I need help,” the text on my phone read. It was 11:29 am on a Sunday morning. I was in church taking sermon notes on my phone like I always do, but I knew God would want me to answer her urgent plea.
“What’s going on?” I replied.
“I need to get healthy,” Andrea said. “I cannot do this anymore. Who I am is dying.”
Tears came to my eyes. Andrea, who weighed over 300 pounds was desperate to lose weight, so desperate she’d tried starvation diets. Of course, they were short-lived. I’d been praying for her for a long time. I was glad she was ready to begin her journey.
What’s Wrong With Me?
Part of her issue was that she felt alone on her journey. Those around her who were large and said they wanted to lose weight were also her biggest binge-eating buddies. When she went to secular programs, nothing mattered but the food and exercise.
These were things she already knew but hadn’t implemented because the desire for food was always there. She lived Romans 7:19, “I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.” She didn’t know how to get out of that quandary, even though she knew the answer was Jesus.
The parts of the journey that had escaped her were parts that really mattered, such as her mental reasoning, emotional connections to food and spiritual mindsets that told her God was tapping His foot waiting for her to finally get on board and do everything right.
This is far from the truth. God wants to help us. He longs for us to ask Him for help. He will not invade our free will, but when we finally come to the point where we realize we need His help and ask in humility before Him, He will answer.
Humility is a huge key on our journeys. The dictionary definition of humility is to have a low view of one’s importance. The biblical definition is really to completely put ourselves in submission to God.
For most, it is hard to be humble when you have a lot of weight to lose. We do usually have low self-esteem, but that is not biblical humility. Our low self-esteem leads to the prideful response of I can fix this myself and get all the credit. This is not submission to God which is the ultimate definition of humility. This is thumbing our noses at God.
Weight Loss God’s Way
Weight Loss God’s way is born out of His love for us. He sees our difficulties with making certain foods idols or gods in our lives. He knows this way leads to death. He loves us so much that He wants us to prosper and be in good health, even as our soul prospers.1
He wants us healthy in all areas. He wants to help us step into a total lifestyle change—body, soul and spirit. We cannot do this unless we hand Him our pride that says, “I can do this on my own,” and put this area of our lives in total submission to Him.
This way does seem harder. For me, though, it is the easiest hard thing I’ve ever done. Allowing God to lead me is much easier than trying to figure out how many meals I’ll have to miss just to try to work in a triple cheeseburger, fries and an ice cream sundae. For me, those things are the bondages of my past and they will stay in my past.
The Journey Of Submission
I finally surrendered completely to Him when my overeating got so out of control, I couldn’t take care of it. With a cardiac surgeon giving me a time limit of five years to live if I didn’t lose weight, I finally turned to God who had been patiently waiting for me. He had been whispering truth in my ears for a long time. God used my biggest mess to finally bring me to my knees in front of Him.
This was the best thing that ever happened to me.
For all of us, there has to be a point where we realize we have come up against something we cannot do anything about, a giant obstacle, an immovable wall. When we’ve exhausted ourselves trying every angle possible to take care of the issue, we finally realize that we desperately need God. That is the point at which our real journey begins.
After He helped me lose over 250 pounds and write my first book, Sweet Grace, He called me to coach. He told me that was calling me to be an example of how He can help even the weakest person lose weight. God knows I take no credit for my own weight loss. It’s God’s victory. He did this in me to use me as an example to show you how it is possible to lose weight too.
If He can do this in me, the weakest of all people, He can do it in you, if the desire and commitment to the lifestyle change journey is there.
I know God’s desire is to reach the Andreas out there. People like I was. Desperate for change, but not knowing why every diet they try won’t work. Most weight loss groups do not bring God into the equation. I’m not sure why. If God was not in my weight loss equation I would still weigh 430 pounds.
God is a Master at helping us overcome our issues, even weight loss issues. That’s why my new extremely low-priced group is called Overcomers. God wants us all to be overcomers that He leads.
With God’s urging, I’ve done something that seems crazy. I’ve morphed both of my weight loss coaching groups into one large community, which will still have all the resources and weekly teachings, Q&A videos and webinars of my other groups. But the other thing He told me to do was take $100 off the price for my grand opening.
That’s right. Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Coaching Community will open at $27/month on Saturday, Dec. 30. Right now, though, please sign up on the waitlist to reserve your spot. You will get an invitation to join as soon as the group is open. Go to the page and read all about it, then sign up on the waitlist now. Go HERE: bit.ly/2BOvercomer.
I will see you in the group! Maybe Andrea will join us, too.
13 John 2 AMP