Trading Anxiety for Peace, Part 1 {Huge Giveaway!}

Welcome to a new four-part holiday blog series, Trading Anxiety for Peace. I’m celebrating one year since my Christmas Peace for Busy Moms online Bible study began, and I have a special 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway for you to enter! First, let’s dig into dealing with stress.

Dealing with Stress

What’s your go-to way of dealing with stress year-round? Does it intensify between Halloween and New Year’s Day? Mine certainly does. This time of year, it spirals out of control.

My automatic stress-soother is sugar. I LOVE sugar–its brightness and sweetness helps me escape an anxious moment with a quick dopamine rush.

After Halloween, my home sugar supply spikes. Candy calls to me from the glass pumpkin dish. Desserts at Thanksgiving tantalize me. Christmas cookies and hot cocoa tempt me daily. Sugar has a monstrous power over me this time of year, especially in stressful moments.

For Lent 2017, I gave up sugar for the first time. My sugar fast didn’t accomplish what I had hoped. I thought it would break my sugar craving, but instead, it made everything taste so bland and boring.

I don’t plan to give up sugar in this season. Sugar makes my holidays sweeter. But I need to trade my anxiety for peace without using sugar.

A New Plan

I stepped on the scale this morning. And I wasn’t happy with the results. My weight has crept higher after months of sitting too long and not exercising enough. It’s reached uncomfortable heights because too much sugar has passed over my lips.

If I don’t do something different, my weight will be out-of-bounds by January 1. I can’t face the holiday sugar parade without a plan, just as I can’t face this anxious season without God’s Word. I want to turn to God for peace instead of sugar in this busy season.

So I’ve gathered ten scriptures to help me face those times when sugar tempts me. To keep me on track, but also to remind me where my source of peace really lies (in God’s presence). I’ve made them into a printable so I have them in front of me when temptation or anxiety strikes. Here’s a sample of the verses that are helping me:

Scriptures to help you fight food cravings, plus a huge book giveaway!

Psalm 19:9b-10 NIV

The laws of the Lord are true;
each one is fair.
They are more desirable than gold,
even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
even honey dripping from the comb.

Psalm 63:4-5 NIV

I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

Psalm 119:103 NLT

How sweet your words taste to me;
they are sweeter than honey.

Scriptures to help you fight food cravings, plus a huge book giveaway!

Check out the new printable of these verses in my Library. Use it every time you’re tempted to cram sugar in your mouth during a stressful moment. This printable can refocus your mind on God’s Word during the anxiety-provoking, sugar-laden holiday season, friend.

Giveaway Time!

In all three of my books, I discuss strategies for fighting the sugar battle and dealing with anxiety. I’m happy to offer them in my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, along with nine other great books I’ve read this year. I’ve reviewed many of these books on my Book Reviews page. These books are great resources for you, or you can use them as Christmas gifts for family and friends.

Now it’s time for you to register!

12 days to enter this huge giveaway of 12 Christian books, Nov. 2-13, 2017!

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Rules: Open to U.S. residents only. No purchase is required for entry. All entries will be verified. Entries that do not meet verification requirements will be disqualified. Twelve winners will be selected based on the top number of entries. Books will be mailed via USPS on or before Nov. 17, 2017. 

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Come back every day between now and Nov. 13 for more entries. Answer one of these questions for an entry (make sure to mark the entry form when you comment):

Questions for you:
      • What do you mindlessly turn to when you’re feeling anxious?
      • Which verse helps you fight your food cravings?
      • In which area do you need God’s peace most this holiday season?
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32 thoughts on “Trading Anxiety for Peace, Part 1 {Huge Giveaway!}

    1. Hi Marva! Thank you so much. You’ve been on my mind a lot lately. Hope your community is recovering from the hurricanes, friend.

  1. I hear ya. I ate a bag of autumn m&ms this week. By myself. And, I don’t really even like chocolate. But, sugar is yummy. 🙂 Love the focus on scripture to recenter. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, friend. Been so sweet to see your smiling face & sweet words over at my site today. Thank you for sharing so generously. ((xoxo))

    1. Oh Brenda, I could see myself doing the exact same thing. M & Ms are my favorite candy, hands down. Good thing I don’t have any in the house today! I’m hungry again, after lunch. Craving chocolate but choosing another bowl of veggie soup instead. I loved being your guest today too!

  2. Great collection of verses. Thank you for sharing! I definitely like to turn to sugar when I’m stressed. Sugar and TV…yikes! I’m going to write down a few of these and work on memorizing!!

    1. Hi Nicole–Memorizing verses helps me so much, but I still need to see them with my own two eyes to make them stick. I printed them out and glanced at them while writing the post, and also while tempted yesterday. They really helped me!

  3. Trading sweets for a sweeter Jesus 🙂 I am excited about this series. 1 Corinthians 9:6 is my go to verse.Pinned and tweeted 🙂 Blessings my sister

  4. WOW!! All those books I’ve been swooning over when I see them here! How can I resist! They’re calling to me just like those Heath bars in my son’s halloween candy stash! This sounds like a series I need! Blessings!

    1. Hello Liz! Hee hee, I’m glad the books are calling to you! Bonus–they won’t cost you any calories! I totally understand the candy craving–Twix are my downfall in the glass pumpkin on my table. And Almond Joy. Sigh. I eat a little (1-2 oz.) chocolate every day to not go crazy with cravings, and I savor the bites completely. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Have you been reading my journal??
    It’s so easy to go poking around in the fridge to find comfort and joy, when the real Source (and the reason we’re celebrating! Hello!) has unending stores of both.
    Thanks for addressing this, and I’m with you on the pursuit of healthy living in this seated blogging life!

    1. Reading your journal…I wish! I had to print these verses out myself and I’ve referred to them at least a dozen times in 24 hours. God is really speaking to me about my sugar idol, and I’m glad he gives us verses that specifically address it. Isn’t he wonderful?

  6. Hi Sarah – I need God’s peace to be able to enjoy the season’s activities without fear or worry or certain things. This is an amazing giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to enter. Have a blessed weekend.

  7. Hey Sarah! This is a great series for this time of year! When I am anxious…I bite my nails. The more things I have to do…the more nervous I am….the more I worry….the more anxious I am….the more I bite my nails. I mean like down to the quick…sometimes bleeding. It is the worst habit ever and I have tried to quite more than I can count!!! Ugh! I pray and hope one day I kick this habit of mine.

    1. Hi Emily! Thanks for your answer…I have not had that problem before, but I have experienced picot, which is picking at your skin when you are anxious. Self-awareness has helped me overcome it, and also lots of prayer and scripture memorization. I will write about these techniques in the next post in this series. Blessings to you, friend!

  8. This is inspiration for me. I really need to cut back, especially before Thanksgiving, but for some reason I never thought much about bringing scripture into this area of my life (eating!) to help me. Go figure! Thanks for the idea.

    1. Hi Betsy! I’m so glad it inspired you. Today I’m starting a food and exercise journal too. I hope to see a small difference by Thanksgiving, and a big difference by January 1. It’s a tough time of year to get healthy, but I don’t want to wait any longer. Blessings to you!

  9. Such a good reminder to begin now to take steps to overcome the sugar binging which happens this time of year. And a most generous and interesting collection of books for sure!

    1. Good morning Joanne! Since the publishers have been so generous with me, I’m happy to share these books with my followers. Thank you for tweeting today!

  10. I agree, it can be so easy to turn to sugar/ food instead of looking to the one who really satisfies us. I love how you’ve found Bible verses to address this. Being intentional about it makes a big difference!

    1. Hi Lesley! I’m glad it resonated with you. I’ve been pretty intentional today with food, and I feel happier! I allowed myself one piece of chocolate after lunch, and that was enough to satisfy my cravings. A little goes a long way!

  11. Sweet tooth here too! The Scriptures for replacing anxiety are fantastic! Your giveaway looks amazing!

    1. Hi Julie! Thanks so much for your kind words. I hope you enter and come back again and again for more chances to win!

  12. This is a really important topic, Sarah. As followers, we like to talk about all the other vices that get in the way of a God-relationship, like social media, sexual sin, parenthood, etc. But we don’t want to admit that our culture uses food as a crutch. It’s an idol that’s killing us. Good for you getting after it! Many blessings as you set the sugar captives free 🙂

    1. Hi Meg! You are so right. I am among the 66% of Americans who are overweight, and I have been for most of my life. Sugar has unfortunately gotten me in that category, but my food journal entries over the past few days have kept me on track, along with my printable. Idols like sugar are sneaky and seductive, but I’m recognizing them better with God’s help.

  13. My stress level has already gone up too. 🙁 I can list all the “reasons” why it should be high, but none of them can’t be conquered by the peace that Christ wants to give me, if I’ll just accept His gift. I tend to turn to sugar as well, so I connect with you here, Sarah. Thanks for your vulnerability and for sharing your strategy!

    1. Thank you, Lisa, for both of your comments today! I have had a stressful day with writing deadlines for my freelance articles (I just finished them at 10 p.m.), but I relied on God more than sugar today, so I am counting it as a victory!

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