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Thursday, January 26, 2012


“I am stuffed,” you moan after you polish off a big meal. “Maybe a few cookies will help me concentrate,” you delude yourself. “I’ve already had three doughnuts. Why don’t I just finish the other two, so they don’t get stale?” Oh brother, we are only abusing ourselves with that logic! No one else believes that nonsense. Others can easily see that we are inflicting self-harm and lying about it at the same time. We self-abuse in many ways. Overeating is one. When emotional stress overcomes us, we sometimes step out of body awareness and away from the pain we feel. From that perspective, we are living around our body and not inside. We have subconsciously found it is safer there, away from pain. Then, in order to come back into body awareness, so we can work, concentrate, communicate, or remember things, we overeat until we can feel our stuffed body around us. That is the knock of our body’s door we talked about before. We use self-abuse to try to achieve self-awareness and self-accomplishment. What a tradeoff God intended for you to be free from emotional pain. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Everybody wants to be happy, but “the abundant life” is far greater than merely being happy. It has real, inner joy, real life. It is a complete life, utter life, life “to the full.” John 10:10 Rather than eating when we feel overwhelmed, remind yourself, “God wants me to have inner joy, real life.” Repeat it until the need to eat passes. Then use Prayer Therapy to rid yourself of self-abuse. Prayer Therapy can help, praying specifically so God can answer specifically. Our prayer for a return to the love-of-self we had as a child, remember the prayer therapy process, or refer back to previous posts: pray the prayer printed below 3X a day, wait on the Lord to feel his presence, and know he heard you. Let us pray: “Holy Father, creator of us all, your Spirit of Life lives within us. Holy is your name and the name of the Spirit within. Forgive us when we dislike the body you have given us to anchor our soul to Earth for this short stay of ours. Sometimes we want to run away from our body and the emotions experienced by it. Some of us have strong bodies, some are weak, and some are damaged by many events of this world. It is still the shelter for our soul, and for that we thank you, than you, thank you. Help us make peace with our body, our intellect, our emotions, our personality, and our soul this very day, that we may serve you with renewed energy and purpose. Forgive us when we have disliked that gift of life you have given us. Touch us with your warm and loving hand. In the name of Jesus, your son, our redeemer, we pray, Amen” Doris Copyright 2012 Doris Gaines Rapp “God gives us stories that testify to His love. Let me tell you mine.” Please pass this link to a friend.

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