As someone who is on the other side of pregnancy, I sure know about cravings. Once those hormones started kickin’ in at 8ish weeks, certain foods I hadn’t touched in years such as Nacho Cheese Doritos, grilled cheese sandwiches, and Sour Patch Kids all sounded SOOOOO tasty. Did I indulge myself in those not-so-Paleo foods? No, I knew better. Instead, I found healthier substitutions for them, such as all natural nacho cheese tortilla chips made down the road in Austin, smoked almond rice crackers with sharp, grass-fed cheese slices, and tart green apple slices.
Cravings are just part of being a human, and they can be physical as well as emotional. Sure, we crave certain foods, as I did in the first trimester of pregnancy, and crave certain drinks, like the crispness of a Sauvignon Blanc or the salty-sour punch of a margarita. But other times, we crave more emotional things such as attention, affection, companionship, or peace.
When these cravings set in, we often go to great lengths in order to satisfy them. Roughly 6 years ago, I lived in downtown Greenville, South Carolina within .2 miles of a Publix grocery store. I was feeling kinda lonely (Mr. HHT was my fiancé at the time and hundreds of miles away) and pretty bored, a dangerous combination for cravings to escalate to irresistible levels. I actually walked down the street into that Publix, bought a medium-sized bag of dark chocolate peanut M&Ms, and tried my darndest not to eat the entire bag in my townhouse.
Or I vividly envision the scene from an episode of Sex and the City when Miranda has an chocolate sheet cake lingering in her kitchen that she can’t seem to escape. She keeps going back to it, cutting tiny slivers off of it, only to return minutes later for a few more slivers. Over a few hours, she has eaten waaaaay too much of it, cannot control herself around it anymore, and throws it away. But, minutes later, she goes into the trash and eats a little more of it! In her desperation, she pours dish soap all over it...Gosh, I wish I didn’t know what that level sugar addiction is like, but I’ve been there, done that.
But why must our cravings often be negative? Why do they usually result in harm to our waistlines or wallets or relationships?
What if our cravings could be for something better, something far more substantial than pizza or Reese’s cups?
What if our cravings could be for something eternal? Something only our God can provide?
Well, my friends, that’s exactly what we’re chatting about today.
Move over cupcakes. Step aside sundaes.
We’re going to be wishing for a whole pile of God’s wisdom, peace, and presence today.
Why do we get cravings?
Sometimes we think we’re hungry when we’re actually dehydrated.
Sometimes it stems from a nutritional deficiency, which I’m convinced is why I craved red meat and Greek yogurt during my pregnany.
Sometimes it’s hormonally driven- sorry boys. But ladies, you know how cray-cray you can get some days, feeling like if you don’t have a scoop of salted caramel gelato you might get violent.
More often, though, we crave dark chocolate or physical intimacy or booze for underlying emotional reasons. We’re stressed, we’re exhausted, we’re lonely, we’re disappointed, we’re overwhelmed or underwhelmed with our daily lives. We indulge in these cravings as a way of escaping from what’s truly bothering us, what’s really eating at our souls, so to speak.
And instead of reaching out to the one and only source of sustainment- Our Savior, Our Creator, Our Lord- we reach for the remote control, Reese’s cups, and Riesling.
More than anything else, though, God wants us to seek, crave, hunger for Him. For His love. For His presence. For His wisdom.
In Proverbs 4:21-22, Solomon, a man known for his wisdom, writes, “Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health.”
Whether you’re new to my blog or have been a longtime HHT fan (shout out to HONEYBEE!!!), you’ve come to this site in hopes of becoming a healthier, happier version of yourself. And if you think a few workouts, healthy recipes, and Paleo-friendly groceries from Wal-Mart are all you need to be healthy, think again.
It’s very plain and clear in the scripture, y’all.
The Word of God, His wisdom, is imperative to a healthy body and soul.
I don’t know about y’all, but I certainly do NOT spend enough of my daily time and energy seeking God’s wisdom and presence. All too often, I get caught up in junk that doesn’t eternally matter, like how to make gluten-free graham crackers or new types of push-ups.
That’s why, at the advice of my pastor Steve, I’m committing to reading one chapter of Proverbs a day. One chapter=about 4 minutes of time. After a few days of this commitment, I’m amazed what insight God is already providing me through His Word (such as the idea for this post!).
Instead of dying for a new pair of wedges or jonesing for a corndog, let’s hunger for God. David writes, “My soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you…My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods” (Psalms 63:1, 4).
So how do we practically achieve this? How can we go through our daily lives thirsting for God instead of a mocha chip milkshake?
Start your day seeking Him, seeking His word, seeking His wisdom, seeking His presence. I know mornings can be busy and hectic. But just as I set my alarm a little earlier to squeeze in an early morning workout, I set it a little earlier to make time for coffee with Jesus, too.
By starting my day reading scripture, reading through a devotional, and journaling my praises and prayers to my Lord, I’m starting my day on the right foot, with the right mindset, and am far more likely to stay focused on what truly matters in life: my relationship with Christ.
Are you ready to start craving something better?
Today’s Challenge: Starting today, I challenge you to read one Proverb a day. Easy math, y’all…there’s 31 chapters, and about 31 days in a month, so you could be done with the book before August is here. Really open yourself up to the words on the page. Don’t just skim through it and move on with your day. Reread parts of it, annotate, and ask God to speak through it to your heart, to guide you through the Word. I think you’ll be delighted by what you uncover in the following weeks.
Today’s Prayer: Father God, author and perfector of my soul, I come to You today craving Your wisdom, Your presence, Your peace. Speak to me through the scriptures, allow me to go through this day with Your wisdom and discernment guiding my words, thoughts, and deeds. Allow me to be distinguish from those around me in this misguided, confused world, and lead me to make choices that fulfill Your will. Open my heart to crave, pursue, and hunger for You throughout my day, every day. I am Yours, Lord.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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