Before I talk about the book, I just want to say that I got some great encouragement this week from my blogging buddy Kathy @ Bloomingburghboomer. She volunteered to be my accountability partner… Thank you, Kathy! That means a lot.
Secondly, I wanted to tell you that someone supplied a way for me to join Weight Watchers. It is the second time I have done their program and the first time I lost 30 lbs. This time I am hoping to lose more than that, but the main reason that I joined has to do with the accountability factor and the motivation factor.
All right now on to the book…
“We are made for more than this.” (Lysa Terkeurst, Made to Crave)
I am made for more than this. I was created to live a victorious life.
Those are such powerful statements and thoughts.
God didn’t make me so that I could struggle with my weight and my self-esteem. He created me to live for Him. He created me to bring glory to Him. He made me for so much more than I am now.
I loved how Lysa talks about rewriting the scripts in our head and as she was writing and giving us Biblical tips on how to rewrite those scripts. I kept coming back to being SATURATED with God’s truth.
If I really want to rewrite the scripts in my head, then I have to saturate my life with Him, His Spirit and His love. I have to be persistent, base my identity on what God says about me, recognize that struggle isn’t about me, and discover my power in His Spirit.
I know some of you are probably asking, “If the struggle isn’t about me, then who is it about?” My answer is: The struggle is about God, my relationship to Him and getting to know Him in a deeper and richer way. The struggle is about emptying me of self and becoming more like Christ. Only He can fill and satisfy our needs.
I found so many truths in this chapter that encouraged me. Lysa asks the question, “How can we grow closer to God?”
I love what she said about posturing:
“The posture isn’t standing with our hands up high or our arms outstretched. The posture is the lowest possible position in which we can put ourselves with empty hands and eager hearts. In other words, communicating with our intentions, our attitudes, and even our body language that we are willing to deny ourselves.”
It reminds of the parable of the Pharisee and the sinner. If I come to God saying, “Look at me! Look at how good I am!” I can’t grow close to God, but if I come to God humbly saying, “I am broken. I am weak. I can’t do this on my own!” then God will welcome us with arms wide open because in the end it is not about what we can do for ourselves. It is about what God can do in us and through us.
If I want to grow closer to God, I have to humble myself. Let go of my pride and saturate myself with Him. (It keeps coming back to that concept for me.)
It is about what I want to be ruled by: food or God. I choose God.
“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful.” –1 Corinthians 6:12a
I don’t want to be a slave to what I eat or drink. I only want to follow Christ, and for me part of taking up my cross is learning self-discipline and self-denial when it comes to my health. It comes back to me being saturated by His Spirit so that I can make the choices I need to make to live the life He has planned.