”I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” ~ Isaiah 45:3 (NIV)
Let’s Go Treasure Hunting
We are now three weeks into this challenge and for week four, we are going to address all three areas of our being during our “renewing of the mind” appointments with God.
A great way to accomplish this is by “treasure hunting”. As a kid, I often imagined going on a great adventure in the quest for some hidden treasure. Yes, I was one of those you would see on the playground orchestrating pretend hunts filled with danger and mystery. I’m sure some of my peers thought I was nuts, but the ones who played along had a blast.
So, each day this week, I’m going to ask you to join me on a quest of unearthing the gems produced by the last three weeks of your journey.
You may be thinking, “Um, Jules, seriously, like, the dragon has totally singed my hair and has me locked in the dungeon.” Well, even Paul rejoiced while incarcerated.
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them…” ~ Acts 16:35
If you continue reading in Acts chapter 16 through verse 30, you discover one of the treasures brought about by Paul’s captivity; a jailer comes to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior.
No matter whether you feel like the damsel in distress or the heroine wielding the Sword of the Spirit, there is always treasure to be found. As this relates to our food/weight/body image related journey, we are looking for progress in any form we can find it.
A word of caution though, you might just become a more positive person in the process. There is something so powerful about looking for God’s goodness in the midst of our messiness. It builds our faith and alters our view. When these things happen, we find that our strength is renewed (Isaiah 40:31). Let’s press on toward the goal to win the prize (Philippians 3:12-17).
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV)
Week 4 – We’re going to maintain the habit of renewing our minds for at least 15 minutes per day beginning with confession of sins and the “who I am in Christ” mirror exercise. Finish up your 15 minutes with any method you wish. Add a second appointment during the day that is about five minutes long. Remember those “I love my boundaries because…” statements? Well, you’re going to say them once a day this week. I’m going to suggest Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free From Spiritual Strongholds and I Deserve a Donut by Barb Raveling as great resources for renewing your mind.
For “day by day” suggestions, join the Taste For Truth Support Group and download the PDF.
Weekly Challenge Check-in:
Renewed my mind for at least 15 minutes a day & kept my food boundaries.
I’m down 0.6 the third week 🙂
Challenge Total: 4.6 lbs