Jan 29

Made to Crave, 2012~Week 3

***Winner of the P31 Woman Magazine give away from Friday’s blog post is:  Amber who posted January 28th at 1:22 pm! Amber, contact me Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org so I can get your information. Congratulations and thank you Heather for your awesome post and the magazine give away!

*Now on to Week 3 of MTC*

Made to Crave is the first of 4 or 5 Online Bible Studies I’ll be leading this year.

If you are interested in learning more about the Online Bible Studies, click here.  All online Bible studies info can be found on that page.

If you’d like to read all the Made to Crave posts so far, look in the right side of this blog.  Just below the Bible Study Sign Up, you will see the word “Categories”. Click the Made to Crave 2012 link below that. You can catch up on what we’ve been doing during the Made to Crave Online Bible Study.

Below you can see an example of how the study works online.

Nearly 9000 of us are growing closer to God each day through sharing life and doing Bible Study together! That is very exciting to me!

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Sunday, January 29, 2011

Well, here we are at the beginning of Week 3 of our Made to Crave study.  I hope that so far you have put a lot more thought and action into your relationship with the Lord. I know I keep saying it, but please don’t lose sight of this one thing: The #1 purpose of this study is to satisfy your deepest desire with God. This study isn’t magical. It’s not a quick fix. It’s not about how much you exercise or lose weight. Just take a quick glance at the chapter titles of this book. Go ahead. Do it now. Don’t you see by the names of the chapters alone that this journey isn’t an easy one. Obedience and discipline take hard work and commitment. I don’t say this to discourage you. I say this to affirm that you will have hard days and even weeks maybe. But in the end you will gain. And this time it won’t be pounds, it will be freedom, victory, courage, and a greater closeness with God. Nothing tastes as good at all that!

My friend Danita shared a song by Mercy Me with me last year during the study. Read these lyrics:

‘You were made for more than this…

You’re beautiful.

You are treasured.

You are loved.

You are His. ‘

Now listen to the song and watch this video. Prepare to be touched by God.


Visit the Made to Crave website to download and print the Fridge sign for week 3. This week’s word is:

PEACE

What a word. Seems I strive so hard for peace. Doesn’t that seem like a oxymoron? Striving for peace?  Why is it that it’s so hard for us to obtain peace? Here’s what I think. It’s there for us, but we refuse it. We choose chaos over peace. We choose not to trust God with the details of our lives and therefore peace does not reign in us. I can say this, because I’ve been guilty of it many times. Too many times. God doesn’t want us to be in turmoil, no matter what our circumstances.

Memory Verse for Week 3

Philippians 4:6-8 says,

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Look what peace does. It guards your heart and mind!!!  Hello? That’s what we need to survive, protection over our hearts and minds. So, ladies, let’s accept the peace we are offered through Christ Jesus,  okay?

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Reading and Homework Assignments for Week 3:

Sunday-Spend some time in prayer for yourself and your study sisters about Week 3.  Share in the comment section of this blog or on the new Online Bible Studies Facebook Page where discussions and prayer requests about Made to Crave are ongoing 24/7.

Monday-Read Chapter 7.  Highlight and take notes as you read. When you get to a Bible verse that Lysa mentions, take our your Bible.  Look up the verse for yourself. Underline it and write “MTC” beside it. Think on the verse or passage a moment. Journal or make a few index cards with Scripture or quotes that will keep you grounded and give you peace******Begin sending Melissa questions for the Friday (or Saturday) Vlog. Email them to Melissa@MelissaTaylor.org. *******I’m so sorry I haven’t vlogged yet! I’ve issues in the vlogging department. I will TRY to get it up this week. Please forgive the absence of the vlog so far!  Life interrupts my plans, I know you understand that.

Monday– *January 30th, 8:00 pm EST, Real, fun, and fabulous, my good friend, DeAnnah Baker. DeAnnah joined us last year on the conference call series and we all fell in love with her. She has been my partner in crime in this journey we call weight loss…and gain….and loss….and gain….etc for years!  We will be blessed by her honesty and her commitment to never give up on healthy living  AND Stephanie Clayton! Stephanie is a professional counselor and also my partner in Online Bible Studies here at P31. Her insight and wisdom are just what we need! Plus she’s doing this with us, she gets it, but also has the psychological twist that may help us understand why we are the way we are. AND Associate Director of YMCA Camp Harrison, Founder of the Women’s Wellness Weekend, Denise Hammond. Denise was caught up for 14 years with an eating disorder that controlled her life. Her story of how God used her mess to bring life to her ministry will amaze and inspire you.

Tuesday-Complete Chapter 7 Reflection Questions.  Read the questions and record your answers in a journal or notebook. Be honest. These are just for your eyes or whoever you choose to share them with. Share as much or as little as you like in the comments section of my blog or on the Online Bible Studies Facebook page.

Wednesday-Read Chapter 8.  Follow the same directions as on Monday.  Check Melissa’s blog for an encouraging mid-week message!  Post a comment to encourage others.

Thursday-Complete Chapter 8 Reflection Questions. Follow the same directions as on Tuesday. Share as much or as little as you like in the comments section of my blog or on the Online Bible Studies Facebook page.

Friday-Read Chapter 9.  Follow the same instructions as Monday and Wednesday.

Friday Vlog!!! Log on to this blog, www.MelissaTaylor.org.  Watch a short video of me answering some of your questions from the week. (Sometimes this post may be on Saturday) ****Hopefully.

Friday Option: If you want to have all your work done before the weekend, go ahead and complete the Chapter 9 Reflection Questions.  Follow the same instructions as Monday and Wednesday.

Saturday Option-If you didn’t do the Chapter 9 Reflection Questions on Friday, do them today.

Okay, that’s it!  Print or “favorite” this page so you can keep up with this week’s study. I won’t be posting the schedule daily, so hold on to this!

EMPOWERED~DETERMINATION~PEACE

 

Remember, you have access to all three. You got da POWAHHH!  Be DETERMINED to stay committed. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. And discover your PEACE in God, because I guarantee you won’t find it anywhere else.

Have a great week!  Keep believing this time will be different!

 

Melissa

Comments

  1. This study is so awesome – GOD is so awesome! I’m also doing this studies with a group of ladies at the YMCA in Cary, NC and the insights have been amazing. I came across a verse yesterday during my quiet time that really spoke to me and thought it might help some of you out there looking for another verse to cling to and memorize. There is such incredible power in God’s life-giving Word.

    My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
    Psalm 63:5
    Blessings on your week, everyone.

  2. Annette Davidson says:

    This study has been so beneficial to me. I am finally understanding what has been missing in all my endeavors. Thank you so much for your leadership in this journey.
    Blessings

  3. Charlotte says:

    I must say that chapter 6 took me a long time to finish because it was super challenging and thought provoking to me. I want to share with my MTC friends some of the things that I have taken from it and still think about.

    Does this desire to please Him with this food battle help me grow closer to Him? YES!!! I must daily and sacrificially lay down my food cross before Him. This sacrificial giving is an act of worship and honor and growth in the Godly characteristic of self control, love for a life of godliness, a joy in being free from food’s overwhelming pull, a peace of God that passes all understanding that I’m not alone in this spiritual battle (with Him and other people), patience with my own shortcomings, kindness to myself when I fail to meet the goals set before me, goodness towards others who share this journey with me, faithfulness towards a healthy lifestyle and this calling God has given to live it, and gentleness towards those that do not and cannot see why I live sacrificially. All in this one choice, God is growing His fruit in me.

    Question 2 asks about self control in other areas of life. Though I am good with things like organization and planning finances, I believe that this will be the other way around where God will use self control in this area to teach me self control in other areas.

    Question 6…….yes, there are foods that I feel as though I can’t deny so I am needing to avoid these foods altogether right now to break the emotional and mental ties I have to them. They are a euphoric, like my drug, though short lived. It seems so unfair to have to do this. Why me, because I want to fit in and be normal with no boundaries. It is a lost comfort and I don’t want to be uncomfortable. It is my friend that has to die. It is angering to think right now that there may be foods that, because of the strong connections when even eaten in moderation that would be best not to have. I want to be okay with those foods and “acceptable” portions of them.

  4. The introduction that is posted today about peace is so true. Peace will guard your hearts and minds according to Philippians 4. Christ left us peace and it is so powerful so we must obtain peace. I am going to share this introduction with some of my sisters in Christ this week.

  5. Juli Danner says:

    Be encouraged! Failure is NOT fatal.
    “…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…” (Hebrews 12:1)
    At the beginning of each New Year, multitudes of people make a resolution to change a particular area in their life that needs improvement. The most common ones are to lose weight, reduce debt, and stop smoking. Most have every good intention to correct the problem, but many give up by February, if not sooner.
    As followers of Christ, often we too set out to renounce particular habits and behaviors, along with solemn promises to embark a more dedicated walk with the Lord. We might pledge to read our Bibles and pray on a daily basis, to faithfully attend church and tithe regularly, or to serve in a particular church ministry or outreach. However, just like the majority of people who break their New Year’s resolutions, we too may have fallen off track, abandoning our commitment and forfeiting the victory we earnestly desired.
    If this sounds all too familiar, today is the day to get back on track! Do not allow the enemy, your flesh, nor guilt and shame to keep you disqualified from that which you wholeheartedly desire. Get back in the race so you can achieve the goals you set out to attain on behalf of God, yourself and others.
    In Proverbs 24:16 we read, “for though a righteous man (woman) falls seven times, he (she) rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.” Refuse to allow the enemy to bring you down into calamity, eliminating you from receiving that which God desires to see you win.
    With determination and self-control, realistic goals, continuous reliance on the Holy Spirit, an accountability group (if needed), and fixing your eyes on Jesus, you’re on the way to victory. In Hebrews 12:1 we read, “let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Ask God to reveal the ‘weight and hindrances’ that are entangling you. Pray that the Holy Spirit will aid you in overcoming fleshly desires and the works of the enemy so you can come out a winner. Remember, it is never too late to get back on track, become victorious in all that He seeks to accomplish in and through you, and pass some of your victory unto others that are struggling.
    Heavenly Father, pardon me for my shortcomings. May Your Holy Spirit empower me to live a victorious life that brings honor and glory to Your name. May I run this race with perseverance in hopes of bringing others into victory lane as well. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen
    Question: Is there a certain area of weakness you have been battling?

  6. I wish I could etch Chapter 7 on my heart. <3 I am blessed. This chapter was taken straight out of my life. God, thank you for showing me this and your love. Thank you Melissa for this study!

    • Melissa N. says:

      I feel the same way! So many points just hit my heart and will stay there! What a wonderful journey we are on!!!

      • Charlotte says:

        I was just about to say the same thing. What I particularly enjoyed about it is focusing on my identity. For me it’s not a matter of the numbers on the scale, because right now I choose not to weight and focus only on the positive choices that I’m making in this day rather than a number, and I also go by how my clothes fit. I can be blessed by the positive choices I made today and not because a number did or did not change. For me, the challenge is the other debilitating statements that I mull around in my head that hurt how I see myself and the choices I am making. I see the bad things instead of the good. Now I can be reminded even more so of 2 Corinthians 10:5 and, as Lysa said, “We can literally say to a comment or a thought that presents itself to us, “Are you true? Are you beneficial? Are you necessary?” And if the answer is no, then we don’t open the door of our heart. We make the choice to walk away from the comment and all the nagative thoughts it could harvest if we let it in.” I pray today and each day after this that I allow only truth to reign in my heart and mind, especially on the toughest days when this journey gets hard.

  7. Sarah Humes says:

    The Mercy Me video really touched my heart. I’m a little behind on my “assignments” so I’m publicly declaring today catch up day. I had to mull over Chapter 5 a little bit longer than most people I think! Feeling really blessed and SUPER EXCITED about the conference call tonight! :)

  8. Has the info more the call been sent out through email yet?

  9. I really enjoyed chapter 7, and p70 she writes “progress is good” I think it is easy to get bogged down in the challenges and failures and disappointments, but we should be thankful for each small step, each time I walk away from a treat I was reaching for, each time I actually find enough minutes to get some exercise in the day . . .

    Also, I am NOT a NUMBER or a SIZE . . . I am a child of God with worth simply because I am His . . . this gives me hope and confidence and peace in Him.

    I am trying to seek Him more and more so that I may know Him more and more and act more like Him. Praise God for this study and each of working to grow in faith!

    • Charlotte says:

      I love how you reiterated the point of being thankful for each small step. My friend always tells me, when I’m having a rough go that “I am better today than I was two weeks ago!” I may not be there yet, but I can rejoiced and be blessed that I am changing….one small step at a time.

  10. Melissa N. says:

    Chapter 7 really hit home for me! The number on the scale, is just that, a number…it doesn’t define me. I’m a loved child of God, and I have worth by just being His child! I have struggled with the comments of others (and sometimes still do), but this chapter really opened my eyes to this…that I don’t have to let those things into my heart…I cultivate and harvest what I let in…I want to cultivate and grow a closer walk with Christ and to find peace in Him! He who knew this journey would be one that I’m on, He who loves me for me!

    I pray daily for each of you along this journey! Praising Him for the victories, convictions and the opportunity to be on this road!

  11. l personally have never owned scales. l know people who jump on the scales twice daily and then if the numbers arent great they feel terrible and then proceed to eat. l feel a person will know how they are doing by the way their clothes fit and the way they feel.(more energetic). That to me is positive.
    So ladies get rid of those scales and trust God to do the weighing and by that l mean by how well we are becoming closer to him and not a scale.

    • Charlotte says:

      I do have a scale but i don’t use it at all because I feel for myself that it’s more of a hinderance than a help. As I stated above, I too go by how my clothes fit, but more so by being able to look at a day and say that I did in fact make positive changes and honored God by doing that.

      • I have put my scale away for the remainder of this study…I may take it to Goodwill after reading your posts. : D

    • There is a scale at my parents house, but I hardly ever use it. I don’t have a scale in my apartment, and I don’t have plans to buy one. I feel that too often stepping on the scale makes me feel bad because I don’t see myself as a girl who weighs as much as the scale says I do. I feel that gauging my progress by how my clothes fit is a much better way for me to stay positive in this journey, and already I am starting to notice a change.

  12. “I am a Jesus girl who can step on the scale and see the numbers as an indication of how much my body weighs and not as an indication of my worth.”

    This is a great truth that this Jesus girl needs to remember.

  13. Ursula Hird says:

    Thank you for the memory verse. I needed it. And I loved the way The Message Bible adds to it -“let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers” For me that’s turning my cravings (and my worries into prayer) and it continues with “and before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worrry (cravings) at the centre of your life.”

  14. I just got through reading Chapter 7 and I’m loving it. I never really called myself a “Jesus Girl” but that’s what I am. I can step on the scale and see the numbers as an indication of how much my body weighs and not as an indication of my worth. I am much more that. I did have family members comment about my weight and how fat I am, and I let it get to me and to my self worth. Now when someone tells me anything, all I can do is not comment and let it shine on. I am more than the number on my scale. I have God with me holding my hand and leading me in the right direction. I do have the power and the determination. Working on the peace!

  15. I am really loving Chapter 7. So much truth. I once let my hair go gray, didn’t like it, and then decided to color it again. A coworker actually told me, “I’m so glad you’re taking care of yourself”. LOL!!! I NEED to remember that if the words aren’t true, aren’t beneficial, and/or aren’t necessary, I do NOT need to let them in!! I’m not quite there with the scale yet…the scale and I have had this love/hate relationship for many years now. I KNOW my body weight isn’t an indication of my worth, but for now I need to keep that sucker put away until I can just walk away from it, too.

    Oh, yeah. I’m letting my gray grow back in, so when I do get down to a healthy weight, I can cut it in a cute short style.

  16. Kristine M says:

    I’m a little behind this week, but I think God may have had a hand on that. Today I hit that number on the scale – the one I can maintain, the one that never seems to go away. But that number does not define me! I really needed Chapter 7 today. I can get passed this number and that number is not who I am.