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Made to Crave - Thoughts from chapters 1-6

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Last week was pretty busy with getting back to work after my surgery, and so while I read in "Made to Crave" I haven't posted much. This blog will include many of the things that really jumped out at me.

p. 22-23 -- "Each time I craved something I knew wasn't part of my plan, I used that craving as a prompt to pray. I craved a lot. So, I found myself praying a lot ... My tower of impossibility was food. Brick by brick, I imagined myself dismantling the food tower and using those same bricks to build a walkway of prayer, paving the way to victory." (The day I read that, I'd watched a crew of workers tearing down our son's garage - brick by brick. They want to use those old bricks on the new addition, so they carefully dismantled the old structure. They didn't try to knock it down and then pick up salvagable pieces. They did it the hard, slow way, that preserved all the usable bricks.) I want my journey to health to be about more than just feeling slim, taking fewer meds, and looking nice. I don't want to replace unhealthy eating with a different self-centered focus. That's why "Made to Crave" caught my eye. If the new/healthier Susie is also a more God-centered Susie, I will have a REAL victory!

p. 32 -- from the story of Esau giving his birthright to Jacob in exchange for a meal: "So Esau despised his birthright ... The thing that strikes me about this story is how much Esau gave up for just a few moments of physical satisfaction. He sacrified what was good in the long term for what felt good in the short term." Most of us were born with healthy bodies, and we essentially reject that gift by making unhealthy choices. We throw away our health in exchange for the "freedom" to eat what we want, when we want. We lose mobility, flexibility, strength because we'd rather sit and watch TV or play on the computer.

p. 34 -- "When you get into possible trouble with temptation, remember to 'stop in the name of love.' Let your love for your friends, who are standing with you, and your love for the Lord, who wants you to honor Him in the way you treat your body, make you think it over." Mindless eating dishonors ourselves, our supporters, and our Lord! Lysa talks about our unhealthy choices being a "choice to go back to my (our) brokenness" -- OUCH!

p. 39 -- "Why not make this a daily prayer, first thing in the morning, before we've eaten a thing ... 'God, I recognize I am made for more than the vicious cycle of being ruled by food. I need to eat to live, not live to eat. So I keep asking for Your wisdom to know what to eat and Your indwelling power to walk away from the things that are not beneficial for me."

"Be it a relationship in which someone makes me feel less than my true identity or a vicious food cycle that leaves me defeated and imprisoned, I must remember I was made for more. The truth of my identity as a child of God empowers me to believe that living in victory tastes sweeter than any unhealthy delicacy."

Tonight I'm feeling like munching, and re-reading this is reminding me that it might be OK for me to eat more, but not beneficial. I might not weigh more in the morning, but I will have given in to emotional eating, and that strengthens an old habit I've worked hard to break. Why move in that direction tonight?

p. 44 -- "How do you grow close to God?" Lysa's answer: "By making the choice to deny ourselves something that is permissible but not beneficial. And making this intentional sacrifice for the sole purpose of growing closer to God ... Somehow becoming a woman of self-discipline honors God and helps me live the godly characteristic of self-control ... in the end, pursuing self-control does help my heart feel closer to Jesus and more pure to receive what He want for me each day ... instead of clogged with guilty feelings for my poor choices." I love the thought of being more able to receive what God has for me!!

P. 45 -- "In other words, live with the willingness to walk away when the Holy Spirit nudges you and says, 'That food choice is permissible but not beneficial - so don't eat it.'"

LOTS to think and pray about!

(I may not be able to watch the webcast Monday night (my internet is pretty slow), but hope to catch the replay Tuesday when I have access to a faster computer.)

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PAMAPPLE 1/31/2011 10:44PM

    Thank you for sharing in such great detail! I just ordered my book and am SO looking forward to reading it.... I should get it by Friday and will be able to contribute a little more insight. I pray that I will be able to resist foods that I am craving and turn to God instead...

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CATHYUNEW 1/14/2011 9:44PM

    I've finally gotten my book and have read the first two chapters. I wanted to come back and see what you thought about it too. I love your discription of the garage coming down carefully. That adds another dimension to the concept.

Thanks Susie for bring this book to my attention and your comments regarding each chapter.

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LIVE_TO_LOVE 1/11/2011 8:17AM

    EXCELLENT, Susie. I have a friend I share and discuss Proverbs 31 devotionals with, and have recently seen Lisa's book. Reading this blog makes me feel like it would be worth the read! These are ALL things I am struggling with and working on daily. What a blessing to have encouragement that speaks to my heart as a daughter/wife/mother who wants to honor God.

"Mindless eating dishonors ourselves, our supporters, and our Lord! Lysa talks about our unhealthy choices being a 'choice to go back to my (our) brokenness'" ~ SO incredibly & painfully true. And this is a truth that needs to sink FAR deeper into my mind and heart ~ PERMANENTLY.

THANK you for taking the time to share this!!

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SMILESRME 1/10/2011 9:22PM

    Again, friend, your heart and wisdom are a gift for all of us. Thanks for the snippets from the book, I've been hearing much about it on KLOV too. Great things to ponder and pray about.

May I fill up with the Lord,
Julia : )

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KALIGIRL 1/10/2011 1:03PM

    LOTS - emoticonfor sharing.
emoticon'food for thought'

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FITGAL2010 1/10/2011 12:01PM

    OH wow! I love this! I have also (because you led me to it) started reading this book: Made to Crave! I will keep an eye on your blog for sure! Have you joined the webcast? I have, (as you led me there as well), and I am very excited. I am on page 91 of the book now, but I will be joining you tonight w/ bells on! I will have the National Championship in the background on my TV too; lol, I know. Well, I hope your surgery went well, and I will see you tonight if you make it, and if not, maybe next week if you can. Big hugs, Lori

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/10/2011 11:09AM

    Thanks for sharing Susie. Lots of "meat" to chew on (and doesn't add calories emoticon)

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NANCY-GIRL 1/10/2011 10:04AM

    Thanks for posting this, Susie. Our church is having a week of prayer & fasting this week, and altho I can't fast from food (migraines), I am fasting from facebook. It occurred to me that when we get the urge (craving) for our abstained item, that is to draw us into prayer (much like Paul's thorn).

Looking fwd to hearing more. Good insights from both Lysa & you!

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CATHYUNEW 1/9/2011 11:03PM

    Oh, this book sounds so good. I will have to come check out this blog again when I start reading it. Haven't gotten it in the mail yet, but I got The Spark and am reading that slowly along with my bible study and another book I am reading! emoticon

Glad you were able to get back to work. I didn't know you when you had your surgery but have seen mention of it here and there. I am praying that you are fully recovered and protected by God's grace friend.

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TEALADY0531 1/9/2011 10:32PM

    Sounds really good!!! Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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FLAME42 1/9/2011 10:23PM

    You have posted a lot for all of us to ponder. That is just what I am going to do.

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An Irish Blessing For You, My Spark Friends

Friday, January 07, 2011

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SMILESRME 1/10/2011 9:18PM

    Beautiful Susie! thank you dearest for sharing a special place in God's creation. That is a place Ron and I hope to visit someday!

Awed at the Lord's majesty,
Julia : )

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FITGAL2010 1/10/2011 12:16PM

    Amen... wow, tears of gratitude, and chills from head to toe. Thank you for sending this! Such a blessing, for sure! It made me want to visit Ireland as well... Bless you too Sparkfriend! ~ Lori

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    Beautiful - Thanks for the blessing and May the Lord bless you!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/7/2011 6:27PM

    Beautiful emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 1/7/2011 11:00AM

    Thank you! The blessing of the earth are rich, indeed! One of the benefits of keeping my granddaughter(s) so much is that I get outside more. I forget the beauty and glory of nature, until I go outside to play!!

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JULIEFRANCES112 1/7/2011 10:31AM

    Beautiful! Thank you! emoticon

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Plans for 2011

Sunday, January 02, 2011

DJs on my radio station talked last year about picking a word for the year (as opposed to making a list of resolutions). I didn't really do it for 2010, but I think that for 2011 I would like to focus on being WHOLE-HEARTED. Whether in the physical, spiritual, or emotional realms, I don't want to just "go through the motions". I don't want to be wishy-washy, or worse, apathetic. Scripture says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord ..." (Col. 3:23). That doesn't mean I will be complusive or perfectionist, but I will seek to put my whole heart into whatever I choose to do on any given day.

I was 'tickling' the 200# mark in Nov. 2008, but with God's help and I have come a LONG Way! And I don't want to backtrack! I looked back at my weigh-in results, and I only see 1x in 2010 where I was over 145#. For much of the year, I've been a little under that. My goal is to maintain the same pattern! I reset my goals, to include strength workouts 2x/week, and cardio 5x/week for 40 min. That's a moderate schedule; one I believe I can stick to.

I will continue to have my Fitness Minutes exceed my Spark Points -- to put into practice all that I'm learning from and my Spark friends!

I will try at least 1 new Spark recipe each month -- I find that looking for new healthy recipes keeps my food planning fun and reminds me that eating healthy is tasty. (One of the statements on my vision collage is Eat Bold, Not Bland!)

I am going to use "Made to Crave" as a starting point in reprioritizing: I want to seek God 1st, and not let thoughts of food be so consuming. Even thoughts of good foods can sidetrack me from my goal of Knowing Jesus more and following Him more closely. I will start a message thread on that study on the Driven By Faith Team board. I hope others who are reading/
studying that material will join me on that thread will share the things God is teaching them, too!

I've enjoyed reading the 2011 goals many of my SparkFriends have posted, and been encouraged by each one who is not just sliding into the New Year with vague "I wish/I hope" statements.

emoticon Many things will come my way in 2011 without me having any control over them. But there are Far More things that ARE My Choice -- and with God's help, I will make Healthy choices!

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VISUALLYRICS 1/2/2011 9:16PM

    {{{ Wholehearted!! }}} ...what a emoticonattitude!!
Cheering for YOU ~ Laura

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FLAME42 1/2/2011 8:35PM

    Whole-hearted, what a great choice for the new year. Your explanation is very well thought out. You seem to have your priorities right in line. Have a great 2011!

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JODIRICHARDS 1/2/2011 6:57PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Wonderful goals and plans! I'm interested in "Made to Crave" have not heard about it before so I guess I'll start searching. When I'm in CO made I can introduce you to some BOLD Indonesian food, do you eat spicy? I love your word choice WHOLE-HEARTED and explanation, not compulsive or perfectionist, I think that is key. Here is to a Whole hearted, healthy 2011! emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 1/2/2011 6:52PM

    You have indeed come a long way Susie and I'm grateful that you share your journey with us. Thanks for your example, encouragement and support.

Being whole-hearted is a great approach to 2011 and I wish you a happy healthy year with many fulfilling choices.

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Made to Crave?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I just found a link today from Proverbs 31 ministries about Lysa TerKeurst's new book, Made to Crave. A quote from the website: "Craving isnít a bad thing. Has food become more about frustration than fulfillment? Made to Crave is the missing link between a womanís desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen. Author, Lysa TerKeurst, personally understands the battle that women face."

Go here to read a sample chapter:
Link to info about the weekly webcast

I think the book looks really good - and I'm going to get it. I think God has something special in store here, and would love to share it with others! I'm wondering if any Spark Friends want to do this study together? We could form a team and share our thoughts as we go through the book and webcasts. Let me know!

1/3/11 Update -- I have started a message thread for this discussion on the Driven By Faith team and hope anyone interested will join me there.

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FITGAL2010 1/2/2011 12:06PM

    I could maybe find time for something like this... I am on a holiday break from a 15 min. morning devotional chat that is optional every weekday morning. I love it, and I have had the pleasure of praying for, and praying with, many women around the world whom I have grown to know and love. I'll keep an eye on this! I subscribed to your blog... Lori

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JULIEFRANCES112 12/31/2010 6:14PM

    Looks good.

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VISUALLYRICS 12/31/2010 1:41PM

    Looks neat - Let me know what treasures you find. emoticon

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MOMMINATOR 12/31/2010 12:48PM

    I would! I think it is a marvelous idea!
Thanks for the friend add, too!

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CATHYUNEW 12/31/2010 11:55AM

    YES! This is exactly what I have been looking for. I am going to try to find the book too.

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CRUISINJEN 12/30/2010 11:50PM

    This looks like a fantastic study! I may run out and see if I can pick it up tomorrow! Let me know if you decide to do this!

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NANCY-GIRL 12/30/2010 11:49PM

    I've really debated about jumping on the Made to Crave bandwagon. I really don't like how much of P31's posts, especially on FB, seem to be marketing the book. But I do think she's on to something (she IS one of my favorite writers, after all)... I think I might read it, but on my own, not w/ the big on-line study group. I'm spending way too much time on-line as it is...
Blessings on your journey through this! Let me know how it goes.

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Oil Your Lamp, Ladies!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

This little movie is great!

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JODIRICHARDS 12/28/2010 5:36PM

    My slow internet is not helping but I'm trying to watch it.

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PAMAPPLE 12/28/2010 1:23PM

    emoticon for sharing this wonderful link!!

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JULIEFRANCES112 12/28/2010 11:38AM

    Very nice. Thanks. emoticon

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NOTSPEEDY 12/28/2010 10:54AM

    Thanks for sharing. Did you get the book?

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RWALTON730 12/28/2010 10:28AM

    Thank you for sharing. It is great!

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HAVE-MERCY 12/28/2010 6:14AM

    Love this! O so true!! Thank you! emoticon

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