Thursday, January 10, 2013

What Do I Want to Crave?

~~ 1 Corinthians 6:19 (NIV84) ~~  Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own


Photo by Carley Cooper.  All rights reserved.

We started Lisa Terkeurst's Made to Crave study at the ladies bible study group at church this week.  I had a couple of realizations that resulted.  First, that emotional eating is beginning to be a problem for me for the first time.  The other half of the issue is that I've noticed myself feeling a little disconnected from God; or maybe it's that I'm craving Him more.  I just know that my prayer life isn't as up to snuff as it used to be.

Ah-Ha!  A Light Bulb Moment

My big insight was to wonder if these two things are connected.  Is my need for more of God being materialized in the form of emotional eating?  Am I craving what I should be craving; God instead of food?  As always, God has brought the perfect bible study into my life at the exact time when I needed it.

God Never Misses a Beat

He does that with everything but it never ceases to amaze me that God doesn't miss a detail.  Everything is important to Him, no matter how small my need, He cares about it.  Thinking about this makes me think about other things in my life; like my longing for a husband... someone to love and be loved by.  It makes me more excited about the future, what 2013 has in store for me.  I really believe this will be an exciting year for me.  I know I've said this before, but it deserves repeating... being a Christian is not restrictive.  It's freeing and adventurous.  Whoever said being a Christian was boring doesn't know how to be a real Christian.

God Cares About Your Health

This study is no doubt something God wants me to do.  He wants me to focus more on my health.  So I should; after all my body is His temple.  He deserves for it to be healthy.

What is it that you’re craving?  God or food, or something else?  Are you willing do what it takes to make your body strong and healthy for Him?

Just before leaving for bible study, I got this prayer as part of a comment left on one of my blogs.  It fits perfectly, if you’re struggling and need some help from God.
~~ Heavenly Father , please help me to uphold my commitment to gaining positive health. Transform my thinking about food at a pace that is right for me so that I make choices that are consistent with weight loss and gaining health. Clear my mind of dieting and nutrition dogma that confuses, misleads me and cause me to not be as healthy as you have desired for me when I was just a thought in your mind and before creation of me in my mother’s womb. Order my footsteps so that I avoid eating out of control and to eat only when I am actually hungry and in need of fuel. Order my steps so that I resist the urge to eat when I am not hungry. Encourage me, Lord through your grace and merciful love, when I am down, afraid, angry, or any non-positive emotion to be honest with myself when it is difficult. Help me to forgive myself and others for any past indiscretions that I absorbed that have led to my weight gain. Help me Father to feel comfortable and satisfied in the shape that I am now and the resultant shape and size that you have for me. Fill my mind with truth and guide my footsteps in the best way to gain health, lose excess weight and glorify you. Thank You for Your endless mercy and grace. Amen. "
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42 comments:

  1. I followed your link from Spark. My experience with what I used to think was emotional eating is that it was instead physically based. The foods that God gave us have been dramatically changed from what they were originally. This is true in particular for modern wheat but also for fruits and veggies that are bred selectively for high sugar content. Eating a low-carb diet eliminated all food cravings for me and getting all the carbs I do eat from veggies and few fruit while skipping all grains, legumes and sugar was part of that.
    What God made was good, but whenever people think they have a better idea they ruin it.

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    1. I think you hit the nail on the head. People always think they know better than their Creator. Thanks for sharing. Many blessings to you. HUG

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    1. Thanks for reading. Many blessings to you. HUG

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  3. DAWNDMOORE40January 10, 2013

    Thank you for sharing God's wonderful words of wisdom with SP Prayer :-D us! I really needed to hear his word! It is awesome how he always knows exactly what we need to hear on a particular day! Amen!

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    1. Thanks for reading. God is good. Many blessings to you. HUG

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  4. Doing a You Version devotional right now called Made to Crave.....will probably do this one over and over this year until it REALLY sinks in!

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    1. I love studying God's Word. I hope your studies are a blessing to you this year. HUG

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  5. Your blog title - "What Do I Want to Crave?" - is really enlightening, Carley. Indeed, when we have some kind of craving, what are we looking for - and how often do we misinterpret the signals?

    Thought-provoking, hon, as always!

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    1. Thanks Kasey. I get that alot - people telling me that I make them think. I'm thankful for that because it helps me to know that my work is accomplishing something good for God. Many blessings to you. HUG

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  6. My wife and I have started a 2 week starter diet, 4 days now into the plan, and I have lost 8 lbs and am curving my cravings. Thanks CARLEY! Vic.

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    1. That's awesome! God's blessings come in all sorts of ways. Many blessings to you. HUG

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  7. I agree that God is always on target with what we need at the moment!

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    1. Thanks for the comments. God is good. Many blessings to you. HUG

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  8. Yes, our craving should be for God!

    I suppose you saw on the news that emotional binge eating is now classified as a mental illness. I thought that is very interesting since perhaps techniques to help will be developed by the community of psychologists (some of whom may have to face their own binge eating).

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    1. You make some very interesting points Nellie. You've given me something to think about. Many blessings to you. HUG

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  9. CYCLINGSANDYJanuary 10, 2013

    Amazing! I am doing the You Version Made To Crave devotional too. I am on day 11 and loving it to start my day.

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    1. Wow. That is amazing. It seems the You Version is popular. I hope it brings you blessings. HUG

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  10. Carley, Thank you for sharing this blog with us. If you read my "Struggling" blog today, you will see it was/is a word in due season for me. You are not alone! I struggle with emotional eating too. I would like to read that book you mentioned. I will check and see if the library has it.

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    1. Thank you for reading and thanks for the encouragement. You are a blessing. Many blessings back to you. HUG

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  11. Enjoyed the blog!!!

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    1. I'm so happy that you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for reading, and for the encouraging comment. Many blessings to you. HUG

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  12. Carley, I just finished reading your blog post and found it very interesting and many parts a blessing. Thanks for sharing your heart with us. Kim

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    1. I'm so happy that you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for reading, and for the encouraging comment. Many blessings to you. HUG

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  13. What I crave for is a more deeper personal relationship with my Father God and my Savior Jesus Christ,this is what I so desperately crave. I have been saved by the Blood of The Lamb and I have been Baptized in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, yet I feel that,even though I read God's Holy Word, talk with Him and do devotionals and meditations. I still feel like I'm missing something else that I should be doing. I just don't know what that "something else " is "sigh"

    John14:1

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    1. Thank you for reading, and thank you so very much for sharing. Many blessings to you. Keep faith. God is good. HUG

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  14. 63KEEPONGOINGJanuary 10, 2013

    I can't believe you are saying the same thing that I am feeling. Everything you said applies to me. I even do a jail ministry on Friday with some precious female inmates.

    Maybe, it is spending more quality time in prayer with our Lord. Do you think?

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    1. Quality time in prayer will always result in many blessings. Thanks for reading. Many blessings to you. HUG

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  15. Thank you. Wonderful link!!!

    "Made to Crave" is becoming very popular w/ Sparkies. :-)

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    1. Thank you for reading. I'm very happy that you enjoyed it. Many blessings to you. HUG

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  16. Craving the Deepness of God, craving the knowledge and security of the Word.

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    1. Thank you for reading. Many blessings to you. HUG

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  17. SCORPION1352January 10, 2013

    Are you kidding I NEVER crave what I should , but with the help God my cravings are just exactly what they should be.

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    1. Thanks for sharing. Many blessings to you. HUG

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  18. I have done The Made To Crave Bible Study also. I am learning to crave GOD more. However, I am still craving food at times when I should be going directly to HIM. I am learning though and getting better at going to HIM.

    GOD BLESS!
    Louise

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    1. Thank you for reading, and for sharing. Many blessings to you. HUGS.

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    1. Thank you. Many blessings to you.

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  20. QUENNEVILLEJanuary 13, 2013

    enjoyed reading this Carley

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    1. Thank you. Many blessings to you.

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  21. GRANDMABABAJanuary 13, 2013

    Crave the Lord, Amen!

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    1. Thank you. Many blessings to you.

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