“How are you doing today with your diet?” I asked my husband, with a slight tone of reservation, because it appeared he had broken his vow again.
“Good. When we were out of town, I really followed the plan – no soda pop, very little sweets and hardly any fast food.”
“That's good, because you mentioned when you guys were gone last week, that you took your vitamin supplement daily and continued to work on your program. Just checking.”
“I will do my best to lose this extra weight,” giving me a squeeze around my shoulders.
“Ok, That's good,” in a resigned tone, as I've heard this all before.
As I washed my face and put on my gown, I knew my husband was still having a difficult time with discipline in food choices. Other things he handled well, but when it came to food, that was another story.
Over the past twenty years, he steadily gained weight, and I knew that much of it was due to stress, especially in the area of finances. Becoming unemployed or working sporadically plagues many people today, which is possibly contributing to higher levels of obesity in America.
I remember reading an article by the Food Research and Action Center that states approximately two-thirds of all Americans are overweight and obese; with rates slightly higher for African-Americans and Hispanics.
It's amazing that even the bible approaches this subject when it says in Proverbs 25:28, “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man (woman) who lacks self-control.”
Well, self-control and discipline do not always refer to eating, but to any sin that controls. Even though I sometimes ask my husband too many questions regarding his eating habits, I, too, deal with issues such as patience and worry. Also, God has been dealing with me regarding the issue of trust, and I need to trust in His promises and provision more than ever.
As my husband went to bed, I asked the Lord to help me pray for a change in my attitude --- my thinking. The Holy Spirit quickened me that my constant discussion of my husband's eating habits was not helping at all. I needed to be still and trust in the Lord with my whole heart, soul, mind and strength.
Therefore, that is what I decided to do.
I began to ease up on speaking of his diet for the day; just asking about his work. I began to read a few more scriptures on self-control and wisdom for our family. God is faithful and He continually leads us into all truth.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct thy paths,” (Prov3:5-6),
So, instead of pestering my husband, I decided to pray. We're still on the weight-loss journey, but the destination appears closer and we're more at peace.
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