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Made To Crave

MTCBook159x237Last week I started the book Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst. My awesome friend, Kat Negrete, asked if I wanted to start with her. I’ve thought about reading this book for years but never have gotten around to it. I want to say it’s because I’ve been busy or I don’t have a lot of time for extra reading with Josiah, work and all the travel I do. But the truth is: I think deep down I knew it would challenge me and make me uncomfortable; and I wasn’t ready for that.

It’s easy to talk about change; to say I’m going to eat better and exercise. The talk is easy, but that’s all it’s been. No one challenges you when you’re eating pizza if you’re saying how you’re starting your diet next week, or you went to the gym every day, so this is your cheat. No one challenges you if you’re talking about how you’re going to try to lose weight, even if you’re not actually doing it. No one challenges you, so the excuses go on and on.

I wasn’t ready to be challenged.

I wasn’t ready to change.

But I am now.

The two things I’m learning from the first few chapters of this book are:

  1. The importance of preparation
    1. When I purposely don’t plan ahead, I am giving myself an excuse to cheat
    2. Planning ahead leaves me the room to enjoy my day without obsessing over what I’m going to eat
    3. Planning ahead sets me up for success
    4. Planning ahead gives me the tools to better combat the excess hunger or food cravings
  2. Praying over cravings
    1. When I stop to pray over a food craving, I’m leaving room for the Holy Spirit to do His job in my heart. I’m giving Him the opportunity to minister to me; to fill the void the craving wants to fill.

I’ve never thought to stop and pray over a craving, whether I’m resisting it or giving in. I’ve just acted. Even after reading it, I’ve had trouble with this one. And of course, this weeks’ sermon was about prayer.

Ok, Lord, I get the hint.

1Thessolonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing. I love the verses before and after:

16: Rejoice Always

17: Pray without ceasing

18: Give thanks in all circumstances

My pastor calls this constant conscious contact. This is my biggest area of opportunity.

I pray for my family. I pray for my ministry. I love to worship and give God praise.

I need to learn to pray for myself; to reach out when I’m craving and invite Him to fill that craving.

So these are my goals right now: plan and prepare my meals better and pray when I feel cravings for junk food.

I can’t wait to see what Lysa has for me in chapter 4.

3 Responses to Made To Crave

  • Cravings are the hardest things to resist because they usually occur when you’re not even hungry!!

  • I have read Made to Crave and found it to be encouraging. Crying out to GOD instead of just crying or eating in times of stress or high emotion does not come naturally to me, but I am able to resist gluttony when I go to Him and the truth of His Word first.

    First Corinthians 10:13 has always been one of those “armor” verses that helps me fight off the fiery darts of the devil. “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man, and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation, will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.” God is so faithful to provide a way of escape for us; we just have to earnestly seek Him.

    What did you think of Ch. 4? Would love to hear your thoughts.

    Thank you for your ministry, Amy, and for your transparency. Let’s pray for one another.

    “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughtout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Eph 4:20-21

  • My friend just gave me this book and lysa’s devotional,and I am only into the second chapter. I have laughed and cried. I’m 63 and have have struggled all my lift with my weight. I feel like God is delivering me of the pains and hurts of the past as I walk this journey. Thank you Amy for sharing your journey about your struggle,it is such an encouragement to me and many others.God bless you

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