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11/17/11 11:40 A

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emoticon Yep, clean and wash. And the J O Y emoticon comes with the friendships that exist around the table and in the house.
Keep reading, emoticon we will conquer the whole book! Joyce emoticon

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11/17/11 9:53 A

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ASOBFALLS - Thank you again. I never thought of it this way either. Sometimes I get so discouraged with the daily 'crap' I have to do, but it isn't 'crap' at all, it's a blessing that I have a house to clean, dishes to do, food that went on those dishes, a bed to make that I slept in, etc. And each time I take care of those things it is like the Israelites gathering manna. They gathered manna, I clean, they gathered manna, I wash dishes, They gathered manna, I make the bed and I pray it does go on for 40 years or more.

Never mistake failure as final

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

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11/16/11 8:24 P

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I have loved the Exodus story for many years. But never seen it in this light. Got cares about my diet! emoticon They go out and gather manna, tomorrow they go out and gather manna.
40 years of this. I go to work, I clean my kitchen, tomorrow I go to work, I clean my kitchen.
It is worth doing because Of the RELATIONSHIPs with my husband, children....GOD.

God can be my daily portion of companionship, provision, strength.. My Manna is joy...some days I find the joy of His presence. other days, I do 'what I am supposed to do' emoticon

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11/15/11 8:53 P

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Questions

1. Most of them think of food as the ultimate treat and/or comfort, or something. It is the center of most of their lives and it makes it difficult to change and be different than those around me. It is also hard when others bring in treats to work and church, etc.

2. Absolutely. Even when you consider it emotional eating that's what you are doing - your are trying to silence the emotions you don't want to face. You learn that food is a great numbing agent and is more acceptable than drugs or alcohol.

3. Friendships, Boyfriend / Relationship, tons of food, maybe even damaged family relationships.

4. I'm learning, but far from it being an automatic way I live my life. I think some of the things I long for most is someone to really listen, understand comfort and to ease my fear and anxiety.

5. Yes there were times. I lost significant people at early ages and significant things at early ages. My approach to food, I think, is a huge reflection of that. I am often afraid the food is going to disappear or be taken away and I have to eat it fast and as much as I can before it's gone.

6. If I could ask for one thing it would be to be reassured of love and if or that I have value. All love and value, from Him and others. i have been known to be suicidal and many times I think the world would be better off without me.

Never mistake failure as final

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

Rebecka


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11/15/11 8:48 P

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On the surface it appears that all we're talking about is food and the amount we consume. In reality, there is a more serious issue at the root of gluttony. Over stuffing ourselves with food or drinking until we get drunk or getting wrapped up in the affections of an adulterous relationship are all desperate attempts to silence the cries of a hungry soul. -This is exactly what i feel like when I start to think about what my food issues do to my relationship with God and to me when I resist what He wants me to do. But it also, and maybe more importantly, suffocates the Holy Spirit that lives in me. I drowned the Spirit in a landfill of food. More food than my body can honestly handle.

Indeed, our souls are thirsty and ravenous vacuums. If we fail to understand how to fill our sould with spiritual nourishment, we will forever be triggered to numb our longings with other temporary physical pleasures. - And there is some truth to the philosophy that those of us with troubled childhoods are more likely to stumble into an addiction, but it is in God's plan that we go to Him for comfort, guidance, healing and strength, not food or anything else. Although He did not cause the pain,He can use the voids to give Him room to dwell in our lives and the bigger the void, the bigger He can be in our life.

But I've realized when the desire for treats is triggered by difficult emotions, it's not really a desire for treats-it's a thinly veiled attempt at self-medication. - Yes, sometimes it's an attempt to self-medicate. Sometimes I can't stand the emptiness and sometimes I can't stand to face the truth of what I'm feeling. And so I medicate the only way I know how. But sometimes it's just a desire to eat and a lack of willingness to give up what I want. Sometimes I forget that it is God's job to bless me, not for me to bless myself. Because even in 'treating' myself I am not doing it like God could.

In other words, God planned to use the Israelite's food issues to teach them the valuable lesson of daily dependence on Him. - My dependence must be moment by moment, not just day by day.

They had to wander in the desert for forty years while they learned how to truly depend on God. - Another lesson that this food journey won't be an overnight thing. Sometimes it feels like we gained it overnight because we weren't paying attention, but we didn't, and God is patient with us and will not let us be satisfied with quick fixes.

Lamentations 3:22-24 - The Lord is my portion, therefore I will wait for Him - I love it! Because if a food issue is one thing, it is about immediate gratification. But the Lord is worth waiting for and He is a portion that satisfies on every level.

Psalm 107:9 - Satisfies and with good things - again it reminds me that God is the one in control of when, how and with what I am blessed with. He is sure to give me things that are good for me and that are truly satisfying, not immediate, but temporary. And something that is truly good for me, not just something that seems good at the moment.

Never mistake failure as final

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

Rebecka


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11/5/11 11:52 A

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God promised to take care of them and did. So when He says He'll provide for me I believe that He will even more after reading this story. I am not in the habit of depending on God for what I need each day to be my daily portion of companionship, provision, strength. My "manna" that I want most from God is companionship so I don't feel lonely or rejected anymore. Better start asking everyday!

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If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. ~C. S. Lewis



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10/31/11 1:39 P

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Greetings,

I would love for God to be my daily portion of everything. It is a hard lesson to learn without a doubt, but a worth while one. I think my favorite part about this story is the clear cut description of just how simple it can all be. Like one of the lines of one of my favorite songs says, “it could all be so simple…but you’d rather make hard…loving you is like a battle…and we both end up with scars.” I am working diligently to embrace that simpleness. To be mindful that if something feels hard it’s because I’m making it hard. If I just trust and believe in God things get really simple really fast. Even when it comes to my “manna” or my attention. I have to rely on God to give me the attention I need, because when I do looking for it all kinds of messed up things happen.

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10/30/11 11:09 P

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The story in Exodus an encouragement to me because it helps me realize that God will never fail me, if there is something that I need He will always provide it, some things I think I need at times but I really don't and if God doesn't provide them to me I know that I didn't really need it in the first place. I am learning to be in the habit of depending on God for what I need each day to be my companion, provision and strength, during my therapy sessions I have been going to I have been learning how to implement this into my life since before it was not something that I realized I needed, even though I know that sounds wrong, but I didn't see it. The manna that I long for the most from God is the manna of feeling loved and full. I often find myself feeling lonely and frustrated so I need to learn and train my mind to turn to God when I am feeling this way instead of continuing to feel hurt by people and let it eat away at me.

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10/25/11 12:59 P

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It brings me peace knowing that I can and should
Trust God for everything; which I have not always done.
I am working on trusting God with any decision
Which I need to make. God is the only one
I need to trust.

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I know that there are times when I don't depend on God first, primarily when I'm in a particularly hard situation. I am also working hard to put dependency on God, as a "first" in my life. I know that God will help me with my diet & lifetyle change, if I ask him and allow him to. I just must be still and wait for God's intervention and direction.

Marcia


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Casting all your cares upon him; for he careth for you.

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Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do ALL to the glory of God.


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10/22/11 7:49 A

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Lysa uses the Exodus story to demonstrate how God taught His people to depend on Him by giving them just what they needed each day (pg 131-132). In what ways might this story be an encouragement to you? Are you in the habit of depending on God for what you need each day-to be your daily portion of companionship, provision, strength? What "manna" do you long for most from God?

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