Are you a Christian who struggles with food addiction? Today I would like to share a little about my journey and the things God has been teaching me. This post is very vulnerable to me, but I truly believe that God has been calling me out of my comfort zone to help those who struggle with some of the things I have been going through.
If you’ve been around long enough you know that I lost over 60 pounds a few years ago on keto. You also know that last year I gained every pound of it back. I can’t even begin to describe the pain, shame and embarrassment I endured during this time. I wanted to hide from the world and I did my best to do so.
2022 was an extremely tough year for me. I felt like the world came crashing down on me and looking back I can now see that I was in the middle of spiritual warfare. It felt like every time I caught my breath something new happened.
Rather than running to God, I ran to my pantry. I ate my way through 2022 and went back to my old ways. The devil had me deceived into believing it was the one thing that made me feel happy. What a lie that was. It felt good in the moment, as I was shoving the lunch cakes and McDonalds in my mouth, but then came the tight pants, guilt, shame, embarrassment and major acid reflux.
I realized that I had stopped asking God for help in this area of my life because I was afraid He would take it away from me. I wasn’t ready to give up food because it was my security blanket. Every time I had a bad day I ran to food instead of Jesus. No wonder things were such a mess.
I learned, through guidance from some amazing Christian mentors, that I had to totally surrender food. I asked what that looked like? She told me to say, “God, I have done all that I can do in this area of my life. Weather I weigh 150 pounds or 500 pounds, I will choose to serve and love You anyways”.
This felt so scary to me so I said to them, “but I don’t want to weigh 500 pounds”? And then she said something that I had known all along, but that day it really stuck with me. She said, “God is good. Do you really think He would want you to weigh 500 pounds”?
The past few months I’ve heard, what I believe is the Holy Spirit, tell me to eat 3 meals a day and one snack. I’m still trying to decide if the one snack was from Him or me? Haha. Hey! Im a work in progress and I told Him He is welcome to correct me on that snack thing at any time. I truly believe that right now He is trying to train me that I don’t have to be eating something every second of the day. I told my husband that I think once I get this part down He will then tell me something like, “let’s work on portions or let’s add more veggies”.
You see friends, God is good and He is for us. He never expects us to deal with these types of addictions alone. He is just waiting for us to surrender them to Him so he can scoop us up and pull us out. The only thing He wants us addicted to is Him.
Today I want to encourage you to surrender that addiction. Imagine whatever it might be, food, drugs, perfectionism, work, screen time, etc. in your hands and you kneel down to lay it at His feet. and trust Him to pull you through.
Here’s a little spiritual check list to help you with this:
- Lay it at his feet and totally surrender
- Ask for forgiveness and repent (be sure to forgive yourself, too)
- Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance in this particular area of your life
- Get quiet and LISTEN
- Praise and worship
- Do whatever it is He tells you to do regarding the addiction.
Bible verses to reflect on – James 4:7, Proverbs 3:5-6, 2 Corinthians 10:3-4, Matthew 4:4
I’m rooting for you, Friend!
Love you <3
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