When we listen to the holy spirit we learn different lessons. I’ve asked him to help me be at peace in this area and that he will give me grace to not crave food when im not hungry. I say “Lord there are so many free people in this area, I know that freedom is attainable. Please help me have the grace that they have so that I can get it. There’s a few things that have come to my aid this week. One area dealing with body image issues. I don’t like myself, I also judge others sometimes as less than they are by their weight. When I see that there are heavy people happily married, this helps me. When I see men with heavy women looking around at other women, this totally ingrains the negative views I already feel about a persons worth. That leads me to a slightly different topic that I’ll save for the next blog. You know it helps to understand that a man or woman’s value is not about their body size. However American culture especially places so much emphasis.. it is Satan’s lies… only the fit, muscular, firm men and women are superior. Well, they might have better self esteem therefore they are more confident. But ive met some real fat people who have a lot of confidence and ive also met real thin people who had horrible confidence. What draws people to us is our confidence. If we like ourselves then it changes how we carry oursleves, how we respond to others and it shapes our expectation of how theyll treat us. If I do not like my body, then if someone compliments me and means it I might not believe it because I dont believe it myself. So this is really about self esteem. Today I felt like if i eat because im hungry, then I shouldn’t ever ever feel nad for eating what I eat when im hungry. Because those of us who’ve dieted much o who have these issues .. they feel a certain shame when they do eat. And our bodies know what they need. One day i will hardly eat because im not that hungry, and then the next day i could be hungry several times throughout the day. So if you are truly hungry then eat. Also, this week im starting to question what i eat… what my body is saying it needs. Today im surrounded by sweet treats at work.. and i snack on them at times when hungry, but what i really want is protein. Sometimes we over eat because we are not satisfied by what we eat.. but if u take a minute to try and discern what your body needs.. you will be more at peace. This is something that should be spirit lead. He will help us if we let go of the stupid diet rules, society rules and instead aim to be at peace on the inside just as much as the outside.