Monday, January 10, 2011

We Were Made to Crave


We were all made to crave.  God put a desire deep in our hearts to long for, eagerly desire, and greatly want more of - God.  But Satan tries to do everything he can to replace that craving for God with something else - food, praise, or materials things. 


I'm so excited to be able to share with you a post written by Lysa Terkeurst.  Lysa is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and author of the book, Made to Crave.  I've just started reading this book, but I can already tell it's going to be life changing.  Have you heard the saying, "There's a God-shaped hole in all of us"?  That's what Lysa addresses in this book.

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Day 2: Overweight Physically and Underweight Spiritually

       Thought for the Day: God made us capable of craving so we’d have an unquenchable desire for more of Him, and Him alone. Nothing changes until we make the choice to redirect our misguided cravings to the only One capable of satisfying them.


      My journey to healthy eating didn’t gain traction by counting calories or obeying rules of the food pyramid. The process began in earnest when I admitted that, yes, I was overweight physically. But, more importantly, I was underweight spiritually. I was spiritually malnourished. Tying these two issues together is what opened my eyes to see God in a whole new way.
      I’m reminded of the story in the Bible where a rich young man comes to see Jesus. The young man explains that he is following all the religious rules, but still feels something is missing from his pursuit of God. He asks, “What do I still lack?” Jesus answers, “If you want to be perfect [whole], go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (Matthew 19:20–21 NIV).
      The rich young man then goes away sad because he won’t give up the one thing that consumes him. He is so full with his riches he can’t see how undernourished his soul is. It’s at this point in the biblical story that most of us start to look at all the rich people we know and think, “Well, I sure hope they get this message. Good thing I’m not rich. Good thing Jesus doesn’t ask me to sacrifice in this way.” Or does He?
      Jesus meant His comment for any of us who wallow in whatever abundance we have. I imagine Jesus looked straight into this young man’s soul and said, “I want you to give up the one thing that you crave more than Me.”
      For me, I was like the rich young man when it came to eating. I refused healthier breakfast options, such as egg whites and fruit, while filling myself with candy-sprinkled doughnuts. I choose soda instead of water, chips instead of carrot sticks. Even when my sugar high crashed and I complained of splitting headaches, sluggishness, and unwanted extra weight, I steadfastly refused to even consider giving up my daily brownie.
      God made us capable of craving so that we’d have an unquenchable desire for more of Him, and Him alone. Nothing changes until we make the choice to redirect our misguided cravings to the only One capable of satisfying them.
      Paul wrote to Christians, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better” (Ephesians 1:17 NIV).
      I don’t know about you, but to me this one benefit of knowing God better is worth all the effort and sacrifice that a healthy eating journey requires. It’s easy to feel that our struggle with food is such an unfair deal. But I encourage you to see the process today as a path that offers both physical and spiritual benefits.
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This is not a weight-loss book.  It's about turning our attention back to God and making Him the center of our lives.  Matthew 6:33 says, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."  When we put God as the center of our focus, then everything will fall into place.

Lysa is going to be doing a series of webcasts about Made to Crave, starting tonight and running for the next six weeks.  You can get more details about these webcasts here.  If you are interested in purchasing Made to Crave for yourself, you can get that information here

Is there something in your life are craving more than God?  

 

Memorizing James
If you are taking part in the challenge to memorize the entire book of James this year, you will need to memorize two verses each week. This week's verses are:
James 1:3-4
because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

Perseverance must finish it's work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

10 comments:

  1. I'm excited and ready to start the study too! I think it's great that the book is about a change of lifestyle not just weight loss!

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  2. I am loving the book and can already see a positive effect of it. No it is not just weight loss, though that is likely to be an additional reward. It is about growing closer to God and craving Him. Really looking forward to the webcasts and starting the study with my sweet sisters tomorrow!

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  3. Wow Lisa!! So I know that God brought me to that particular post that day but now I am really thinking God brought me to your blog in general, I really connect with the things you are going through! My goals for this year are 1. Spend more time in God's word (which means less time on FB!), 2. Serve others more, 3. Lose 20lbs. So, more of God, more of others, and LESS of me!! Great post!

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  4. I will have to see if I can order that book. It looks like something I could really use right now.

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  5. The book is wonderful and is already helping me too... I can't wait for the webcast! Thanks for posting this Lisa! Blessings!

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  6. What a powerful post to start a week Lisa!

    Your statement "We were all made to crave." is so poignant, and so true. Like everyone else, I've certainly given into cravings in my life, but like you I'm working to make God my unquenchable desire.

    Thank you for a thoughtful start to the week, and have a Blessed Day!

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  7. Thank you so much for posting this Lisa! I appreciate your kind words and for the shout out about the webcast. Your list of favorite books also made me smile - thank you dear Lisa, thank you so very much! :)

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  8. Thank you so much for posting this Lisa! I appreciate your kind words and for the shout out about the webcast. Your list of favorite books also made me smile - thank you dear Lisa, thank you so very much! :)

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  9. I will have to see if I can order that book. It looks like something I could really use right now.

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  10. I am loving the book and can already see a positive effect of it. No it is not just weight loss, though that is likely to be an additional reward. It is about growing closer to God and craving Him. Really looking forward to the webcasts and starting the study with my sweet sisters tomorrow!

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