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THE BATTLE THAT RAGED IN MY HEART

Thursday, June 14, 2012

CHAPTER 2 ~ Replacing My Cravings (Made To Crave ~ Lysa Terkeurst of Proverbs 31 Ministries)

This wasn't really about the scale or what clothing size I was; it was about this battle that raged in my heart. Something that God is challenging me to surrender to Him. REALLY SURRENDER. Surrender to the point that I make radical changes.

Is it possible that I rely on food more than I rely on God???

Psalm 78:18 "They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved."

I John 2:15-16 " Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world, the cravings of sinful man, the lust of the eyes and the boasting of what he has and does comes not from the Father but from the world."

So, what are my challenges?

My friends want to gather and have dinner... The chosen place is one of my favorite ... Italian food, everything on the menu is salty, carbs, oh la la those Italians love oil drizzled on everything covered with cheesey!!! What are my choices??? emoticon emoticon emoticon

Well, one choice available... Pray!!! emoticon
"God, it's dinnertime and my friends are heading out for Italian food. I love Italian. I could seriously justify myself right into a big salad smothered with olive oil, a few bread sticks alongside. And now for the main entree! Oo la la!!! It's been a tough week. But, once again I'm choosing to pray instead of getting stuck in my cravings. Help me, God, to feel satisfied with healthier choices, limiting choices, and focus on my friends, our fellowship and slowly eating my healthy choices."

THE GOAL:

And that's how my prayers continue throughout the day.
Laying my requests at the feet of Jesus, like the psalmist says, waiting in expectation. Psalm 5:3

EACH TIME I CRAVE SOMETHING USING THAT AS A PROMPT TO PRAY.

I cannot promise that I always will be faithful to it , or that the scale will drop, but it is a START!!!

GO-TO SCRIPTS
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1. God has given me power over my food choices. I'm supposed to consume food. Food isn't supposed to consume me.
But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for MY power is made perfect in weakness."... for when I am weak, then I am strong."
(II Corinthians 12:9-10)

2. I was made for more than to be stuck in a vicious cycle of defeat. You have circled this mountain long enough. NOW TURN NORTH."
(Deuteronomy 2:3 NASB)

WE CRAVE WHAT WE EAT... MAKE IT HEALTHY.

  
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TERESA6262 6/18/2012 11:03AM

    Great blog!

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SWEETMNTHING 6/18/2012 9:05AM

    Great blog! Thanks again for sharing your insights. You know this site is supposed to be about support of the online kind but we have a supporter with us 24/7 and it's God!

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ABETTERSOUL 6/17/2012 11:15AM

    Definitely... prayer is one of our best weapons of "warfare".

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JUSTPEACHY1 6/16/2012 10:17AM

    Thank you for sharing Elaine!

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ZELLAZM 6/16/2012 5:59AM

    Thanks for sharing those good Scripture prompts. He cares about our every moment, every decision. What a great God!

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VISUALLYRICS 6/16/2012 1:34AM

    How important it is to crave Jesus! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/15/2012 5:01PM

    emoticon Your blogs have me researching my Bible further. emoticon

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SHERREMAC 6/14/2012 5:17PM

    I hear you!

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NELLIEC 6/14/2012 3:18PM

    Certainly the feeling of craving should prompt us to pray!

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KEEP_GOING247 6/14/2012 3:17PM

    I have heard of "Made to Crave" from Proverbs 31 ministries. I need to read it.

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EBLOOMING 6/14/2012 3:17PM

    emoticonAs George H.W. Bush said, 'Read my lips'.

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WE CRAVE WHAT WE EAT

Saturday, June 02, 2012

MADE TO CRAVE ~ CHAPTER 1 ~ WE CRAVE WHAT WE EAT.

1. PERSONIFY CRAVING BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE OF IT:
My Cravings express themselves differently at different times.
~ When I am truly hungary I crave eating a balanced meal with protein, carbs, vegetables and usually something sweet when finished with the main meal.
~ One thing I notice is that when I go to a public place and am around people eating such as a potluck I am still craving when I return home and usually want to eat something and do.
~ Sometimes the craving monster hoovers & strikes when I am sad, or pressured to make a decision, or am uncomfortable around a situation or undesirable person.
~ Chocolate cravings accompanied by some gooey caramel hoover around me & attack..
~This is followed by a thought planted by the hovering monster saying salty craving...nuts, crackers & cheese, rice cakes, chips is a favorite ( the monster is the same one that urges me to put off doing a chore or much needed task like cleaning the garage or a closet )
~Watching a movie the monster hoovers near my seat attacking my emotions and I will secumb to popcorn, candy (chocolate, hard candy, or both).

What I would like to say to this imaginary monster is "Go now and bug someone else." "Leave me alone." "Get. Go. Bug off!!!You remind me of that pitch forked red monster...the devil...so go hoover over someone that wants you, now!"
"Don't you have some important business to take care of?"

2. PURSUIT OF A CRAVING:
How do I respond to the idea that God made us to crave? page 20
Definition (Dictionary.com) ~ something you long for, want greatly, desire eagerly, and beg for.
Yes, we were made to crave-long for, want greatly, desire eagerly, and beg for- GOD! But Satan wants to do whatever necessary to make us fall. So he works at it daily.
" Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world,the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world
~the cravings of sinful man,
~the lust of his eyes and
~the boasting of what he has and does
comes not from the Father but from the world " I John 2:15-16

Definition According to NIV Life Application Bible -
Cravings = trying to get our physical desires met outside the will of God
Lust of eye = trying to get our material desires met outside the will of God
Boasting = trying to get our need for significance met outside the will of God

Satan used all three tactics with Eve.
"When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food (cravings of the sinful man) and pleasing to the eye (lust of the eyes), and also desirable for gaining wisdom (boasting of what she has or does), she took some and ate it" Genesis 3:6

It does not stop there.

Jesus was tempted... in all three the same ways as we are.
Matthew 4:1-11
Jesus said to Satan, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.' "
Than the devil left him, and the angels came and attended him.

There is a significant difference between Eve and Jesus. Eve was saturated in the object of her desire. Jesus was saturated in God's TRUTH..
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Jesus without hesitation, quoted Scripture and refuted Satan's temptation. Truth is powerful.
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In my opinion the real battle is in the eye gate and the mind reflects what we focus on with our eye. She focused only on the object of her obsession. The apple hanging on the tree, she saw that it was pleasing, fruit pleasing to the eye, and desirable. She did not walk away and give herself time to really consider her choice. She didn't consult Adam. She didn't consider the truth of what God had clearly instructed. She didn't talk to God.

She focused only on the object of her obsession!

TRUTH IS POWERFUL. The more saturated we are with truth, the more powerful we'll be in resisting our temptations.

Quote Scripture like:
" 'Everything is permissible' _ but not everything is beneficial"
I Corinthians 10:23

  
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SWEETMNTHING 6/18/2012 9:03AM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing.


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BEAGLEMAMA2 6/14/2012 10:11AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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GOURMETLOSER 6/6/2012 5:05AM

    Amen. Excellent insight

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 6/5/2012 6:13PM

  You are right, if we "eat" Jesus we will then crave Jesus

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 6/4/2012 1:39AM

    Thank you for sharing this great blog! I know that I have found that if I don't smell something, I do not crave it or even think about it. But the moment I smell it, I am starving for it. Same thing with not seeing it.

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ZELLAZM 6/3/2012 8:17AM

    There is some truth to that "out of sight, out of mind" thing, isn't there. I hadn't put it in the biblical perspective before. Thanks for sharing your thoughts today!

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LIFE

Friday, April 20, 2012

To quote a famous person...

"It's not the years in your life that count,
It's the life in your years." ~ Abraham Lincoln

As one of my spark friends said, "Real life is in Jesus, life and joy for all of eternity!" The life in my years with Jesus is what really counts.

*My main goal was to make a short blog! Yes, I accomplished that but although it is a good quote something is missing so her is my add on:

To know Jesus is to breathe and think and act with a new, living hope. REAL HOPE I might take the liberty of saying it twice. To know Jesus is to begin to be able to live as God intended _ beyond comfort, expecting hardships in the world, but actually having His own holy joy!!

  
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AVANELL 4/25/2012 1:24PM

    Jesus said in John 16:33 that we would have tribulations in the world, but we could be of good cheer, or be happy, because He had overcome the world. So, how does that apply to my life? When I am in Him and He is in me the same victory that caused Him to overcome will give me the victory and cause me to overcome as well! Wow! It's a win-win situation! Thank You, Jesus!



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EBLOOMING 4/25/2012 1:08PM

    Same here ... I like your comment AVANELL!! I'm in complete agreement!! emoticon

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AVANELL 4/25/2012 9:09AM

    I didn't really experience life until I met Jesus! Now it's full and abundant, just like He said!

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SHERREMAC 4/24/2012 5:00PM

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EBLOOMING 4/24/2012 3:39PM

    True Nellie! emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/21/2012 11:40PM

    emoticon Thank you so much for sharing and giving me "food" for thought.
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GOURMETLOSER 4/21/2012 6:03PM

    SO true
Blessings
Margaret

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BEAGLEMAMA2 4/21/2012 4:00PM

    Thank you for these words of wisdom!

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ZELLAZM 4/21/2012 3:23PM

    I was wondering what you would have to say in a post titled LIFE - and you kept it short, sweet and TRUE. Thanks for the reminder today!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 4/20/2012 6:40PM

  I really like that, it will help me to think of this each new day, thanks

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NELLIEC 4/20/2012 4:21PM

    That is definitely something to ponder! It seems to me that a worldly person would have a different interpretation of that compared to someone who has given their life to God.

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IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHAT YOU COULD'VE BEEN

Thursday, April 05, 2012

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/quotes_
translation.asp?id=103


Yesterday I started my walking again...I got sidetracked by pain.

I made a commitment to God this time to walk each day except Sunday is my day of rest.

After my indoor walk at Wellspring I had a cup a coffee/decaf & regular. There was a nice person who moved here bag to make room for me. She (Tara) was a young woman of 30 to my 60 plus. Tara was doing some research on her computer search to become a teacher.
Tara shared, that the goal came about after taking a word test....and talking to a career counselor. She was thinking of teaching after he said that is IT!! A Charter School and she was not quite sure about that. My grand sons started a Charter School this year and they just love it!! I could see her interest and desire mounting as we talked. Was this a God thing. I said that even at my age in retirement I still wanted to do some type of creative work. Tara suggested having a life coach...to help me figure it out as that is what she did. Tara also suggested I use YELP to look up information. I had not ever heard of YELP...so I am on a search.

I believe that because I was obedient to God's call to exercise again, faithfully, He rewarded me by opening a new door. A door that I have been thinking about before today.

IT IS NEVER TOO LATE!!! People are reaching new goals each and every day.
You don’t have to be young to accomplish all of your dreams. Think that you are “past your prime”? Think again. Always wanted to run a marathon? Start training today. Always dreamed of owning your own company? Start small with the resources you have, and work hard for it. Goal setting is a series of progressive sets. It might take days, it might take weeks, and it might even take years. But with the right attitude and a little bit of ambition, you can achieve all you dream.

  
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JANETELIZABETH1 4/10/2012 11:30AM

    Elaine we never stop learning from the day we're born to the day we leave this earth...you're doing great and praise God He opened that door for you through Tara.
I know you will achieve your daily walking goal because your eye is upon Him!!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/7/2012 3:53AM

    What a great, inspiring blog. Just what I needed to read tonight. Thank you !!

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PATTYCAKE17 4/6/2012 6:56PM

    What a wonderful and encouraging blog. So glad I decided to come back online tonight and answer the questions you asked on my page. Yes, we can start anew at any age, or at least try something new and rewarding.That was a nice testimony in your blog. I'm sure it was God's urging that got you walking at just the right moment to make your new aquaintance, and good for her as well.
As for the Blood Type Diet, I've been on it about three months, seriously following it. I feel so much better, and am losing weight slowly, but consistently again, after a 3-year plateau eating many foods that weren't good for me. I'm a type A pos. and am now eating a "flexatarian" food plan, lots of vegies and fruits, nuts, whole grains, but not wheat, fish, eggs, and poultry for the most part. Gone is the GERD and indigestion. I like having food boundaries as I have to watch eating too many carbs and eating too much. The BTD helps fill me up so I don't have so many cravings. I had tried it before but just in passing, but this time I worked at it and it worked for me!

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GRANDMANANCY 4/6/2012 5:51PM

    NEVER TOO LATE !!!!

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GOURMETLOSER 4/6/2012 4:40PM

    Without a vision the people perish!

Let's not perish, people.

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KO1215 4/6/2012 11:23AM

    That was truly inspiring. Thank you. I have never heard of Yelp either!

Hugs,

Keri

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AVANELL 4/6/2012 8:38AM

    Thank you for sharing that! Sometimes I feel like I'm too old to do some of the things that I have wanted to do but never accomplished. And then I remember how old Moses was when God used him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. And Caleb was about the same age when he finally was given his portion of the Promised Land. I am younger than both of them so why limit God through unbelief?

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ZELLAZM 4/6/2012 7:29AM

    I like to remember the Bereans - and there is no age given for them in the Bible, so why should we put an age limit on learning!

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    Just what I needed to hear today. Thank you! emoticon

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Sugar Freedom ~ My Journey ~ My Plan

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

(update 11/30/2012)
Your Brain on Sugar

Sugar fuels every cell in the brain and influences brain chemicals, too. And overloading on sugary foods may alter the brain receptors that regulate how much we eat. In laboratory studies, rats that binged on sugar had brain changes that mimicked those of drug withdrawal. In humans, just seeing pictures of milkshakes triggered brain activity similar to what's seen in drug addicts -- and that activity was stronger in women with a high food-addiction score than in women who didn't report addictive eating.

Breaking free from sugar addiction can be life altering. I have chosen to do this on my own and in four pieces:



Week 1: Identify the sources/replace with healthier and wholesome alternatives. Below is a list that I found from the recently posted Spark article ~ Break Your Sugar Addiction ~By Lauri Watson, Registered Dietitician.

Agave nectar
Agave syrup
Barley malt
Beet sugar
Brown rice syrup
Brown sugar
Buttered syrup
Cane sugar
Cane juice
Cane juice crystals
Carob syrup
Confectioner’s sugar
Corn syrup
High fructose corn syrup
Corn sugar
Corn sweetener

Corn syrup solids
Crystallized fructose
Date sugar
Dextran
Dextrose
Diatase
Diastatic malt
Evaporated cane juice
Fructose
Fruit juice
Fruit juice concentrate
Glucose
Glucose solids
Golden sugar
Golden syrup
Grape sugar

Grape juice concentrate
Honey
Invert sugar
Lactose
Malt
Maltodextrain
Maltose
Maple syrup
Molasses
Raw sugar
Refiners syrup
Sorghum syrup
Sucanat
Sucrose
Sugar
Turbinado sugar
Yellow sugar

I have long ago removed juices and sodas from my diet; also sugar from the sugar bowl for cereal, so that part was easy enough. My biggest offenders have been ice cream, jams, chocolate kisses & dove, hard candies. So, I have removed them for now and replaced with fruits such as apples, oranges, grapefruit, I put raisins, dried apricots, dried prune or bananas in my cereal. I have green teas with lemon, and a variety of teas when I am wanting a sweet thing in the evening. I do allow myself a 'dab' (1/2 tsp) of honey in my tea.

Week 2: Stock my Kitchen with sugar free items such as the teas, fruits, cereal (Look for hidden sugar by reading the nutrition list of ingredients looking for sugar to be the 4th or 5th in the list), oatmeal must be made from scratch as are any hot cereals because of the sugar content in prepackaged individual packets. I am not using sugar substitutes at all due to an adverse effect in my body.

Week 3: Stop the Cravings ~
emoticon emoticonWalks
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emoticonRelaxing Bath or Shower
emoticon emoticonDrinking Water
emoticonDrinking Tea
emoticon emoticon emoticonEat Raw Veggies with Peanut Butter
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emoticonPray

Week 4: Game Plan for Life ~ Allow some of my favorite 'sweet things' back into my diet this time in MODERATION. If it becomes an addiction my plan is to start over with Week 1 again, I will not beat myself up if I slip!!

I am on week three at this present time and feeling much relieved and thankful for this journey.

I will emoticonpray always in this journey of life!!! With God's help I will live free of this addiction. emoticon emoticon

  
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PATTYCAKE17 4/15/2012 9:26AM

    Your plan is working because you are taking steps to create an alternative plan that will work for you. WW mantra: "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." When I became desperate enough to work the BTD plan I had to eliminate the offensive foods, but needed to have the alternate healthy foods available immediately so to lessen the sense of loss and deprivation. With God's help, all things are possible(do-able!). emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAROLFAITHWALKR 3/26/2012 10:04PM

    Great blog! I do alot of the things you do; I have found fresh whole fruit eliminated sugar cravings.

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NEWLIBRARIAN 3/21/2012 11:12PM

    Ambitious goal. I hope it works well for you.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/21/2012 7:44PM

    Prayer makes everything possible!!! Keep up your great work. emoticon

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ADJQUILTER 3/21/2012 3:29PM

    I especially liked the last item on your list for week 3: emoticon
That's what makes all things possible!
May God give you victory!
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ZELLAZM 3/20/2012 5:26AM

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One step at a time!

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LAYNIE428 3/19/2012 8:11PM

    Sounds like a great plan!!

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VISUALLYRICS 3/18/2012 11:42PM

    emoticon....my kitchen is also full of good clean foods.
I don't keep sugary foods in my house. Such Energy from clean eating is Awesome!

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NELLIEC 3/18/2012 10:56PM

    It does sound like you are progressing!

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