My breakthroughs usually come in threes. I’ve noticed it’s either three people confirming something I’ve prayed about or three key points that I need to intellectually understand more about, or three days of fasting… So I knew when I God showed me three things to work on, I was embarking upon a breakthrough.
I experienced a very smooth transition into a healthier lifestyle by doing 3 things: taking authority, accountability and intentionally resting in God.
I have a long history of battling with my weight simply because I loved food. I used to reward myself with it and say things like, “I’m so tired, I just want to eat something” or if I was invited to an event I would joke around as say, “as long as there’s food, I will be there!” but realistically I was using my
words to pave a detrimental path for my body to follow. Before I knew it I began binge eating at all times of the night and was relying on food to comforting me in areas that I should have be praying through instead of eating through.
It wasn’t until one Sunday morning I was getting dressed and I literally could not find anything to wear. My so-called-comfort foods were making my clothes uncomfortable and was not able to fit in them. That morning I sat on my bed and cried. I asked God to help me. I needed help because I had formed an addiction to food. My demanding life and responsibilities took so much out of me that my flesh was leading me to an early grave with obesity. Right then, I heard God say to me, “food is not the God you serve.” I knew I needed my soul replenished to be whole again. I felt so defeated because I was taking care of everyone else except myself and was resorting to food to mask my exhaustion. That Sunday morning, I asked God to help me and He graciously gave me peace to pull myself together and attend church with my family. That was my first step in taking authority. I used my words to bring God into something that was overtaking me. The next day I was working in the business office at my church and one of the ladies in the office catered lunch for everyone and I was looking at the choices like a deer in headlights. Everyone was laughing, talking and enjoying their lunch break--I was sweating bullets because I had to make a decision to eat what I was supposed to eat or eat what I wanted to eat. It was a pivotal moment of truth--I had to be accountable to what I had prayed for. I asked God to help me and He did, I just had to have the will power to carry out what I was in faith for. So I reluctantly took the kale salad and I was incredibly surprised, it was so delicious! I’m the type of person that has to brain wash myself to like anything healthy, especially something like kale. However, this kale salad was amazing and I didn’t even have to pay for it, look at God! Three days later, I was watching a sermon by Joseph Prince about faith and overcoming struggles. He said something that made my head spin:
“People look at their faith first then ask for Jesus to help them, we have to remember the Bible teaches us to fix our eyes on Jesus first because He is the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:2.
At that moment, I knew that my faith in being healthier would only remain if I looked to Jesus first. So I literally started doing that. I intentionally talked to God each time before I ate, asked Him to control my appetite to a manner that pleased Him and asked Him to adjust my tastes buds to desire foods that He wanted me to eat. This wasn’t a superficial problem like trying to get skinny, it was a wall that needed to come down permanently so food couldn’t control me any longer. Currently, I have not had a food binge or cravings to go back to the old Ashley. I’m more energetic and feel whole, now that God helps plan my meals. There is victory and freedom in taking authority, accountability, and living intentionally.
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