I haven't forgotten about my whole Made To Crave deal. I should have never said I would do posts about what I read because I am a s-l-o-w reader. Ok, maybe not slow, that sounds like I have a reading problem. The deal is just that I just don't have the time. I have been carrying around this book in my purse for weeks thinking I can read a little in the car line or sitting at the ballpark waiting for the game to start but that hasn't happened. Things happen and life happens way too fast. Then at night I try to read a few pages and fall dead asleep. It's a sad story.
FYI...I am on chapter 8....so I guess that's not too shabby.
Ok, so let's see...
I loved the title of chapter 1...WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON HERE? Do you know how many times I have asked myself that same question? Every morning when I get up I am pretty sure I say that to myself in one way or another. Especially when I try to put on my skinny jeans. Who named those anyway? Skinny jeans? Please.
She talked a lot about the dreaded hunger pang. (BTW, who knew it was pang and not pain? It's always been a pain in my book.) She reminded me of a commerical that I remember seeing long ago with a orange monster chasing around a woman tempting and taunting her with foods that she knows aren't healthy. Just trying to sabotage her. Dumb orange monster. Oh y'all, I have met him. The commerical is a good reminder of how it feels to be harassed by cravings of sweet and salty yummy-ness all day long. It's exhausting.
Also, she helped me see that we do crave certain things. That its only natural. That I am not losing my mind. We just need to choose the right things. I laughed at one point because she said unfortunately, we don't find fresh fruits and veggies in a nearby vending machine. Wouldn't that be awesome, though? I would love that. I mean I would totally pay $1.25 for some carrot sticks. Maybe.
We were made to crave....long for, want greatly, desire eagerly and beg for....GOD. Not junk food, money or any other things of this world. But, here comes that nasty Satan trying to get us to crave something else. Something that we think might be good and look REAL good but not good for us. He's always playing those tricks on us. We need to focus our eyes on the Father. Things are always better for us when we do.....for that I am thankful.
"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."
1 John 2:15-16
Chapter 2 was all about replacing our cravings. Easier said than done, huh? We do, as humans, tend to rely more on things we can touch, see or feel rather than the Holy One. I am guilty. I would sometimes rather drown my depression in a box of Swiss Cake Rolls than read my Bible. I would want something to fill my tummy and not my heart. Failure. She gave a suggestion....to pray when you crave something that wasn't part of your plan. I love that. I think mine would go something like this...
"Dear Lord, could you please send the Little Debbie guy and the chocolate donut man on a long vacay and let them not make their way to my grocery store? Um, thanks."
It's up to me. It's my life. I only have one sweet and precious life to make the right choices, the right decisions for me. Help me God to be satisfied with YOU in all areas of my life.