Blog 04: Escape
Written by: Abby Custer
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? As a child, I remember celebrating New Year’s out of town at my grandparent’s home. It was an exciting time because my cousins would also travel there to meet us, and we would all stay up as late as possible with plenty of games, snacks, and new Christmas toys to try and entertain us until the ball dropped. As I got older, I began to spend more time reflecting on the year, setting goals for the future. Sometimes I achieved these goals, but more often than not, I failed. When I began a family, it became even more important to set a good example of living out healthy choices, because those choices were being watched every day. So this year, in an effort to try and celebrate the changing of a new decade, my husband and I took our little ones outside around 9 pm, played last year’s ball drop on YouTube (because they definitely were not making it to midnight!), then lit some leftover 4th of July sparklers, said our resolutions, and watched their eyes in amazement at the sparks flying. I’m not sure if they really understood what was happening, but it made my momma heart proud to hear them set goals for the year ahead.
A new year presents an excellent time to reflect on the journey we are traveling, and what we want that journey to look like before we cross the finish line. We all have bad habits and we all struggle with how to overcome those habits. Maybe it’s a lack of exercise or maybe you are struggling with something a little more challenging, something that feels like it’s taking over your life. Substance abuse can take many forms. It can be tempting to tell ourselves that we don’t really have a problem, but when we aren’t able to say no to drinking, smoking or any form of the drug, the fact is that we do have a problem. And that problem becomes even more serious when everything going into our bodies is also being absorbed by another human life. When we become a mom, our choices and their consequences can be compared to skipping stones across a body of water. The repercussions are felt by more than just ourselves and spread farther than we can ever imagine.
What changes do you need to make in order to create a healthier lifestyle, not only for yourself but also for your baby? Because you are both worth it, and we are here for you as you travel this journey toward freedom. We can help guide you in the right direction and be an accountability partner for you. Remember, we all have different temptations. But also remember that the Lord does not give us any temptation that we cannot overcome without His help, without some form of escape. You are not trapped. You can do this, you just have to take the first step.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Check out the following links for more information on substance abuse and pregnancy:
For help with overcoming substance use issues, the following LOCAL treatment centers are available:
Chestnut Ridge Treatment – https://www.drug-rehab-headquarters.com/west%20virginia/facility/chestnut-ridge-center-morgantown/
Ascension – https://www.ascensionrs.com/
Health Right – https://mphealthright.org/