(Thank you Jenn for the link-up plus all the other bloggers that host every week!)
GOOD MORNING friendly people and blog readers! 🙂 Today’s WIAW is going to be a little different, because I’m borrowing a popular hashtag, #nourishnotpunish, to illustrate a part of eating disorder recovery. I’ve been pondering one of the biggest steps in recovery for me, which was and is: NOT PUNISHING myself for eating certain foods or certain amounts or trying to abide by certain stringent and legalistic ‘food rules,’ I had set down for myself. I want to share how I’m back on a journey of learning WHY I can’t be punishing myself anymore and why I’m learning to rest in the finished work of Christ. I’ll spot pictures of my ‘WIAW’ eats throughout the post. 🙂
I used to punish my body so much, because I didn’t even think about the depth of the love of God. I didn’t realize what it meant when Jesus Christ said with His last breath, ‘It is finished,’when He finished destroying the condemnation of sin, the hold of the Devil over me. I’m not saying that I know the love of God now, because it’s so limitless, but I’ve been experiencing tastes of it more in the past year than any other time in my life.. It’s so vast and deep and free, that I can’t even wrap my mind around it, but I have seen just how it can heal, break, and re-make a person.
John 16:31-33,‘Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.’
(The First part of my 3 part lunch. Yes, I’m a bit of a snacker when it comes to lunch.)
Jesus has overcome by His might. I don’t and can’t be overcoming by myself, but in Jesus Christ alone, we are more than conquerors.
People often say to me, when I share that I’m a Christian, that they aren’t religious, and I’ve been thinking so much about that term. What is religion in the modern definition?
Religion, as defined, by our culture is often a list of do’s and don’ts. It’s a list of things that are OKAY to do and things that are ‘NO BUENO.’ I won’t go into all the specifics, because I’m not in the business of binding consciences or judging other people by some sort of standard of goodness that I might try to make up.
Pure Religion in the Scriptures isn’t a HUGE list of ‘legalistic’ do’s and don’ts like the Pharisees who were always trying to hold men to being ‘good enough’ to lord it over other men who weren’t good enough. James 1:27 says, ‘Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world.’ Religion is a relationship, a standing before God the Father through Jesus Christ. It’s not a checklist, because no man doeth good, no not one. Instead, I’m learning that it’s a standing before God, and wanting to know Him more, wanting to get rid of more and more of my idols, so that I can worship Him even more.
#LordstillLovesIceCream (Fudge sauce on Moose Munch Ice Cream) (Even icecream nourishes my body.) 🙂
It doesn’t start with the length of the dress I wear. (I wear pants, shorts, jeans, etcetra.) It starts with the love of God. John 14:15 says, ‘If ye love me, keep my commandments.’ It’s not something that I follow in fear of being punished, but a good Daddy that I don’t want to offend or hurt by disobeying Him. It’s something that is affecting my heart more everyday. I really hope that this doesn’t sound like I’m boasting, but I do want to boast in the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I’m learning that this isn’t a long list of do’s and don’ts that will get me into heaven. It’s not a long list of trying to measure myself up to the holiness of God, which I could never even attain to.
Revelations 4:8, ‘And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME.”
(Can I just say that Brie’s ‘Vanilla Peanut Butter Oat Squares’ that she posted yesterday are one of the best chewy oatmeal bars that I’ve EVER HAD? It was also a great way to use my Mighty Nut Powdered Peanut Butter from Ivanna’s giveaway.)
This is a relationship. When Jesus came and justified us, paid the debt in the court of law, he wasn’t just paying our fine and satisfying God’s wrath against sin. He was restoring a broken relationship that was broken at the very beginning of creation.
Now that Christ has made all things new, I can’t go back to being filthy and dirty. Yet, I can’t make myself be good. 1 Peter 1:15-19, ‘But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:’
The only way I can possibly be different is because of the precious blood of Christ that covered me on the cross, because of His victory over Satan, when He ROSE again from death. The grave could not keep Him, and because of Him working in my life, I’m not longer punished or condemned or guilty.
(Ginger Steak Salad from Pioneer Woman. This was antelope steak, and it was SOO yummy. Even my sisters who aren’t huge salad fans seemed to like it. YAY! Praise the LORD!)
Only God, my heavenly Daddy and Father, can do this change in me. Philippians 2:12-13 says, ‘Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.’
(I love that God gives each of us different creative outlets. Cooking/Baking is mine, and I went into a cooking ‘high energy’ mode yesterday. These are Amanda’s Fudgy Flourless Brownies, and YES, you should make them.)
In some ways that seems like a contradiction, but it really flows so beautifully. Everything I do flows out of what God does and is doing in me. This verse from Philippians 1:6 has been one of the banner RECOVERY verses that I have clung to as my Heavenly Father carries me through the valleys and mountains of recovery. The verse says, ‘Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.’
He will complete the work. My salvation was ‘not of works lest any man should boast.’ (Ephesians 2:9)
(Dinner! More Pioneer Woman Cheese Biscuits and Steak Salad.)
Why can’t I starve my body and abuse it? Because Christ is in me. Romans 8:10, ‘“But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.” Galatians 2:20 also says, ‘“I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.”
I can’t claim ownership of my body anymore, to do with it what I want. I can’t cut it or starve it. Christ is in me. Christ is the pearl of greatest price. I can’t say that I deserved Christ, because I didn’t, but I do know that because of His love it is time to stop glorifying me and to glorify Him even in my body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20, ‘What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.’
(For your smiles today, my sister and I were rejoicing in the Lord and smiling together making fun faces with all the ‘photo booth’ props that she’s been making in the past few days.)
(Who else loves the blessing of ‘almost empty’ peanut butter jars?)
Have you ever done a photo booth?
Do you like empty peanut butter jars? What do you put in them?
Do you live in a place where you get a lot of blue sky during the winter?
(I’m thankful that Colorado gets a lot of sunshine during the winter even on snowy days.)
What is your favorite way to get recipes? (Other bloggers, websites, Pinterest, cookbooks.)