Did that header get your attention? You’re wondering what God has to do with a diet? Stick with me while a share with you what I’m doing for ONE of my 2012 Resolutions.
If you read my “About Me” you’ll see that I shared with the world (yikes) that I have been on a diet my whole life. This has been an ongoing battle for me. High blood pressure, heart disease and cancer runs in my family. I lost my father 6 years ago due to complications from Diabetes Type 2. I look back now and understand that my father used food to make him happy. He ate when he was sad, anxious, and angry. I do the same thing.
Food is my idol.
Every diet I’ve ever been on I say, “Okay, this is it…I’m going to do it this time.” OR “Well I’ll just have this (insert sugar/flour item) and then I’ll start on Monday.” Does this sound like you? Do you lose the weight and then find yourself going back to the same terrible habits and before you know it the weight is back?
After years of doing this, it dawned on me today that I have relied on MYSELF to win the battle over food…I won’t win this battle by myself… So now, I’m turning to God. I cannot rely on my husband to do it, my kids to do it, or my mother to do it. I can’t do it. But, I believe that God can.
Is my issues with food something that will just go away? Of course not. I will have to live with it the rest of my life. Will it be drudgery? I sure hope not. I’m praying it will be kind of like when I quit smoking. It got easier over time….and I thought less of lighting up that cigarette and pretty soon I liked how I felt. FREE from something controlling me. FREE from knowing that every time I lit that cigarette I was harming my body. Aren’t I doing that with food? It’s definitely controlling me and most definitely harming me.
Have you heard of the book “Made to Crave” written by Lysa Terkeurst?
Lysa is the President of Proverbs 31 Ministries. She is an amazing and funny speaker. Guess what? She has a battle with food. Guess what? She has conquered the battle!
Lysa writes, ” So, the cycle continued day after day, week after week, year after year. A whole lifetime could be spent making excuses, giving in, feeling guilty, resolving to do better, mentally beating myself up for not sticking to my resolve, feeling like a failure and then resigning myself to the fact that things can’t change.”
Today, Lysa can say that she has lost her weight. But most importantly she says her soul feels free. She is amazed that she ever tried to satisfy her taste buds over satisfying her desire to break free from all the guilt, all the destruction, all the defeat.
Did I wet your appetite for wanting something other than food? Will you join me in a Made to Crave Bible Study? If so, head on over to Melissa Taylor’s blog and sign up for the “Made to Crave Bible Study” that will be starting on January 16th.
Once you are on Melissa’s blog, scroll down and on the right side you will see where you sign up. You can go to her blog daily for the Made To Crave homework assignment or you can sign up for email (with the homework) that will be delivered to your in-box! It’s that simple.
If you have questions, here is a link that explains a bit more than what you have read here.
What do you need to participate in this bible study? A Made to Crave Book and Internet Access. That’s it!
I pray that God speaks to YOU and ME and that we can make the commitment to fill ourselves up with God and not food.
Let me know if you will be joining me!
A – M – E – N!!!