It’s been way too long since I’ve gotten to step away from the world for a bit and get away to write here, but I finally have a chance to escape into this little corner of my heart…so hello, everyone. I hope you all have had a wonderful first couple months of the semester as the leaves have begun to change colors and the air has gotten chillier on the brim of fall. Not too long ago, a big change happened in a small part of my life- my diet shifted to gluten and dairy free. Instead of indulging on the luxuries of french vanilla creamer, queso, and Blue Bell, I’ve had to switch over to almond milk, guacamole, and Nada Moo (my fav coconut milk ice cream). The reason I stopped eating dairy and gluten is because one, my doctor recommended it for my stomach aches I would get every time I ate, and two, because I feel so much better. Changing my diet has had its disadvantages, however, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. My mood is lifted, my energy is rejuvenated, and when I eat now I am tummy ache free. I never knew how much it was affecting me until I stopped eating the thing that was causing it all, which naturally, ignited an analogy in my mind.
One night when I was about to go out with friends, I knew that I would be tempted by food at the party with gluten and dairy galore if I went hungry. Because of this, I tried to be full when I left the house so that I wouldn’t be tempted by the things I knew would be bad for me like mouth watering chocolate cake balls and therapeutic ice cream in all their shining glory. Instead when I was home, I ate fruit and my gluten free snacks that I stocked up on from the healthy aisle at HEB so that I wouldn’t be hungry later. Sure enough, when I got to the party with my friends, I was still tempted by the foods that looked so yummy on the outside even though I knew they would hurt my stomach and make me feel sick for the rest of the night. I was full on what was good, so the bad didn’t appeal to me. Kind of like life with Jesus.
When I spend time with Him in the morning through immersing myself in truth from Scripture, the lies from the enemy that viciously attack me throughout the day don’t seem as appetizing because I am already full on what I know to be true.
Instead of looking in the mirror and thinking I need to change my image, He says I am enough.
Whenever I feel alone and discontent in singleness, He promises to never leave my side and lovingly asks me to give Him my undivided devotion.
When I ask why, He says He works all things together for the good of those who love Him.
If I am caught up in my emotions and feel like I am in shambles, He holds me together and picks me up when I fall down.
Just like when I don’t allow myself to eat lactose as I know it will be bad for me, I am reminded of the importance of not only knowing, but believing the truth that Jesus tells me about who He is and who He has made me to be so that I am not tempted to believe the ultimately devastating lies.
Sometimes though the lies are disguised as truth and tempting to fall into the trap. Lies such as if only this, then everything would fall into place, or maybe this will fulfill the emptiness deep down I feel right now. And we might not even know we are believing a lie, but believing that anything will fulfill us besides Jesus is a lie…because dear ones, He is all we need (Philippians 4:19).
What a beautiful thing to trust, that He is enough.
Whenever I cheat on my little elimination diet, my stomach always hurts, I am easily fatigued, and I start to feel down because I don’t feel good. The same goes when I believe the devil’s lies. I begin to feel insecure, my joy is stolen, and I wear a frown instead of a smile. Such a significant difference it makes to walk in the freedom of the gospel and to cling to words that are true.
Forgiven (Isaiah 1:18).
Lovely (Song of Songs 4:7).
Righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Chosen (1 Peter 2:9).
Radiant (Psalm 34:5).
Enough (Isaiah 43:1).
These words are describing you, love.
Next time you are tempted to believe the lies like lactose, I want you to remember these words and fight the untruthful attacks (2 Corinthians 10:5). The words of truth from the One who perfectly stitched your beautiful soul together (Psalm 139:13).
I hope you laugh a lot today and that your smile is unwavering. I know that is how I feel when I remember that I am forever unconditionally loved (Jeremiah 31:3).
Beloved, you just have to believe.