No More Praying Like a Victim [Choosing Joy]
It’s been almost a year since our baby arrived. She is eating table food, moments away from walking, and almost sleeping through the night. Life is starting to balance itself again. Praise God!
It is time now to start taking back my body. This past year I have used a lot of excuses to overlook my nibbling, “I can’t limit my food intake right now. I am a nursing mom!” my chocolate obsession, “It’s just so delicious. There is no way I could live without chocolate.” and my lack of movement “I don’t have the energy to exercise with the baby up at night.” I have put off addressing the issue time and time again. “Once I go back to work… after my birthday… after the holidays…. Once the baby is sleeping through the night… “ I have even been praying about it.
Well, recently I stumbled upon a nutrition course offered as a benefit through my insurance company. I figured it would be the same old eat-more-fruits-and-vegetables-routine that I have known and ignored for years, but instead the course is all about changing your self-talk. This program teaches that you are not a victim of your circumstances, and that in every moment of the day you have the opportunity to make small choices that will support a healthy lifestyle or not.
This idea of positive, powerful self-talk got me to thinking about how I pray. Phrases that I have been using like “Lord, keep me from temptation… Lord, make me change… Lord, help me!” are all phrases of someone who is defeated. But I am not defeated! Since the day that Jesus Christ came into my life I have had in my arsenal all the weapons that I need to triumph in any situation. I don’t need to pray for God to give me self-control with my eating habits. I need to rejoice with thanksgiving that He has already given me self-control. Then with each temptation, I stop, embrace the momentary feelings, and make a choice that will get me one step closer to the healthy body that God wants for me.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7