Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My Strength Is Nothin'

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Now the real post.

I am afraid. Very afraid.

Since Dr. Man told me last week that I had to cut back to two cups of coffee a day, I haven't thought too terribly much about. Not because I have a handle on the self-discipline or any such lofty characteristics, but because I've felt horrible. And when I feel horrible, for some reason, coffee is sort of the last thing I want. In fact, I've learned over the years that my desire for the liquid brown gold, or rather lack of desire for it, is a good barometer that gauges when I'm going to get sick.

Which brings me to why I'm afraid. I'm starting to feel a touch better. And ye olde java is starting to taste better again. And I'm heading straight for the coffee pot in the morning again. Like my friend Linda commented: Did Dr. Man know with whom he was dealing? And now that thing called discipline is going to have to kick in. Sigh.

I haven't had such great luck with the self-discipline thing when it's linked to my favorite indulgence in the past. But maybe that is the whole point. I've been relying on luck, and/or worse, my strength. Maybe this time calls for a change in attitude and viewpoint. A letting go of the "me, my & I" as the major part of the equation. Maybe I need to start relying on the One who said He would be there for me, the One who is Strong beyond measure and All -Powerful. Maybe this is the time I need to take what He said to me as my own and run with. Or in this case, "walk away" with it.



"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."

Philippians 4:13 NIV

13 comments:

ellen b. said...

I'm praying right now that God will supply the strength you need...

Barbara H. said...

Do you like decaf? I've had to go totally decaf (even tea and cola) due to a heart rhythm thing. I really can't tell the difference in taste. Sometimes when I am drowsy mid-morning I wish I could have a caffeine jolt -- but I probably just need to go to bed earlier...which brings us back to discipline...

Islandsparrow said...

I'm praying for you too Suzanne - I have to apply that same discipline to over-eating.I don't find it hard in the day but, oh boy,in the evening?? Yikes...

Chappyswife said...

Oh, Susanne, I do know what you are going through. It is so very hard to lay something down, even to cut back some, on something we love.

I pray that God will give you the strength, that it will become easy for you, as you become stronger through Him. :0) Amen.

Faith said...

Our strength comes from the Lord so I will lift you up in prayer that He will give you the strength you need for whatever life style changes (eating habits, etc) you are facing.
I know that the Lord spoke to me very clearly back in my mid-30's to give up coffee after dinner. I LOVE coffee after dinner but had to switch to either decaf or herbal tea....it has made a huge difference in my life and sleep patterns.

gail@more than a song said...

Oh so true, our strength does come from the Lord! I need to apply the same thing to me eating sweets and a few other things. I had to go the decaf route for coffee too. It's hard isn't it!

Smilingsal said...

How many cups of coffee per day were you drinking?

PS You can do this with His help.

Barb said...

You know, I usually have a couple of cups of coffee in the morning. Rarely, do I actually have more. And that's it - I never want coffee during the day. So it's very easy for me to say, hey being limited to two cups of coffee a day wouldn't bother me.

But.

I suspect the culprit is, of course, caffeine. And I drink Coke all day long. And it's loaded with caffeine. So if Dr. Man said I couldn't have coke, well, I'd be right there on my knees praying for strength too.

Sandra said...

I'm good, I love coffee but I've always had just one cup in the morning.

I don't know what I would do if I was told to give it up completely though...I'll pray that the Lord give you strength.

Cyndi said...

Oh, Susanne! I'm sorry! I know this is hard. I've been on my way to decaf for awhile (drinking 1/2 caff or quarter caff) mainly because of a heart rhythm thing but also for self-discipline... I have found that making really strong decaf tastes about the same, for what it's worth!

Jen said...

I feel your weakness and praying for you...I gave up a 6 can a day diet coke habit about a year ago. Feel much better now! During my health make over this verse helped me
John 6:35 NIV

Sandy@ Jesus and Dark Chocolate said...

Well said Susanne! :) It is true, that YOUR strength is nothing. We serve a mighty God. Oh that discipline can be a tough one....especially when it comes to coffee! :)

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

Oh, I know how hard it can be...I say a prayer for you.