How I Quit Smoking at Last!

Diane M. Davis By Diane M. Davis, 25th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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After struggling with tobacco addiction for 30 years, I finally found the key to quitting for good. It's free and it's fairly simple, and anyone can do it.

I Quit and You Can Too

After more than thirty years of smoking cigarettes on and off, I quit on June 8, 2009. I had tried to quit many times, and even managed to stay smoke-free for five years, but I always started up again. This time was different from all the others. This time I had help.

No pill or patch.

No support group.

This time I had the best ally there is, bar none.

God.

Now, before you dismiss me as a religious nut, hear me out. I had an epiphany, and I’m going to share it with you.

I had put God in a compartment in my life, but I learned he will work his way into other places, if you let him. At first he got Sunday mornings. Then I gave him an hour on Tuesday nights with my bible study group. About every six weeks I gave him a few hours on Thursday night and half of Sunday when I sang with the praise team. The rest of the time was mine, to live my life. When problems came up, I worried about solutions without giving a thought to asking God for help.

Then I realized that I didn’t have to struggle with issues that were too big for me. I could call on God. Nothing is too big for God, and he doesn’t give us anything that we can’t handle with his help. We just have to ask, through prayer.

So I decided I needed to quit smoking, for good this time. How did I do it?

Prayer.

I know, it sounds ridiculously simple, but it’s true. I live with two smokers, my husband and son, so temptation confronted me daily. Every time I had a craving, I prayed for God to take away the urge, and I fervently believed He would. When the craving left, I said another prayer of thanks. It worked! Temptation came less frequently every day.

I won’t go into all of the benefits of quitting, but I got a couple I didn’t expect. My cholesterol is now lower than it’s ever been, and my blood pressure is in the normal range, too. My breathing is better, and I’ve lost the nagging smoker’s cough. I feel better over all.

The power of prayer and trusting God to give you strength can work in many situations. Is there a bad habit you’ve always wanted to stop but never have found the willpower to overcome? Maybe the problem is not lack of willpower, but lack of prayer. God wants to help. He’s waiting for you to call on him, to lean on his strength to accomplish great things in your life.

So what’s next for God and me? We’re going to work on my issues with food. I can’t wait to see what we can do—together.

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Cigarettes, Quit Smoking, Quitting Smoking, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Smoking Habit

Meet the author

author avatar Diane M. Davis
I'm am a middle-aged mother of two grown kids, AZ native. I love cats, crocheting, and reading. I have five years of writing and editing experience. I've had 10 short stories published in e-zines.

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author avatar joan marie
29th Mar 2011 (#)

Great advice. I have been struggling with quitting and made it four months before I started again. I was under extreme distress when I started again. Your writing has given me another weapon in the quit smoking department.

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author avatar Pink&Blue
16th May 2011 (#)

Beautiful article of encouragement I myself believe that nothing is impossible with God. Maybe I should put my bad habits into his hands.Thank you for sharing!

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author avatar Noreen Ann Snyder
9th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks for the encouraging words . Thanks for sharing! Have a great night!

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