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I like random thoughts, because I think that’s how we learn more about each other. People are PEOPLE. We’re not robots, and that’s why I always love browsing the ‘Thinking Out Loud’ Thursday posts hosted by Amanda. Everyone is so different, and yet we’re all the same in one way? We’re all humans. We all have eternal souls. We all have passions and dreams, and this blog is just me sharing a few of those dreams, struggles, and victories in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Okay, so I have a bevy of recovery thoughts and life thoughts to share, but the first thought has to do with…
1) Sugar –
One of the things I struggled with in recovery was justifying dessert. I somehow had gotten the idea in my head that eating sugar was ‘wrong.’ I wasn’t focused on what God says is wrong. I was focused on what ‘society’ says can be ‘wrong,’ and trust me: Listening to society’s opinions is like trying to ride a bucking bronco.
One thing I’ve learned about the health industry is that what God says about humans and their changeableness is SO TRUE.
Psalm 103:14-16, ‘For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.’
I’m changeable, but my comfort is that God is not. He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever, and He made sugar. So that means it’s okay to enjoy it…
Of course, I’m not going to say that everybody MUST have sugar, because each body reacts differently to it, but since God made it good, I can enjoy it and be thankful for it. I’m not saying this as a health professional, but it’s what I’ve learned through a personal recovery journey.
In recovery, I did get sugar cravings, and I found that one of the worst things was to say, ‘No, you may not have any,’ because I wanted it more. However, when I would just grab a small cookie top it with icecream, it satisfied the craving, and I really didn’t want anymore than that.
It’s okay to enjoy God’s gifts.
2) The Lies ED Tells You –
An eating disorder is a HUGE mind game, and it’s so similar to running or any sort of exercise. This week I delved into about 15 of the common lies ED tries to tell you in this post. I also shared the truth that I always run to every time I’m struggling. The thing I’m learning over and over is that lies can not stand in the face of truth, even when the lies are strong. God’s truth is always stronger.
3) This B&B was dreamy… – I loved this B&B run by a sweet woman in Drumcliffe, Ireland. It was so open and airy, and it just increased my desire to own a B&B someday, because I love pouring out the love of Christ through hospitality on other people.
4) Dana sent me a jar of Brownie Batter D’s Naturals to try. – These people know how to do muscle butter. For some reason, I think I like almonds better in muscle butter than peanuts. It is so good and super creamy.
5) I found the the cutest kid’s ‘Don’t Go Nuts’ Bars… I can’t wait to try these bars, and I’m especially passionate about being able to share yummy food with those who have allergies and who can’t enjoy things like peanut butter. Thankfully there’s so many alternatives, and I found ‘Don’t Go Nuts,’ to share with you. They are also in Colorado which is pretty neat because I always really love local/state based companies. I also … hopefully, will have a special giveaway to share with you after I munch on the bars.
This is a deeper topic, but it’s something that I’ve been really learning about more and more and beginning to understand in a more hopeful light especially in the past couple weeks.
We’ve been listening to sermons from Romans 8:17-23, ‘And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.’
There is suffering in this world, and sometimes people blame God for the suffering. But if you read the whole revelation of God’s Word, you learn that God created this world perfect. God is perfect. God created it good. But Satan lied, and man fell. I can’t explain why that all happened, but that’s how suffering came in.
God isn’t the author of suffering, and by His mercy, God sent His Son to redeem us from eternal suffering, His Son to take the condemnation against our sin. Because of Jesus, I’m restored to a relationship with God, and He is my rock even in the midst of suffering.
The ultimate hope in the midst of suffering isn’t that I’m going to have the best life now, because I’m not. There will be suffering in this life, but my hope. My hope is in glory, the glory that God promises through His Son. That’s what keeps me going even through the tears, the happy times, the hard times, and the challenges. My hope is in Christ alone, and that’s why suffering is never worthless, because I know that God is working it out for good.
7) Feeding the Hunger.. – My body still struggles to feel satisfied. I’ll eat, but it just isn’t satisfied. I don’t want to overeat, but I don’t want to starve my body, so I’ve been snacking a lot more and really staying off the scale and ignoring the mirror.
Basically, if it centers the focus on me and my body, it’s going to be depressing, but if I can look beyond and see the wonderful things that God is working through my life, life is just so much more joyful.
So, I’m going to feed the hunger, wear the soft waistbands, and just live life… It’s not going to be pretty, but God is in control. I can eat a bowl of cereal and not worry, because the whole world doesn’t rest on my shoulders.
First Questions for You:
1. What do you think about sugar cravings?
2. Have you ever stayed in a B&B?
3. How would you encourage someone who is suffering?
Last of all, I just have a little message for you…