I just read a really, really great post from my friend Erin over at The Superfluities.
She recently began, with 7 of her friends, to delve into Jen Hatmaker's book called "7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess". Prior to reading her post, I'd never heard of Jen Hatmaker or this book. But Erin's post instantly got my attention and confirmed some things I had been hearing the Lord try to speak to me.
It may seem so small and insignificant to you, but I have sensed the Lord trying to get me to scale down on the number and frequency of my favorite coffee drinks that I have been having lately. Lately, I fight constantly with myself and my conscience when I crave a drink and want one so bad....I actually feel guilty for having one! Now, I'm not at all saying that coffee drinks are bad and awful and unGodly and you oughtn't to have one, I'm just saying that, for me, it's getting excessive and I feel the physical and mental effects of having so many. And for me, I have felt that tugging on my heart, and have heard that still, small voice, and when I start feeling guilty about something, I know that's the Lord trying to get my attention!
This is as honest as it gets, people.
I have been having at least two drinks, and a lot of times three a week. I used to have 4 drinks a month. That's up from previously having two a month.
And I know that the Lord is trying to tell me something here.
I view that many drinks to be excessive in my life. I originally was having the drinks as a special treat. They were few and far between and something special and rare I could do for myself. The problem is, now getting a coffee drink is no longer special. Now they just don't taste as good. Now they don't make me as happy as they once did when the getting of them was rare.
I sense the Lord wants me to scale way down on the coffee drinks. My coffee drinks are not healthy, and I sense that He wants me to embark on a journey to be healthier, for my children and my husband.
And the fact that I have a Mt Everest of trying to lose 50 lbs in front of me stares me in the face every morning when I look at myself in the mirror.
The Lord is speaking and I really, dearly want to respond to Him and submit to whatever He is trying to do in my life and heart, and even in my physical body.
So, I loved Erin's post because it addressed this very issue.
Go read it and leave a comment for her! And thanks for letting me be honest!
**This post has been edited because I wanted you guys to go to Erin's blog to read her great post, but forgot to give a link to her blog!!! So now there's a link and now you can go to her blog!!**