Let’s get real with that ED talk that often threatens to break into your head, especially when you haven’t had a workout in forever. The ED (aka: eating disorder) will scream, ‘You haven’t worked out! You don’t need to eat.’ Yet, living requires eating. God made our bodies, fearfully and wonderfully, to need calories to eat, to survive. Yet where did this thinking come from that says, ‘YOU MUST WORK OUT in order to EAT or eat X amount of calories?’
I think it’s because, by nature, humans want to work on a merits based system. X = X. Yet, the thing that has been impressed upon me time and time again is that life is a gift. I didn’t earn life, but God gave me life. God made me, formed me, and planned that I would be in this world.
And new life in Christ is a tremendous gift, a gift that bears no comparison. But it’s a total gift to man. God looked down on man and woman and saw that He wanted to reconcile men and women to Himself. And He sent Jesus Christ, His only begotten, beloved, precious Son Jesus Christ to earth, knowing that we couldn’t ever repay that gift.
That’s what food is like. You didn’t earn the food, but God made your body to need it.
Don’t make your body feel guilty for eating even if you didn’t work out because just living requires eating.
(These next injunctions are not just to you. They’re to me too, because I struggle with not remembering that LIVING is a gift, and food is a gift from God.)
It’s okay if you missed a workout and had ice cream with your family instead.
It’s okay if you had a shorter workout but you still ate a HUGE slice of pumpkin bread slathered with butter and apple butter.
It’s okay if you ate the same amount on one day that you worked out and the same amount the other day you didn’t work out.
It’s okay to enjoy God’s gifts, to savor His glory and beauty in His food that He’s made, and you don’t need to feel guilty about it.
With that, yesterday, I was thinking about this because I was sitting for more of the day than I’m used to; I often stand or walk around about 8-10 hours per day, so sitting makes those ED thoughts go CRAZY.
Driving up to meet Claire was AMAZING. The view of those Colorado mountains. Awe. Wonder. Beauty. Gorgeous. Living in God’s world is INCREDIBLE!
Sitting in the car was SO GOOD.
I got to go have lunch with Claire from My Pink Green Life. Seriously, this gal is so sweet, kind, caring, and I was blessed beyond words to finally meet her in person.
Meeting other bloggers is AMAZING.
Friendship is a gift from God.
I got to eat a good substantial breakfast to get on with that business of LIVING.
Breakfast: How can you go wrong with Noosa Yoghurt, Naturally Nutty Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Cheerios, and bananas?
Dinner: Mexican again!!! Except this time we had tacos with cheese and hummus and Safeway Salsa (which is the best) and Greek yogurt.
‘ For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.’ (2 Corinthians 8:9)
And this verse. I can not get over how amazing it is that the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of heaven and earth, became poor and humble so we could be rich in Him?
It’s truly miraculous.
Dessert: The Instagram caption says it all. Yum. Yum. Yum.
Things that make me happy? Wow, Bethany and Rachel sent me this little pack of Kauffman Fruit Spreads which almost immediately got spread onto some of Ashley’s Pumpkin Bread, and I am still marveling at such generous, kind blogger friends.
‘Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.’ (Colossians 3:12-14)
Thank you girls for being a sweet savor of Christ to me and others.
Lately, it’s been a struggle to really slow down and savor God’s gifts, and His presence and His promises and might and glory and power, and these gifts have reminded me of Him, and put me back into the right place.
This is truly all I want to boast in, and I know that everything else will just work out, because God works them out for His own perfect purposes.
‘ Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.’ (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
Can we share just a few more delightful eats lately?
And have you checked out the ULTIMATE NUT BUTTER Gift Guide? (I have no expertise in any other gift guides, so if you want other gift guide ideas go to:
13 Things I want For Christmas that Money Can’t Buy
Or there is this one!
Do you ever feel guilty for just eating because you’re living?
What do you want for Christmas? (Cause I would love to know)
What joys of living have you been experiencing lately?