What Peanut Butter Can’t Do…

February 5, 2020

What Peanut Butter Can’t Do…

February 5, 2020

One afternoon, I was sitting at my kitchen counter, working on a project.  (Well, actually, most afternoons this is the space I find myself working) when feelings of frustration and overwhelm began to seep in.  I felt like I was hitting a dead end in progress, not knowing how to get from where I was into more of a forward motion. 

I felt myself get up off my chair and head for the peanut butter jar… when, wait?  Didn’t I just do this two times already? Before I could grab the jar I realized I was turning to the peanut butter as an escape away from my computer screen.  Ugh, I wasn’t even hungry!

As soon as I said this, I felt the Lord ask me, “Why are you turning to food for comfort rather than turning to me?”    I was seriously stopped in my tracks.  I was being reminded that my heavenly father wants to be my comforter; to work through my frustrations, dry my tears, heal my hurts, and to help me see things as He sees them. He was reminding me that he will always be so much better than the peanut butter could ever be. 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”   Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

Peanut butter is not the worst thing in the world but God knows my health journey and what food has done to me mentally, physically and spiritually in the past and he is preventing me from ever going back down that path.

Emotions and feelings are meant to be felt, but not to overtake our identity and turn to things other than God.  In these moments, as we turn to God for help, he will direct us in the way we should go, help us find an answer, or direct us to a person in our life that we can call and talk this out with.  Sometimes, I have even found, that person just shows up in the middle of my frustration to bale me out when I didn’t ask them to.  (God is always looking out for me)

The enemy will try to use the simple things to take us away from our God-given identity. Don’t allow your mind tell you that “peanut butter” is better when that will never solve your issue or bring you lasting peace in your situation. 

Here are a few steps to help you get in the habit of seeking God in the middle of your struggle:   

~Stop and breathe. Become aware of your thoughts and feelings.

~Think about what is really going on and ask yourself some hard questions. Is what I am about to do going to get me closer to, or further away from where I truly need/want to be?  Where are these feeling/thoughts coming from? 

~Renew your mind with God’s truth.   Journal your emotions and pray about the direction God wants you to take your heart in this moment. 

Dear God, I ask for your presence in this moment.  Give me eyes to see as you see. Train my heart to be like your heart.  Help me to love me, for the person you created me to be. Show me how to best honor my body in all situations; and please forgive me for times I didn’t choose to honor my body in the past.  Teach me to be more like you. 

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