Posted by: wordofthevine | December 19, 2017

Our Spiritual Journey and Weight Gain

I sat down and prayed, “Lord, help me come to peace with my weight!” I have not had to struggle earlier in my life to maintain my weight so much but not now. For a number of years, I had been chasing and racing around after 6 kids with an active family life. I notice that now life has simmered down but my weight has gradually crept up. I haven’t liked that. I should know how to work with this. I have had to become more astutely aware of what I am yearning for and am hungry for. A good sign that I’m eating not much more than I need is that I have time everyday where I am pretty hungry, especially first thing in the morning and about meal time. When I grazed through the day with little snacks bits here and there, I didn’t notice these hungry periods but did the weight gain.

Servant of God, Catherine Doherty, a lay woman, mother and founder of Madona House,  challenges us in Poustinia: Encountering God in Silence, Solitude and Prayer that to grow spiritually too, we have to become people comfortable with emptiness. She says, “We begin to understand the emptiness which must take place in us, the depth of surrender of our will to God’s. He (one who seeks God alone) become so empty that he is simply one who carries God(112).”

Maybe this is why, in mid-life, when God is helping us mature spiritually, he allows this struggle with our weight. He wants us to figure out how to seek him from the depths of our being by allowing “emptiness” to become a regular part of our daily tempo. Working with our appetites, eating and weight is a spiritual discipline that brings growth and abundant fruitfulness! What about you? Do you find managing your weight and appetite a struggle to surrender all to God? ~Mary

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