This is the story of how I came to realize that I was a slave to sugary food, and how I found my freedom through God.
The Truth Hurts & Heals
One of the really special things about having a relationship with my Creator and Savior, Jesus, is how He patiently keeps teaching me new insights about Himself, and how to live with Him. In my head, I knew He wanted to be first in my life. The One I turned to with both my joys and sorrows. I thought I was doing a pretty good job of it. But nope, I wasn’t really.
Three months ago, I took my car into the shop for maintenance. Little did I know, but I was also getting a tune-up that day. While I waited for my car two friendly, talkative ladies arrived in the waiting area with me. They were very open about their faith in Jesus, and started a pretty deep conversation for a public spot, considering they had never met before.
The one woman related how God had helped her quit drinking alcohol, and this prompted the second one to relate how her son had a drinking problem also. Then she said that she couldn’t get too down on her son, because she had a food problem herself, and that God was helping her with it.
Those words rocked my world. This dear woman was equating her inability to control her eating with alcohol addiction. All of a sudden I saw myself in the exact same shoes. I couldn’t control my eating either. I was just as much a slave to sugar as if it was alcohol. I was horrified at this truth!
This realization rolled around inside me, and grieved me to realize that I was turning to food for comfort instead of to my God. I was a hypocrite and a sinner. I was grieving my Lord by turning to food for comfort, instead of turning to Him.
But God was so gentle with me. A short while later he brought an eating plan to my attention that was designed for people who didn’t have control over their sugar binges.
That was the Bright Line Eating Plan, which I have written about before. It’s set up like a 12-Step Program with faith in a Higher Power. I started this plan with a great deal of trepidation, and fear that nothing would ever help me get free of the sugar monster.
But the most amazing thing is happening! Not only am I losing weight, but my sugar cravings are going away. The best part is the freedom I feel! I hadn’t realized what was happening until I heard this song last Sunday at church. Suddenly I realized that God wasn’t being mean or restricting me, but setting me free from sugar!
I’m also discovering that turning to Him with my emotions and fears, is way better than eating food. My stomach is so much happier- no more daily heartburn, indigestion, and constipation. Plus, I feel so much closer to Jesus since I know I can take any emotion to him, and he will help me with it without any judgement.
“Who the son sets free is free indeed! I’m a child of God, yes I am!” Lyrics to live by. I am so thankful for this journey.
If something is ruling your life, take heart! Freedom is possible with Jesus!! Just ask Him for help and He will lead the way to a workable answer. I’m sure of it.
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