Caffeine Crutch

Do you enjoy a morning tea or coffee?  MMMMMM!  I love mine!  I make my tea when I am brushing my teeth, so it is ready to kick my morning off with a bang.  I honestly feel like I absolutely need this tea, or I will be exhausted all day long.  Do you feel that way too?

I never drank tea or coffee until I had my first born child.  This child did not need a tap of sleep!  If I wanted to keep up with this minuscule human being, I resorted to drinking coffee to get me through my days.  Eventually, I didn’t like the feeling of being addicted to coffee.  If I didn’t have a coffee, I would get the worst headache, and I hated that something had a control over me.  This is when I decided I’d switch to tea.

I had no idea tea was so soothing and this became a welcomed part of my day.  By the time I made the switch, my children weren’t as exhausting and I felt that tea was eliminating my daily caffeine intake.

Now, I have such an enjoyable morning routine that includes my tea.  I love the warm and cozy feeling of having my tea with my blanket, lazy boy and my bible every morning.  Lately, I’ve been having this weird feeling that I should exclude tea from my day.  Eliminate unnecessary chemicals from my body.  Why am I getting this feeling?  I have no idea, but I’m all of a sudden hypersensitive to what I am putting into my body, and in my brain, tea is one of the chemicals that I feel shouldn’t be trudging through my body.

The last few weekends I have been travelling and missing my tea routine at the hotel room.  I do find that I am exhausted, but I push through my days, and then realize that I didn’t have my morning tea time.  The last morning in the hotel room, I was debating to myself if I should have a tea and of course, since it is my comfort place I decided I definitely wanted a tea.

I poured my tea, and proceeded up to my hotel room with my tea to read with my daughter.  We were reading on my iPad which was plugged into the wall above my bed side table where I had placed my cup of tea.  When it was her turn to read her devotion, she pulled on the iPad and the cord caught my tea and over it tumbled.  My entire cup of tea.  Right away, I knew in my heart that that was the sign I needed to make me give up the caffeine that I’ve been putting in my body.

I picked up a caffeine-free tea to try, and my first morning home, I made it in hopes that it would make me feel all warm and cozy during my morning routine like my normal tea did.  To my surprise, it did just that and I actually had lots of energy for my day.  As the days went by I started drinking less and less of the herbal tea and finally this morning I didn’t touch the mug of tea through my entire morning routine.

I didn’t need this caffeine to make it through my day.  I didn’t need this caffeine during my morning routine.  It was simply just a habit, and I reluctantly was giving it up.  Surprisingly, however, I don’t miss it.

We all have things that we think we need.  We all struggle to give things up that we love.  I loved my morning tea.  I know some people have harder things to get rid of than caffeine in their days that they want to have but know deep down it is not good for them.  Maybe it is an addiction to drugs or alcohol that you want to get rid of.  Or maybe you are going through a break up and you don’t think you can survive without your significant other.  Even worse, maybe you lost a loved one.  Whatever your struggle is that you are trying to eliminate from your life, you can’t do it alone.  We weren’t meant to do things alone.

You have to look to your Heavenly Father for strength and encouragement to help guide you in the direction that you should go.  Deuteronomy 31:6 reassures us, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

If you are trying to break any kind of addiction, you can’t do it alone.  You need the strength of the Lord your God who is with you every step of the way.  Turn to him, and he will help you change your life for the better.  Just trust in his word and he will transform you.  He promises!

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