The Breaking of a Food Addict, Part 2

What if a recovering cocaine addict was required to snort just a bit of coke each day while at the same time maintaining control over his compulsions? And what if cocaine were easily accessible, legal, and inexpensive? What if we subjected our recovering addict to commercials about the awesomeness of cocaine every time he turnedContinue reading “The Breaking of a Food Addict, Part 2”

So You Want to See Fifty Shades . . . But You’re a Christian

It’s finally here: opening weekend for Fifty Shades of Grey, “the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon” (Fandango). I confess that I didn’t want to write this post, but as opening weekend crept closer and closer, it became more and more obvious that a lot of theContinue reading “So You Want to See Fifty Shades . . . But You’re a Christian”

The Breaking of a Food Addict

For me, hitting bottom as a compulsive eater looked like this: I was driving home from work one day with a box of donuts in the passenger seat beside me. That box represented a thousand occurrences of the “buzz” I always felt during the first few minutes of a binge. But it also represented yearsContinue reading “The Breaking of a Food Addict”

The Making of a Food Addict, Part 2

By my mid-twenties, I was living in a 24’ camper with an irresponsible husband as well as my son and two—sometimes three—other adults. For all intents and purposes, we were transient, just one small step from homelessness. Life was out of control. More and more, I sought solace in food. When you’re spiraling into addictionContinue reading “The Making of a Food Addict, Part 2”

The Making of a Food Addict

I have no idea why one person evolves into a compulsive eater and the next one doesn’t. Yes, food was associated with comfort during my childhood, but isn’t that true for everyone? I was skinny as a kid, and my sister and I grew up back in the day when children still played outside forContinue reading “The Making of a Food Addict”

An Honest Look at Gluttony

The following is a repost of an article in preparation for several weeks of discussion about the topic of food addiction. Stay tuned for more about my journey into and out of food compulsion and about the freedom available to all of us through the One who knows our deepest secrets. Most Christians would agreeContinue reading “An Honest Look at Gluttony”

The Trouble with Self-Condemnation

When’s the last time your beat yourself up? Last week when you lost your temper at work? Yesterday when your teenager acted out and you felt like a rotten parent? This morning when you stepped on the scale? Self-absorption entails far more than typical pride—it means anything that shifts your awareness away from Jesus (orContinue reading “The Trouble with Self-Condemnation”

When a Loved One Hits Bottom

Are you feeling the pain and distress of watching an adult child or a friend make terrible choices? Maybe you’ve scrambled to fix their problems, you’ve given advice, you’ve bailed them out more than once, you’ve prayed more times than you can count—only to find out a week or month or year later that they’veContinue reading “When a Loved One Hits Bottom”

Glutton for God

“Be a glutton for Me,” God said during my journey out of food addiction. I discovered that the greater my appetite for God, the duller my appetite for those things that were destroying me. I began to understand that it’s simply not possible to be too fixated on the Lord. I doubt that Jesus willContinue reading “Glutton for God”

When in Doubt . . .

While overcoming an addiction (mine was compulsive eating), it’s very easy to disregard the voice of God just long enough to do what you want to do. Addicts are experts at rationalizing and selective deafness. Therefore, with a compulsive sin, you’ve got to err on the side of restraint. The only way to secure victoryContinue reading “When in Doubt . . .”