Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday Musings - The Real Thing

I mentioned in a previous post that I had given up one of the true loves of my life as I pursue a healthier lifestyle. I created a layout about this love, a love that seems to have been with me most of my life. I don't remember a time before this love.

I created this layout using the Challenge #20 sketch at Sketches in Thyme. I printed my photo block as an 8 1/2" x 81/2" block using a red digital paper from Jessica Sprague. The Coca-Cola patch is from a trip to the Coca-Cola Museum in Vicksburg, Missisippi, back in 1997. Robbie had given me several extra Coca-Cola trading cards after he completed his set a few months ago, so I included one of those in my embellishment cluster also. The rest of the supplies I pulled from my stash: Bazille cardstock, decorative edge cardstock from Little Yellow Bicycle, rhinestone brads from My Mind's Eye, miscellaneous flowers and scraps.

I can't remember when I started drinking Coca-Cola, but it has been a constant in my life as long as I can remember. Even in the 80s when I was a pre-teen, I knew that the company was making a mistake with that New Coke formula! Not only is this my favorite drink, it is just about the only thing I drank for many years.

As I continue to make changes toward a more healthful lifestyle, I began looking seriously at that red can and wondering if the calories were worth it since it provides little (or no!) nutrients. I started noticing how often and why I drank a coke and discovered two primary motivations.

HABIT - I realized that I was simply drinking a coke out of habit. When I get in the car to go anywhere that will take longer than 20 minutes, I grab a coke. When I sit down to scrapbook, I grab a coke. When I watch a football game, I grab a coke. When I have meal, when I go out to eat, when I'm cooking, when I'm reading, etc. I was merely having a coke out of habit rather than truly enjoying the refreshing taste of the coke itself.

SOLACE - This is the reason I have decided to give up Coca-Cola for a while. I realized that when I became frustrated or irritated or sad or angry, I would reach for a coke. If something didn't go my way, I would reach for a coke. If someone hurt my feelings, I would reach for a coke. I was using that little red can full of sugar to console myself, to give me solace, to sooth my feelings. Wow - when I began to comprehend this, I was convicted to stop! I want to turn to the Lord (The Real Thing!) for consolation, for solace! So, for the past 20 days I have not had a Coca-Cola. I want to learn to turn to the Word and prayer when I need comfort, and until that becomes my new habit, I will continue to omit Coca-Cola from my day.

Honestly, I don't believe I'll ever give it up for good. It is my favorite drink and once I feel I have broken these unhealthy habits, I can enjoy a refreshing drink on occassion, not because I "need" it but because I want to take time to enjoy it.

How about you, is there something in your life that you turn to for solace?

10 comments:

Kim said...

This is too funny, I gave up Coke almost 3 years ago to get healthy too!
Love this layout! You did a marvelous job with the sketch. Love your photo block!
Thanks for playing along with us this week at Sketches in Thyme!
Blessings,
Kim xXx

Kim said...

Oh forgot to mention, we are having a dt call right now at Sketches in Thyme!
Blessings,
Kim xXx

Dawn said...

Wonderful layout sweetie love the use of the sketch this week.
I am also a coke lover- I switched to diet a couple years ago and have tried to limit my intake. I am impressed with your willpower.
Thanks for joining us this week at Sketches In Thyme

Fern said...

The colors on this beautiful layout caught my eye at first!! Wonderful job using the sketch, and I love your photo block! Thanks for playing along with us over at Sketches In Thyme... Good luck!! Hugs!!

SABRI said...

Lovely lovely lovely!!! I like it!!!

Sian said...

I had to work to give up coke too. I have replaced it with sparkling water because I realised it was the fizz I enjoyed so much. Good luck!

CraftyGirl said...

What a fun LO to do!! i am personally a pepsi gal, but I can relate to your love affair!! I love the bright red background... looks fabulous!! Thanks for playing along at Sketches in Thyme! (And you might want to enter this into the Frosted designs die cut challenge this week!! We would love to have you play along there too!!)
Barb :)

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

Great layout - no doubt of your subject with all the Coke red! I love my Coke, too, but I view it as an occasional treat. It tastes so good every once in a while!

isay said...

beautiful LO! love the colors, the blocking, and placement of everything. and what a great story behind a beautiful page thanks for sharing it with us and thank you for playing along with us at Sketches in Thyme.
isay

Peggy said...

great layout, love the die-cut paper