Do you ever feel overwhelmed by emotions or life circumstances?
Most of us are more susceptible to eating off our food plans when we are hungry, emotional, busy or tired. And for some of us, that’s every day!
We need a plan that helps us take our thoughts captive and battle those tempting food thoughts. We need to practice stepping outside of the overwhelm and taking our emotions to Jesus.
Today I want to share with you how I handle those crazy, stressful moments when I am face-to- face with big emotions or food temptations. This is my step-by-step way of taking thoughts captive and submitting them to God.
We’ll use word FOCUS to guide us through.
Find a quiet place
The first thing to do when you are feeling overwhelmed or agitated is to step away from the situation. Get away from the noise. Step away from the food. Change the scenery. Press pause on whatever is going on and take a few minutes to be alone.
Orient yourself to the present
Often our stress comes because we let our minds run into the future or get tangled up in the past. Try orienting yourself into the present moment by using your five senses.
Focus on what you can see around you. How many colors or shapes can you find? How many different textures can you feel? Now close your eyes. What do you hear? What can you smell? What can you taste? Try taking a drink of water or some other beverage. Focus on the temperature, taste, and smell as you drink.
Just take a minute to really be right here, right now.
Connect with your emotions
Turn your focus to your own body. Do you feel tension anywhere? Do you need to cry? Are you angry or anxious? Breathe deeply and lean into those emotions. Acknowledge them without judgement. Assess if there is anything you can do right now to make yourself more comfortable.
Unburden your heart
Now that you have calmed your nervous system, take a minute to unburden your heart! Talk to God about whatever is going on for you right now. If necessary, repent. Pray for wisdom. Jesus delights in carrying our burdens. You are not an inconvenience. Getting to help you gives Him joy!
And finally, savor Christ. Drink in the deep love and acceptance that can only be found in Him. I encourage you to mediate on any scripture you know. Singing a worship song. Pray a prayer of gratitude and praise. Just let yourself be with Jesus.
Savoring the truth of His Word renews our hearts and our minds. If you take the time to submit your heart and thoughts to God in prayer, then scripture promises that the peace of God will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).
You may need to stop and FOCUS again and again. This isn’t a one and done kind of thing!
Rather it’s a daily, hourly practice that will help all of us take our thoughts captive and walk in the freedom we have in Jesus.
Do you need more help learning to FOCUS? Simply reply to this email and let me know what challenges or questions you may have that I can address in future posts. I would love for us to grow in this practice together as we all learn to savor Christ more deeply.
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I am in Warrior Mode
We all have our own struggles – no one is without. I am a person who is confidently overcoming food addiction by following four bright lines; no sugar, no flour, 3 meals a day, measured portions. Lately, the hardest time for me is the evenings. When my kiddos go to bed and the house is quiet and calm, my head gets extremely loud. “You deserve to eat what you want, you’ve been doing so well, a little bit won’t hurt, just think how much you’ll enjoy it, you can regroup tomorrow, treat yourself, etc.” These thoughts and fiery darts come fast and furious and they will hit me if I drop my shield and become unguarded. Some call it their saboteur, I call it the enemy. The battle for my food freedom is waged – it is up to me to get into warrior mode and keep my shield up. The Bible tells us in Ephesians to put on the armor of God which includes taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked one! God is always faithful and will give me the strength to take up my shield! I’d like to think that one day I will be able to rest and not have to be in warrior mode, but for now – I am a warrior! Shields up!!