We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement each Sunday … and somewhere along the course of the week, often we find ourselves in need of a little bit of something to help us through.

Welcome to Extra Strength: a mid-week pick-you-up for the soul. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for extra encouragement and challenge. 

Extra Strength

Pressure Points: The Pressure of Temptation {Sunday, February 22, 2015 }

By Hyacynth Worth

In the past, it’s been the pint of cream sitting in the freezer, the spiteful words sitting on the tip of my tongue and the promises of love sitting heavily in my ears.

Temptation has followed me all of my life, though the specifics are ever evolving and changing. While the tempters in my life have morphed the root of temptation remains the same: I’m consistently trying to satisfy an insatiable hunger.

If we’re going to get real about talking about temptation, though, I think we have to acknowledge and accept what Pastor Josh Petersen said this past Sunday about temptation:

“The key to dealing with temptation is understanding the desire of your heart. The key is grappling with what we have set our heart on by asking, ‘what have we allowed to fill us?'”

These are the kinds of questions that invite us to dig deeper. And you know what digging deep requires, right? Vulnerability.

Brene Brown says, “What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful.”

If what Brene Brown says is true and if we really want to get to the root of temptation, I think we all need to get comfortable with getting a little more beautiful in our lives. So here goes:

After thought and prayer and reflection, I’ve grappled at my very own marshmallow, my very own major temptation in my life right now and what He revealed took me by surprise. My marshmallow right now is perfectionism, and the desire at the bottom of it is security and love. I want to feel that I am deeply loved and that I am safely held, so I try to muscle my way into both.

Be it trying to eat a perfect enough diet to obtain stellar health and stave off disease or peacefully and perfectly parenting my children all the hours they are awake so they will turn out well or maintaining poise in front of friends when I feel like sobbing, I have consistently been trying to earn love and security in ways that cannot satisfy my deep desires for both. And it’s as exhausting as it is impossible.

Admittedly, none of those admissions feel very beautiful. But what is beautiful is that this vulnerability, this realization and acceptance of these deep needs of mine draw me closer to the only One who can really satisfy my deep hunger for deeply-rooted love and security.

So are you ready to get a little more beautiful in your own life?

headshotHyacynth Worth is beloved to God, wife to John, mom to two boys and author of Undercover Mother. She also works as the Online Communications Coordinator for Immanuel Church.

Be Challenged:  This week, when you feel tempted:

  • Stop – identify the desire

  • Spot – place it appropriately and invest it wisely; temptation becomes an opportunity to express our desire for God.

  • Set – Set your eyes on God.

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