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Made to Crave Week 2: From Desperation to Determination
This week’s reading was quite challenging, in a good way. There were three big lessons learned, but before I get into this week’s reading, let’s recap from last week.
So how did it go? Did you feel empowered? I have to admit I started the week off great, then one unhealthy food choice led to another, and another, and another, and… well you get the picture. I did pray when some of those food cravings came, but only towards the beginning of the week. I started to justify myself by saying things like… “It’s only one scoop of ice cream!” Obviously since I was focused on this study, I have become very aware of the negative cycle that I am in.
Last week’s word was Empowered (which I need to work on with the Lord’s help!). This week the word is Determination. To be specific- Holy Spirit Empowered Determination, not self determination.
The 3 main lessons that I took away from this week’s reading were:
- Create a plan of what to eat
- Seek accountability
- Remember who I am and what I was made for
Let’s talk about those three specific insights.
Plan of what to eat
Lysa challenges us to create a plan of what to eat before the day begins, that way you already have options in your mind, and refrigerator, of things to eat when you get hungry. I am about half way there.
I plain in detail what we will eat for dinner every night of the week. I know what foods to buy to make Silas and Amelia their meals, and I have a basic plan for breakfast and lunches. What I need to work on is making a plan of what I will eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as snacks.
Having accountability is important in any healthy lifestyle changes, but also important when you need a reminder of why you should not be eating that second brownie (or what ever else your taste buds so desperately crave).
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. ~ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
When we seek out accountability, we are stronger. We have help when we need it, encouragement, and strength in fighting off those cravings.
I have two ways that I am being held accountable. One is through my husband. I always share with him what I would like to remove from my life (in terms of food here), and ask him to keep me accountable. He is pretty good at motivating and encouraging me, he also provides a little comic relief too!
The second way is by sharing my struggles with you. It’s pretty vulnerable to be sharing that I struggle with food cravings, and trying to lose weight to become more healthy. Honestly I don’t think it is talked about enough, especially in Christian circles.
Remember who I am and what I was made for
We were made for more than this. More than this failure, more than this cycle, more than being ruled by taste buds. We were made for victory! ~ Lysa TerKeurst
Having the food plan and accountability will help us succeed physically, but preparing ourselves spiritually is also equally important.
We need to remember our identity, who we were created to be. I loved these identity truths that Lysa included. (Feel free to remove my name and add your name as you read through the list).
- Victoria, the forgiven child of God ~ Romans 3:24
- Victoria, the set free child of God ~ Romans 8:1-2
- Victoria, the accepted child of God ~ 1 Corinthians 1:2
- Victoria, the holy child of God ~ 1 Corinthians 1:30
- Victoria, the loved child of God ~ Ephesians 1:4
These are just a few of the identify statements that were listed in the book. I need to type these out and stick them on my mirror to daily remind myself who I am!
In addition to discovering and embracing our identity in God, it is also important to remember the truth that we were created for more.
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. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. ~ Ephesians 1:17-19
Such an encouraging reminder that we were made to know and crave God. Our true identity rests in Him, not food struggles. Remembering the truth of our identity will help us to be empowered to believe that we live in victory, not defeat.
Living in victory and remembering who we were created to be, tastes so much better than any of those unhealthy treats that we try to justify.
So many great truths and reminders this week in our reading. Next week we will be reading chapters 7-9. It’s not to late to join in. You can purchase a copy of the book here.
I would love to know what you learned or thought was the most challenging or encouraging from this week’s reading. Feel free to leave them in the comments.
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