Additions are the hot topic of the week. 

Pornography.  Lust.  Spending.  TV.  Media.  Food.  Medication.  Alcohol. Approval.  Attention. 

We all seem to have that one thing that we can’t seem to shake.  As I sat in church  this weekend I was hit with the realization:  

I’m addicted to eating. 

I wrote a post about eating a week ago.  When I wrote this I was doing well on eating healthy.  I was making good choices, limiting my portions, honoring God with everything I put in my body.  But after a week of healthy choices I went into a tailspin, eating double the calories I usually do, like I was trying to make up for all those I missed.  Such is the cycle of my life. 

I take one step forward and two back. 

If I were honest I would probably say I’m afraid to lose weight.  Those few extra pounds are my comfort.  If I don’t have to worry about THAT I might actually have to start doing what God wants me to do.  (What is the “THAT” in your life?)

It wouldn’t be such a big deal if it didn’t affect every area of my life.  When I don’t eat healthy, I don’t feel good.  I’m more tired which makes it hard to do my job well.  I get self-conscious because I start thinking that everyone must see the extra pounds I’ve put on and therefore I hold myself back because past insecurities start to resurface. 

Such are the nature of additions.  Those little things standing in the way of all that God wants for us, all that He’s promised us…if we’ll just step out and take it. 

Why don’t we?  And why, if we start to, do we regress? 


What addictions are you facing?  How are they keeping you from what God is calling you to do?  (Post anonymously if you’d like)

15 Responses to “Addicted”

  • Cindy Beall says:

    I really appreciate your vulnerability. I’m right there with you when it comes to food. That’s my weakness.

  • Libby says:

    I TOTALLY understand, Anna! I struggle with the exact same addiction, understanding the impact it has on every area. God has also shown me I’m addicted to people and their attention. So you can imagine how those two combine to make me quite a mess if I let it. :) And trying not to focus on either of those makes it worse. Even lately, I’ve reached a point where I seriously has to step back and refocus. I’m fasting this week on solid food and reading Grace Rules . . . prayers would be appreciated. :)

  • Your honesty rocks my face off.

    P.S. – Cheerios are good for you.

  • mandy says:

    i’m such an addict…. and i find that i can latch onto different things at different stages of my life. alcohol, sex, internet, friends, food, chocolate, sweets, shopping…

    so, sometimes i have to stop myself and ask: what am i chasing after for that next “high?”… that’s usually the indicator. usually always will tell me what IT is.

    my first response is then to STOP whatever IT is… but i realize that i’ll just find a new “it”…. so my bigger struggle is to keep God in first place, and to search my soul for whatever pain/fear/trouble is causing me to latch onto unhealthy things. then i take that pain/fear/trouble to God, hoping He can help me to find healthy relief.

  • Theresa says:

    If I had to pick one for this period in my life. It would be food also. BUT….

    I smoked a pack a day for 20 years and one day when I finished off a pack. I decided I wasn’t going to buy another one. Enough was enough. I barely had a struggle with it and I really believe that is 100% because God released me from that addiction. So I have hope that if I continue to seek God’s counsel that I will be released from this one too. :)

    Your openess is awesome. Thanks for making me think on the harder subjects.

  • Tara Brown says:

    I so enjoyed getting to meet you and hug your neck yesterday!

    Food is my addiction, too. At times, I mindlessly go to it. And other times, I think about what I am doing and make a conscious choice to eat or not… and the choice is still usually to eat more often than not, regardless of whether or not I am hungry!

    So, when I’m forced to consider these things (like when my clothes are too tight) I have to wonder why I make those choices. Self-sabatoge, low self-worth, poor will power, lack of discipline… all these things come to mind.

    I KNOW we are meant to be free of these things and walk in Victory over strongholds! Fasting/praying and accountability are a starting place and I need to commit to these things.

  • roger says:

    Seems like I always replace one with another. I beat one and next thing you know another has crept up in its place. I think it might be blogging now LOL

  • Anna says:

    When I read all your comments and confessions all I can turn to is the unchanged Word of God….

    …Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

    No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.–Ro. 8

  • Shanna Crawford says:

    M y addictions ebb and flow and change. At times I am addicted to people…at times I am addicted to food…at times I am addicted to perfection…at times I am addicted to Him…these are the times I am most free!

  • Ame Johnson says:

    My addictions are similar to other comments; they change in context and intensity. But I’d have to say my greatest and most consistent addictions are worry and self-doubt.

    Your statement… “If I don’t have to worry about THAT I might actually have to start doing what God wants me to do” is so true!!!

    Thanks for posting Romans 8!

  • Anna says:

    Shanna–I love what you say: when we’re addicted to HIM those are the times we are most free! So true!

    Roger–it’s true. It’s the nature of our enemy. If he can’t get you on one thing, he’ll move to another!

    Tara–Self-sabotoge is a huge one! It all goes back to believing lies. May the truth set us free!

  • Kevin says:

    Hey Anna, great post. It takes a lot of guts to post something like this for all to see. After last weekends sermon, I hope you have an accountability partner!

    I just started a new series on my blog, and I think the first post might relate here.

  • aaron says:

    my addiction is to being lazy. One of my favorite things to do is sleep. I could sleep all day, so I make myself get up early.

  • Esther says:

    my confession was written this morning: overeating. It’s been this way for the past ten? years of my life. It is a big area of struggle for me… but when I have those moments that it’s not a struggle, I’d say that I start getting addicted to attention from guys (or lack thereof– just the obsession flooding my mind) .. so yes, the few extra pounds are a comfort at times- even protecting me from guys not because I’m heavier but because I don’t make eye contact and avoid people- especially guys like the plague because I tend to think many times that my self-worth is based in my body. God is freeing me from this mindset, so I’ve been building healthy relationships lately… God is good!! Love having the best of both worlds.

  • abracyofferge says:

    The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate
    knowledge of its ugly side.
    — James Baldwin


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