“Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.” Proverbs 19:27
The muscles in my back have made for some restlessness lately. I’m not injured, just tense. Quite a few life changes are going on, plus, I haven’t taken care of myself as much as needed in the last couple of years. I’ve gotten a little lazy with some of my food choices and overeating.
It’s time to take action.
A couple of weeks ago, I requested some of my friends to pray for me to get organized with my exercising and creating healthier meal plans.
Last week a friend messaged a group of her friends out of the blue wanting to share about her Yoga coaching business. It’s a business she started about a year ago working with middle through elderly aged women, helping them to develop healthier habits, as well as, balance and flexibility through Yoga. The previous week, I had checked out a book on Yoga, so my interest was piqued. We set up a time to visit.
Monday morning she arrived at my home perky and enthusiastic yet genuinely sincere, as always. We began to talk about what she teaches and if this was something I wanted to do. Midway through our conversation, she began to talk a little bit about the food choices we make and how they affect a healthy lifestyle. She wasn’t preaching, just speaking truth, when something inside of me wanted to scream and run from the room. (No, I didn’t. I just wanted to.) Instead, I began to ramble about how good my family eats, cooking from scratch with fresh veggies. I quickly elaborated on how my Home Economics degree had covered Nutrition and Food Science, so I already knew about healthy eating. (Yes, I know, I took those classes twenty-five years ago. Shush.)
We moved passed the topic of food and discussed other parts of Yoga, like breathing, stretching, and learning to focus. I signed up for classes and my friend left.
Then this happened…
Tuesday morning my husband called telling me about an opportunity to buy a new dress… for a charity gala happening this Friday. He politely asked if I was interested first, but made sure I knew it was ok to go shopping. Excitedly, after my daughter got home from school we headed to our mall to find a dress. Unexcitedly, I learned I had moved up a size. After purchasing a baby blue dress with cream lace from the sale rack (66% off!!!), I left the store both proud for my find and humbled by my new size reality.
As much as I didn’t want instruction on my food habits from my friend, was as much as I needed them.
Proverbs 19:27 talks a bit about receiving instruction. It says, “Cease to hear instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.”
Now, I know what is causing my “cease to hear instruction”. It’s a big stumbling block in my life called pride. Pride and I are well acquainted. Pride has robbed my joy, made me out to be a fool and is now keeping from hearing and receiving knowledge on eating healthier.
So here I sit typing, trying to formulate a plan when something else pops into my head.
Okay, it didn’t just pop in my head. I hit a dead spot in my thought process and began to look at what was laying on the coffee table. And there it is… my answer.
Sitting on my coffee table is a prayer sheet on how to overcome strongholds.
My summer Bible study this year has been Priscilla Shirer’s “The Armor of God”. Within this study were steps on demolishing strongholds. They include (The Armor of God study guide, pgs. 166-167):
- “Identify the toxic thought patterns you’ve been nursing and recognize them for what they truly are – strongholds…”
- “Confess errant thought processes to God…”
- “Dismantle (this is my favorite part) the stronghold by taking your thoughts captive, then renewing your perspective and understanding through the concentrated, deliberate applying of God’s truth” (the Word of God, the Bible).
So now to apply.
I’ve identified pride as my stronghold; plus, I’ve confessed to Jesus my unwillingness to listen to instruction because of my pride and have asked for forgiveness. Now, I need to change my habit of not wanting to receive instruction when it comes to eating healthy. I can do this by writing down God’s word, my new truth (Proverbs 19:27) and memorizing it. Reciting this verse will help me remember my avoiding healthy advice is a pride issue. Progress is going to take a willingness to listen even when the subject is uncomfortable. It may take time and many attempts to break the stronghold; I will continue in that time to give thanks to God and my friend for their help in my new healthier life pattern.
My pride over receiving advice on food issues is currently being dismantled. Not there yet, but working on it. In the meantime, I’m learning better breathing practices and stretches to help me with that tense back.
What are some of your favorite healthy choice food tips?