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Why You Should Give Up What You Love


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Head covering Christian woman who loves good coffee and stinky cheese. My favorite dessert is Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake. I am a Christian author, blogger, and speaker. I fell in love with my husband because he had rain drops on his glasses (true story). In my spare time I homeschool my six children (5 girls, 1 boy).
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Giving Up Creamer…The name comes from a current battle of mine. After baby #3 and 15lbs left to lose, I’ve felt an “inkling” that in order to lose the weight I must give up my beloved creamer.

Let me just say: I LOVE COFFEE. I love it hot, strong, creamy and sweet. So basically, giving up creamer was like a death sentence to my ritual coffee in the mornings. And since I’m a stay at home mom (SAHM) it is one of the very few things I do just for me.

Arggh! I fought it for about 3 months. Trying to lose the excess baby weight myself: South Beach, exercise, and giving up wine, all to no avail. And the more I thought about it (and calculated the mass amount of calories in my sweet creamer), I realized that on a very regular basis and without significantly altering my life, creamer would be a surefire way to lose 1 lb. a week, considering I was consuming about that much (3500 calories) a week in creamer alone. Not to mention that for some reason drinking sweetened coffee seemed to make me eat more as well. I gave in to my wise little “inkling” and gave up creamer.

It was hard at first, like saying goodbye to a good friend. I tried to hold on to it. Maybe just a little bit in this cup of coffee or maybe just every other cup I’d have it. But no, I knew the “inkling” was saying “give it up all the way.”

And you know the message by it’s fruit, right? Well, two weeks later I was 4lbs lighter and I didn’t change anything but give up creamer. And black coffee started growing on me. After six weeks, all 15 lbs. had slipped off. So, from this I glean the following thoughts:

If something is true and right and you lay down your will to follow the will of the Father, perhaps…just maybe, you will get the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4 (KJV) Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Now, I know this is something seemingly small and shallow, insignificant in the grander issues of life, but sometimes we need real examples of how to “walk things out” in real life. What does “delighting yourself in the Lord” mean in real life? Yes, of course, it is in worshiping in song, thinking on his wonderful ways, etc…but also in your day-to-day existence of giving up creamer despite it being the one thing I looked forward to when my children are up at 7am…despite it’s yummy-ummy taste…despite my flesh. It’s in those small things that cause our flesh to tremble that we are to delight ourselves in, as well.

And as a sidenote, my sister gave up Dr. Pepper and lost 9lbs.

I know, I know, I hear it too…the sound of those small idols crashing down. Dying to self is the hardest thing to do.

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