This month I’ve been working on step 3 of my food addiction recovery plan: Turn to God instead of food. I’m beginning to think if I had put this step first, this whole process could be further along by this point. I guess we live and learn, don’t we?
You know how I love to share programs, so let’s start there. Over the past 3 weeks, I’ve been doing an awesome, free program called Hello Mornings. This is a 6-week challenge that incorporates God, exercise, and planning, 3 things I’m incredibly passionate about right now.
I have always wanted to be one of those people who start their day with God. Honestly, before I started this challenge, my first morning moments consisted of grabbing my phone, hitting the snooze button, and checking email and all social media accounts before I even lifted my head from the pillow.
For the past few weeks, I get up with my alarm, go downstairs to my spot on the couch, and spend those early quiet moments reading a Psalm, the current Hello Mornings study. I then write out our verse for the day and whatever stood out to me in the reading. What a difference this has made in my emotional well being.
There is a section in the free journal where I can plan my food, exercise, and schedule for the day as well. I’ve been writing a lot more exercise plans than what has actually taken place, but it’s certainly a start. I’m at least trying to be consistent with 5 minutes on my rebounder after the reading. It’s still parked right beside my couch where I set it up last month.
I can’t say my food choices have been wonderful. I’m continuing to struggle in that area, but there are definitely recent improvements. I think getting my mind properly focused on God first is going to continue to do wonders.
My sweet friend Tyra of Inspired Life gave me this beautiful advice this week:
“One small decision at a time. When faced with the decision just breathe deep and tell the Lord, I choose to honor you through honoring my temple. Then keep saying it.”
Amen. One decision at a time.
As I grow closer to God, it’s easier for me to connect with Him in those small decisions. Yesterday, I watched my husband and son eat cheese fries, one of my favorites, while I ate a healthy salad. This would have been impossible before my early morning connections over the past few weeks.
Spending those first moments with Him link us for the rest of the day. I remember that my body, just like the rest of me, is ultimately His.
Don’t you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit? The Spirit is in you, and you have received the Spirit from God. You do not belong to yourselves. Christ has paid the price for you. So use your bodies in a way that honors God.
~1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Let’s commit these verses to memory. They can change everything…
How have you been doing this month? Are there any new successes or slips you would like to share? As always, I would love to hear from you.
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