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WEIGH DOWN AND TIPS FOR YOUR HEART

Some of these tips may or may not help you. You may want to ask God to give you some tips that will help you personally. However, if your heart does not want to stop when you are full and it wants to eat everything on the plate and it would really like what is left over on the children's plates, then stopping tips are not what you need right now. You need a few heart tips.

Why in the world would we ever want more than we need? Why would we ever try to override our body's controls on the amount of food we eat? I think it is a pretty easy answer. We feel that we need to take care of ourselves because no one else in this world will care about us. We eat as if there is no tomorrow, thinking we had better "get while the getting is good." Perhaps we are not so sure that we believe there is a God, especially a caring Father/Creator. We do not know God's personality well enough to know that He likes burrito supremes with extra sour cream. He wants us to taste and enjoy all kinds of foods, especially desserts, all of our lives. However, He wants to be the provider or the one to indulge us. And yet, we indulge ourselves so much that we do not even give God a chance. He would like us to wait for hunger so He can delight us with the new Mexican restaurant for supper—but He cannot, because we carved ourselves out a pan of brownies and bowed down to it earlier in the afternoon. We decided on our indulgence, cooked it, and ate it. God gets squeezed out of our lives as we refuse to wait on Him or look to Him.

This attitude is not new; the Israelites did the same thing when they grew impatient for Moses to bring God's laws to them.

When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, "Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him."

Aaron answered them, "Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me." So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, "These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt." (Exodus 32:1-4)

The Israelites, despite seeing all the ways God had provided for them, created a false god to which they turned for comfort—to their ultimate sorrow.

What is more, we never get to thank Him because "We took care of everything!" It is as if we are saying that we do not need God. I would die right now if my children told me that they did not need me anymore. I love to be needed and God loves it, too. The irony is that we are desperate for Him and His loving, giving, and guiding hand, and we hardly even know it!

If your heart only knew that God is going to let you get hungry again and that He is going to feed you again! He is a great shepherd who loves to feed His sheep physically and spiritually. In fact, the picture of a shepherd is one who spends all day looking for a great place for the sheep to feed. Look to Him for guidance about when to start eating and when to stop. Believe Him when He says, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him" (Hebrews 11:6). You have got to come to know how good He will be to you if you seek Him. If you will obey God and not overindulge, there will be some reward for you. We call these little rewards or happies from God jewels. So heart, cheer up! A jewel will always be waiting for you if you stop when you are full! One of the most important assignments in Weigh Down''" is to look for and find the jewels that God has given you.

We would like to stress the importance of stopping at the earliest signals of being physiologically full. But if your longing heart is still yearning, food will not satisfy it. It would be great to finish each evening meal by taking a walk around the block—just you and the Lord. Give Him your broken heart and problems. He will fix those. Just obey Him with your food.

Pray that your desire to eat slows down. It is all a matter of your heart. If your heart loses its desire for food, eating slowly is a breeze, and going beyond full is out of the question.

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