Monday, January 10, 2011
Made to Crave
I'm a part of an online prayer/accountability group. It started with the Good Morning Girls website that my friend Toni suggested to all her facebook friends. I sent out a message looking for a few girls to join together with and our little group was formed. It is a small group of three - but that works for us. We message one another daily(ish) and share what we have been reading and learning in the bible as well as any prayer requests that we have. While we got a little out of the groove over the holidays we are eager to get back on track together.
We decided to read a book together. I got Lysa TerKeurst's book Made to Crave for Christmas and thought it would be a good one to read and discuss together. Then we found out that Lysa will be doing a webcast every Monday through February 14th.
I've struggled with a love-hate relationship with food basically my entire life. I like to cook, I love to eat, but I hate the scale!! Food issues are not like smoking or drinking - those things you can cut out completely. But we need food to sustain us... so we have to eat... but what do we eat? And why do we choose the things we eat? Am I eating because I am hungry or because I am bored? There are so many questions I have asked myself about my food choices and what I can or should be doing to become a healthier person - both for myself and for my husband and children. I have lots of examples around me in friends and family members - both good and bad examples.
In Lysa's book she talks about how for so many of us its more of a heart issue than a food issue. Instead of turning to God for comfort and strength we turn to food to meet those needs. But it is a vicious cycle to be on because my eating often hurts my body, causing me to be lethargic, tired, and eventually overweight and unhappy.
I hope that through reading this book with my girlfriends I can regain control of my eating habits, refocus my attention on Him and build my relationship first with God and then with my Good Morning Girls as well.