God And A Diet

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 Terkeurst

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.

Lysa’s Blog

Made To Crave Website

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!!!

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  1. Mandy, God is the answer to your desire to be healthy. Bless you and I hope this is a wonderful year for you. sandi

  2. Hi Mandy
    I know the struggle of food . I’m a high fat sweet loving person, like ice cream, pumpkin pie etc. I’m that person. Because of health reasons I’ve had to go on a very strict diet of no sugar, no wheat, no dairy, no eggs. I’ve lost 20 lbs, I’m off half of my blood pressure meds and I’m starting to get my out of control allergies under control. I miss the desserts, the eggs in the morning, the pasta and it’s a daily struggle for me. What is good for me is that I only have to feed myself so I only have in my home foods I can eat. I wish you the best!

  3. Carrie Lynn says:

    Of course I will join you!!! God’s not finished with us yet! 🙂

  4. We finished the Made to Crave bible study before Christmas. It was great and helped keep me within 3 pounds! I had read the book before but the accountability was a big plus in making it work for me. Good luck love your site 🙂

  5. Thanks for coming by and following. I am going to follow you right back. 🙂

    I tried everything in the world to quit smoking…I had smoked for almost 50 years….that is a LOOOONG time.
    Once I gave it over to GOD, I threw away my last pkg. of cigarettes and never looked back. I could never have done it without HIM.
    I wish you all the luck in you food fight. HE will ALWAYS help us…we just have to ask….and then work hard to get it done.
    hugs, bj

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