I was born an addict. I truly believe I came out of the womb craving. I desperately craved love, food, and as I entered my teen years, drugs and alcohol.
If you have been here before, you are well aware of my many struggles with a variety of addictions. When I gave up alcohol and drugs over 14 years ago, I replaced them with the acceptable white powder- SUGAR…
Sugar has become my obsession. It supplies me with friendship when I am lonely, joy when I am sad, and peace when my anxiety is about to blow into a far too common panic attack.
Regardless of the incredible dangers of sugar, it is seen as the tolerable addiction. We have permission to gorge on this substance.
Lysa TerKeurst leads us to a verse that challenges this thought in her book, Made to Crave…
There is nothing beneficial about binging on sugary, nutrient-deprived foods every day.
I can’t agree enough with Lysa’s feelings on how poor food choices affected her entire being:
“Poor food choices were sabotaging my body, my mental energy, and even my spirit. Food had become like a drug. And honestly, it’s a good drug choice for a Christian woman.”
Because it is permissible, I can choose sugar over my other addictions and feel vindicated. I can proudly remain a card-carrying Christian.
It is time for me to change this mindset. I don’t want to be physically, mentally, and spiritually drained anymore. I deserve more. My husband and children deserve more. God deserves more.
Abstinence is possible. I did it before. I quit eating sugar, flour, and wheat for 31 Days in my series on food addiction. After the initial withdrawal period, I felt amazing. Even my incredibly strong sugar cravings disappeared.
Unfortunately, the series was in the month of October, ending on Halloween. I thought I could have a little of my son’s candy for a treat. It has been all downhill since then. My poor son still has no idea all of his Halloween candy is gone…
I am scared, just as I was when I began my 31 days of abstinence. I think this time is even scarier because I failed before. Even without past history repeating itself, my fears are abundant. If I leave behind my sugar addiction, what will I use to satisfy my deep, massive cravings?
The answer is, of course, God…
We were made to crave— long for, want greatly, desire eagerly, and beg for— God. Only God. ~Lysa TerKeurst
I will continue to swap out addictions until I get this truth instilled in me.
This is it. The end of the road. I am exhausted and ready for the relief only He can provide.
Who’s with me?
You are tempted in the same way all other human beings are. God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted any more than you can take. But when you are tempted, God will give you a way out so that you can stand up under it. ~1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIRV)