October 5, 2014 by Beth Hess
If you’re new to the blog, let me briefly explain that Sundays are the day I select and post a Word of the Week — a scripture to focus on during the coming days. And The Spirit has been faithful to speak to me over these first days of 31 Days Sugar Sober. So consider this a BOGO post. #sugarsoberoctober and #justbebethwordoftheweek
In January 2011, I turned the calendar page with the same old resolution. And I gave up sugar for the month. Then I wondered if I could go two. And by March, I got a crazy hair to go all year.
So I did. I really and truly did go a year without sugar. No cake on my birthday. No ice cream in June. No chocolate at Easter. No cookies at Christmas.
But I really hadn’t planned any further than that. So when we took a cruise in January 2012, I ordered the sugar-free dessert for the first 3 days, and I stayed away from the 24-hour ice cream machine. Because I was nervous. According to my self-imposed year, I was free to enjoy it again. But my soul knew I wasn’t really free from its hold on me.
My soul was right.
On the ship’s formal night, I allowed myself the special decadent, oozy, chocolate dessert.
And I didn’t stop eating sugar for another 2 1/2 years.
I had resisted my screaming taste buds for more than 365 days. But I hadn’t reset them. I still thought sugar tasted good. I guess I still do.
Scripture suggests an alternative. And provides a promise.
Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. (Psalm 34:8,10)
God was very clear with me when He told me to release sugar again and find satisfaction in Him instead. And When God asks for something to be given up, He gives it back with even more. An abundance of the good stuff.
Moses’s mother put him into the river, thinking she might be sacrificing his life. But he was restored to her WITH PAY (Exodus 2.) Jesus took the lunch of a small boy and fed a huge crowd WITH LEFTOVERS (Matthew 14.) The wine ran out at the wedding, but Jesus made more from water AND IT WAS BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL (John 2.)
Because He is Good.
Sweeter than any sugar.
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