Have you ever left the grocery store feeling "defeated" for overspending, underplanning, or haphazard couponing? Well, let me confess . . . me too! Several months ago, I set out to restock some basic necessities in our pantry. At the end of the trip, I realized that I had not found the 2 Liter of diet cola that would match the FREE coupon that I had clipped that was about to expire. Time was of the essence by now as the kids and I had a gym appointment, groceries to unload and a toddler to yet pick up. I ended up leaving the store without the FREE soda, essentially leaving almost $2 "on the table", which to a couponing expert probably is a sin?! (Smile)
Maybe you've experienced a similar shopping trip . . . or opted for the "super-size" because of the perceived value or selected the unhealthier option because it was cheaper? My own behavior inspired me to look into the Word of God for further direction into the situation and the motivational factors that left this frugal nutritionist feeling "down" because she didn't "score" the deal. God's word tells us that above all else, one should pursue God. Matthew 6:33 "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." It took me a while to digest this experience and to realize that more than likely, my pursuit was good to "score the deal" but not necessarily great because of the conviction I've had to give up artificial sweetners altogether. The Bible reminds us to pursue HIM first; not soda or even a "free" deal at the grocery store, or a "good buy" at the convenience store. If we seek HIS guidance first, then He'll provide the direction that we need to nutritionally stock our pantry and live a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
John 3:21 "But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God." It was over a year ago when I came to the realization that I was likely addicted to non-nutritive sweetners like "the pink stuff, the blue stuff or the yellow stuff" or "the newest, latest and greatest stuff". I had to recognize that this was a problem area in my lifestyle and repent, or decide to turn away from it and no longer add it to my preferred beverages like coffee and teas. The good news is that no longer do I crave that intensely sweet flavor and the foods that I do eat and drink seem to be much more flavorful and satisfying to my renewed nutritionally keen taste buds. It's been almost 2 months since I've habitually drank a Diet Coke and when I did intentionally try one after 30 days of being "clean", the taste was too artificial for me to finish it. Wouldn't you agree that if we really pay attention, our circumstances begin to reveal in us what desires and things that may need to be adjusted individually in order to live a healthier, well balanced and more fruitful lifestyle. However, my conviction may not be YOUR conviction. What works or doesn't work for me, may or may not be good for you! It's an individual journey. . .
"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for one another so that you may be healed." (James 5:16). Thank you Lord that you're still in the business of healing your children individually who reach out to you in their need for changed behaviors and choices. You alone are the source of release from our addictive or self seeking behaviors and sometimes really poor choices. Help us to make the very best choices daily for not only ourselves but for our families so that we can enjoy all the beautiful fruits of your bounty. And if it's in your will, maybe even enjoy the occasional hydrating beverage shared with a good friend while dining Al fresco on a hot summer afternoon. In Jesus' name - amen
I'd love to hear your experiences too! Be Well, my friends and stay InspirReD!
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