**This is one devotional day from Honoring Your Temple Through the Holiday Challenge: Lose 5 lbs and enjoy with confidence EVERY celebration. The challenge includes 21 days of devotionals, weekly focused challenges, and coaching zoom calls. We are in week two, but you can always join the challenge HERE and still be on your way to feeling amazing this holiday season!
My favorite is peanut butter and chocolate. (I'm drooling just writing this). Even though I like both of these individually, you put them together…oh, they are like magic on my tongue!
Just about every Christmas, my sister makes buckeyes. If you don't know, they are peanut butter and powdered sugar mixed together, rolled in a ball, and dipped in chocolate. They look so good and taste even better.
When I see them on the cookie platter, my eye is immediately drawn to them. My mind wants to fixate on having one of them. Often, I think, "They are just too good to pass up. They're one of my favorites! Go ahead. Have a couple. It's Christmas, after all. You should be celebrating."
There are multiple lies to unpack here. But I want to pay attention to two.
First, "It's too good to pass up."
Have you ever heard the phrase, "when you say 'yes' to one thing, you're saying 'no' to something else"?
Well, the same is valid here. By passing on the buckeyes, what am I saying yes to? Feeling great without the sugar crash, check. Less extra calories, less stored fat, lighter body, check. Increased confidence and self-control, check.
The second lie, "It's (insert holiday or vacation), I should enjoy it."
Here is the question I have for myself when I catch this lie;
The answer is always no.
Enjoyment is a feeling.
Feelings come from our thinking. That means I get to choose if I'm enjoying my holiday or vacation. Food does not determine my enjoyment.
I know some will say, "Well, when I have my favorite meal, then I have better thoughts and enjoy it more."
Here is a hint friend, you choose your thoughts. You can choose to have pleasant thoughts, whether you eat or not.
Please hear me out; I'm not telling you to give up every treat or meal on vacation or during the holidays.
What I hope to do is warn you.
It's easy to overindulge on holidays and vacations because we have all kinds of things working against us:
Then we start feeling deprived.
We have to be alert and understand all of the lies and deceptions the enemy is throwing at us so we can fight it with the truth.
Keep your mind clear, and be alert. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion as he looks for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Be watchful, so you don't get caught in his bite!
With the holidays, parties, and vacations coming, do you go with a plan of what you will or will not eat? Why or why not? What will you gain if you follow your plan? Do you focus more on people or food during these times? Which would you rather focus on? What usually happens when you overeat during holidays and vacations (physically and emotionally)?
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. Romans 13:14
Nothing is too good to pass up, besides my free Discovery Call. If you feel like the enemy has you twisted up in his web of lies to keep you overweight, I'm here to untangle you. Sign up HERE and pick a convenient time for you.