Before you read one more word here, I’m going to do something that will take you away from my blog today. That is risky because you may not come back and I REALLY want you to come back. But I’m so excited about Lysa TerKeurst’s new book, Made to Crave, that I’m going to do it anyway.
Right now, I want you to go visit the brand new Made to Crave website. www.MadetoCrave.org. After you’ve explored over there, please come back so I can tell you about an upcoming online Bible study, taking place right here beginning in January.
So, how did you like it? If you’ve read much from me, you know that food (weight, guilt, etc) has been an issue for me practically my entire life! I’ve tried numerous food and diet plans, most of which worked. The only problem was that later, when I finished the plan, went through a difficult time in my life, or just reverted to old ways, the weight would come back. Then guilt sets in. Then I set new goals and repeat the vicious cycle. Not only is this unhealthy, but it’s also frustrating and defeating. And I’m pretty sure God doesn’t want me living me life this way.
Confession: I have craved food more than God.
Confession: I have enjoyed a bowl of ice cream when I was sad, even though I should have been on my knees in prayer. (I’ve eaten a whole pizza too. And had chips and dip.)
Confession: Food isn’t the only thing I’ve craved more than God. I’ve craved better relationships with certain people in my life.
Confession: I have placed my self-worth in my weight and appearance instead of my identity in Christ.
Confession: I have placed my self-worth in what someone has said to me or about me instead of what God says to me and about me.
Confession: I am sorry for this. And I’m ready to do something about it. A gift to myself right here at Christmas time. I was made to crave something much better.
If you can relate to any of this, maybe you’d like to join me in my very first online Bible Study. If so, I will be your Bible study leader. Not only will I be your leader though, but I’ll be on the journey with you. Together, I’m sure we can accomplish our God-sized dreams and goals. I’ll be here for you and hopefully you’ll be there for me too! Here are the details:
Study: Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food by Lysa TerKeurst
When: January 9-February 19, 2011
This study lasts for 6 powerful weeks.
Participants will need only the book and computer or web access to participate. The book is very thorough and has a Bible study built in. (the other 2 components to this study, the DVD and Participants Guide, are encouraged but not required)
There will be an informative, encouraging, motivating, and challenging message written on my blog every Sunday and Wednesday enforcing the truths and points highlighted in each week of study. There will also be a recorded video message from me at least once a week meant to inspire you in your journey to Crave God.
Participants will stay connected to the author of Made to Crave , Lysa TerKeurst, through her live webcasts taking place each Monday night at 8 pm EST and her new and highly informative Made to Crave website. Lysa has also agreed to do an interview with me on my blog to provide online study participants with exclusive insights just for them!
Ladies participating in this online Bible study, will receive 10% off the purchase price of the Made to Crave Bible study material, if they order directly from Proverbs 31 Ministries. Just call call the office and mention that you are participating in Melissa Taylor’s online Bible study. The toll free number is: 877-731-4663.
This is all you’ll need to get started, but if you think you’ll want a little more keep reading.
Extra: If you think you’ll need a little more, then you’ll want to sign up for the Conference Calls with Melissa portion of this study. Conference calls will take place January 13th, February 3rd, and February 17th at 8 pm EST. Participants who sign up for this part of the study will receive a live message of hope and encouragement from me and personal weekly emails with an outline for the call. We will have special guests join us on some of the calls and there will be a time for Q & A as well as sharing at the end of each call. This is the place you’ll want to be if you desire to hear from your Bible study leader on a more personal level or if you are an auditory learner. Each call will be recorded for listening and download if you have to miss a call or want to take it all in again. There is a suggested fee of $10 to participate in these calls. See the Online Bible Study Info section of this blog if interested in this option.
If you are interested in participating in this study, sign up in the sidebar of this blog or on the Online Bible Study Info page in the space provided. This way you’ll receive updated information about the study straight to your email.
Continue to check the Online Bible Study Info section of this blog for updates and information on this study and future studies.
For those of you who are not interested in the online study, on days when I don’t blog about the study, I will continue to write just like I’ve been doing for the past 3 years, sharing life with you.
I’m so excited about this and I hope many of you are too. I look forward to hearing from you.
Blessings and Love to you from me!