Today I read a daily devotional that struck me in a peculiar way. It said, “He turns up the volume on the desire for food in the life of the busy mother and he offers the ease and release of the uncontrolled tongue to the mother exhausted raising her children.” Woah. It went ever further to say, “What’s your weak spot? The best way to succeed in the face of temptation is to recognize just what it is that tempts you and turn it over to God. Get to know your enemy. He knows you.” Gulp. Let me break that down in how these words, inspired by Daniel 6, Ephesians 6: 10-18, and 1 Peter 5:8, made a lasting imprint.
I have never read Lysa TerKeurst’s book Made to Crave, but I should. From what I have gathered, it dives into learning to satisfy ourselves with God – not food. I do not usually eat when I am stressed, but occasionally I will. I tend to get certain cravings when things begin to feel chaotic (or out-of-order). I can handle busyness and chaos, but I must have order to accompany that. When I read, “He turns up the volume on the desire for food in the life of the busy mother”, I was instantly struck by the absolute truth in that reality. If I am overwhelmed or have overcommitment, I will indulge. After all, “we deserve it”; right? I know I am not alone in this. The enemy does this to us, fellow-mommy friends. He seeks us at our weakest moments and he sneaks in delivering temptation that is sometimes difficult to resist – because we all know well that food can deliver temporary release (or comfort). That is why we often hear of “comfort foods” and that very statement has even become a catchy marketing tool! Lets not be led astray. Satan knows our weaknesses and he uses them to lead us away from God.
And the second part. Whew. Nothing like a smack in the face reminder from God himself. I blogged about this topic previously; confessing the truths of being an external processor and an external expresser. The tongue. This topic is talked about a lot throughout the bible because it is important. It is impossible to remain obedient to His Word with an unruly tongue and Satan knows that. He knows all well how to get me to release in a sinful way by simply using my words. When I am hurt, my words can be sharp and hurtful. In those moments of release, I am not being a follower of God. I am not seeking Him in that moment and I am not relying on Him to provide me the tools to make it through that moment. In moments like I described, the devil has a firm grip on my tongue. The enemy knows our weaknesses and where to sneak in and attack our faith. Don’t let him.
As women, as mothers, I feel like we can fight off the enemy in these moments of weakness by seeking and surrendering to God. At a time when I am overwhelmed or unorganized in my thoughts, I need to look to Christ rather than the causes of the worldly problem I am facing. I need to seek God for satisfaction, wisdom, ideas, and strength in those moments. We all sin. Every one of us. When I read this devotional today, God really tapped into my heart. I know He is preparing me to battle off the enemy who can and will attack us. He is preparing my heart for the moments that we all face as mothers. God wants us to turn these things over to him – practicing our faith. Be aware of your weakness and look out for the enemy; he comes only to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).