A Call to Action

A Call to Action

January 9, 2014

“Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.” Romans 14:20a (NIV)

Five years ago I was stuck in a rut of wishful thinking and excuses with my weight. At the beginning of each day I would say I wanted things to be different. I would even make a plan to stop the snacks, increase the veggies, and say “no” to desserts.

But then life would happen, and excuses were plentiful. My resolve would melt away like butter on a hot yeast roll.

The next morning I would get up and weigh myself hoping that somehow, something would have happened over night. Despite my indulgences from the day before, maybe the numbers would have gone down.

But the scale was not impressed with my wishful thinking. It could only tell the truth.

Do you know who I’d get mad at?

God.

I’d beg Him to help me one minute while scarfing down an order of fries the next. And then I’d be doubly mad He didn’t steer my car away from that drive-thru.

I deemed myself a victim of tragic genetics, overactive taste buds, and a stomach that demanded large portions.

What I failed to realize is there was a much more significant issue going on.

More important than the ever-increasing size of my jeans was the deception going on inside my heart. My weight wasn’t God’s curse on me. My weight was an outside indication of an internal situation.

Honestly, I might as well have taken Psalm 23 which talks about the Lord being my shepherd and my comfort and replaced His Name with various foods. I was relying on food to be my comfort, my ever-present help, my guide. Food was the thing that got me through the valleys. It became the friend I wanted to celebrate with in the good times.

I don’t write to point out anyone else’s issue. There are certainly medical and genetic circumstances that can cause weight gain. But I discovered that my issue was spiritual. And no diet would be permanently successful until I got to the root of my problem—craving food more than God.

I desired and depended on the instant high of physical gratification because I hadn’t learned how to let God satisfy my deepest needs. This realization became a call to action.

Maybe something is stirring in your soul. I know this is a tough issue. I’ve walked through the tears and the feelings of failure. But I wanted freedom. And I realized that if I wanted to have my deepest desires met by God and not food, I would need to restore God to His rightful place by changing my old thought patterns. Here are some examples:

Old thought patterns: “I need these chips. I deserve this ice cream. I must have that extra large portion.”

New thought patterns: Chips will only taste good for the moment. But the calories are empty and will do nothing good for my body. 2 Corinthians 7:1 reminds me, “…Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit … out of reverence for God.” (NIV 1984)

This ice cream will give me a sugar high but then I’ll crash and feel terrible. Psalm 34:8 reminds me to get into God’s Word and let it satisfy the hungry places of my soul: “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” (NIV 1984)

This extra large portion will overstuff me and make me feel sluggish. I can’t look to this food to soothe me. Psalm 34:5 says, “Those who look to [God] are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” (NIV 1984)

Learning to do this has been a process that I have to intentionally choose day after day. Eventually, I lost the extra weight. But the real reward was what I gained with Jesus in the process. He became the best part of my journey. And I wouldn’t have missed this new found closeness with Him for anything.

Dear Lord, if this devotion is a call to action that I need to make, please help me. I want to see the root of my issue. I want to learn to crave only You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
If this devotion resonated with you, pick up a copy of Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst.

Join a community of women who are doing a Made to Crave Online Bible Study starting January 19th! Together, we will break the cycle of “I’ll start again on Monday,” stop agonizing over numbers on the scale, make peace with our bodies, replace rationalization that leads to diet failure with wisdom that leads to victory, reach our healthy goals and grow closer to God through the process. For more information, click here.

Reflect and Respond:
Keep a pocket-sized notebook nearby all week. Every time you crave food, ask yourself if you are hungry or if you are craving something else like comfort or peace.

Power Verse:
Psalm 18:1, “I love you, O LORD, my strength.” (NIV 1984)

© 2014 by Lysa TerKeurst. All rights reserved.

  • Elna Nel

    Oh Lysa, as I read this post this morning the tears just wouldn’t stop. It sounds just like me and I’m desperate to crave God more than food. I have signed up for the study and I’m trusting the Lord that this time with His help I am going on a journey with Him and my cravings will stay behind.
    Thank you for being obedient and honest you will never know how much it has helped me already
    Love, Elna

  • My husband, Ron Smith and I finally got an answer from God. God showed us a sign that He has a new adventure waiting in the wings for us- knew it even before we saw any signs …of things changing. We are wanting to ask God whether He wants us to wait on our next adventure, or if we should jump on the opportunity. Me and my husband are looking are going to pray to God tonight before bed about what our next adventure is- when it’s going to be the right time for the adventure to go forth. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food.” Romans 14:20a (NIV)
    God doesn’t want us to tamper with the work He is doing in our life. I ♥ how God has picked me and Ron to go on whatever adventure may be in store for us as 2014 progresses.
    “…Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit … out of reverence for God.” (NIV 1984)
    This verse, to me, is saying that we need to recondition our minds and spirits to do things in a way that is going to glorify God at all times. I know that there’s an answer blowing in the wind somewhere.
    “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” (NIV 1984)
    God gives us a place to be protected from any harm. He knows how to help us make our lives better with His guidance of showing us how to best have a relationship with Him.
    “Those who look to [God] are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” (NIV 1984)
    God has opportunities in life He can control. All we’ve got to do is come to Him in prayer at all times- no matter what is going on.
    “Dear Lord, if this devotion is a call to action that I need to make, please help me. I want to see the root of my issue. I want to learn to crave only You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”Lysa TerKeurst In this prayer, we’re asking God to help us focus only on Him for our spiritual nurishment. God’s ♥ is everlasting at all times. Psalm 18:1, “I love you, O LORD, my strength.” (NIV 1984)
    God knows we ♥ Him, no matter what life throws our way. I ♥ God, and I know that He loves each of us- no matter what we’re going through.See More

    • linda meyer

      yes…… we are temples
      not….. cathedrals

  • Lisa

    How do I sign up and what is the cost?

    • LM

      @Lisa: I know from other online studies the study is free-only cost is the purchase of the book. Usually a notebook/journal is helpful for each study but they should list what you need on the blog of the lady leading the study.

      • Lisa

        Thank you!

    • Tricia

      Lisa, go to the main page of the website and you’ll see a tab for on line Bible studies. You jut put in your email address and your name and you are all signed up! No charges except you need to get the book.

      • Lisa

        Thanks!

  • Brenda

    Your God inspired words are always comforting. Thank you for blessing us with your gift.

  • Catherine

    Thank you so much, it is not food asmuch as the pain meds. I have been masking the pain of my daughter and my mom’s death for years now! It’s been 6 years and it is now time to stop hiding and allow GOD to fill the empty lost feeling I have. Please list me up in prayer!

    • Michelle

      I will pray for you this very moment! Keep searching for God’s comfort and peace.

    • Sara

      I will keep you in my prayers also…. you are more precious than diamonds, the Lord loves you so very much and you have sisters in Christ who are there for you.

    • guest

      God bless and be w/ you Catherine. I hope He heals your broken heart and give you renewed strength to go forward in Him/ and not looking back in want. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
      Bless you very much.

      • guest

        And also, I am so very sorry for your losses.
        He does give strenght, an excessive amount when it’s needed. God bless.

  • Margie

    Reading your words is like seeing my heart on “paper!” Thank you for showing me I am not alone in this battle. I want victory, but really doubt I can do this. I am starting this study with fear of failure looming near. Please pray.

    • Michelle

      I will say a prayer for you this morning. Trust in God’s word.

    • TY

      Margie, I would highly recommend that you check out “Fearless: Imagine A Life Without Fear” by Max Lucado. It is a wonderful book that I believe could help you defeat your inner fears. You can find the book on Amazon for about $10.

      God Bless!

  • Marcia

    I am looking forward to the study on January 19. A year ago I lost 33 pounds. I kept off about 25 of those pounds. Recently I realized that the weight as slowly creeping up on me. I was not exercising as I used to, not having portions and really not eating as I should. Yes, I would say I’ll start on Monday or there was always a reason why I did not exercise. December 28, 2013 I decided that for my health and well being it is time to get serious. This devotion has really opened my eyes to crave more for the Word and not food. I feel that this is going to be the start of something that will help me to overcome the see-saw habits and with the crave for the Word, it will become a lifestyle. Thank you so much Lysa.

  • This morning I was getting ready to read my bible to and up to start my day,but something saying check my fb pages,and this I find your amazing story about losing weight..my Drs keep saying I need to loose weight due to health .on Monday visited my heart Dr. He says I need start loosing 4lbs at least a month,I do agree although have been on a average same weight the past year, needless to say I had gained 3 pounds this check-up….so all week been saying going start measuring my food. I”m a diabetic with 45 carbs per meal before Dr tell me @ eating less and the 4 lbs..OK I pray To God I need your help I cook for my husband who”s died is a very more important task ,due to taking insulin two times a day,I feel he to need to read this as well and do this together, as he like to eat food that are home soul food .not to blame him ,its just way he was raised with eleven chikdren I see how was hard to won’t better even though its all bad for our health….so back to counting carbs, measuring food at each meal..I know we have an awesome God and he will provide these special foods we need to stay healthy…so I need each of you reading this to continue to pray from me,,,and my husband…so we can do this that’s helping us most of all doing God will .Because he lives I can face tomorrow… so glad I found these awesome words from you, very true meaning in each sentence, so will be reading more from this post ,thanks for all the words its helping me as I will start my day,as I try to loose this and more weight due to my Heart and that alone should be enough said ,AMEN!

    • Bukki

      I’m saying a prayer for you right now Thelma. Praying for strength for your journey!

  • Lisa

    There is a book out there called Women, Food, and God. In it, a spiritual advisor gathers women together at a retreat, where she does just this. The book is a great reminder to give all of your cares to the Lord above, and even offers great strategies to avoid letting food satisfy your soul. I’m sorry that the author’s name is escaping me, but it definitely is a great extension of Lysa’s devotion today. Be blessed everyone!

    • The author’s name is Geneen Roth. I am a big fan, but her work in the world is not really as a spiritual advisor. She has devoted her career to help women overcome disordered eating – primarily advising people to stop dieting and depriving themselves of the food they are craving. In her book, she advocates self-compassion and speaks out against doing violence to oneself by attributing any sort of morality to their relationship with food. She encourages women to accept their weight at the moment and quit shaming themselves about it. She believes that excess weight will naturally come off without dieting and struggle. Yes, she believes the excess weight is indicative of a deeper issue, but her position is quite opposite of what I’m seeing here. And not to be critical, but the Romans 14 scripture here seems to be taken way out of context and again, not really underscoring the authors point. The passage is about arguments going on over Jewish laws regarding what is acceptable to eat or not eat, and Paul even goes on to say that those who eat a more restrictive diet have “weaker faith.” The overarching message is THIS IS NOT ABOUT FOOD! I hope no one takes offense at what I’m saying here, but I feel such sadness when I see women saying things about themselves and their bodies. Love yourself as God loves you, and trust that it is through his power – not your own will power that you will achieve a healthy body and relationship with food. Peace.

  • Ms. Lizzy

    Key words, an outside indication of an internal problem. Those are strong words that I’m charging myself to be mindful of this day. When I think of all the things that go on within my head it is a strong indication of internal problems. Today I charge myself to be mindful of the fact that God is my source and not food. He will provide all my needs and comfort. Thank you for the word today!

    • Tricia

      That phrase struck me hard too Miss Lizzy. I don’t have food issues but there are definitely other things I indulge in for comfort when I should be going to God. I think the same could be said of any type of addiction.

  • JDB

    This is an on-time word of encouragement as I empark on a fast. Thank you for reminding me to leave that ice cream and chips in the store. Your words were exactly what I have been feeling. I am used to eating at my desk. I gave the chips away, cleared my desk of all unhealthiness and replaced it with God’s daily nuggets. I am filling up on HIS GOODINESS! Thank you again for this profound word.

  • Renee

    I just ordered the book, and I’m really excited about it.

  • Karen

    Thank you for this well timed birthday gift.
    Today is my birthday and it is also the start back of my First Place 4 Health group. I woke up thinking that even though I want to get back to my group maybe I will have just one more celebration and go back next week. After reading this I feel it would be better to go to my group and get refocused on the One who would love to celebrate with me . After all He created me.
    Once again Lysa’s daily devotion is perfectly timed.

  • Pam

    Hi Lysa, I love reading your posts and your blog and I have also heard you speak. All are very inspirational. I have a question though. It seems as though most of what you write about is food related or being overweight. I don’t personally know you, nor your weight struggles, but from what I see of you now, you are not overweight at all! Struggling with making good food choices – I can see that – I struggle with it every day, but when you write about food and being overweight, I find myself tuning out and not believing you. I have followed Proberbs 31 Ministries for about 4 years and heard you speak about 3 years ago, so I truly have no idea what your overweight issues are, but it seems as though you are past the overweight part. I wish you would focus more on the food issues and good choices and all of the other amazing things you do and have done in your life. You are a truly gifted speaker and writer and I have enjoyed hearing you speak and reading your words. This comment was not meant to be critical, just maybe a nudge to move past the overweight struggles and focus on other things.
    Blessings to you!
    Pam

    • Tricia

      Hi Pam, I hear what you are saying but I don’t think Lysa should stop writing about food issues because she has overcome hers. She often prefaces posts like this with “back when I was struggling” or “when I used to” so it’s plain to me that she’s describing the past, although I’m sure she fights hard to maintain the improvements she has made. We are all broken in many different ways and God heals us for the purpose of us turning around to help others struggling with the same problems which is exactly what I see Lysa doing. Plus what she writes can be applied to any type of addiction and I find the fact that she has overcome hers and become such a profound speaker of God’s word enormously encouraging. Blessings to you!

      • Pam

        Thank you for taking the time to respod Tricia. A different perspective is always helpful in achieving a clearer vision…..
        God Bless You!

  • Dory

    I came to this devotional from the TRIM HEALTHY MAMA board at the recommendation of another member…I’ve heard about the “made to crave ” book from several members there. Thank you for this post and your transparency.

  • Laurel

    I have been playing the diet game for many years. I’ve lost at least a couple hundred pounds! (only to find them again with several of their friends!)
    I can’t wait to get started on this study. In my quest for weighing less, I must admit most of my desires through the years have driven by vanity. However, I’ve realized being overweight affects my ministry. How many times have I said…
    “I don’t want to see that old friend because I’m overweight.”
    “People only notice my weight when I’m leading a Bible study.”
    “I just don’t have the energy!”
    I am SO hoping and praying this is the beginning of the end of being so consumed by thoughts of food and my weight!

  • Leta

    Thanks so much for your encouragement! I’m really looking forward to our study. I’ve already been reading some of your book and it is wonderful! Thank you again for answering God’s call! Many blessings~

  • Jodina

    whenever read these devotions and they arent about what i am struggling with, i replace it with what i am struggling with – example – i dont struggle with food, i use to struggle with relationships and the need to always be in one – I no longer have that need because your devotions and books have helped me to replace that want/need with God and His word…now i am alone and happy and content… which I beleive is where God wanted me to be before He sends Mr Right into my path… 🙂 happy new year!!

    • Tricia

      Funny I was just debating whether to do the study because I don’t have food issues but Lord knows I have many others, including needing to be in a relationship as well Jodina. Than you for your post!

  • MaryLou

    A group of us Kansas women were at the WOF in KC MO, while there I asked one of my friends how she lost her weight and she replied with the “Made to Crave” book. I purchased it at the the event, have read a few pages and have set it aside. This is the jump start I needed, someone to do it with!! Thank you Lord for bringing these ladies and possibly gentlemen to my aid. I have over a hundred pounds that I need to get off, if I can focus on the first twenty then I can move on to the next twenty, until reaching my goal. I know if my friend can do this, I can too.
    Bless you all!

  • Kacy

    Lysa –
    This resonates so deeply with me. I have struggled with weight my entire life. I’ve been stuck in this horrible rut the last few months – and God has assuredly been revealing Himself to me in this place – that something with my food habits has gone terribly amiss. That there is a huge spiritual piece of this I am missing. So I’ve been working toward where He wants to lead me with this. I saw the Made To Crave online study and since I can’t do my normal Bible Study this Spring – I signed up and bought the books immediately. To say I am excited to do this is an understatement. I cannot wait to see how God works through this to teach me what He wants to about my food addictions.
    I feel like I myself could have easily written this post and it’s amazing to know there are others who share in this huge struggle. I cannot wait to see how God works in this study. Thank you for sharing and for being vulnerable!!

  • Anna

    Thank you for this devotional Lysa. 10 more days!!!!!!!!!!! I am praying for all the ladies who have signed up, and praying that there will be more reading this devotional and facebook posts. I’m excited for what God will do with this study.
    Blessings
    Anna

  • Nancy Zetter

    Hola Lysa, I’m reading your post “A Call to Action”… I want to thank you and share with you a very personal message I sent to my friend Kayla Cooper Atkins becouse I read something she posted in facebook about you in May 2013… “My dear Kayla, one hour ago I did’nt even know who Lysa Terkeurst was, but I read your comment about her and some how I knew I had to Google her and find out who she was or meant to you… and I have been listening her in youtube… and well now I’m in tears becouse God spoke to me about two very specific situacions that I have been dealing with this past week. So thank you very much for posting becouse it had a purpose. Love u very much”…. Today I still reading you and God is speaking to me. I live in Puerto Vallarta, I’m mexican and I hope I can find the way to get your book. You’re a Blessing. Gracias 🙂

  • Mayra R.

    This morning, I was just telling my co-worker how this year I am done with excuses for my over weight. My dad passed away 3 years ago and I fell in a rut spiritually, physically and mentally. I am very aware that I can’t do this alone and I need God every step of the way. God has been so amazing in plugging me in where I need to be. One of the verses I hold on to tightly is Psalm 23 and as I desided to navigate in Proverbs 31 minsistry web site this morning, Romans 14:20 caught my attention becuase this is something I am struggling with. As I kept reading, to my amazement everything you wrote Lisa, I have been feeling and when I read the reference to Psalm 23, in the way you put it, it’s like the Lord said to my heart, this is your way out… Forever grateful and excited to start the study.
    God Bless. 🙂

  • Sarah

    As I read this devotion, like I do every morning, I sit here with two slices of peanut butter toast (yum!). It’s something I recently started doing and I have no idea why; usually I don’t eat breakfast at all. So… this devotion got me thinking… do I feel like I need food to go along with my time spent with God? Do I need to be risking the chance of me dripping gooey peanut butter on my Bible? It seems to have turned into an awful habit. I don’t believe I am filling empty spaces with food, but I do indeed fill too much time with unnecessary food.

    Today I realized that I do not need to be eating while spending time with God. I can read, listen, and pray a lot better without peanut butter sticking to the roof of my mouth 🙂 I hope to replace the need to be eating with the need to fill my soul up with God’s word.

  • Melly Bradley

    THIS IS ME……THIS IS ME…… OH ABBA, THIS IS ME! Have mercy!

  • Theresa

    About a year and half ago I had lost 60 pounds but then my knees started giving me trouble and I had to stop exercising and now I am really struggling with getting back to wanting to exercise. I have managed to keep 50 of it off but in the last few months I have been justifying my eating habits and the pounds are creeping up! I am so looking forward to this online study because I do believe my issues is spiritual also and reading this devotion was like reading about me. Thank you!

  • Asking myself if I’m hungry won’t help much. I’m almost always hungry. I just finished a big plate of spaghetti, and I’m still hungry. Would Made to Crave still help me? I am almost 100 pounds overweight.

    • Debbie

      I hear you Bethanny and find myself challenged in that area as well. Yes, Bethany, Made to Crave will still help you because God will help you. A.S.K. – Ask Him, Seek Him, Find Him. Made to Crave is a resource. God is your Source. He hears and knows your heart. He is waiting to meet you and each of us through this Made to Crave study and the powerful truth of His Word. Please believe with me, Bethanny, that the Great I AM wants do a great work and give us everything we need to walk faith forward, including the desire to truly want to make healthier lifestyle choices. Personally, I am tired of the roller coaster of my food and weight issues. Though it will be a challenging process, Made to Crave will be great start to the new thing God wants to do and who He wants to be in our lives. We are blessed to have this online Bible study community of sisters praying and walking together with Christ through this call to action.

      Bethanny, I am praying God’s amazing love, strength, and encouragement to embrace you fully. If you haven’t already signed up for Made to Crave, I pray the love, hope and courage of Christ will prompt you in power and truth knowing that He is our overcomer. That means if Jesus lives in you, you’re an overcomer! Choose to trust and believe. I am. You remain in my prayers.
      Peace be with you,
      Debbie

      • Wow, Debbie, thanks so much for the supportive response and prayer! I am so tired of being overweight. I know I’ll need to become more active as well as changing my eating habits, and I’m ready to do that too. It’s supposed to get above freezing tomorrow, so maybe I’ll go for a bike ride. 🙂

        • Debbie

          You’re welcome Bethanny. And thank you for inspiring me! Writing to you actually encouraged me on my personal journey as well to better physical, mental, and spiritual health. And I am inspired even more now as I read about your possible bike ride in just above freezing temperatures. I can’t even imagine doing that. The next time I think it’s too cold outside to go for a walk, I’ll be thinking about you. No more excuses. It’s time for me to simply bundle up and get myself out the door. That’s one of my goals, to get into a solid consistent walking routine.
          God’s rich blessings,
          Debbie

  • Beverly Gerres

    This blog is proof to me that I need this study and this was the right thing for me to do! Always good to know when you are in the will of God.

  • Grace Lane

    Lisa, I purchased “Made to Crave” when it first was published. It sits on my book shelf. I was talking to my daughters about doing the study together. I have taught this bad habit of rewarding accomplishments with food. I have lost weight over the past two years, but it has only come with becoming a little bit more active. I see how the Lord wants to change my whole attitude to food. It is truly a call to action, with the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit. Please pray for me as I learn to crave Him over food.
    Thanks for your obedience to the Lord’s calling on your life. It has brought many to the Lord and back to them.
    Grace

    • Grace Lane

      As I read my comment, I found many typing and grammar errors. I’m laughing as I type this! First correction: I have taught my daughters, by example, the habit of rewarding accomplishments with food. I also wanted to add, that your devotionals bring many of us back to the Lord, when we’ve stepped away.
      In Him,
      Grace

  • Joycelyn

    First, Thank you Lysa. As I read your devotion all I kept saying was WOW! I wrote down every word because I don’t have a printer. The phrases that “jumped off the page” to me were: “My weight was an outside indication of an internal situation….I was relying on food to be my comfort, my ever present help, my guide….I hadn’t learned how to let God satisfy my deepest needs.” And the Scripture verses drew me into His Word.
    I recently came across the verse that says we’ve made our stomachs our god. We must live out the truth of Matthew 4:4, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
    I am anxiously anticipating the study Made To Crave . I know it is what I need. Thanks again.

  • Dee Peters

    Hi Lysa. I thank God for your story. It brought me outside running at 21:00.
    Almost two months I eat unhealthy again. I began feeling very bad. And feeling awful to be in my
    Body. This evening while running I felt excrusiating pain in my stomach because of all
    The garbage I had eaten the last almost two months. I don not want this to happen ever
    Ever again. I really regret what I have done. Tomorrow I am going to make what we eat at home.
    And get my ballance back again. Thank God for you. Be blessed. Love, Diana

  • On my way home from work when I read your post..I am stopping to get a “girlie” notebook..you know the one that will keep your sons and hubby away fromtit because it screams “this is a woman’s stuff”.. in seriousness this is a rght on time devotion..today as a gift i was given a huge snickes bar..one that requires slicing to eat..I didn’t want to share it even though it serves nine—I wanted to unwrap it and enjoy it all by myself..i obsessed over it all day even tbough I placed it out for co-workers to share..I really need prayer!!!

  • On my way home from work when I read your post..I am stopping to get a “girlie” notebook..you know the one that will keep your sons and hubby away fromtit because it screams “this is a woman’s stuff”.. in seriousness this is a rght on time devotion..today as a gift i was given a huge snickes bar..one that requires slicing to eat..I didn’t want to share it even though it serves nine—I wanted to unwrap it and enjoy it all by myself..i obsessed over it all day even though I placed it out for co-workers to share..I really need prayer!!!

  • Jennifer B.

    Thanks Lysa for this encouraging word from God. For me, it was music that I went to for several years. As a child, I would turn to music to comfort me while my parents were fighting. I didn’t know God at the time. When I gave my life to Jesus, ten years or so ago, I still carried that with me. It wasn’t until I moved to Texas last August, that this comfort became a thorn in my side. I ended up giving away my MP3 player, which had all Christian artists, and a whole bunch of Christian CDs. It just about crushed me. I also smashed my husband’s cd player, which was old, and it felt so freeing. Months later, I am turning to music only to worship God, along with his word, in the tough times. I still love music, but it is not a comfort. Rather it is a way to enjoy worshipping Jesus.

  • Madeline

    Thanks, Lysa. Needed to hear that today. Looking forward to the OBS.

  • Lady J

    This was so awesome and powerful!! I needed to hear this…..thanks for sharing:)

  • Cindy

    Struggling with weight has been a life long event….it was not until open heart surgery last year, at the age of 50 did my mind spin out of control! I have tried every diet, pills and self will power method and nothing last…after I read Lysia’s devotion it struck my heart so hard that my problem is my relationship with Him, its weak and void…my relationship with food is stronger, which is sad….I have ordered the book and cannot wait to start the online bible study! This has given me a new outlook…Thank you!

  • nancys1128

    My poor eating habits stem from boredom more than anything else. I mindlessly eat throughout the evening, and it isn’t broccoli crowns and carrot sticks. I try to keep the junk food to a minimum, but with school lunches to make there are almost always chips and cookies available. I got thru periods of not touching them, but if I start, look out! I love peanut butter, and actually measure out to avoid its overuse. I don’t miss junk food when it isn’t in the house, but if it’s here, I rationalize that it’s here to be eaten. That doesn’t mean I’m the one who needs to eat it, but that is what ends up happening. I know I’m capable of good eating habits because I’ve had them in the past. I just need a Partner in the journey, and that’s why I’m so looking forward to this study. I’ve started the book already, and tho’ I’m just into the introduction I already know it’s going to be powerful. It’s as if, Lysa, you are in my head, writing out all the things I’ve thought and felt over the last few years. I think this will be the study that I begin and actually complete.

  • Debbie Kay

    Hello-I hope someone can help me as I am very frustrated. I paid, via charge card, on January 11th, to receive the Monday morning phone calls for “Made to Crave”. It is 12:30 pm EST here on Monday and I have yet to receive a link to go to this phone call – which I figure I must have missed this morning. I would appreciate someone responding back to me, please. This is the first time I’ve ever paid for phone calls and so far it is definitely not going well. Thank you, Debbie

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