Day 101: Quit Day!

December 16, 2021: Today is quit day for my smoking!

Can I do it?

Before I board the airplane home from Vegas, I will be a non-smoker!

No more cigars, or cigarettes.

No use of vapes, Nicotine patches, gums, losenges, nasal sprays, or inhalers…no use of nicotine replacement therapies.

I’m quitting smoking and I’m doing it cold turkey!

Well…

Cold turkey with God’s help that is!

I was curious as to how much weight gain is typical once someone quits smoking, so I researched that question and found an article:

https://bostondirecthealth.com/primary-care-blog/why-do-people-gain-weight-after-they-quit-smoking

Today’s weigh-in picture:

Total weight lost to date: 36.8 pounds

I feel like smoking is one of the few things preventing me from being as close to God as I want to be.

Like…

Smoking allows me some control…

It is one of the last areas in my life I keep God from.

It prevents me from “going all in”.

Which is really weird, because I thought I already had…went “all in.”

Jesus spoke about denying yourself in: Matthew 16:24

https://www.bible.com/search/bible?q=Matthew%2016:24

I always looked at it like “one and done”, deny myself once and I’m good…

Not true…

I think I have to die to myself EVERY day, not just once.

I was looking up the scripture where Paul said something like you have to die to yourself daily…

When I found an even better scripture in Luke 9:23

https://biblia.com/bible/esv/luke/9/23

Jesus said; “…let him deny himself and take up his cross DAILY and follow me.”

Daily….not one and done…

Guess that’s why “narrow is the gate” lol

Dying to self daily is so hard…

I’m selfish and carnal and I want what I want when I want it.

How is it even possible to deny yourself every day?

Feelings and first thoughts, and Satan and life and mean people…

and I’m supposed to overcome them all, not in one epic battle…

But every single day…

For the rest of my life???

I can’t do it…

I’m not strong enough.

At least…

Not on my own, I’m not.

But God…

Two words that I use to battle and defeat Satan with…

Guess I will be speaking them more often…

Daily in fact.

If you would like to read more God posts (didn’t mean for this to be one, but God is everywhere in my life now) you can click the link below:

https://personofhonor.com/life-with-god/its-about-a-relationship/

An overview of my day:

Person of Honor

Hi! I'm Raynee. I am a Christian, a licensed professional counselor, a wife to a husband I do not deserve-cause he's so wonderful, a mother of two amazing adult children I couldn't be more proud of, and a grandmother AKA Mimi of seven absolutely adorable grandbabies. I am also an Optivia coach, a writer, a speaker, and most importantly (second to being a Christian that is) I am a woman of integrity and honor.

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