Isn't that something. Sounds so easy, right?
I have been really enjoying the book Made To Crave by Lysa Terkeurst. So far, it hasn't seemed like the typical weight loss book. Although I am just on the introduction. Anyway, I have read many books on this subject. Some books I have read all of and others, just half. Those that know me well know that is just me. Honestly, I have done so many diets and read so many articles, books and blogs on how to get fit it can make a girl go crazy....all that and have never had any success. I have spent most of my adult life trying to get healthy. And I am still on that journey....hoping for success and trying harder than I ever have before.
So far I have read a few chapters and have really loved what she has said....Her take. In finding your want to (which is just the introduction) I have seen myself. I have read the pages and thought, WOW, that is me. Over and Over. For instance, the days of eating junk food, hiding junk food or buying junk food at the store and then saying, "Another day, another time. I'm doing the best I can." Was I really, I think not. Am I now? It's getting better.
She talked about the journey described in Matthew 19 and how the rich young man who comes to see Jesus explains that he is following all the rules but still feels something missing from his pursuit from God. "All of these rules I have kept," he says to Jesus. "What do I still lack?" (Matthew 19:20) I thought a lot about the moral of this story. I feel that way. I am following all the rules but still feel like I am missing something. Something BIG. If I am lacking, Lord, please help me fill my tank with you and not
I think pleasing God is easy. He is our Father, he loves us more than anything. He wants us to be close to him. I believe that He wants us to do our best to follow Him through prayer and studying his teachings. He wants us to CRAVE Him. One thing that she said that stuck out to me like a sore thumb was that when Jesus says Follow me it is not an invitation to drag our divided heart but to follow him and deny ourselves.
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." Mark 8:34
I can honestly say that this journey is going to be hard. Not the God part because I love Him with all my being, but the food part, now that is another story. Putting my focus on God when I feel a craving come on is going to be a new one for me. Whenever I crave food, I eat it. I've gotta step away from the sugar and put my focus where it should be. On Him. I am ready to break the cycle of diets, find my want to, stop worrying about the scale and to have a healthier relationship with God.