Would You Take This Craving Away?

v. craved, crav·ing, craves:

1. To have an intense desire for.
2. To need urgently; require.
3. McDonald’s Chocolate Chip Frappe

I don’t know about your dictionary, but mine highlights the third definition in perky bright yellow and I have the hips to prove it, unfortunately.

During July and August my desire for these 18 Points Plus desserts skyrocketed to a full-blown craving, slurping down several per week. (My entire daily allowance is 29 points.)

I realized at the end of August, on the way home from a Weight Watchers meeting, that I had spoken about the frappe with such exuberance that someone overhearing my conversation may have mistaken my topic for Jesus. My heart sank as I felt helpless to do anything about this new-found craving.

In that moment, the Lord reminded me of the study I was preparing to teach. The subject? John 15, the Vine and the Branches: Abiding. Remaining. Depending. None of which I was doing when it came to caring for my body.

It was time for a “Come to Jesus” meeting. I began by asking for forgiveness in neglecting the body He had given me and ended with a simple, yet life-altering question: Would You take this craving away?

I knew I didn’t have the power to resist the gravitating pull of the frozen concoction. Past
attempts to override the frappe rocket had crashed and burned,
scattering debris of discouragement and failure in my mind and spirit. 

But this time was different—because that’s what abiding in Christ does—it changes everything. For the first time, I asked Him for help in this particular area of my life. Finally, I leaned into the powerful connection He provides — receiving it — and resting in His ability to say no to the craving. 

And that’s exactly what He has done. Since the end of August I’ve had one frappe (this week). I enjoyed it. But as B.B. King would say: The thrill is gone. And most importantly, the craving has been taken away and replaced with an eagerness to fuel my body with healthier foods.

All of Him, none of me. Oh, the power of abiding. 

Thank You, Jesus. 

Knock, Knock. Who’s There?

Today, one of my favorite bloggers, Allison Martin, invites bloggers to share ten things about themselves. It’s a fun way to build community and to get to know each other a little better. If you’d like to join in the fun, simply visit her blog, The Budget Maven, and add your blog link to her comments.

As awkward as this feels, here goes.

I am…Cathy. Wife. Mom. Mom-in-law. Grammy. Writer. Blogger. Office supply junkie.

I want…McDonald’s Frappes to register as a big fat “O” on the Weight Watchers point system. If I can’t have that, I’d like this perched on the side of a mountain.

I have…Barnabas (son of encouragement) for a hubby. He supports my staying home to pursue writing opps, encouraging me at every turn. Add two amazing sons, beautiful daughter-in-law’s (inside & out), and an adorable granddaughter (with a grandson on the way!) Thank You , Jesus!

I wish…home organization came easier for me.

I hate… how fear doesn’t stay put. Give it an inch, it takes a mile, invading more space than you ever desired or thought possible.

I fear… being misunderstood, a world without coffee, snakes, highway travel.

I hear…the humming of our A/C (thankful alert!), a snoring Lhasa Apso, and the sweet rhythm of silence. 

I search…for vintage poetry books, sea glass, ideas, ways to spend time with family and friends.

I wonder…what plans God has for Piper, our granddaughter, and if our future grandson is born, or waiting for Brandon and Megan’s arrival in Uganda. They should find out more details soon.

I regret…past decisions, but refuse to dwell on them. Jesus paid too high of a price for me to wallow in the sea of regret. He has cleansed me, therefore, I am clean.

Care to join in the fun? Let me know if you take Allison up on her invitation. I’d love to get to know you more!

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