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Friday, August 10, 2012
Made to Crave
Have any of you read Lysa Terkeurst' book, "Made to Crave"? It is an excellent book to read if you are on a weight loss journey (or even if you are just desiring to get your spiritual life on track).
I thought I would share just a few excerpts today, from the Introduction.
"If you want to be perfect (whole), go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." (Matthew 19:21).
Jesus didn't mean this as a sweeping command for everyone who has a lot of money. Jesus meant this for any of us who wallow in whatever abundance we have. I imagine Jesus looked straight into this young man's soul and said, "I want you to give up the one thing you crave more than me. Then come, follow me." . . .
"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me" (Mark 8:34).
With Jesus, if we want to gain, we must give up.
If we want to be filled, we must deny ourselves.
If we want to truly get close to God, we'l have to distance ourselves from other things.
If we want to conquer our cravings, we'll have to redirect them to God.
God made us capable of craving so we'd have an unquenchable desire for more of Him, and Him alone.
Getting healthy isn't just about losing weight. It's not limited to adjusting our diet and hoping for good physical results. It's about recalibrating our souls so that we want to change - spiritually, physically, and mentally. And the battle really is in all three areas."
This book goes perfectly with my Takin' Care of Mama Journey. As I told you in June, I want to take control of each and every area of my life that I can control. I want to spend more time with the Lord. I want to spend more time exercising. And, I want to get control of my weight. Truly . . . I want to turn all of my cravings towards Jesus. I want to have "an unquenchable desire for more of Him, and Him alone". How about you?
Would any of you like to join me on my reading journey through Made to Crave?