You know what I mean. Don’t pretend you don’t. We’ve been playing this game for a while now. And now that we’ve committed to do this Made to Crave Bible study together, we better eat all we can while we can. Right?
Oh, how I wish this was a foreign concept to me, but it is so not!!!! I’ve recommitted to healthy living so many times. And each time I do, I have a “start date”. And right before that big life-changing “start date”, I have a big ole binge and splurge. Eat it all. Fried foods. Chocolate. Pizza. Nachos. My last supper. And then I begin the new. I’ve been there done that. So many times.
Many women have emailed me lately that they aren’t sure things will be much different this time around. They’ve been trying for so long to change, can Made to Crave make a difference? Honestly, I can’t answer that for you. But I understand the thoughts. I believe it can make a difference. I have to. After all, isn’t that what hope is all about?
I want to tell you this. We can do it. We can conquer our battle with food, self image, appearance, weight….we can. But not alone. The missing link is not the next best diet or exercise plan. The missing link is our relationship with the Lord and allowing Him to be our everything. Allowing Him to take first place in our lives so that our craving for Him is higher than our craving for the temporary craving of what tastes good. I love God. It’s been so hard for me to face the fact that my problem could be with the fact that I am just so undisciplined. It’s easy for me to just admit that I’m a failure. And Satan loves when I do that. Ladies, DON’T DO IT! DON’T QUIT! THIS IS OUR CHANCE, LET’S TAKE IT!
Confession: Today I gave a friend the gift of some home-baked goodies for Christmas. She surprised me by saying, “Oh wow! What is this? Great, right before Made to Crave you give me temptation.” I responded, “This is pre-Made to Crave food!” After I said it, I realized I didn’t really mean it. I was trying to be funny, but the truth is, I don’t want to bring temptation to anyone. But don’t you know that temptation will keep on following us? Whether it’s Christmas, our birthday, or any other time. We will be tempted. The goodies will always be there in one form or another. We have to decide what we will do with it.
I am so excited to be on this journey with you. I promise to be honest as we move along. And I ask the same of you. We can’t make changes if we aren’t honest. Made to Crave was written out of Lysa TerKeurst’s experience and struggle with food. She is not much different from us. She’s really not. I know her. Well. You may see her as this great author and speaker and President of Proverbs 31 Ministries who’s been on Oprah and is all that. Well, she’s pretty awesome, but I tell you she is just a hometown girl with the same struggles and issues most of us have. She has learned. She has great insight. I’m so excited to be learning under her teaching and sharing of MTC. And I’m honored to have the opportunity to share and study with you.
Get ready ladies. 2011 is a brand new year. Let’s begin to prepare our hearts for a brand new you as well.
So, maybe you are having your “last supper” and livin’ large before the New Year. Go ahead. Enjoy yourself. But at the same time, I urge you not to look at this venture as the end. Look at it as the beginning. New life. New hope. New you. Give God the chance to show you different.
Happy New Year!