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Old 10-20-2009, 01:52 PM   #151  
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Smile Trish,

I completely understand what you are saying, but you know what, I believe that we learn as God intends us to. I was struggling, too, and I did find Joyce Meyer and others, but I had so many problems, that looking back, I can see that I have changed from glory to glory.
We can't handle everything all at once, and God is good to help us learn what we need to learn when we need to learn it.
I had many Christian people in my life who were not helpful, even though they tried to be, "I think"...but it was hard when they would tell me that I was "doing it wrong" and would point out my faults and what needed to change and if they would have just understood that THEY are not the Holy Spirit, it could have saved me a lot of pain and anguish. BUT it helps me in how I deal with people. I pray for God to speak through me and give me HIS words, because I really want to be careful to not hinder others or break their spirit.
I still don't do everything right, and looking back at my path, I have had times of being really in the word, and times of being dry and making a lot of mistakes and doing bad things, and then coming back and going, HELP ME GOD, but I never left Him and He never left me, it was just life. We don't know what we are doing sometimes, but God is so merciful, and if I can relay one thing that will save anyone some of the trouble I went through, it is this JESUS IS OUR DAILY BREAD... and HE IS THE VINE AND I AM A BRANCH...OF MYSELF I CAN DO NOTHING, BUT I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME.
I pray I never forget to have Jesus as my Daily Bread. I NEED HIM more than I need anything else!

The way to have Jesus as your daily bread is by reading your Bible, or another faith filled book, or praying, or listening to Christian Music, or praising or worshiping, or by meditating on the Word, or by Confessing Scriptures, or just being aware of what He is doing in our lives. There are no set rules, no specific amount of time, just be free to worship Him. We were created to have fellowship with God, and that is what He wants. We can talk to Him just like we talk to anybody else. You can even laugh with Him, He can be a lot of fun, and God does have a sense of humor...if He didn't he sure wouldn't have made "MONKEYS"....LOL... God loves us so much and he is not mad at you. He sent Jesus to die for us, because He knew that we couldn't do it ourselves.
He loves us so much, and once you take Jesus as your Savior, you are free.
God already knows everything we ever did, anything we are doing now, and anything we ever will do, and He has already approved us! If we will repent, He is faithful to forgive us. He sure doesn't want us to be hindered from BOLDLY coming to His throne through Jesus...and spending time with our Daddy. He wants us to know He loves us so much and is not MAD at us.

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Old 10-20-2009, 04:29 PM   #152  
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AMEN SO TRUE!!! Ryanne!!! His Love and Compassion is beyond comprehension. I remember one time I was in a situation that I just couldn't handle and could not get out of. I knew I was wrong and needed out of it so I ran to the Lord and told Him. "I love You Lord and I don't want to do anything that does not please You, but I can't seem to change it because sometimes I don't want out. I need You to help me to get out of this sin and stop it". I really didn't have the revelation about the flesh at that time. I know that I know that I actually heard the Lord say to me in my spirit, "You keep reading your Bible, praying and spending time with me and I will take care of it" which is exactly what happened. I kept doing all the other things right that I knew to do, suddenly one day He changed my whole situation and He actually rescued me from it. There is nothing like His Love and Goodness toward us. God is so good to us and I believe that He will go to whatever length He has to and do what is needed to change whatever needs to be changed if we will just ask Him and trust Him to do it. And He does it just because He love us and we love Him. That is what Jesus went to Calvary for... to rescue us from sin and to set us free. Praise God!!!

This gives me the confidence that He is doing that with my eating. When I quit smoking, I really didn't go through any problems. I was pregnant and I knew it wasn't good for the baby so I just quit. When I miscarried and lost the baby, there was no desire to go back to smoking. It was just gone. I never was a big drinker, but I would have a drink on special occasions especially with my deceased husbands family. One time when we were at his Mothers for a Christmas party, his aunt asked if I wanted a drink and I said no. It really wasn't a spiritual decision and it didn't bother me that they were drinking. In fact, I was more surprised than anyone. The desire just wasn't there. I used to confess the scripture in Psalm 103:1 thru 5. One day as I confessed "He satisfies my mouth with good things so that my youth is restored like the eagles" and I realized that I could believe for Him to give me the desire for food that is good for me. That is what I am trusting Him to do now. As I thought of Him suddenly taking away the desire for smoking and drinking, it came to me that while He can change my desire for the right kinds of foods that He can also take away the desire for junk foods.

He makes things sooooo Simple. We are the ones who makes things so complicated.
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Old 10-20-2009, 10:48 PM   #153  
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I used to confess the scripture in Psalm 103:1 thru 5. One day as I confessed "He satisfies my mouth with good things so that my youth is restored like the eagles" and I realized that I could believe for Him to give me the desire for food that is good for me. That is what I am trusting Him to do now. As I thought of Him suddenly taking away the desire for smoking and drinking, it came to me that while He can change my desire for the right kinds of foods that He can also take away the desire for junk foods.

He makes things sooooo Simple. We are the ones who makes things so complicated.
Yes, He does make it simple, and I like what you said about this, because it is just what I needed to hear. We are the ones who make things so complicated, we do sometimes forget the Simplicity that is in Christ.
I remember when I didn't have the desire to drink or do other things, so I am standing on this for myself right now, too. Thank you, Trish.
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Old 10-21-2009, 12:49 AM   #154  
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Smile Bootsie,

I hope you are doing good, I'm guessing you're just having computer trouble...can't wait to hear from you!
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Good Morning,

A quick flyby as I'm headed out to BSF this morning. Catch you later today. Have a great day!
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Old 10-21-2009, 12:17 PM   #156  
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Smile I want to thank you all for your prayers.

As I mentioned in the prayer thread, my mother went home to be with the Lord this morning at 2:30am. I want to thank "my family" here at 3FC for your support and prayers. I love you all. Have a blessed day.
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Ryanne Prayers and thought coming your way.

Bootsie I hope all is well with you.

Well, I went to BSF today and one of the Principles and the questions asked along with it were "The fruit of belief in Jesus is a change in focus from self to Jesus". Is there any competition between you and Jesus? Where does He want to be the boss, but you haven't let Him?

Boy I immediately thought of my way of eating and losing weight. Self on the throne of the way I eat? Have I been refusing to give Jesus the throne concerning my eating? Do I really want that position myself? Jesus wants to sit on the throne of my heart when it comes to the way I eat. Am I willing to change and give Him that position? Or am I trying to keep Self on the throne in that area of my life. I NEVER would have thought of it that way. WHAT AN EYE OPENING REVELATION!!! Somewhere I heard that when God shines His Light on an area in our life that He is ready to change it. So today I believe the question is... Am I willing and ready to give Him the throne and let Him be Lord of my eating so He can change me?

Well, the answer is that I sure have not been handling things very well on my own. In fact, I've made a mess of things trying to do it my way. And I've certainly learned that I cannot do it on my own. On my own, even doing it the world's way has failed miserable. However, I also know and am confident that through Jesus Christ, I can do all things even give Him the throne so He can teach me His way for me to eat and lose weight. And yes I will even need His help so that I will not only allow Him the throne in this area, but I'll need Him to help me to keep Him there. So today I make that decision to give Him the throne and let Him be Lord of the way I eat. I know it will be a process, but when I do it His way there will eventually be success.
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:29 PM   #158  
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Smile That was a good lesson.

My goal, too, is to let Him be the Lord of my Life and in CONTROL. I love Him and know that He wants what is best for me and I can trust Him.
We are victorious, because it is already done, and when doubt comes to my mind, I have to shake it off and know the Lord is For ME!
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Yes, I agree. Till tomorrow.
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Smile I read something today that I wanted to share...

"Many of us have felt that something was missing in our lives, and we thought to fill it with food. If we're not feeding on Jesus, no matter how much we stuff ourselves with food, we don't have life! We're not only missing something from our lives, we are missing life itself!"

(***This is from Setting Captives Free website...I did this study a long long time ago, it's called The Lord's Table. I don't know that I recommend it, I am just going back through it to see if there was anything to glean.
I wouldn't suggest the diet portion, and some of the context is a little hard/harsh, I believe that we are harder on ourselves than what God is...so I strongly encourage only really mature Christians to read this, because it can be a bit overwhelming.
But nonetheless, there are a few things to glean.***)

But the truth here is that when we do feed on Jesus, the physical food seems to lose it's pull.
I hope you all are doing well today. I will check back in later.
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Smile I realized that I was still trying to "control" it...

I gave up the control to God finally, I really think I didn't know "HOW" or "what it really meant"...but God is good and patient with us.
So today I didn't weigh myself, and am planning to only weigh once a month at the beginning of the month so I quit obsessing about it, and worrying about it too much.
Sorry I have been a bit distracted the last few days, with my mom and all. I really haven't known what to say on here. Somehow, it doesn't seem that important to me right now, even though I am not overeating or anything.
Maybe not making the "best choices" in what I am eating, but don't feel up to cooking.
Oh, well.
I am wondering about Bootsie, probably just computer trouble.
Trish, thank you for being such a good friend, and thank all of you who are continuing to pray for me and my family. I really appreciate it.
You all have a wonderful evening.
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My dear friend Ryann,

I wish I had your gift for words and encouragement so I could help you like you have helped me and so many others on this forum. I am sorry for you but... celebrating with you for your mom going home. It seems the older I get the more I realize how short our little lives are and how fast the generations go. I love you and will continue to keep you in my prayers.



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My dear friend Ryann,

I wish I had your gift for words and encouragement so I could help you like you have helped me and so many others on this forum. I am sorry for you but... celebrating with you for your mom going home. It seems the older I get the more I realize how short our little lives are and how fast the generations go. I love you and will continue to keep you in my prayers.



Love, Kelli
Thank You, Kelli, It brings me so much comfort to know where she is! Thank you for praying for me, I appreciate you soooooo much! And Kelli, You do have an amazing gift for words. He speaks through you the same as through me, and He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and forever. I am blessed by your words, Kelli.
I do miss her, yes, but I know where she is, she has no pain and only joy. They are celebrating her homecoming.
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Smile Our Focus...

Did you ever realize that the more you focus on something, you steer yourself in that direction?
For example: I have been determined to stay away from the Casino. The last few days, I have been tempted to go, to "not have to think" and to "have fun". Well, looking back, I even said to my husband a couple of times, "I just want to go to the Casino"...but I had been resisting temptation. Well, yesterday when my son and daughter in law came over, he said that he had gone to the casino the other day, and wanted to go again. My flesh got excited and I told him I wanted to go. He decided he didn't want to go, and I asked him if he would take me cuz I didn't want to go by myself. So he and his wife and I went, we didn't even have fun. None of us had fun. There was no life in it...no fun at all.
Well, my point is, sometimes when I focus on food or "not eating food" it steers my course in that direction. My focus needs to be on Jesus and serving other people and keeping my mind busy about how I can be a blessing to others instead of being "selfish".
I have been babysitting my granddaughter, and being a blessing in that area, and taking care of the house and stuff, but my focus has been on "what to eat, when to eat, what not to eat, when not to eat, how much do I weigh...and when I was fasting, I was wondering "I wonder how much weight I lost?"
Wow, what an eye opener it is to have weight and food on your mind ALL THE TIME! I know this is not what God wants for us.
I am determined to work with Him to get my mind off of it and on to HIM.
I am going to quit reading about diets and how to do this.... I have enough knowledge (which is important) to know what I should be eating and I just need to quit trying to do it "myself" and start learning to follow the Holy Spirit and glorifying God in my eating and drinking.
My focus needs to change, I need to start seeing the end result and just know that every day, I am doing what I need to do, and watching the scale is not going to make it happen any faster.
I am determined to weigh only once a month...and eat the right things for my body and continue to exercise my body in the way that I know brings me pleasure.
I am determined to focus on being a blessing to my family and people around me.
I am going to quit focusing on weight and food, although I will to be a good steward of my body for it is the "Temple of God."
I just know I have enough knowledge that I need to quit spending my energy and time on that and start doing what I should be doing. IE being a blessing, praying, reading, praising and worshipping, keeping my "self" off of my mind and knowing that GOD is in CONTROL and He knows what He is doing and my times are in His hands.
I know that it is His will for me to be thin and fit and healthy. I don't need to constantly be a little dictator to myself. I need to learn to be led by God's Holy Spirit and not provide for my flesh.
The Bible says not to make provision to fulfill the lust of the flesh. What that means to me, is if you are not snacking between meals, then don't purchase snacks and bring them into the house.
If you decide you want dessert one day, go out and get it....or if you have a specific day or two that you have desserts, purchase the desserts for those days and earmark them for that specifically, don't just eat them because they are there....be conscious of what you are doing. Quit focusing on those desserts! If you find yourself focusing, don't bring them in until the day you need them or go out special for dessert, like going to an ice cream and dairy store for a sundae or cone or whatever.
Another thing, keep in the house what you do need. I like to have sugar free gum around, and so I make sure I have that around in abundance so it is there when I want it.
I also like grapes once in a while...so I make sure to have those handy for when I may want some with a meal or a couple to snack on if I get hungry.
I make menu's for the week and I buy food accordingly. I know what we are having for each meal, and it helps to keep that food earmarked for that particular meal.
I decide early in the morning what I am going to do for that day, then if something crops up, I can remind myself "I already decided". For instance, today I decide I am eating 2 meals today. I don't want to snack between meals.
So, say around 3:00 pm my flesh starts wanting "chocolate" or something, I can remind myself, "I already decided that I am not snacking between meals today!" And then pray and ask God to help me to stick to my guns.
God will never allow us to be tempted more than we can say no to, and He will always provide a way out.
Sometimes I will decide to fast something for a month...Say "chocolate" (tee hee...do you see a weakness here???? LOL )... So say I am tempted by the enemy or my flesh to want chocolate.... I can tell myself, "I already decided I am fasting that until the 25th)... you see? We have the power to decide! Not our flesh!
"Follow the Spirit and you certainly won't fulfill the lust of the flesh."

We already have the victory.
I like what Joyce said in her book "Eat and Stay Thin" about educating ourselves about foods so we do not perish for lack of knowledge, and I like what she said about following a good eating program for ourselves... I know at the beginning of any changes, that we will be more focused on what to eat, when to eat and how to eat, but there comes a growing time after that when we need to just "do" what we know to do and be free to be led by the Holy Spirit.
I pray that we all learn how to be led by the Holy Spirit and that we can change our focus from "self" to God and Others.
Have a blessed day! God willing, I will check back in later.
I love you all, and want you to have an amazing day!
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Great post Ryanne. I think you hit on the head what we all need to learn. Get our "focus" on the right things... mainly putting Jesus on the throne of our heart in every area of our lives including the way we eat. I think we all knew we were to put Him there "spiritually", but we didn't realize what it meant by ALL of us. I know I didn't really get it for a long time.

Jesus said, "Take no thought saying". That means things are thoughts first before we do them. Many times we say things in line with our thoughts instead of in line with God's Word and that is where we get messed up. For example, how many times did I make the cute little statement "I just smell food and gain weight". I wonder how many of those cute sayings that I am living out today?

As we get our focus on the things of the spirit through reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God instead of reading, studying and meditating on what we are going to eat next, we will begin to see our spirit being becoming stronger than the flesh. This is when we will see "true" victory in our lives.

According to what I've read in the Intuitive Eating book, IE is a slower way of losing weight, but it does work because your life isn't centered/focused on what you can and cannot have. Because you are free to eat what you want. You just learn to eat as much as you need to satisfy you. There are no good foods, bad foods in IE. Once you get out of the diet mentality, you find freedom. It is a lot like what Joyce recommends doing in her books.

Everybody have a great weekend.
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