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We have made it to week 4 in our Made to Crave journey and I have to admit that I have been challenged in more ways than one. If you are new, there is still plenty of time to join us. You can purchase a book and study guide here. You may also go back and read the previous posts in the series.
How did last week go for you? Did you use the Healthy Eating Plan? Did it help to plan out your meals before your day began? You can download a plan here if you still need one. I actually closed my pantry door several times and reminded myself that nothing tastes as good as peace feels!
This week we looked at turning our triggers into truth.
I loved how in the video clip Lysa tells the story of her daughter baking a cake, but she pulls it out of the oven before it had time to finish baking. The outside looked done, but the center was not. The cake caved in because it could not withstand the pressure of an undone center- and neither can we. If we only focus on fixing the outside of our bodies (losing weight, exercising, trying to control what we eat, etc.), then we cannot stand against the pressure of our undone centers.
This example really hit home for me. So much of the time I try and control so much outwardly, yet do nothing to fix the inside- my core, my well being, my heart. I can relate to Lysa when she is sitting across from her husband while he is eating dessert and she is crying out on the inside, “It’s not fair!” It would be so much easier if food wasn’t one of my weaknesses. I love this verse:
But Jesus said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, than I am strong. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:9-10
Paul has his own set of struggles (as we all do!), but instead of complaining and lamenting how life isn’t fair, he finds his hope and strength in Jesus.
His grace is sufficient for us, His power is made perfect in our weaknesses. He hasn’t left us alone to fight this battle on our own!
I’ll admit, that in a world filled with so much heartache and struggle, sometimes it feels silly to be telling God about my food struggles, but He does care. Anything that takes our focus off of Him, He is fighting for us to remove them and place our focus back on Him.
What really was helpful this week in learning to fight off those food struggles was the assignment that Lysa gave in the book about replacing our old lies with new lies. Turning those triggers into truths. Here is one that I wrote out this week:
Old Lie: Those salty chips taste so good. I have had a long morning with the kids and I deserve a treat to help me get through the afternoon.
New Truth: Those chips may taste good while I am are eating them, but they will not give me the strength and endurance I need to be able to care for my children and enjoy our time together this afternoon. Only God can provide all that I need. Through His strength I will not only survive this afternoon, but I will thrive!
Favorite Verse: And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all fullness of God. ~ Ephesians 3:17-19
This exercise really helped me to identify those lies that Satan keeps whispering in my ear, but now I replaced those old lies with new truths and scripture. When I am feeling weak and ready to cave in and make an unhealthy food choice, I am empowered now to remember these truths.
How about you? Did you have a chance to write out your truths to replace your lies? If you feel comfortable, please share them with us in the comments. It is always so great to hear from others and to help empower each other through God’s truths.
Next week we will be reading chapters 13-16 in Made to Crave and I am so excited to keep digging into this study and listening to the truths that God has for us. I can’t wait!
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