Habits require mental changes. To stop one bad habit, we must replace it with a good habit.


That's where tips that work for others can also help us.

****My best tip for eating out is to choose wisely, but then take half of it home.

****My second best tip is when faced with a dessert, I eat half and cover the rest with my napkin. Also, if it isn't a real favorite, I consider it not worth it. I'll wait for cheesecake.



3. Physical  Don't overwhelm yourself. Start small. Change one thing at a time.

Obsessing over what not to eat is as bad as obsessing over what to eat.

God is the author of freedom.


*****The first change is this:

Eat breakfast every morning this week.

Not just any breakfast, but choose from these choices.  (One in each category.)

One starch or grain

      Suggestions: ¾ c. ready to eat cereal without added sugar

                        1 c. Hot cereal like oatmeal or cream of wheat

                                                  without added sugar or margarine

                      1 slice Whole grain toast

                        Half bagel or English muffin



One dairy or high calcium food   1 c. skim milk or 2% milk

                                                 8 oz. yogurt (80 calorie)

                                                 1 oz. 2% fat cheese

                                                 ½ c fat free ricotta cheese



One protein             Can be the above cheeses

                            1 T. peanut butter

                           1 egg

                          ½ c. eggbeaters

                       1 oz. ham or Canadian bacon

One piece of fruit lots of choices there apples, strawberries, bananas, nectarines, etc.

Double these portions if you’re over 200 lbs. or if you do intensive exercise.

That's my lesson for today. Compulsive overeating hits us on all 3 levels. It takes fighting back on all 3 to lose weight and maintain the loss for life.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

H.A.L.T.

Sometimes, we just wake up hungry. We eat a healthy meal and walk away unsatisfied. A few minutes later, we peruse the refrigerator looking for something that sounds good.

 We follow advice from our support group and weight loss buddy and slice an apple. We eat slowly. An hour later, we're back looking through the pantry.

A handful of nuts is healthy. We dig in. Our handful becomes three handfuls. We decide to have one scoop of ice cream, but the half gallon container is soon empty.

What happened?

We, who are powerless over food, are also powerless over other areas of our lives. We need God.

Sit and soak in the Word of God. Ask Him to examine your heart and illuminate you as to what needs changing. This acronym below suggests some possibilities.

H - hunger - Are you getting too busy and not stopping to eat  before you're starved?
A - anger - Come on now. Don't tell me good Christians don't get angry. That idea tripped me up for years. If you don't admit it, how will God be allowed to heal it? 
L - lonely - Are you alone? Bored? Do you need to help someone? Be a friend to the friendless? 
T - tired - Are you getting enough rest? Are you sick? Did you change medicines?

This list highlights several problem areas. Ask God to open your eyes.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and It shall be given him.
                                James 1:5


Have you ever had the munchies?

Do you know why?