Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst

God created us with a longing to be filled. “God made us capable of craving so we'd have an unquenchable desire for more of Him; and Him alone.” We must “make the choice to redirect our misguided cravings to the only one capable of satisfying them...” (16)

Lysa calls us to recalibrate our souls – spiritually, physically, and mentally. It isn't about the scale. It's about the battle that rages in the heart.
The basic question: Do we love and rely on food more than we love and rely on God? We have to be honest and admit we crave food more than we crave God.
We were made for more than satisfying our taste buds. We were made for more so we can know Him better. Lysa encourages us to intentionally position ourselves to experience God. That involves being willing to deny ourselves. She embraces 1 Cor. 10:23, realizing that food is not sinful, but giving up some food may be spiritually and physically beneficial.
We tie our happiness to the wrong thing – food. We must learn to attach our happiness to the only “eternal stability” there is. Satisfied, fulfilled, complete people find their joy in Christ (John 15:9-12). Incomplete people think an accomplishment, a person, a food will fill them up. “Expecting anything outside the will of God to satisfy us is idolatry.” (159)”After all, remember the ultimate goal of this journey isn't about making me a smaller sized person but rather making me crave Jesus and His truths as the ultimate filler of my heart.” (125) “If we fail to understand how to fill our souls with spiritual nourishment, we will forever be triggered to numb our longing with other temporary physical pleasures.” (129)
Lysa has written a penetrating book on the real reason we over eat. She deals with why diets don't work, how to face emotional eating, and thinking life is just not fair! She reminds us that it is not about choosing the right food. It is about living God honoring lives. She has convicted me!

Great resources accompany this book. There is a DVD series as well as a free 21 day devotional you can have emailed to you (see below).

Lysa is the co-founder of Proverbs 31 Ministries.

FREE 21 day challenge:
Author website: http://www.lysaterkeurst/

Zondervan, 213 pages.

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