And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. John 8:32


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hopelessness

Have you ever felt hopeless when it comes to your eating issues? I felt that way for years, and I’ve had many other women tell me they felt the same way. You fail over and over again, and it’s hard to believe you’ll ever break free of it.

I’ve been truth journaling for eight years now, and God has used it to help me break free from worry, resentment, discontentment, living up to the expectations of others, and emotional eating. By far, the hardest one of those to deal with was the emotional eating. In fact, if God hadn’t given me success in some of those other areas first, I don’t know if I would have believed that it was possible to also experience success with emotional eating.

I’m having the same struggle now with procrastination. That also seems to be a huge one to break free from—at least it is for me.

The thing God keeps showing me over and over again, though, is that you have to change the way you think to be successful. I can't just keep trying to force myself to do the things on my to-do list everyday and expect to overcome procrastination. Instead, I need to change the way I think about work, and see it from God's point of view.

Transformation starts on the inside and radiates out. And it’s often just as hard to make yourself work on that inner transformation as it is to make yourself go to the gym (which I have to admit, I don't make myself do).

I’ve often felt like there’s a brick wall in front of me when it comes to certain areas of my life—that it seems almost impossible to even make myself work on the problem.

My only hope is going to God for help and to His Word for strength. If it’s too hard to truth journal, I pray Scripture. For some reason, that seems less intimidating.

What we need to remember in these struggles is that we're in the midst of a spiritual battle. If we're Christians, we have an enemy, and he doesn't want us to break free from the things that control us.

Battles aren't pleasant, and they're not easy. The soldier has to be prepared, and he has to use the right weapons if he wants to succeed.

Today, I encourage you to take up the Word of God and use it in this fight. Yes, it’s hard. Yes, it seems hopeless at times . . . but life isn’t always what it seems, is it?

1 comment:

Emotional Freedom said...

well not exactly. Things change for sure.