Thursday, February 20, 2014

Emotional Triggers

I think I have been an emotional eater my entire life. It has always seemed so natural to want chocolate or a special treat of some kind when I have had a bad day or I am sad. Really, it's pretty socially acceptable, especially for women. Now overeating is another matter. That is never socially acceptable and being overweight can actually trigger emotional eating in and of itself. I have gotten discouraged and gave up, thinking it is hopeless to try to loose weight so why not enjoy myself. What I wasn't stopping to think about is that I bought into a lie that said food could fill the empty spaces in my heart that only God can fill. I love how Mrs. Terkeurst refers to the Israelites in chapter 13 and how God provided mannah every day to teach them to depend on Him and Him alone. He knew food was a weakness of theirs and in His infinite wisdom knew that was a perfect teaching tool.
 
     Until I read "Made to Crave" I never really thought of overeating or eating for the wrong reasons as a spiritual issue. Maybe that is why diets have never worked permanently for me. But now I am totally open to giving God this area of my life and allowing Him to teach me His ways. I became very discouraged this weekend because after loosing 5 pounds the scale put me right back where i was when I started this study. I think I need a new scale as it's not accurate at all, but it was discouraging none the less and i wanted to quit. Then with Monday's newsletter came the encouragement I needed. This is a process. There will be peaks and valleys but permanent change isn't going to happen overnight. I will fall, and get back up multiple times before my journey is over. I so appreciate being a part of this community where everyone encouraged one another. It has helped me not give up and I hope I can also be an encouragement to all of yhou to help you also stay the course. Our prize, a deep relationship with the Lord, is well worth it!

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8 comments:

Carolyn Black said...

I enjoyed your message. We are all in this together! Love and Blessings. Carolyn ~ OBS Small Group 12

Carolyn Black said...

I enjoyed your message. This really is a spiritual battle. Satan will not win this one! Love and Blessings to you. Carolyn ~ OBS Small Group 12

Carolyn Black said...

I enjoyed your message. This battle is spiritual as well. Satan will not prevail on this one! Great is His Faithfulness. Love and Blessings to you. Carolyn ~ OBS Small Group 12

Vicki Hampton said...

Thank you for sharing! Good to be able to support each other! Vicki H. Group 12

Vicki Hampton said...

Thank you for sharing! Glad to have each other to support each other!
Vicki Hampton. Group 13

Blogger Loves The King said...

Hi Debbie - Like you I never really put this overeating on a spiritual level. I think I thought about it a few times, but never deep like MTC has shown us. Thanks so much for sharing. Enjoyed your blog. Debbie W. (OBS Team Leader)

Abby Williams said...

It sounds like you are already ahead on your journey. There will be valleys, but they make the peaks all the more beautiful. You can do this!!! With God anything is possible. Good luck! <3

-Abby Nardi (Group 12 Leader)

DebbieP said...

Thanks for all the encouragement, I needed it! (Chocolate has really been calling my name!)