New Attitude Strategy

by Beth Ann Ziarnik @bethannziarnik

A New Attitude Strategy straight from God’s Word. Just writing that excites me! I treasure God’s trustworthy Word more than I can say, and I suspect you might, too. What better guide to living a loving, honorable,  and God-pleasing life? At least that’s been my experience.

So, here I am with the second group of Scriptures related to Diet No More STEP TWO. But this time With a different tack on “confessing.” One to help me build a new attitude strategy.

an upraised hand to heaven to represent a willingness to build a New Attitude Strategy for eatingield to God

No more fear or uncertainty. No more second guessing or hesitation. Just good old fashioned spunk because I’ve finally made up my mind.

So let’s move on to the planks in this new attitude strategy …

Dumping and Kicking

Dump My Old Self Throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. ~ Ephesians 4:22-23, The Book NLT.

Today I’m dumping gluttony–throwing off my old rotten nature’s former way of eating all I want, whatever and whenever I want. I’m sick of craving too much food and lying to myself–insisting that the habit of overeating isn’t a sin, or at least not a bad one. What was I thinking??? For Pete’s sake, all sin sent Jesus to the cross. Therefore, all sin is bad, right?

Lord, please guide me into what your Word says I need–a spiritual renewal of my thoughts and attitudes about food and eating. I know you don’t want me to be afraid of food, but I also know you don’t want to hurt myself by overindulging.

Don’t Be Conceited Don’t be conceited, sure of your own wisdom. Instead, trust and reverence the Lord, and turn your back on evil; when you do that, then you will be given renewed health and vitality. ~ Proverbs 3:7-8, TLB.

I’m also kicking my conceit to the curb, turning my back on my old overeating self once and for all. Instead of trusting in my own wisdom about eating, with the Lord’s help, I’m going to overcome the sin of gluttony. I’m going to trust the Lord–let him direct my eating.

Thank you, Lord God, for promising that, as I do this, you will renew my health and vitality. There is no one like you, Lord! No one so loving and kind.

Telling Myself the Truth

Speak Truthfully So put away all falsehood and “tell your neighbor the truth” because we belong to each other. ~ Ephesians 4:25, The Book NLT.

From now on, I will speak the truth to myself about “gluttony verses God-honoring eating.” No more excuses or agreeing with anyone else’s excuses to overeat. Not even, “just this one time.”

Loathe Gluttony You who love the Lord, hate evil! ~ Psalm 97:10, The Book NLT.

Because of  my love for you, Lord, I pledge today to hate the evil of overeating and its accompanying excuses. With your help, I will no longer give a place in my life to this sin or its excuses.

Entrusting Myself to God

Give Myself Humbly So give yourself humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. ~ James 4:7, TLB.

With all sincerity, Lord, I give myself and my eating to you. When the devil or my own selfish desires tempt me to stray from following your lead in my eating, I will resist.  I will say “no!” And thank you for promising that, when I do this, the devil will flee from me.

Yield to God’s Correction I know, Lord, that a person’s life is not his own. No one is able to plan his own course. So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle. ~ Jeremiah 10: 23-24, The Book, NLT.

Now, Lord, I confess that my life is not my own. It belongs to you. I also confess that I’m not good at planning my own way. Especially when it comes to eating, I need your correction–your guidance–to eat in a way that is healthy for both my body and my spirit. So please correct me, Lord. I already know you will be gentle with me. You do not despise my weaknesses but come along side to help me do what is good in your sight.

Trust God’s Leading I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. ~ Galatians 2:20, The Book, NLT.

Lord, today I am ready to entrust myself entirely to you. Please lead me out of gluttony and into obedience to your Holy Spirit. For as long as I live in this body, may I use it only to bring you honor and glory.

What Next

How good it feels to finally take a firm stand, abandon gluttony, and build a New Attitude Strategy for eating in a way that honors God. No more waffling and wavering. Instead, I’m praising the Lord for guiding me throughout Diet No More STEP TWO. I’m also thanking him for you as you come along with me on this journey. Your presence means so much.

Next week we move on to Diet No More STEP THREE where I begin putting into practice the hands-on practical tips for losing weight without dieting. See you next week!

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    The Conversation

  1. Sally says:

    Great post, Beth. I like your folksy style of writing.

  2. Lois says:

    It is so much easier to give in to food while staying ‘sheltered’ from the out doors .

    • Beth Ziarnik says:

      Hi Lois! You are so right. But of course, with the Lord’s help, it doesn’t have to be. He says, “Ask and you shall receive,” so these days, I’m asking for a LOT of His help to do what He’s put on my heart during this journey. It isn’t easy to change old habits.

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