Foxhole prayers aren’t so effective. I used to laugh and say that if I asked God for help when I have an ice-cream cone an inch from my mouth, odds are good that I won’t hear Him say that this isn’t a good idea. So, here’s how I do it. When I get up in the morning, I start out with prayer, asking God for help today, when I get up, way before I’ve had time to think about what I’m going to eat.
My spiritual disciplines include asking God for opportunities to be helpful to others today, as well as keeping some integrity around food. My husband loves this prayer, because most days, he’s the only one I see and the main beneficiary of my opportunities to be generous. This quiet time in the mornings has caused a transformation in my thinking. I am ready to start my day. That leaves ‘cheating’ out of the equation. I am not distracted all day by wondering what I can eat next. I am able to see that when I feel an emptiness, unless it’s mealtime, it’s not hunger but perhaps something that I should be dealing with. I can reach out on the phone to ask others how they are doing, and when I need to, talk about what is going on with me.
Throughout the day, I can stop, say little prayers that again ask for help, or to express gratitude for my life. I like this life. My heart is open to see the little miracles that occur throughout the day. They’re always right in front of me when my heart is open. They’re right in front of me when the ice cream cone is not.
I have been on many diets in my life, but none of them have been transformational. Sometimes I lost weight, but I did not have the rearrangement of my thinking as I do today until I put God into the plan. God won’t do for me what I can do for myself however.
I still need to eat in a manner that is conducive to weight loss, if I want to lose weight. And right now, that is a challenge for me. I am on medication for a hyper-active thyroid which slows down my metabolism. And it makes me crazy! I have even thought of cutting back the medication on my own, which could result in a heart attack. See why prayer has to be part of my plan? My own thinking would have me in cardiac arrest.
So I take the action that allows the transformation to occur. It’s the whole package for me – the daily quiet time to pray and meditate, the planning of food that is in harmony with my desire to lose weight, (or at least not gain it). It’s the action I need. Hey, maybe the whole thing is ‘transform-action-al’. The prayer creates the transformation and the actions sustain it. Hmmm. Could I be onto something here?