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How to Make Holidays Sweet Without Harming Our Health

Posted Dec 04 2013 9:00am

“Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?” (James 3:10,11)

I have always had loved sweets. It took almost 10 years of trying various medicines and seeing many specialists before I finally discovered that sugar was a major contributor to my constant headaches.

Avoiding sugar has been challenging, and it is an ongoing struggle to limit it. I try, but the holidays are particularly challenging. All of the seasonal cookies, cakes, and candies look and taste so good, and I do make exceptions at this time of year and just deal with the headaches.

My Bible study group is currently studying the book of James. As I was reading the above passage, I thought about the words that come out of my mouth, especially concerning my health problems. Although I may not be cursing God or man, it is still very easy to complain or be negative in my conversations with others.

During the holidays I may spend more time communicating with people, and it’s natural for them to ask how I’m doing. I don’t need to downplay my problems, but they can be shared in a way that is sweet rather than bitter.

As I share my struggles, I can also share specific victories God has given me over them and the strength He gives me through them. I can give praise to God for all the problems I don’t have, and rather than dwelling on my own issues, I can encourage and edify others.

As I monitor how many sweets go into my mouth this holiday season, I hope I will be just as careful as to what comes out of it–words that are filled with the sweetness of God’s goodness and mercy in my life and an interest in others. A bite or two of Christmas treats will be the perfect reminder.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, as I celebrate this Christmas season, help me be a positive influence to those around me through my speech. Let my words be an overflow of a heart that praises You (Matthew 12:34). Amen.

About the author Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, eye pain, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.

As you talk with others during this holiday season, how can you share how you are doing in an honest but positive way? Could you have in mind some victories and blessings God has given you to share when the opportunities arise?

What has the Lord done in you lately? Not for you, but in you? Take a moment to consider how you will answer people’s questions this season as Bronlynn has shared. In this video Grace Larson sings, “What the Lord Has Done in Me.” What a wonderful way to end 2013 as we consider not what our body has done or our career has done, but what the Lord has done. -Lisa

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