FOCUS: Emotional eating

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SOURCE: Dr. Caroline Leaf

April is Stress Awareness Month and it got me to thinking about Emotional eating: aren’t we all emotional eaters?

We celebrate with food; we show condolences or support with food; we even gather around found just to show how much we need each other.

I wonder could it be that it’s not so much the food that’s the issue but our emotions.

What if we got control of our emotions. We can usually control the food we turn to during the emotional roller coaster; the food feels like a safety net or a gas pedal depending on which road you’re on. But what about the emotions. Don’t emotions come from a trigger of perception concerning the situation? Perceptions create our responses = EMOTIONS

What if our perceptions changed and we began to see things different. If even in the midst of a “this is way beyond anything I ever imagined”; we paused and let God filter our response.

Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places; and talents in unexpected people, and give me the GRACE to tell them so. – unknown

What if, in this new season we allowed God to help us grow right where we are. Allow Him to reach into our hearts and find those perceptions that send us full speed ahead on a collision with doubt, fear, anxiety, comparison, inadequacy…(feel free to fill in the blanks)

Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18, 19 AMP)

Our emotions are real but we cannot let them continue to feed us lies! We cannot continue to allow them to take us down dead-end roads!

Join us for the April Spring Cleaning F.O.C.U.S. (I’m not calling it a challenge, cuz it seems we’ve seen enough of those but we have yet to adjust our focus. It’s time to adjust our focus otherwise we’ll keep facing the same challenges!)

Keep your heart pumpin, spirit movin & #getinneractive

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inspired by Confident Heart by Renee Swope

Nutrition Month: Too much salt

It takes humility to ask for help.

Especially when you’re the one giving it out. Especially when you give and give and give. Especially, if it feels like everyone takes yet no one receives. Especially when pride & comparison have a grip on you.

Are you trackin’ with me on this one?

There’s a difference between taking and receiving.

Do me a quick favor:

Whatever you’re doing right now take just a second, open your hands palm side up.

It’s vulnerable. That’s humility.

If you had something in your hand you either had to put it down. If you were holding onto something you had to let it go.

That’s vulnerable. That’s risky. That’s life, that’s where God wants us.


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When we were younger we used a term to describe when you were feeling vulnerable, even jaded or disrespected or like someone took something from you or  took a jab at your gut.

We’d say that person was salty.

Like you were slightly wounded, as if someone threw salt in the wound and left you there to deal with the pain.

Big or small.

I’ll put it in context.

Suppose you were really talented at something. You couldn’t wait to use that gift, especially now that you’re learning to appreciate it and use it well.  Suddenly, you find out someone was chosen to do something you were considering or even asked to do.  The sting of being overlooked and quite possibly; jealousy, burns deep in your gut. That’s salty.

I hope that makes sense.

Anyway.

Whenever I hear the words “Jesus called us to be salt & light” I can’t help but reference this. Especially in perspective of the scripture Matthew 5:13.

We are called to be salt & light to the world, but if the salt loses it’s savor, it’s no good; in fact it’s deadly.

We should be in the world, full of flavor, sprinkling the love of Christ on everyone we pass; not contaminating or leaving a bad taste in the mouths of people we are trying to influence to Christ.

I  remember that taste. It was bitter. It was attached to several disappointments. I wanted to wash that taste out of my mouth and never have anything to do with it.

It’s like adding too much salt to the food on the plate. You spit it out. Too much salt in our daily diets can result in high blood pressure, bloating, heart issues and dehydration (excessive unquenchable thirst)…hmmm I certainly see a spiritual connection here.

It wasn’t until someone; who I believe had experienced that same bitterness; spoke to me with sweet words and a tenderized heart that I actually found a desire to listen. I don’t doubt for one minute that a bit of humility had to take place before I was ready to hear what they had to say. Looking back, I’m certain it was more despair than humility that opened my ears. The bible says let those who have ears to hear, hear.

It’s a heart issue.

Here’s the hope we can hold onto God’s grace opens doors for second chances;  “God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.” (Romans 11:29) & “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

But you see, God gives us the opportunity to humble ourselves, and at that very moment we cry out “Lord I don’t know what to do”, He brings someone along our path to help us. Allow God to relieve some of the stress, tension and high blood pressure you’re trying to just deal with. 

Nine times out of ten, the people He sends our way have been where we are. They understand the bitter/sour/burnt taste that makes us nauseous. They know that we’ve been around the proverbial mountain a million times and can’t figure out how to move it or get up it. (Mark 11:23)

Whether you’re the one crying out for help or you’re the one being sent to help, let go and let God do what He does best. I heard someone say “GOD IS REALLY GOOD AT WHAT HE DOES”…Let Him do it!

FOCUS on what’s happening in everything you do and say and trust that He’s always in control.

If God has placed you on the path of someone to help them in their journey, trust that He’s given you all the necessary training to help them.  When you open your mouth, He’ll fill it with perfectly flavored words! Not too much salt.

If you’re confused about where God wants you to go to get help or help someone know that God may put you in the least place you’d expect.

He says “I want you smack dab in the middle of the world, just not of it” (Romans)

I think Christine Cain says it much better!

‘You cannot change a world you are not in, likewise you cannot change a world that you are of the same substance”!

Be encouraged.

Life gets sticky.

Life gets salty.

Life gets dirty & muddy.

It’s in the mud that we recognize the value & worth of being washed & cleansed!

This calling to ‘be something great, to dream bigger, to serve others’  is much greater than we even give recognition.

We need to ALWAYS be willing to know where we are & why we are!

1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

www.lifetoday.org/video/into-the-world/ (the video is only 15 minutes)

Stay humble.

It keeps your heart open to receive instead of always opening your hand to take. (1 Kings 17)

Keep your heart pumpin’, spirit movin’ & get inneractive. It all comes back to love.

My prayer today is that you would allow the Lord to teach you how, when, why, what, where, even who. This song by Misty Edwards will bless you as you open your heart and allow God to speak to whatever your questions are.

Misty Edwards “I Love Your Ways”