Are you praying for a healthier relationship with food? Are you always restricting or binging? Do you obsess over food or feel like thoughts of food run your life? Do you fear food or what food might do to you? Are you caught up in labels like “good” foods and “bad” foods? If so, today’s episode is for you. For the next few days we’re going to pray for our relationship with food. Even if you don’t think food has ever been an area of struggle – you may be surprised as we go through these daily prayers. I’ve found even with clients that I’m working with for skin or other size issues beyond weight – food is often a part of the equation, even if it’s not the biggest issue they’re dealing with at that moment.
Sometimes we don’t feel like food is an issue because we’re in a season of controlling it and maybe controlling it in a way that feels “successful” to us. But trust me, even if you’ve got it managed now, food issues are usually lurking there with body image issues. Today – I want us to begin to pray for peace with food. Food was never something we were supposed to have our lives revolve around. Food is not to be the greatest love of our lives, nor is it to be the greatest thorn in our flesh – Food is just food. It’s just the nourishment system God created for us to live. Decisions around food aren’t moral or spiritual most of the time. Instead, they should just be decisions about feeding our body so that it feels good and can do what we need to do to serve the Lord each day. But, many of us don’t feel peace with food. We stress about food. We refuse dinner invitations because we don’t know what will be served. We dread the holidays or birthday parties or other celebrations because of the food we’ll be “tempted” to eat. Listen to that language that we use like, “temptation,” as if it’s an evil thing from the devil tempting us to sin against God. Instead, it’s just some delicious piece of cake encouraging us to enjoy it’s flavors. There’s nothing about eating cake that breaks God’s laws. The only laws we are tempted to break are the laws of diet culture. We’ll talk about that more in the next few days -but today we’re going to pray for peace.
Praying for a Healthier Relationship with Food Action Step and Verse
Verse of the Day: Matthew 15:11, ESV, “It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”
Action: Take 10 minutes and evaluate your relationship with food. Is food the enemy? Is food dangerous? Does food consume too much of your thought life or time?
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