The secret to weight loss.

So I do tubs. Like crazy scolding hot baths in the winter. My skin is used to being scorched by the sun and that sensation just doesn’t happen here in January. Florida girl in Ohio problems. So I do tubs. Tonight I decided to leave my phone out of reach. I’d try true relaxation. Turns out, I stink at that and after a few minutes, I was bored and faced with a decision—cut the bath short, or practice for my first nonexistent speaking engagement. You know, in case my writing should ever turn me into the next Beth Moore. (Are you laughing at me? Should be. I’m cracking myself up.)

Icebreaker? Check. Then I go through a funny spiel about how this is my first time. Man, these imaginary gals are just eating up my wisdom and erupting in laughter over my talking points like, “fat people go to heaven”. Now for the real reason I’m here. It’s a book tour, after all. So I hit the crowd with my newest book. A grand debut. It’s called…

HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT IN ONE STEP: Read your Bible.

After it’s all over, they rush to the back in droves to purchase. A book to tell them to put down their books and pick up the Bible. The irony is not lost on me. And then I was pruny, so I got out.

But that would be my new book. If I wrote a book today. Allow me to explain.

Last Monday (because life change can only take place on Mondays, insert sarcasm) I decided to put down my food study and pick up my Bible. I picked Romans. I decided to trust that God has a fresh, very alive and relevant word for me—without the help of someone else. (Bible studies are awesome and great and I’ll be back but, this is my personal RIGHT NOW journey to love God with MY mind. Mark 12:30)

My food study brought me to scriptures telling me things like to ABIDE in Christ and to RENEW my mind. It had me make food boundaries with the goal of losing weight. But rules are made to be broken and I was 20ish days into the 30 day study and actually gaining weight. Renew my mind? What does that even mean? Follow boundaries? Apparently that requires self control and I have none. And self control is a fruit of the spirit so I felt real good about myself after that awareness.

Back to Monday. I started going through Romans on my own. Would you believe I’ve lost 4lbs already and it’s only Thursday?

You see, up until that point (and every diet prior) I was trying to manifest my own self control—impose my own self discipline. And it can work. For a time. But there was never a heart change, instead just behavior modification—a change I couldn’t maintain on my own accord.

So here I am, in the word, not centered on food, just going through a letter from Paul to the Roman Church and suddenly I’m seeing fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23) Miraculously, I’m experiencing a natural renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2). I’m not convicted about brownies. I’m convicted about laziness and being a good steward of my time. I’m not complaining that life is hard, because scripture affirms that fact many times—I’m instead reminding myself that I’m stronger than I think and I can do hard things (Philippians 4:13). When I’m in the word my God gets bigger and I get smaller. Rightfully so. It’s less “what’s for dinner?” and more “how can I love others?”.

Then it all came crashing together with clarity tonight as I came across this verse, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,” Romans 14:17

So there you have it, my friends. The secret to a healthy physique is a healthy spirit.

HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT IN ONE STEP: Read your Bible.

For real, stop reading this and go read your Bible.

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