Yesterday I shared with you the beginning of my journey in Lysa Terkeurst's new book, Made to Crave. Today I wanted to go deeper with that.
When very first starting Made to Crave, God told me that day to give up pepsi. Now for a girl who easily drank (wait for it...) three thirty-two ounce pepsis every single day, that is asking a lot! But with God I knew I could do it. I very much wanted to learn how to crave and turn to God, not pepsi. Now, I have given up pepsi before (only for like three days) and when you consume a lot of caffeine then suddenly stop, your body has to adjust. Many times you can get these horrible 'lack of caffeine' migraines. So I prayed that God would not only help me not crave pepsi but that He would help me not to get these headaches. I also asked my sweet sister to pray for me and hold me accountable. And she is doing a great job of helping me along...thank you Lisa!
The first few days were very hard and I got very tired of water. But after that initial hump, I have not really craved pepsi as much. There was one day my sweet sister texted me and ask me to pray for her as she was craving sweets and is trying to stay away from that. While praying for her, God said to me, "Worship Me through the craving." I passed that on to her. A few hours later, I started craving pepsi really bad and God brought His words back to my mind. So I started singing worship songs to Him and forgot all about pepsi. It has been twenty days today without a soda and I have not had a headache. Praise God! I do feel better physically but I also feel so much closer to God. I am learning to turn to Him in all situations.
"Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good but the good of others." I Corinthians 10:23
Pepsi, itself is not a bad thing. But it is not God's best for me. It is not really healthy and when I turn to it and not God, it puts a hold on me.