I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a ‘WIAW’ link-up in a while, because I get to tell you why I’m really excited about holiday eating and fellowship with my family this year. Thank you Jenn!!!
The reason is . . . Out of all years, this has been the first year in a long time that I’m not really worried about holiday goodies, concerned about eating too much, or not getting in enough workouts.
(Of course, I don’t just have ice cream at the holidays. One of the other little gifts God has given us is ice cream all year round, for a relatively inexpensive price.)
I really can’t explain it besides saying that when the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed.
Truly Romans 8:31-39 is the cry of joy of my heart for this year’s holiday season, ‘
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
The biggest reason is that I don’t feel condemned or trapped by my eating disorder anymore, by my idols, because I am seeing just how much more awesome it is when Jesus is the very center and foundation of my life.
Well, that is why I absolutely can’t wait for the HUGE turkey dinner on Thursday. I know that it probably won’t come without twinges of anxiety, but I am in the love of God, and by His grace alone, I’ll never go back to where I used to be, thankful for His complete healing, restoration, and reconciliation. I’m excited to be with my family and just enjoy time together, thinking back on all the trials, lessons, and ways that God has shown His abundant love to our family this year.
Lately, my eats have been exceedingly more than usual. My appetite has been bigger. At first I was worried, but then I thought. ‘Don’t worry. God has restored your body. He’s enabled you to listen to your hunger signals, so just listen to them, trust God, and enjoy all His awesome gifts including this food on your plate.’
(So many reasons to smile.)
On to the eats. This week I’m reminding myself that it’s okay to be hungry. This is what hungry looked like for me this week…
They’ve involved a lot of yogurt, oats, peanut butter, pumpkin, nuts, and um… sometimes chocolate. 🙂
My Snacks Lately
I almost feel like I should apologize for the lack of fruits and veggies in my snacks, but I’m not going to, because this is honestly what works for me. While some may need a few more fruits and veggies, I usually need a little bit less. I can’t really explain why, but that’s just how my body works. 🙂
And a Paleo brownie with peanut butter… I made these for my Dad, and they weren’t too bad! I’m hoping to do some more experimenting over the winter months and maybe develop some of my own. 🙂
More Carbs! I always pair some carbs (like tortillas or bread) with some fat and protein, AKA: peanut butter, honey, and raisins.
I’ve been eating a good deal of salad at lunch with cheese or meat as a protein. A salad usually doesn’t fill me up, so I always end up eating some handfuls of nuts, bread and peanut butter, or more yogurt. I guess my diet is what you would consider slightly random.
Tortilla soup with lots of good toppings. I like to make my tortilla soup bowls a bit more like nachos. What about you?
Not the best picture in the world, but it was a tasty plate of cabbage salad and nachos with plain yogurt and salsa. What do you do when you didn’t really think about what you were going to have for dinner? Well, you re-purpose leftovers instead. 🙂
When your creative, lovely sister makes spaghetti sauce from scratch, you are reminded of just how much of a cook you still desire to become.
Wow that was a bit lame. I’m sorry. I usually take pictures of what I eat for dessert, but this week I didn’t do it as much, so I will have to satisfy you with this picture of one of the many ‘cleaned out peanut butter jars’ I’ve taken care of this year.
Peanut butter jars used to be a fear food. If there was ‘too much’ peanut butter (over 2 tablespoons) I wouldn’t eat it, because it was more than I was comfortable eating. Tonight, I looked down into the jar and thought. ‘Hmm, I’d like to clean this out, but I don’t want to eat that much.’ Then I thought, ‘Well it’s really not that much, and I think that this is God testing my faith.’ One of my sayings for recovery has been, ‘Faith over fear.’ So I went for it, and it was good. And I’m thankful that God enabled me to conquer that fear tonight. It was small, but I thank God for SMALL VICTORIES!
Who else loves leftovers like me?
Do you clean out peanut butter jars?
Are you excited for the holidays, food, and fellowship?
What are you doing for Thanksgiving?