It has been a fun week keeping up with the Experimental Mutiny Against Overeating. I have remembered how much I can settle into the monotonous and actually like it. Not only am I sticking to my list of 10 things, I am loving it! Hahaha. I have had the same thing for breakfast every morning so far, and it is a breakfast bowl that came from Bright Lines eating. So easy:
4 oz cooked grain (I have been using the Intercontinental Supergrain on my list)
8 oz yogurt (I have been using coconut milk, plain)
6 oz fruit (so far, grapes)
Put it all in a bowl and eat! Calories of my variety: 447
The fruit and grain can change to your heart’s desire.
Lunch tends to be salad in nature. Sometimes a bagel with PB2 instead.
If I eat breakfast late enough and then a late lunch, I can sometimes skip dinner or get by with a smoothie. I am striving to be obedient above all else.
I am listening to some workshops that deal with emotional eating. The program, Faithful Finish Lines, has some great info to impart. And for the month of February it is half price, $19.99. Go to faithfulfinishlines.com and enter FEBFLASH in the coupon code line. It is a small price to pay for some info that might be beneficial?
Today, I read Romans 12:1-2 in the Message, and I loved it:
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life-your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking around life-and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well -adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
When we take a very familiar verse and read it with new eyes in a different version, it can hit us in a new and exciting way. I love the way the Message words these verses. So, in my ordinary, everyday life, 24/7 I will place before God a constant offering of my fixed attention, my best. I will learn to READILY recognize the obedience he is calling me to. I also need to learn to see the best he brings out in me. That is a hard thing for me.
Today I was thinking about that phrase, “The tyranny of the urgent”. Great book, by the way, by Charles Hummel. It talks a lot about how we take those things that that we decide are urgent and we elevate them above everything else. We allow them to consume our time and thoughts and hearts. But I also feel like the things I give a sense of urgency to can give me back a feeling of accomplishment. This sets a vicious circle into motion: I continue to chase after things that give me a sense of accomplishment, thus giving them a sense of urgency. Oh, brother…
I wonder if that is what happened to Martha in Scripture. She gave a sense of urgency to feeding the guests in her house and missed what was more important.
A sense of IMPORTANCE has to trump a sense of urgency.
For me, right now, the urgent and the important are running together: it is super important to obey and the urgency in that is that the obedience has to come NOW. What I have to prevent is allowing the urgency of weight loss to over-ride the importance of obedience! I was glad for the reminder of priorities!
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