I have a confession to make: I don’t have healthy coping mechanisms. My “go to” things are not good for me, which is ironic because I do them to feel better. Although, arguably, my choices now are better than they once were. Now, I might eat a chocolate bar or a bowl of ice cream. I guess that’s better than smoking a pack of cigarettes.
My eating habits caught up with me a couple of years ago. I developed food allergies that made my body sick…very sick. Doctors and medicines weren’t able to solve my problem. The doctor said I had to make the changes myself. The problem was a systemic problem; “Garbage in, garbage out” as the saying goes. This was not good news. I had to completely cut out sugar for a time…a long time. This was the severest discipline of my life; way-worse than quitting smoking. I had the patch for that. I didn’t know what a sugar addict I was until I took it out of my diet. What I needed was a sugar patch to ease me down, but none existed. It was cold turkey, and it was ugly…very ugly. Mood swings, anger, hopelessness. I didn’t know if I would make it through, or if my family would either, because I could have hurt someone. It was seriously bad for everyone.
But sickness is a great motivator. If I wanted to get well, I had to make the changes. The cost of eating the sugar wasn’t worth the effects in my body. And once the withdraw symptoms subsided, I started to feel better. A lot better actually; better than I ever did after I had eaten the chocolate or the ice cream. I was too busy drowning in the guilt and self-loathing then to enjoy the small, short-lived emotional uptick. You know, sugar is a liar. It promised me relief but all it ever gave me was trouble. Sugar couldn’t satisfy the true cravings of my heart. I tried to use food to cope with grief and sadness. But food used me instead; chewed me up and spit me out. I was a broken mess of a body; still loaded with a burdened heart.
I don’t think I am alone in this. It’s a pretty well-established fact that many of us try to eat our way through life. The statistics on obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are proof enough. And all the diets, preventative programs, and treatments never get down to the root of our problem, or its true cure.
The whole time I was going through this, I heard God saying to me, “Your body is my temple. You are mine”. He was claiming His right to my life and my body. I was to live and be used for His purposes and His glory. I became aware that my eating habits were squandering some of what He wanted to do in and through my life, and I needed to look to Him for relief and help. I learned then that God is the only One who can heal a broken heart. He alone can satisfy our deepest needs and desires.
For this reason, I am offering a class for women who desire to delve into their food cravings and habits, and let God speak to you personally right where you are. Made to Crave is a six-week video-based study by Lysa TerKeurst that uncovers the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment to make it happen.
“Just because a woman finally fits into her skinny jeans doesn’t mean she’s won her battle with food. Too often, women overlook the spiritual component to their physical struggle with healthy eating. Made to Crave taps into the desires God gave you to consume food without letting food consume you. “Eating in its proper context is not the problem. God gave us food for nourishment, strength, and even celebration. But, when pleasure becomes unrestrained, there’s an issue.” – Lysa TerKeurst, Author Made to Crave
Class registration details:
Class time: Wednesday evenings 7pm – 8pm
Class dates: Six weeks, beginning February 5th through March 12th
Location: Lake Ave Christian Church (LACC), 1101 W Lake Ave New Carlisle OH 45344
Cost: $10 per person for a participant’s workbook
Open to all interested women. Please feel free to invite others. We have limited space, so register early! First come, first serve.
To register, email email@example.com with your name and phone, and to make payment arrangements. Payments accepted by cash, check, or PayPal. Registration, including payment, must be completed no later than January 26th to allow time for ordering/shipping the workbooks. Registration will also be available in the foyer at LACC on Sundays, beginning this week.
My food battles are far from over. I still have a love-hate relationship with sugar. On some days, I still eat the chocolate or the ice cream, or both if it’s a really bad day. But God has been very merciful and kind in walking through this with me. He understands me, and He understands you. He made us to crave – Him. And He alone can help us untangle our emotional selves to live how He made us to live. Lives satisfied in Him; living to glorify Him through the bodies He has given us. Join me to grow in desiring God more than the food that can never fill us anyway.