As I have been preparing for and thinking about giving up sugar, I have been completely focused on the health benefits. I saw sugar as a problem in our house and wanted to eliminate some of the negative effects sugar has had on our moods, our energy levels and our weight. In the past, when I have gone without sugar I have found myself craving what I “can’t” have. I keep thinking, if only I could have a piece of cake or just a little cookie I’d be satisfied. If you are like me, when you start craving, you start hunting to satisfy that craving. I’ll dig for chocolate chips in the back of the pantry, a slice of toast with jam on it, or a scoop of icing from the half used container in the fridge…(you get the picture). The end result is often guilt and a realization that food has won again. And quite honestly, I am never really satisfied with what I have eaten, when I am eating to fix a craving.
If I’m celebrating, I celebrate with food. If I’m frustrated or upset, I comfort with food. I crave food. I’ve started to wonder, this week, what would happen if rather than craving food, I craved Jesus. What would life look like if I ran to Jesus with my greatest joys and my biggest struggles, rather than to the bag of chocolate chips in the pantry?
I’ve been frustrated because I think that deep within our souls we were created to crave. The unfortunate part is that I have spent so much of my time craving what is not healthy, growing bad habits and creating a rut that is tricky to get out of. What if God put a desire in us to crave, but to crave Him, rather than food? 1Peter2:2-3 “Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.” I’ve realized that I need to crave holy habits; to run to His Word, to conversation and quiet mediation with the Lord.
So, I’ve decide that it’s not wrong to have cravings. Cravings are healthy and built into us for a reason. It is what we are satisfying our cravings with that can be destructive. So this month when I find myself ravenous and in desperate need of something sweet, I’m going to thank the Lord that I was created to crave and then I will run to Him. I will dig into the word and spend time in solitude asking to be filled with more of him. I was reminded this week that God cannot work in my life unless I am willing to put the work into making that happen. So a sugar fast, is a reminder to me, that I need to put some work into a making a relationship with my Saviour happen.
Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good (sweet). Oh the joys of those who take refuge in him!”
(Some of you have asked how I am liking my Inspire Bible. I am loving it, although I feel like I need to get a bit braver with how I embellish the pages. It has helped the Word to come alive as I study.) I have included my amazon associate link to the NLT version of the Inspire Bible, if you have been on the hunt for a journaling bible.