I am a recovering compulsive overeater, abstinent by the grace of God one more* day at a time.  †


From today’s entry in Voices of Recovery:

“Today, a day is well-lived if I am abstinent by the grace of my Higher Power and this Fellowship and if I have acted courteously and kindly toward myself and others, so I owe no amends.”

This excerpt accurately captures my version of a successful day. While not every day can be lived perfectly, to accept in myself “progress, not perfection” is to be able to lay in bed at night, perhaps recognizing that I haven’t successfully lived a whole day like that, and still be able to sleep, looking forward to trying again, God permitting, when the next one-day-at-a-time dawns.



From Proverbs 19:

Rereading Proverbs each month, I find new things each time.  Today, I noted a string of three verses woven into the chapter that reminded me to be diligent.  Though its benefits seem self-serving, consistency is required to prevent me from falling astray.

He who gets wisdom loves his own soul;
he who cherishes understanding prospers.”

20 Listen to advice and accept instruction,
and in the end you will be wise.”

27 Stop listening to instruction, my son,
and you will stray from the words of knowledge.”



From my reading through the Bible, currently in Jeremiah 15:

19 Therefore this is what the Lord says:

‘If you repent, I will restore you
that you may serve me…”
20 …for I am with you
to rescue and save you,’
declares the Lord.”

God’s promise to Jeremiah was one of deliverance and restoration, but it was contingent on his faithful service and his abstinence from turning toward the rebellious men and women he served.

Faithful Father, help me love the lost without getting lost.  Help me follow Your Wisdom and not fail and flounder.  And help me live today well, in Your service, and in Christ Jesus’ name.  Amen!



From the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous, page 68:

“Just to the extent that we do as we think He would have us, and humbly rely on Him, does He enable us to match calamity with serenity.”


(For accountability’s sake, the details of my eating are posted in my online food log.)