It’s a busy week here at The Journey! For those of you who are new … Welcome! I’m in the middle of writing about my 31 Days of Eating Paleo. We have a giveaway going on. Jessica also just finished a 14 Day Bodyweight Exercise challenge, which you can start at any time. We also have the Made to Crave book study going, which is why I’m writing right now.
Chapter 6 is about denying ourselves and self control. That’s a pretty good lesson for me as I’m on a pretty strict eating plan right now. Paleo is not easy. I do think that food can get in the way of our relationship with God. I didn’t see it that way before reading this book, but I see it more now. I think food can become an idol when we rely on food and not God to fill a void in our hearts.
Do you think you can grow closer to God by giving up some sort of food item? One of the disciplines in the Bible is fasting, which is denying food and focusing on prayer. What if every time I had a craving for something sweet I decided to pray or meditate on a scripture verse instead of eating that sweet thing. I would be doing a lot of praying right now, that’s for sure. I can see how it would help me physically get my mind off of the craving, and spiritually turn my heart towards God.
Chapter 7 is one of the most important in the book, I think. YOU ARE NOT A NUMBER! I love what she says on page 74,
We can step on the scale and accept the numbers for what they are — an indication of how much our body weighs — and not an indication of our worth.
God sees you and knows the number of hairs on your head, but your value is not found in any number! You are of value because you are His child! You are not defined by a number on a scale, or the size in your jeans or the number of pounds you have gained or lost. I want you to write a phrase on a post-it note that you like, either from the book or from somewhere else — pick something important to you — such as “I am not a number,” or “I am a child of God.” Then place that note over the numbers on your bathroom scale. When you are tempted to find your value in that number that pops up on your scale, instead focus on the phrase you wrote on that piece of paper.
Assignments to be completed before October 10: Read Chapters 8 & 9.
Today’s song is brought to you by Matthew West. Your name is not your weight.
Cori is a wife, mom of three and random writer who is learning how to take small steps towards big goals. She tends to be an all-or-nothing kind of person, but a journey to learn how to run (something she always hated) has taught her a lot about gradual, slow change. And she needs a new picture, because her hair is longer now.