Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 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.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Now, how should I really approach this trial I'm currently going through? The previous verses tell me the following: rejoice in the Lord , always. Even if I break my boundaries 12 times today (my boundaries are: eating only when I am hungry, stopping at full, and not eating when I feel emotionally.. crazy....!), even if I gain 30 pounds, REJOICE. May my testimony be known to everyone, the Lord is coming back soon! Do not be anxious-that today I will be too tempted to renew my mind. Do not be anxious about food today - but live in prayer and asking with thankfulness- for God to help me. Thank You, Lord for Your hand to help me and free me - please pull me out of this pit! And God's incredible peace will guard my heart and mind in Jesus Christ. Think about true honorable pure lovely excellent things, not condemning food failures, poor body image thoughts, etc. Practice renewing my mind in Jesus Christ. Be content with if I don't get dessert, or no second portion, or too much ripe fruit in my home and the neeeed to eat it all before it goes bad (what an awful excuse, I know, but I'm guilty of that!). I can be content with Christ who strengthens me to be so.
I feel free. I feel full of hope.
A video on some video footage I got on our last trip to Mexico ~ enjoy!