The Spiritual Hospital
Several years ago, a woman I was coaching said to me, “When you are hemorrhaging, comfort food is a tourniquet and eating healthy seems like a long ride to the hospital when you might die.” Ever feel this way? I know I have.
I understand what she means because when I weighed 430 pounds it seemed like I would never lose weight. Back then for me to even imagine myself losing what I’ve lost today, which is over 250 pounds, seemed impossible. What I needed was a spiritual hospital, but I thought I had God all figured out and it must be something else, like something physical that needed to be fixed in me.
I was in pain and I didn’t even know why. I was in physical pain carrying around that much weight, sure, but I was also in emotional, mental and even spiritual pain that I didn’t even recognize. I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t do what my head wanted to do.
I felt there was only one quick fix that would work to solve my immediate pain and despair. That was doing what I’d always done—eat comfort food and plenty of it.
It was the quickest fix that I had that could make me stop feeling whatever negative emotion I was feeling at the time. When we don’t know how to feel our emotions or we want to stop feeling anger, frustration, despair, sadness, regret, shame, overwhelm, guilt and emptiness we will do anything to make the emotional pain stop, even if it only stops for a little while.
This is why we go to addictions. It’s why I went to my drug of choice—sugar and other foods with high carbohydrate content that turn to sugar quickly in the bloodstream. I call it the Christian addiction because very few Christians will admit that sugar is an addiction. Admitting that would mean they should give it up.
The other quick fix of diets never worked for me either. I’d just lose weight and then gain it back again when I go off the diet. The thing that works always seems like the hardest because it is outside of our comfort zone. What works is if I make a choice to follow everything God is showing me to do to restore my physical health.
To do that I have to surrender to a total transformation. It has to involve my mind, my will, my emotions, my spirit, my body and my physical cravings. All of those things have to change during this process. The only thing that works is a total lifestyle change.
The beauty of going on this kind of journey is that this is what God wants for us. He wants to teach us where our disconnects are with Him and how we can transform spirit, soul and body.
If you are hemorrhaging from emotions, physical pain and all that life has thrown you and you feel like eating healthy is like a long road to the hospital when you might die, understand this. That is a lie from the father of lies. None of it is true.
Eating healthy and letting God begin changing us mentally, emotionally and spiritually is the only way to begin a permanent change physically. Total change begins when we fix our attention on God. Then we’ll be changed from the inside out. (See Romans 12:2 MSG).
The safest place to be is following exactly what God wants for our lives. That’s why in my coaching program, there is more of an emphasis on understanding that what God really does want is for us to surrender everything to Him.
It’s not easy and that’s why God six years ago God called me to offer an ongoing coaching opportunity. A coaching group has to be led by someone who doesn’t just have knowledge about what to do, but has personal experience of living that out each and every day.
Coaching itself isn’t easy. I feel all the pain each member of my group feels. I’ve been there. I know what it’s like. This is what God called me to do, though, and I’m giving my life to this cause.
It’s the reason I get up each morning. It’s why I pour my heart out in podcasts, blog posts, live videos and books. I believe this is the number one killer among Christians, and possibly, all Americans. Our diet is not just killing us, it is in control of us. It is our master.
In 1 Cor. 6:12 Paul tells us, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” For way too many years I allowed comfort foods to be in control of my life. Walking out that journey was not a quick walk in the park, it felt like my coaching client said, “a long ride to the hospital when you might die.”
However, finally arriving at that hospital, feeling the healing touch of those who had been where I was and knew how to help me, drinking in their wisdom and following in their footsteps, saved my life. God knew exactly what I needed to rescue, deliver and transform me. All I had to do was climb into the ambulance and let God be the driver.
I’ve mentioned what one woman said to me. Here it is again: “When you are hemorrhaging, comfort food is a tourniquet and eating healthy seems like a long ride to the hospital when you might die.”
What she found after coming into our group is that God’s spiritual hospital is the very, very best place to be when you need more than a tourniquet or a bandaid.
Here’s the link for Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy: https://TeresaShieldsParker.com/overcomers-christian-weight-loss-academy/