*Did you catch the Women Living Well Webcast last night on health? Clare from Peak 313 Fitness was the keynote and I was on the discussion panel. (You can still watch it until 9 est tonight by clicking here. ) Those of you who have been around here a while know weightloss (and regain!) is something I have struggled with my whole life. I hope this post encourages us all.
“For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,“ Philippians 3:18-20
You know, that sometimes growling, never quite satisfied, oh-so-bossy part of me that sends a signal to my brain that says, “something sounds good.”
Oh, and that “something” is rarely anything that while it “sounds good”, is actually good for me. Nope. The “sounds good” items are usually either salty and fat or sweet and fat.
Rarely does my stomach/brain combo put in a speedy request for an order of raw celery with a side of steamed cauliflower.
Instead, it loves to order salty, snappy chips or gooey chocolate brownies with rich & creamy (and thick!) frosting. Or perhaps some leftover pizza with thick crust and three meats (the only way my boys ever seem to want to have it). Full-fat ice cream anyone?
Stinkin’, bossy stomach god…
When I happened across today’s verse, it smacked me square between the eyes.
I want God to be my God. I don’t want my stomach in that place calling the shots for me.
Can I get an amen?
So if you too are sick of the stinkin’ stomach god, pinky promise with me that together, we will listen to our hearts and ignore our stinkin’ stomach and its partner-in-crime ‘bossy brain’. ‘Cause you see, at those times when my stomach/brain pull their pranks (especially with the brain doing all sorts of mental gymnastics telling me I deserve the food or perhaps that I might as well pig out since I am NEVER going to get the rest of this weight back off) my heart knows better.
My heart whispers…. “Don’t eat that. It will tastes fabulous, but then it will turn on you” or “Yes, your stomach is hungry. Fine. There is some leftover salad in the fridge and some fresh pineapple. Eat that instead.”
Yes, my heart whispers.
However, my stomach god SCREAMS!!!!!!!!
Today, let’s start intentionally and intently listening to the right voice.
Are you with me?
Do you struggle with your eating and weight? If so, leave us a comment here and we can pray for each other over the food-laden weekend. I’d be honored to pray for you.