Mar 6

Made to Live

“Whether we’re on the path toward victory or defeat is determined by the very next choice we make. Not the choices from yesterday. Not the choices five minutes ago. The next choice. Our very next choice. May it be that of an overcomer. An overcomer made to crave God alone.”

Those are the final thoughts Lysa TerKeurst leaves us with in her book Made to Crave.

Many of us began our Made to Crave journey with high expectations and high hopes. We were empowered that first week and even sang about it:  I Got Da Powah!   One of the reasons so many women signed up for the Made to Crave Bible study is because they were looking for freedom from our current craving (most of us food) and more of the desire to crave God. Let’s face it. It sounds good but it’s easier said than done. What I loved most about Made to Crave is that author, Lysa TerKeurst agrees with us. She was so open and honest, often sharing what seemed an embarrassing or unthinkable story. But truly it’s her honesty with this issue that is so helpful. Instead of our main goal being to weigh our ideal goal weight or become our ideal dress size, our goal is peace.

Made to Crave is a great launching pad. We know we were made to crave God. Now we have amazing verses and go to scripts (all provided in the book) to equip us when we forget that.  I pray you will not look at this as an ending to a study, but more as a part of your life journey. Take the nuggets of Truth and apply them to your life, take them with you. God’s Word never expires. The book, Made to Crave may go on the shelf, but the Bible should remain in your heart, visible in your life, easy to get a hold of. The Bible has life giving principles and truths for our lives because we were made to live. Live for Him.

As you move from this study to your next step (personal study, group study, whatever it may be), remember Lysa’s final words, “Whether we’re on the path toward victory or defeat is determined by the very next choice we make.”  What’s your next choice going to be?  You were made to live, so make sure you live well. Physically. Emotionally. Mentally. Spiritually.

In John 10:10 Jesus says, The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

As we move forward, may we remember…think about our next choice (don’t let that thief steal your joy by reminding you of the last bad one) and live your life well, to the full!

I love you ladies! I wish I could personally sit with each of you and get to know you. Your comments, encouragement, and prayers have been the highlights of many days. You have blessed me and blessed each other with your love and support here on this blog. What you say matters and I appreciate and read every single comment. Love you!

If I can help, assist, or pray for you ever, please email or call me at the P31 office. I consider you my friends and I’ve such a great time doing Made to Crave with you!

God Bless you all!





  1. Terri Lyons says:

    Thank you so much Melissa for heading up this online study. My life will never be the same and I am most grateful for that!
    I wish I could sit with you too, face to face, and chat. I feel like we have been friends for a long time. One of these days we will get to be together in Glory!
    Thank you again! I look forward to other online studies with you and more of your blogs.
    Terri Lyons

  2. Thank You so much Melissa for all you do for all of us! A big thank you to the behind the scenes people that also do so much for all of us. I’ve learned alot from the Made to Crave study & now it’t time to start applying all of my newly found knowledge to my everyday life on consistent basis. Yep, you guessed it, I slipped a little bit here & there over the last 6 weeks & now it’s time for me to get back on track with choosing God over my cravings. It’s been a great journey that I plan to stay on.
    I can’t wait for the next study!!!

    • AbigaiL says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more, Tricia! I am now after a bad day and learning what it means to make the next choice one that will honor God. And me too, I want to stay on this journey! I loved this challenge to live how we were made to live. May we crave Him more and more and may it be all for His glory!
      Thank you Melissa and the team, thank you all, ladies, you were an encouragement to me!

  3. Cindy Francis says:

    Thank you for all the encouragement through this study. It was my first but certainly not my last. I’ve enjoyed each post, photo (esp. the Disney trip ;)) that you and the others in my group have shared. It is so comforting to know I’m not alone in this struggle.
    Thanks again. Maybe the next time I’m in Charlotte….

  4. I also loved doing this study with you. I am catching up fast to the end but have grown in Christ so much more then before as well. After this I will be doing Confident heart and Wendy’s next study hidden joy- I think im ready for that again as so many things have come up that have me in a dark corner. I love how the p31 studies all roll right into the next.

    Thank you Melissa God bless you sweet sister for all you do.


  5. Fran

    I have been on this Journey since January of 2011 when I heard Lysa on Focus on the Family. Made to Crave bible study has spoke truth into my heart, and I will never be the same. I have lost 65lbs, by Gods power. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead. Isn’t that exciting.

    Thank you Melissa for your labor of love. Fran Coyne

    • Sarah Rose says:

      I love that claim too! That the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power we have for life, weight loss, whatever! That has been a life changing thought for me! :)

    • That IS exciting, Fran!! AMEN!!!! 😀

  6. Thank you so much Melissa! This has been a good journey and I am going to keep going, one healthy choice one minute at a time! I am back down a size and my summer clothes fit, so I want to keep it going! Loved being able to try on my capri’s and have them feel baggy! Thank you to you and Tricia, our facebook group leader for all of the support, prayer and friendship! Hugs to all of you ladies, you can do it!

  7. Alexandra Ritnam says:

    Dear Melissa,

    This is my first time here, and I believe that I am not accidently here. Jesus brought me here, and Wow! I feel so alive and cant wait to learn and get to know each and everyone of you. I am from micronesia, from this tiny island call Yap. Maybe you’ve heard about it, maybe you havent…but that’s not important. What’s important is I am here and ready to be with you in Untroubled Heart. I am a woman of many fears, and by God’s grace I have found you, and by Gods grace may i be a tool for Him. May He use me to reach others in my community too, suffering from the same inflection. Praise God, for His endless love and mercies.