Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Climbing out of my pit

Y'all, I just have to say how much I love Beth Moore. I want to be her next-door neighbor and go over and have coffee with her every morning. Well, maybe hot chocolate or something since I don't drink coffee, but whatever it would take to get my foot in her door.

I am reading her book, Get Out of That Pit!, and I am being so blessed by it. It's truly amazing. My personal pit is the shame of overeating and the resulting obesity that comes with that. It's a sin that you really don't get to hide. Most other things you can put on a happy face and pretend like everything is ok, but when you are as big as me, everyone knows the minute you walk into a room what your biggest struggle is.

Beth talked in the book about the three ways we find ourselves in pits - we get pushed in, we let ourselves slip in, or we jump in feet first. I definitely allowed myself to slip into this sinful behavior. That's the worst thing - to know that your own carelessness and ignorance got you into the pit in the first place. There's no one else to blame, no one else to accuse.

And boy, does Satan use that against me. I feel like such a failure. That makes me feel worse, which makes me feel hopeless, which makes me not even want to try.

But Beth pointed out to me that NO ONE who is in Christ is ever hopeless, no matter how much Satan tries to convince us otherwise. Christ did not redeem us only to allow us to live in the pits of our own misery and in our own chains! He offers freedom!!

I'm not even half-way through the book, but I just had to share how liberating that was for me to read. I felt, for the first time in a long time, that there is hope for me to get out of this mess I'm in. That I don't have to spend my life hating myself for my weaknesses.

If you have something you have been struggling with - an eating disorder, bitterness, sin issues, etc., please first know that God CAN set you free. Then pick up a copy of Beth's book and we can learn how to climb out of our pits together.

"I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him."
Psalm 40: 1-3

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lori,

I got the same book earlier this year. She has a way of really speaking to "you". I agree - I'd love to have coffee with her each morning.

Dawn

ValleyGirl said...

You're the third person recently who's recommended this book. I guess it won't hurt to add it to my Amazon wish list!!!

ValleyGirl said...

PS. Now that you're back at high speed, I've tagged you for a Random Christmas HOOPLA!!

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