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My mother told me, “Don’t eat your vomit!” You see, my mother was referring to accepting people back into your life after they have done you wrong, broken your heart, or cheated on you. My tumultuous life experiences led me to also use “Don’t eat your vomit” to refer to people I trusted, who later betrayed me so fiendishly that it felt as if they stabbed me in the back and twisted the knife.

When someone has wronged you, and you have given them opportunity upon opportunity to right their wrongs, and they have let you down every time - you are continuously eating your vomit by allowing them back into your life again and again.  Can you imagine actually eating your own vomit?  It would likely be an experience that you would not be eager to repeat and from which you would learn an invaluable lesson.  Likewise, in life, when you allow those same people back into your life, it is like giving them a second bullet, because you survived their first one! You can always use the lessons you learn after you eat your vomit.


My mother’s cautionary words, “You know, you don’t eat your vomit,” spoken at the demise of my first marriage, could be heard in my head again when I was at the same crossroad with my second marriage. I was in disbelief because I worked even harder to keep that marriage together. At some point, I remembered it was Scriptural.

More simply put,

Proverbs 26:11 NIV

[11] As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.

 My mother is the inspiration behind Don’t Eat Your Vomit!  Those words of wisdom were received with shock and awe, grabbing my attention amid a tumultuous time. They were later remembered when approaching that familiar moment of, “Do I stay, or do I go?” This book will force you to recognize don’t-eat-your-vomit moments past or present – including those that do not necessarily involve a love relationship. Don’t Eat Your Vomit! will help you purge or manage your vomit, since we all do this at least once, if not more, at some point in our lives..