I sat there on the couch, ____ pounds heavier. Vowing never to return to this form of abuse again, here I was. I wasn’t hungry, yet I was craving a bowl of ice cream. Not just a small one, but a heaping bowl to drown myself in. It never stops at a bowl of ice cream for me. I can’t seem to find a healthy balance with sugar. It’s such a love hate relationship for me.
There’s also something about reaching a goal and then regressing. The fight goes away in me. What is it that I’m seeking?
Excitement of the thrill?
My husband has been patiently watching this behavior from me for ten years. He knows my strengths and he knows my weaknesses. He’s also watched all I’ve learned from The Grace And Strength Lifestyle.
The thing is, I’ve found freedom. I’ve tasted it. I experienced it. And now, here I am, regressing.
Why? Why? Why, Lord?
I blame lack of routine and just being busy with the kids. But what is it that I still need to learn?
Long-term self discipline! That’s it!
I’m all about the short term self discipline, but long term? That’s where the rubber meets the road.
“You have to stick in your heels, Babe. You are an example, and these ladies are watching you,” my sweet husband tells me.
I know he’s right. I know what’s right. It’s just a matter of submitting and being obedient.
So, if you are like me, and you struggle with long-term self discipline, here are ten things that might help you:
1) AVOID TEMPTATION:
Know your weaknesses, and avoid them. Don’t flirt with them.
2) HONESTY & ACCOUNTABILITY:
Be glaringly honest with yourself and another person.
3) THROW AWAY EXCUSES:
Don’t make excuses for yourself. Throw excuses away once and for all.
4) BE PREPARED: Write out an action plan for your day. Each day.
5) WRITE A LETTER TO YOURSELF:
Write a letter to yourself. In it, share with your future self what you have learned and what you feel you still need to learn. What would you go back and tell yourself today when you want to indulge in gluttonous behavior?
6) WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT?
What do you really want? Do you want to be healthy and content or indulge in unhealthy foods/life behaviors? You can’t have both.
7) WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED TO LEARN?
What are some areas in your life that God is still trying to get your attention?
8) SURRENDER IT ALL:
What is it that you still need to surrender to Him? Each day, start off your day in surrender to God and end your day in surrender to Him.
9) FIND ENJOYMENT IN OTHER THINGS:
Find something that you enjoy each day that doesn’t come from food.
10) DON’T LIMIT GOD’S POWER IN YOUR LIFE!
I heard this song at church yesterday and it really hit me! Listen to it and remember that His love and power in our life is limitless when we give ourselves fully to Him!
Pray this prayer that the Lord Jesus prayed, each morning. In Luke 22:42. NOT MY WILL LORD, BUT YOURS BE DONE IN MY LIFE.
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