Morning my friends! It’s Monday and it’s a national holiday… Ahhh, thank goodness for bankers hours. For some reason I woke up at 4:00 this morning. I mean just straight up! The last couple of days my routine has gotten off a bit due to feeling sickly. Everyone at my work has had some sort of crud. Sinus infections, colds, the flu. I thought I had managed to avoid it, but for the last couple of days I have been fighting fever and sore throat. I don’t think it’s the flu, but just a good ole fashion cold.
I feel better today than I did yesterday, but my throat feels a bit funny. Kind of like I have swallowed a capsule and it has gotten stuck in my throat. Yeck!
As you can imagine, resting is the number one thing that I have been doing. Aside from your normal 4:00 wake-up calls! This has allowed me to fuel my addiction to MidSomer Murders and read. I picked up this book called Made to Crave when it first came out in 2010, but only read till about chapter 5. Do you ever do that? Pick up a book, start to read it, and then shortly realize that it just isn’t the right time for you to read it?? I hope I am not alone here..
Anyway, I picked it up again and started to make my way through it.
Has food become more about frustration than fulfillment? Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. Author Lysa Terkeurst personally understands the battle women face. In Made to Crave, she will help you:
- Break the cycle of “I’ll start again on Monday.” and feel good about yourself today.
- Stop agonizing over numbers on the scale and make peace with you body.
- Replace rationalizations that lead to failure with wisdom that leads to victory.
- Reach your healthy goals and grow closer to God through the process.
This book is not a how-to manual or the latest, greatest dieting plan. Made to Crave is a helpful companion to use alongside whatever healthy eating approach you choose—a book and Bible study to help you find the “want to” in how to make healthy lifestyle changes.
Lysa also is the President of the Proverbs 31 Ministries.
I am a few chapters in and I just wanted to share some of the things that have resonated with me:
- I do think our struggles with food are important to God (pg 17)
- my weight is a direct reflection of my choices and the state of my health (pg 17)
- we are made for more than compromise. We were made for God’s promises in every area of our lives. (pg 18)
- “I was amazed that I ever desired to satisfy my taste buds over satisfying my desire to break free from all the guilt, all the destruction, all the defeat.” (pg 18)
- We crave what we eat (pg 19)
- Simply telling me to eat healthier foods that will help me feel full longer doesn’t address the heart of the matter. I can feel full after a meal and still crave chocolate pie for dessert. (pg 20)
- When we feel deprived and frustrated and consumed with wanting unhealthy choices, we too can rely on God’s Word to help us. (pg 24)
- “Maybe today will be the day the scale will be my friend and not reveal my secrets. Maybe somehow overnight the molecular structure of my body shifted and today I will magically weigh less” (pg 27)
- I thought about, craved, and arranged my life too much around food (pg 28)
- “I had to get honest enough to admit it: I relied on food more than I relied on God. I craved food more than I craved God. Food was my comfort. Food was my reward. Food was my joy. Food was what I turned to in times of stress, sadness, and even in times of happiness.” (pg 29)
- Despite exercising, my food choices caught up with me and my changing body revealed all my secrets. (pg 38)
I really could go on and that is only from the first three chapters. Really??! As I was reading all of these statements and quotes, I was just setting there thinking that I have done the same exact things. Lets be clear, not everyone will struggle with their weight and people may struggle in different ways. Someone could actually struggle keeping weight on, but none the less, it’s all a struggle and we let food hold the power when we are the ones that hold the power. We just don’t know it and don’t know how to tap into it.
Honestly……I don’t make the best food choices and I am a creature of habit.
Honestly……I don’t post everything that I eat on here.
Honestly……I have eaten something that I am not supposed to and then an hour later exercise.
Honestly……I have great ideas in my head, but sometimes that is where they stay.
Honestly……I cheat myself when I do the above
Honestly……I know I am cheating myself and still do it anyway
Honestly…..I can’t keep things in the house that tempt me…..because it will win. Every time.
Here’s the deal. I am made to crave things. When God formed the foundations of the world with just His breath, he was thinking of me. He knew exactly what my struggles were going to be. He created me to crave a closer relationship with Him. Not food. Not this cycle of thinking.
I am made to crave life
I am made to crave beauty
I am made to crave serving
I am made to crave love
I am made to crave joy
I am made to crave happiness
I am made to crave being loved
I also wanted to add that we are all different. We all struggle with different things and if it’s the same, it will always be in different ways. Make sense? No two are alike. Similar, yes, but not exact. I say this to say you may not agree with anything that I have said so far on this post, but that is ok. I believe that in itself is a hidden struggle.
I am off to enjoy the day! It’s supposed to be cold here today!