We all have those moments in our lives when we feel like we are drowning. Those “going under” times that stay forever embedded in our memories. Thankfully, we usually gain more from these experiences than we ever thought possible. Breakthroughs. Determination. Salvation…
My greatest breakthrough moment took place over 14 years ago when I took my last drink. I never imagined I would be the one to break the long cycle of alcohol abuse that imprisoned my family for so many generations.
I started drinking at the ridiculously young age of 13. As I have shared many times before, I immediately became an addict. When alcohol no longer served my needs, I supplemented with a variety of drugs.
It was a dangerously stressful period in my life, lasting 17 long years. I did a lot of things I’m incredibly ashamed of, and found myself in circumstances I will probably never forget.
The beauty of those horrible memories is knowing I overcame that life. A life of missing the daily joy of genuinely watching my daughter grow and develop. A life of avoiding the rest of my family who I hid from for so many years. A life of nonstop abuse to my body, mind, and soul…
It was the death of my daughter’s father that finally forced me to breakthrough into the relief of sobriety. I knew it was my responsibility to make sure my precious little girl would always have me around. She deserved so much more in life than an alcohol induced mother could provide. I was determined to give her all I possibly could.
As the years have passed, I’m learning there are other reasons God saved me from those addictions. It has taken me a long time to realize I am made for more and He is not even close to being done with me yet. Just abstaining from alcohol and drugs is not enough.
Unfortunately, as so many of us do, I swapped out my drug of choice and let food take over my life. God is slowly saving me from this unhealthy lifestyle as well. One day at a time…
I love Lysa TerKeurst’s thoughts on this topic in her book Made to Crave:
“We were made for more… We need a power beyond our frail attempts and fragile resolve… Yes, the truth of who we are and the power to live out that truth— that’s what we need.”
He saved me to carry out a life worth living. I am more than someone who has replaced alcohol and drugs with candy bars and donuts. It is time to use His power instead of my “frail attempts” at living a truly healthy lifestyle.
Whatever you are struggling with today- food, alcohol, drugs…, there is a way out. We are made for more! At the end of my days, I want to be able to say:
I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.
~2 Timothy 4:7
I am absolutely obsessed with the Made to Crave theme song, Overcomer by Grammy winner Mandisa. I’ve watched this video often over the last couple of weeks and each time it still brings tears to my eyes. I hope you are as inspired by it as I am.
Please remember this: We are overcomers. Through His power we can find freedom from any stronghold. To join me in my continued journey of food addiction recovery, sign up for my free weekly newsletter…