Sunday, February 27, 2011

Oh yall.

I am just loving so many moments with this book, yep, talkin' about Made to Crave again. I have underlined and made notes, circled and starred so many things on so many pages of this book . Don't worry this copy is not from the library. *smile*
The neatest thing is that what I am learning applies to so many areas of life.

Here are some neat things:
1. She/Lysa talks about how we are often jealous of the skinny girl that eats and eats and doesn't gain. Or in my case, husband. *wink*
Her response to this thought: " I remind myself that God did not make me to be her." And, "He created my body so that it would experience the consequences of (my) choice, so that I wold continually be drawn back into His arms."
I also am seeing that my body can be a reflection of God's power in my life or lack of it. Based on how it looks when I clearly am healthy enough to do "better".

She quotes a a "skinny" girl who wrote Lysa (the author) her about an eating disorder.  The girl said, "Little is just an image."

I LOVE that! I am not seeking to be "little" or even be to be a certain image that is perfect. I just want my body's health to be a reflection of the self-control God has promised to bless me with as His child. That is, when I let Him into that part of my life. I can honor him with a healthy - not perfect- body.  My body can reflect HIS power in me.

Lysa also tells a story about God pushing her to a point where she had nothing left and HAD to choose to rely on God to take each step. While her struggle was physical I can see that God is pushing me to trust Him in the moments that I am emotional and stressed to the point that I want to eat to relieve that and cannot make the right choice in MY OWN strength. He wants to me to do it in HIS strength. Maybe that is why he has allowed such physical limitations on me right now.  He knew that I could push myself in my own strength pretty far in that department but stress and emotions were where I needed to be pushed.
The time in my life when I was the thinnest. 1993. Was a time in my life that was the most trying for me emotionally that I was forced to live each day, no, correction,  each BREATH in his strength. I was broken inside and He was filling me.  I was not looking to be filled any other way at that time. I lost weight without even trying. Really I was not even trying at that time.
Funny huh? Can I recreate that in my life now? What do you think? Please comment on this post or I will think you skipped it cause it was so long. or you fell asleep.


Anne said...

Hmmm... all good points... though I can't help but wonder where the line is on stress-vs-relying on God to fill you.

I have not generally 'worried' about my weight... but have had heavier and lighter times for sure. The 'lightest' times I have been under stress... SOME of those times I have relied on God... other times I was just not talking care of myself. I've gotta say... I will happily buy a bigger size of jeans than to carry those crosses again.

Right now I'm in a 'heavier' than normal place...and really want to CRAVE God and his way...and not the comfort that food can bring. It is also going to require me grabbing life and living actively ~ every day.

The gospel spoke to me today...deeply...

Matthew 6:33-34
Therefore, seek first the kingdom of God and his justice, and all these things shall be added to you as well.

Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow; for the future day will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its evil.

Cathy said...

I've got that book on my Kindle but haven't started reading it yet. Sounds like I need to.

ShalomSeeker said...

Didn't skip it. ;o)

I've been hearing good things about this book, but I haven't gotten a copy yet. I did appreciate the quote you gave about a body that requires me to be drawn back into His arms. In so many ways, yes. I struggle so much with physical 'stuff'--whether it be losing/maintaining my weight or health issues--and I sure have been guilty of wanting to be/have "what others have." But this is His gift to me: required dependence. I'm not sure I'm *totally* grateful for that yet, but I know it is good, 'cause it flows from His good hand.