I am now very thankful for my testimony about alcohol. However, a few years ago all I felt was frustration and shame about my drinking habits. I kept waiting for the day that the desire to drink would just leave me. The best advice I got was from a kind pastor named Joel Horn who told me that some habits haven’t been around long and they are like turning a little row boat around. A couple maneuvers with your oars and you're headed back in the right direction. Other habits are so ingrained that it is like turning around The Queen Mary, a massive ship that requires three full days to get headed back in the right direction. My dears, for me, my drinking was ingrained from childhood and it took years to get headed back in the right direction. But, I did, and it helped so much to know my why and to also embrace that I was making room for better things.
For me, alcohol and sweets have often taken the place of the comfort I could find in my relationship with God. I chose those things over the peace that He would take care of me, the joy that He has great plans for me, and the rest He provides when I stop striving on my own. With every cup I turned down and every dessert I declined, I grasped on tighter to my faith.
It helps so much to know what you are creating a void for.
I don’t think I could have done this without knowing that I was creating a void to be filled with my faith. I firmly believed that if I could stop turning to food and alcohol to solve my problems, then God would show me how lovingly He cares for me.
I was right.
What are you purposefully creating a void for? When you lay down a habit, you will find that there is a void. Perhaps you are not spending as much money, or time, or energy on that old habit. What will you do with those resources now?
1 Timothy 6:6-7, NIV, says, But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
What are you gaining on this journey?
Journal prompt: What resources do you have more of now that your habit is less prevalent in your life (time, money, energy)? What do you feel God leading you toward to fill this void with?
by Lora Armendariz
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