That Time the Scale Wouldn’t Budge

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Head covering Christian woman who loves wine, good coffee and stinky cheese. My favorite dessert is Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake. I am a Christian author, blogger, and speaker. I fell in love with my husband because he had rain drops on his glasses (true story). In my spare time I homeschool my six children (5 girls, 1 boy).

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When I was miraculously delivered from an eight-year battle with bulimia  – a year after I got radically saved – I thought that was it. No more food issues. (Read my testimony)

Boy, was I wrong!

Six babies will do a number on your body…and your self-esteem. Even though I’ve (mostly) been able to lose the baby weight after each child, I had a life-altering moment the other day.

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You see, I’ve been struggling lately with my weight. No matter how much I try to eat right and occasionally exercise, the scale isn’t budging. Actually, I’ve started to see it tip in the other direction. Talk about sucks-ville!

And I’ve upped my game even more. Restricting my sugar intake, exercising a bit more, and more importantly praying. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

What gives, God?

I even asked other people to pray for me. Like, on Facebook — multiple times. Still nothing.

I was starting to get desperate. I even thought about reverting to old bulimic behaviors…but I’m not THAT stupid.

The Answer

I came across a blog post about things Christian women can do to overcome the battle with food and exercise that revealed my problem: I was focusing on the wrong thing!

My desire for losing weight was, of course, for health reasons, but honestly my desire was mostly vain. But after reading the post, I was convicted that even of those reasons didn’t cut it for God.

After all, I’m praying constantly for NOTHING to come between my Savior and me. He was calling me to a higher purpose. He wanted my body to be a living sacrifice. He wanted my thoughts about my weight loss to not be beauty-focused or even health-focused, but about honoring him in all that I did.

The other two things (health and beauty) will naturally follow. I was putting the cart before the horse!

It might seem like a simple thing to you…like ‘Duh, Elaine’, but for me it made all the difference in the world.

For a long time I’ve feared getting fat. Even after I recovered from my eating disorder.

I realized that if I continue to chase the dream of beauty and even health, I will be disappointed.

One day, beauty will fade. And eventually, so will my health. But my service to God with my body is something I can do even as I lay on my deathbed.

It’s such a small change that we have to make, but it’s a vital priority to our peace as Radical Christian Women.

If any of you are in the same boat, I hope this revelation helped you. Your struggle with weight won’t go away overnight (unless you have liposuction), but it’s a life-long journey that will (if you will let it) bring you closer to Jesus.

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