Because of last Monday's holiday, I took the week off of posting about my reading through "Made to Crave" by Lysa TerKeurst.1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
I would like nothing more than to not crave things like chips and candy, but it is hard to not crave them because my body knows exactly what they taste like and it likes what it tastes.
In the not so distant past, my body got exactly what it wanted. It wanted chips…no problem, a soda…you’ve got it…my cravings became cemented into my body’s desires. My body got used to these things because I never denied it. At 20 I didn’t need to…I could eat it all and not gain a pound. Now it seems my body will gain a pound when I walk in a room with sweets and treats. And it sill wants what it wants, because I have allowed it. Now I understand that my body truly cannot function well when eating these empty albeit tasty foods. Sure I get immediate satisfaction, but that is followed by not feeling great about myself once that fades, and satisfaction that relies on chips and candy fades fast! In no time at all I not only want more of the same, but it is almost all I can think about until I can get it. And after…when I look in the mirror, I am so not happy that I gave in.
Lysa TerKuerst in her book Made to Crave puts it like this “We consume what we think about, and what we think about can consume us.” I don't want to be consumed and controlled by a candy bar and a bag of Doritos!
So what do you and I do?
Take control of your body. Start replacing the negative foods and thoughts with the positive ones. You can’t eat chips if they aren’t around. Get healthy options in the house and prepack them up to be more convenient.
Ask God for help in this fight. This is probably the part where I have been the weakest. I have been able to go to God in prayer for healing, for safety, for my family and for others, but I actually never went to God for my battle with food. When I think about it, I am not sure if that is because I have felt that this is something I should be handling on my own or do I really want God to get involved? Am I really read to release this issue with food to my creator? I am ready and relying on this verse this week: Matthew 26:41 says this: “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
I would love if you would join me on this journey. I can use all the tips I can get!