Made to Crave. I watched a live web cast last Monday night and I got so excited about what God is doing in and through this book/study that I purchased the book & Action plan on Amazon that night.
Friday my husband surprised me with an overnight stay in Asheville, NC to celebrate our 1 year anniversary (1.7.11)! How fun?! We had a great time in the chilly weather, but no snow sightings. :( Anyhoo, when we arrived back home Saturday evening, I opened our mailbox to find these goodies inside. I immediately started flipping through, taking measurements, and reading the material. Let me tell you why I am so excited to get this thing cranking....
This time last year, I was at least 20 lbs lighter. I may have been at a slightly unhealthy weight, due to not eating well with the Endo pain. Regardless, 20lbs in a year is pretty significant. The weight was coupled with the fact that I have been very physically limited and completely unable to do exercise for 1 1/2 years. Needless to say I am not in the best shape I have ever been in. I have been honest with you guys that I have struggled with self image issues and insecurity for as long as I can remember. I am sure you can imagine how the devil is creating WW3 in my head daily with the extra pounds, clothes fitting way too tightly, bulges in places I have never had bulges, and seeing a person in the mirror I sometimes don't recognize.
Here is what I know. I can't help what has happened to me. I can use it for excuses and stay as I am. Or I can change. I can continue to use food, the thing that never changes and is always there, as my comfort or I can turn to Jesus.
You see, we all crave something. As I have learned from reading Lysa's book, we were created to crave. The definition of craving is something that you long for, want greatly, desire eagerly and beg for. Doesn't this accurately describe what our Heavenly Father wants from us? What we are craving will always depend on whatever we are consuming. I can continue to consume comfort food and junk, or I can take control of my cravings and focus them on my Creator. I can either be saturated in the object of my desire (food/comfort) or I can be saturated in God's truth.
This day starts a new day. I will continue to stay hungry for Jesus. Is this going to be easy? Heck no! Satan loves nothing more than replace my craving for God with something else. But the more saturated I am in His truth, the more powerfully resistant I can become.
I want this for you! I want you, like me, to be healthy and whole. You know that Jesus desires that for you too? I was reading in Ephesians, with the Good Morning Girls, and this verse stuck out to me like crazy: Ephesians 1:4 (MSG) Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.
Friend, I want to be whole and holy. I pray that you will join me this day, this year, in pursuing Jesus with all that we have. Know that I am praying for you!