THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!
“Everything is permissible” but not everything is beneficial. 1 Cor 10:23
I have shared with all of you before that I am an addict, though not in the stereotype of the word. I am addicted to food and unhealthy eating. While I am not addicted to drugs and alcohol, I can guarantee you, if I allowed myself to use those things, I likely would be. Due to my past (alcoholic father), I have stayed away from those things.
This Christmas Eve I received an early Christmas “gift” from my doctor. A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. Sigh… Yes, I said it. I have been mulling over when, if, how to tell you all. If you all know me, I’m not a real secretive girl. Still, the diagnosis comes with shame (though I have been told the diagnosis doesn’t always come because of weight issues alone, I have had issues with my blood sugar my whole life and knew I’d likely become diabetic).
I am ashamed of my weight and I am ashamed of my diagnosis. So while others have made New Year’s resolutions because they want to, I have made a lifestyle change because I have to. Because my life now depends on it.
When I saw the chance to review Lysa TerKeurst’s new book, Made To Crave, I jumped on it! I am so very thankful I did too. Her book is so full of helpful insights and she is able to clearly say, what I have said before and haven’t totally been able to follow through on!
“We were made to crave — long for, want greatly, desire eagerly, and beg for — God. Only God.”
Every single one of us has a God given craving for Him. However, most of us will find another way to try to fill our void: drugs, alcohol, sex, nicotine, love, and food. If you have a craving for something other than Him, can you ask yourself this question?
“Is it possible we love and rely on food more than we love and rely on God?”
Yes! I hate to admit it but I know it’s the deep, ugly truth. I love food. Don’t we all? Some of us go beyond just having a bite or two, to indulging more than we should. I love with food. I party with food. I get down in the pit and pout about with food. I comfort with food. I plan my life and day around food. Do you?
Now, the irony of it all is that I now have to plan my day around food and being sure I am eating what I should and keeping my blood sugar controlled. I am determined to do this with diet and exercise alone, hopefully forever. So far, so good.
While everything is permissible, not everything is beneficial. Can I eat that bowl of ice cream? Yes, I can. Is there any benefit to it, other than a momentary sugar rush and taste bud tingle that doesn’t last? How much is your craving costing you? Mine is costing me my life. Sound mellow dramatic? Not really, think about it. From over eating, I can die from heart disease. Heart disease runs rampant in our family. Diabetes increases the risks. So yes, it could cost me my life. Sure makes me rethink how badly I really want that ice cream, or pizza, or any other unhealthy item.
Are you on a weight loss journey? Trying to eat healthy? I would love to host an online bible study on my Facebook Fan page. Check under the discussions tab and join in on the conversation. Grab a copy of Lysa’s book, Made To Crave and let’s make God what we crave most, instead of food or another idol.
You can also tune in tonight for a Made To Crave webcast, totally free starting at 8pm EST.
Get your own copy of Made To Crave! We are giving ONE Made To Crave book away to one lucky reader! To enter, just leave a comment! That’s it. I will draw and contact the winner on Monday, January 24th at noon.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!
PS – Forgot to mention I’ve now lost 10 pounds! If anyone is interested in a raffle to win the DVD set, please come join my Facebook fan page and let me know 🙂 Raffle tickets would be $1 each.