Have A Coke

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 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.

He freed me from all my fears.

Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

Psalm 34: 4,5,8

My parents were very big on entertaining.  It was great fun as a kid to see the transformation take place in the “adult” dining room. The empty table was beautifully set and lavish dishes of food prepared. We, as kids, were banished to our bedrooms once the guests arrived but the air of excitement filled the house.

There are six kids in my family and when my parents converted a three-car garage into a family room, it was no surprise that it was wonderfully set up for our entertainment but also as a place to entertain our friends. It had a pool table, Ping-Pong table, jukebox, TV, comfy furniture, a commercial popcorn maker and a soda fountain. This was back in the days before convenience stores were on every corner with their soda fountains and getting a good soda meant drinking from the bottle or going to the neighborhood drug store counter. For us, though, it meant just going to the family room.

Coke was the answer to many childhood ailments. When I was sick, I was given a Coke. When my stomach hurt, I was given a Coke.  When I was blue, I was given a Coke. My son informed me that he read on the internet that Coke is the second most globally recognized word with OK being number 1.  Apparently, others have an attachment to Coke too.

It’s not surprising that I became addicted to Coke. I drank it for years and years and years. Coke was comfort food at its finest to me. It was hard to give up and I have discovered that I still crave sugar all the time and consume it in other forms. Some would dispute that sugar can be an actual addiction, but I have read numerous times that sugar is able to penetrate the membrane around the feel good center of our brain.  Heroin and Cocaine are two other substances that can penetrate that. Some doctors believe sugar addiction is every bit as powerful as addiction to those drugs. It’s a socially accepted substance and readily available and I am struggling to give it up.

Sugar leads to immune system dysfunctions and inflammation and so many other things. It could very well be a factor in the pain I am experiencing. Knowing this gives me reason to give it up, but not the power. I will only find the power as I turn to God and seek His help. Only in Him will I find freedom from this addiction.

Today Lord, I purpose today to be Day 1 or Hour 1 or Minute 1 of living free of sugar. I approach this with a degree of fear. I have tried and failed so many times. Free me from this fear and this addiction please. I choose to taste and see that You are good and trust that as I look to You, I will be radiant with joy and free from the shame of addiction. Help me to lean on You minute by minute, one step at a time, lead me to victory, I ask in Your saving name. Amen.

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