Replacing My Cravings

Replacing My Cravings

January 23, 2014

“Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my king and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:1-3 (NIV 1984)

I rolled over and looked at the clock. Another day. Beyond all reason and rationality, I slid out of bed and stripped off everything that might weigh even the slightest ounce as I headed to the scale.

I thought, “Maybe today will be the day the scale will be my friend and not reveal my secrets. Maybe somehow overnight the molecular structure of my body shifted and today I will magically weigh less.”

I yanked out my ponytail holder – hey, it’s gotta weigh something – and decided to try again. But the scale didn’t change its mind the second time. It was not my friend this day.

Vowing to do better, eat healthier, and make good choices, I headed to the kitchen only to have my resolve melt like the icing on the cinnamon rolls my daughter just pulled from the oven. Oh, who cares what the scale says when this roll speaks such love and deliciousness.

Two and a half cinnamon rolls later, I decided tomorrow would be a much better day to keep my promises to eat healthier. But tomorrow wasn’t the day. Or the next. Or the next.

I knew I needed to make changes. Because this wasn’t really about the scale or what clothing size I was; it was about this battle that raged in my heart. I thought about, craved, and arranged my life too much around food. So much so, I knew it was something God was challenging me to surrender to His control. Surrender to the point where I’d make changes for the sake of my spiritual health perhaps even more than my physical health.

I had to get honest enough to admit it: I relied on food more than I relied on God. I craved food more than I craved God. Food was my comfort. Food was my reward. Food was my joy. Food was what I turned to in times of stress, sadness, and even in times of happiness.

I knew this battle would be hard. But through it all I determined to make God, rather than food, my focus. Each time I craved something I knew wasn’t part of my healthy eating plan, I used that craving as a prompt to pray. I craved a lot. So, I found myself praying a lot.

Sometimes I wound up on the floor of my closet, praying with tears running down my face. And I gave myself permission to cry, just like the psalmist in Psalm 5:1-3, “Give ears to my word, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my king and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

And that is literally what I did each day. Laid my requests before God and waited in expectation.

Then, one morning, it finally happened. I got up and for the first time in a long while, I felt incredibly empowered. I still did the same crazy routine with the scale, no clothes, no ponytail holder. The numbers hadn’t changed much, but my heart had. One day of victory tasted better than any of that food I’d given up ever could. I had waited in expectation using prayer as my guide and I did it.

I can’t promise you there won’t be any more tears. There will. And I can’t promise the scale magically drops as quickly as you wish it would. It probably won’t. But it will be a start. A really good start.

Dear Lord, You know me so intimately. You know how much I’m struggling right now. Please help me to replace my cravings with a reliance on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Learn more about satisfying your deepest desire with God, not unhealthy food, with Lysa TerKeurst’s bestselling book, Made to Crave. Click here to purchase your copy.

Join a community of ladies who want to reach their healthy goals and grow closer to God in the process by signing up for our next online Bible study of Made to Crave! Click here for more information and to join the fun.

Reflect and Respond:
How can you pray through your specific struggle?

Do some research on Scriptures that apply to your situation. Write them down on notecards or make a list in your cell phone. When faced with your struggle, turn it into an opportunity to pray through these Scriptures.

Power Verse:
1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (NIV)

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  1. I’m struggling with the uncertainty of whether my husband, Ron Smithand I are going to be able to relocate any time soon. Our first plan has fallen through, so we’re just wait…ing on God to see if He’s going to open a new door or window of opportunity for us. Listening to powerful music on WCIChelps us get through the hard times that try to get us both down every so often while we wait. “Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my king and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:1-3 (NIV 1984)
    In this particular verse, God is encouraging us to lay down our concerns before Him, especially when we first wake up in the morning. Beginning our day before the Lord is a good way to begin a fresh start of new things to come.
    “Dear Lord, You know me so intimately. You know how much I’m struggling right now. Please help me to replace my cravings with a reliance on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”Lysa TerKeurst Whether dealing with sticking to a diet, making a difficult decision, or about to participate in a tournament, it’s good to put God first above everything else. My husband and I are currently taking part in a wii bowling tournament to keep our minds of wondering if we’re ever going to be relocating. Our future seems so unpredictible right now. God, will you show me what my husband and I are supposed to do in the meantime while waiting on your sign for our future? “1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (NIV)
    I’m not going to fret on our current circumstances. I know that God already knows what we’re supposed to do. His ♥ is so magnificent that I can’t imagine just how much He truly cares for me and my feelings. It gives me great joy just knowing that God loves me, no matter how I may be handling the storms of life.tSee More

    • Karen Ellis says:

      Nico,

      I know that the waiting is the hardest and with unpredictibility comes fear and anxiety. Hang in there and know that there are so many of us praying for clarity and revelation for you and your family. Keep crying out to Abba Father because His Word says that he does hear us and turns His ear towards us. I’m looking forward to hearing all about the new, exciting adventure that Lord has planned for you. Be blessed

    • Abby Craig says:

      I struggled with both… and in the midst of dieting I felt like I was being told to quit the smoking too. Everyone always says you cant quit smoking and diet at the same time, that it just cant be done. I have read the Made to Crave book and started praying first thing in the morning before I ever got out of bed for whatever grace and strength I would need to overcome both these things for that day. I waited in expectation and each day I was delivered. It’s been over a month since I stopped smoking and I lost 10 pounds at the same time (down 51 total). I don’t want to say that it was easy because that seems to trivialize it, but wasnt like it previous attempts to quit were before. Before I felt trapped to quit but didnt feel I had the physical ability to overcome it and this time, I knew I whatever I lacked, God would provide to me. I didnt feel alone and the temptations didnt overcome what God had given me each day.

  2. This message touch me. However, I’m not stuggling with over eating. I’m struggling with smoking. I said it! I never see much about christion smokers. It seems this is a big taboo in the christian family. I know there are a lot of closet christian smokers. You just don’t see much in the social realm regarding it. Please consider addressing smokers sometimes. Our hearts hurt just as much as over eaters. Thanks and God bless.

    • The concept is the same with smoking as is with overeating, both are vices we use in our daily life.

    • I too have struggled with the smoking issue. It is exactly like the food craving. Times of stress, boredom, tired, celebration, whatever. I am trying to turn it all over to God and not rationalize, “just this once, I’ll start tomorrow, etc.” With all His power, why do I doubt He can handle this? I know that its not that He can’t handle it, it is because I won’t give it to Him. There is the sin.

    • Ladies, PLEASE don’t doubt God’s power to deliver you from smoking! I smoked since I was 13 years old. At the time I would have sworn that smoking kept me sane- a lie from hell. For me, it reached the point where I just had visions of it killing me, destroying me and the future that God had for me. I cried out to the Lord one day and simply told Him that if He didn’t take it, I just couldn’t do it. I was miraculously delivered from smoking- the next day after crying out I had no desire to engage in my usual routine of hitting the donut shop for a donut and a coke and a smoke. The cigarettes stopped- and unfortunately, eating replaced it. I’m convinced that there is a God-sized hole in all of us that only He can fill- not cigarette fumes, not pizza or cookies. God and God alone. What’s weird about it all is that overeating is totally acceptable socially- more so in the church!

      • Hi I as well struggle with smoking. I Pray God will take this nasty habit away. And restore my health,depression,and anxiety away..I get so afraid he doesn’t hear me cry out to him. :(

  3. I have read your book once already and lost over 20 lbs, grasping several of the concepts. Now, I am reading it again, along with participating in the online Bible study. As I re-read this chapter last night I caught a glimpse of something way deeper God wants to do in me. #exciting #scared

  4. Thank you so much for this devotianal. It was like I was reading my own story as I read yours. I am going for my annual check up this morning and thinking right now, how can I weigh less. It is a horrible cycle and I want to change things this year. I am a very active person and only need to loose 30 pounds but it feels like 200. I am going to try this emphasis today on prayer. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!(funny thing is my computer has been broken and I just got it fixed and this is my second day back reading your devotions–GOD IS GOOD)

  5. I am in the study. I am so enjoying it. Turning to God for my eating habits and relying on his strength.

  6. As I read Chapter two last evening, I felt just like Lysa. As I prayed at the end, that feeling had changed to “empowered”. I know I can do this -today! Tomorrow will be a new prayer as I depend on our Lord, and learn to crave Him all over again.

  7. Replace my cravings with God–love it!!!

  8. Love your suggestion about making a list of verses on you cell phone. It’s perfect because we always have it with us. Thankful for this devotional Lisa.

  9. TIffany Knowles says:

    Lysa, I have struggled with a weight probably for years and after 3 kids, packed on the wait. At the age of 41, I discovered the greatest company ever. I had tried everything out there, literally and nothing worked. Then I came across the company Shibboleth. This company teaches you how to each foods and combine then to help burn fat very quickly. It’s delicious foods fond at your local grocery store. You are never deprived and never feel hungry. You even can eat cookies, chips, chocolate and icecream which are my favorite :) You may want to check them out. I have lost 19 lbs. very quickly and my husband 16. Thanks

  10. TIffany Knowles says:

    Sorry, forgot to proof read before submitting Lysa. I spelt your name wrong along with problem instead of probably and fond instead of found. Sorry about that.

  11. Phoebe Ivey says:

    Wow. This is really powerful to all women during our various struggles. I pray & believe that this wonderful and much needed word is passed on to the women that really are seeking God ‘s face in their walk. Amen. Women were created to love so deeply from within therefore dealing with heartbreak and letting go are difficult things to adjust to. God loves us even in his denial. Amen.

  12. If you want to feel true empowerment the first thing you must do is throw that scale away!! You are basing your happiness on a number instead of focusing on what God has planned for your day.

  13. Reading this was exactly what I needed. I’m 22 years old and I’ve been battling with an eating disorder for the past 12 months. Every morning I would get up and look at the scale and hate myself, then I would eat throughout the day and hate myself for doing it and wake up the next day hating myself…then I would not eat for a few days…and then I would hate myself. I’ve never been bulimic, but every time I ate too much or ate something unhealthy, the Devil puts the thought into my head to throw it back up.

    I am definitely going to try praying every time I feel the urge to over eat or restrict. I hope God continues to bless both you and your ministry. Pray for me.

  14. I am struggling with anger, mine and other peoples. My response to that anger is the flip side of the same coin. My key verse is ” a gentle answer turns away wrath” Proverbs 15:1. This is a lifelong struggle for me and I am praying for a divine healing in this stronghold. Would you pray for me? I have just discovered your website and find it very encouraging.

    • Hello Susan,

      I too struggle with anger. I will pray that you overcome your anger and I ask for the same in return. I love Proverbs, the verses are so encouraging. I try to pray the serenity prayer which is very encouraging, I hope this prayer helps you with any of your daily struggles, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot changes, courage to change the things that I can, and wisdom to know the difference”. I have also dealt with anger my entire life, I feel that it is my addiction, but I know that God will heal me and he will do the same to you as well :)

      • Thank you Noel, it always helps to know we are not alone.

        • tonya george says:

          Ladies, I’m with you. I have been too ashamed to admit it outloud, but seeing you confront it makes me want to as well. I will pray for both of you, would you include me in your prayers? I am quick tempered with my children, my new empowerment the other day was to “sing” when I normally would scream or raise my voice. Just trying to convince myself that I am empowered and that I can overcome this. God will see me through, but I just struggle daily, so I need to really admit this problem and work on it :)

  15. Thank you Jesus! This devotional is right on time. I have struggle with bad eating habits for a long time. I lose 5-7 pounds then gain them right back. It has been a long struggle, and I’m still struggling at this writing, but praying towards victory. This week I’ve begun to cry out to God for help. As the devotional stated, everytime she craved food or unhealthy foods, I pray. Sometimes I give in and do bad, sometime I win. Staying focused on God is a challenge, because before you know it, somethin in in my face and I go for it, then after I’ve eaten it, I remember to pray. At first I was beating myself up, but then I pray to God, “OK I messed up this time, I’m not going to beat myself up or give up, it’s a process, but I trust You Lord – HELP LORD.” I stopped weighing myself, because the minute I weigh myself and see a few pounds lighter, I say, “it’s ok to have this, just a little.” Then, before you know it I’ve gained those few pounds back. So, right now I’m not weighing myself, I’m going by how my clothes fit. I’m just praying and trusting God.

    TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!!

  16. Usually I receive many devotionals on my email
    Sometimes I read them sometimes not , but this morning I was praying and
    telling The Lord to help me and my husband to change our diet , especially cause we have a sweet tooth.
    Then The Lord took me to read this devotional and the power verse of 1 peter 5:7 hit me so hard ! I start crying and
    And thanking my Jesus for his words , and thanking for his servants for posting this devotional
    Thank you and God bless you !

    • Isn’t that amazing how God speaks to you that way? That has happened more times than I can count. I love it when that happens!

  17. If I ever needed to hear this it was today. As I mounted the scale for my 2 week weigh in, I just wanted to rage. I lost 5 lbs in 4 days and have played with 2lbs up and down for 9 days and nothing has happened. I’ve remained faithful. Im old and have dieted far too many times and recently diagnosed with pre diabetes due to my cravings. So I offered myself to God…I gave up all bad carbs, eating only 30 carbs per day. I read the whole book written by a chemist called Carb lite. A better version of Dr. Atkins. 2 weeks has seemed like 3 months. I have exercised at the gym with a trainer for 1 yr and a 1/2 and have not lost one lb. I do 1/2 hr of cardio after working out with weights. You want to talk frustrating. Prior to that I walked 4 miles a day every day for 2 yrs and just wavered back and forth with 10lbs. Ive given God myself step by step and don’t understand but I do understand that centering my needs around food had to stop. But my joy in the Lord seems to have been robbed from me. Tho Im in His Word daily, presently in Luke, I know that Im doing all that I can, but I sure could use some encouragement from the Lord by looking at the scale and seeing that my hard work is paying off. BooHoo…oh wo is me….LOL. And this too shall pass. Still Trusting!!!

    • I have struggled with my weight my enitre life. I now have type 2 diabetes and am taking medication for it I loose the weight and it seems as soon as I start to get praised for loosing the weight it starts coming back on. I recently stop taking my medication and of course was eating anything I was craving. Kept praying for God to help me stop, but as soon as something went wrong instead of going to Him I went to food. I recently fell and my husband took me to hospital my blood sugar was over 450 – they wanted to keep me overnight, but was able to bring it down so I could go home. My husband did not know that I had stopped my meds, of course, he was upset witht me. I prayed to God to help me change, to give me the strenght to resist the cravings. Then I went on your site and saw you were doing a bible study and I remeber I had the book. I never finsihed reading the book it was to hard for me to face my feeling. I know God has answered my prayers and with your help and His guidance I can final be what God intended me to be close to Him..

      • Felicia I am so glad you have joined the study along with me. (and thousands of others! Ha Ha) It is too had to do it alone. I think Craving God instead is going to help us both this time around.

  18. The cookies in the cupboard were calling me, but I stopped at my computer and read this post. Timely intervention, a moment the Lord has given me to give me His strength to say no to cookies. They are there because I am a Nana who sometimes has cookies for her grandchildren. I sent most of them home with them. A few still linger, but they have no hold on me, I am in prayer mode. I loved reading your words: “One day of victory tasted better than any of that food I’d given up ever could. I had waited in expectation using prayer as my guide and I did it.” That victory will come, and today, at this moment, I have won this battle.Thank you, Lysa!

  19. I too struggle with food addiction. When I’m stressed I’ll find myself standing in the pantry–like anything in there is going to help. It reminds me of a line out of the book Chocolat “…the battle of good and evil being reduced to a fat woman standing outside a chocolaterie saying ‘Will I or Won’t I?’ ” We are all Eve with our various apples…and mine happen to be ones from the carnival dipped in caramel and nuts! So, thank you for posting this. It is a real battle, and a real struggle with our health at stake. I am so glad to know I’m not alone….either physically or spiritually. Great words of encouragement–thank you!

  20. I like the idea of the Scriptures pertaining to our struggle and praying through these Scriptures. I think this will be very helpful to me.

    Does anyone know if there is a place online that can help with researching Scripture? My Bible has a subject index but it is limited.

    • Cynthia, you can try Biblehub.com or if you want to delve into particular books BSF or Bible Study Fellowship is an excellent digging deeper kind of study–thought it is a weekly commitment and a lot of work, but worth it if you have the time. I also have Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. It is similar to your index, but it tells the original Greek or Hebrew word, and the meaning of the original, which is helpful. It too, is available online. Hope that helps! And for accountability with food there is Sparkpeople or MyFitnessPal– both free and online. Even though I’ve used both in the past, it wasn’t until my husband and some friends also joined and we hold each other accountable, that I’ve successfully logged in to track my calories for 11 days in a row. But, just like this devotion, I was so discouraged that the scale hadn’t moved. (Thank you, Lysa this was so-o-o timely!) So, I’m going to add prayer to my resistance regimen and I’m sure it will help. I’m also going to investigate the Made to Crave study. I’ll say a prayer for you too, today.

  21. denise russell says:

    Thank you Lord for working this mess into a message through Lisa! Thank you that I am not alone and someone’s mind works the same as mine and that I am not alone in the daily struggles with food and weight. Thank you that you give us grace and mercy new each day, even when we dont deserve it… and when we think “oh, I will start my new diet today” and that “today” doesnt come on that particular day. Lisa, thank you for sharing all of the struggles you have gone through with this to teach others (including me)! However, what each of us need to keep in mind is that we ARE conquerors through Jesus Christ laying down his life on the cross. God gave us dominion over all the earth and food does NOT have dominion over us – although that may be hard to remember when everyone else around you is indluging in that chocolate cake and you are trying not to. We MUST also remember that the end of the book tells us who the victor is and it is not the father of lies, who tells us that our life will be better if we “just this once” succumb to that piece of chocolate cake. Thank you Lord for using Lisa! Thank you Lisa for being willing to be used!

  22. Learning to redirect my cravings! Now when I feel hungry or am tempted with something unhealthy, it prompts me to pray! I’ve been praying a lot! And I am speaking scripture out load, My soul yearns (craves) for God! Thank you Lysa

  23. I know this devotional is about the spiritual battle with food, and I’ve even read that some sisters are in the heat of spiritual battle with other cravings like cigarettes…I am in heated spiritual battle with craving negative thoughts. Yes, my negative thinking has become such a second nature, that I’ve noticed that I seek out things to worry about. This morning, before getting out of bed to start my day, I prayed and I sensed God challenging me to replace every negative thought that I am aware I’m thinking with an opposite, positive truth from His word. I sensed Him asking me to mark today’s date as the start of this challenge, and to check back periodically to assess the progress He and I have made in this area. His challenge to me is thrilling, and I cannot wait to see the results! I was so excited, when I read this, I just knew I had to share my story and encourage you all, and remind you that though our challenges may differ, you aren’t alone in the effort!

    Sisters, I think that one of the things that discourages us the most when we’re challenging ourselves to make the changes God is prompting us to make is that when we fail in the short term, we feel like we’ve failed completely, which often thrusts us back into our old, familiar habit(s). Just remember, God brings the increase! He only requires a pliable, willing heart! Stay the course, remain encouraged, keep the faith! God will bring it to pass!

    Be blessed today and always,
    Kayla

  24. Dear Lord, You know me so intimately. You know how much I’m struggling right now. Please help me to replace my cravings with a reliance on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
    Thank you for sharing Lysa, I really needed to hear that prayer.
    I’ve felt pretty much defeated today. I woke up this morning at 2 am and could not get back to sleep. Leaving me tired and with a short fuse today. I was able to keep that annoyance from my employees at work, but my mind has been very accusatory. I want so badly to follow the Lord every second of every day, but it seems as if something always gets in the way and makes it almost impossible for me to follow my hearts desire. I love the Lord but I am having trouble with total reliance on Him. Therefore, my focus is easily disturbed. My heart is telling me that my lack of reliance is simply a lack of trust. Not actually trusting in the Lord to take care of me. I say I know He will take care of me, but not really “knowing it in my heart’. A lot of issues coming up here, and I will keep trying to give them to the Lord. I just need to find myself at the feet of Jesus for a while.
    Blessings to all my sisters here at Made To Crave

    Thank you Lord for this study,
    Brenda

  25. I was really blessed by this post. I struggle with food but my struggle goes the other way…I stop eating and starve myself. I try to eat more but every time I eat a lot, I feel guilty and begin to fear weight gain. My last anorexic flare up was so bad that I started to lose some of my hair. I am a God-fearing woman and I am so embarrassed to admit my food struggles, but I am praying for deliverance. I don’t want to be controlled by food and my weight anymore. Thank you again for your honesty.

  26. Brand new to this site…interesting that I was thinking I needed to check it out today. I’m interested to hear if anyone is struggling with eating enough? It’s a daily challenge…what am I eating, how much, did I exercise enough, or should I cut back? I am working with a professional, but would also like to comments if there are any regarding this…and trying to control anxiety through lots of exercise….

    I appreciate you all,

    Sam

  27. Thank you for being so honest. I am on the opposite end of the spectrum, struggling with anorexia and bulima. Food is my control and my go to, not God. When life feels out of control and confusing, when I am hurt, I choose to feel like I am in control by not eating. This was never God’s plan. And I end up on the floor in a puddle of tears, and I always feel so silly. I am glad to know that I am not alone. I have overcome this before and I just need to make that choice to surrender to God and lean on Him. Thank you for sharing!

  28. Sarah Beverly says:

    I feel like Lysa was writing my story. I have lost weight so many times only to gain it back each time with added weight too.
    I’ve been doing the devotional since January 1st and I now know why the other programs never worked. I was addressing the physical side of weight loss. All the food in the world never filled up the empty place in my soul. At times I have prayed to God to take this struggle away from me. I didn’t think God had answered my prayer. At the same time, I have prayed for a closer relationship with God. I never dreamed that both my prayers away from me through this study. But how do we learn anything? Through practice. So, God has answered my prayer by not taking my cravings away, but carrying them with me so I could learn Who I crave and how to get closer to Him through my struggles. Jesus didn’t say lay my cross aside, but pick it up; that is the instrument I must learn to fill the empty hole with more of God.
    When I was 19, I called off my wedding 4 days before the ceremony and gave birth to my son in 1964. I never heard from his father again. I wanted my son to have a good start with 2 parents in a Christian family. So, I gave him up for adoption. I knew in my head it was the right thing to do, but I had to wrap my heart around it That caused a giant empty place in my heart because I locked all of it away in a dark place. To make a long story short, he found me when he was 47! I have opened that door and shined the Light on all of it. We now have a wonderful relationship. He calls me Mom and I have an awesome daughter-in-law and two more wonderful grandchildren. So, I never really learn anything through easy times. By opening that door in the empty place where my son was, I am now equipping myself with the tools to open my whole self to God, which is Number 1 on my bucket list. So, I am now thankful for my struggles because they refine me and make me acceptable to Him. Thank You, Jesus!

    Crave and Pray,
    for there’s no other way,
    to be happy in Jesus,
    But to crave and Pray
    (ok,that’s pretty sappy)

  29. Julia Borjeson says:

    Every word of this study is taken from my life. I have struggled with my weight from about 8 or 9 years old. I weighed 265lbs when I graduated from high school, and when I started college I had an awakening of just how fat I was…i lost 125 pounds in very unhealthy ways–and the years have seen me drop chunks of weight 60 pounds here, 50 there, until I broke apart in my 30′s. Eating disorder, panic disorder, group therapy, depression. In my darkest moment I found God and He began to heal me from the inside out until he called me to ministry in my church, where I am still working today. 12 years ago I met man who I fell in love with who saw this divorced single mom who looked like she had it all together as a girl who could use a little help–He brought me bags of food. I was stunned…and even though I knew that he was not exactly a healthy choice for me, I was tired on the inside…and did indeed need a little help. the first 5 years were a mixture of fun and me playing counselor to a troubled soul–he needed me–and only I could see the inside worth of this man, which made me special, right? He began to fall asleep on the couch…and not wake up….he lost his job…and things got worse and worse. He had been sober from alcohol for 10 years when I met him–I knew he had partied when he was younger–but I had no clue how deep of an addict he was. When he passed out, I sat on the couch and returned to using food to comfort my feelings of rejection. As he got worse, I turned to food more and more. On some level I knew what I was doing, I prayed, I tried to turn to God, but I just didn’t give God my full attention–I was too busy trying to save my sweetheart. Fast forward to now. 7 years of relapses. We are still together–I am stronger, and am on a healthier journey–and he is trying to battle the most evil affliction I have ever seen in my life: addiction. But as I look at him, I see myself–my addiction to food isn’t really much different than his. Addiction is addiction….so as I begin this year it is with the hope of creating a new destination for myself; A destination of a healthy balance in my life, and “Made to Crave” hits one of the nails on the head! I am soaking every word up as if I have been thirsty in a desert for years. I didn’t need a diet–I needed to look my temptations in the eye and say “I want to crave God more than you!” I am ready. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Being a part of this study gives me the help I have needed for so long–I will continue the surrender(not the fight)and give over to God what I so stubbornly seem to want to hang on to. These are words that I have never written down……but now is the time for truth. Now is the time for disclosing the secrets that block my way to freedom. Thank-You Lord for this time, and this study. Julia

  30. Thank you, thank you, thank you for addressing this topic. As a Christian and a health professional I have been looking for resources or someone that would address the topic of cravings, over-eating, insecurities,weight, shame and all the lies we tell ourselves while saying nothing to anyone else. I look foreward to reading more about this topic and the freedom that can be found as a Christian when we address this issue just like any other issues Christians and women face.

  31. First, thank you so very much for obeying God’s call and writing this book documenting your journey and success. I’ve lost 64 lbs already and still have 50 more to go – this has been a long journey and it has been up and down constantly. I really appreciate your candor and it does help to know I am not alone in this struggle. I’ve been praying through my cravings all week – sugar snacks are my biggest craving – I can happily say I’ve made it 6 days with eating only fruit – natural sweetness – and I feel so much better already. I know this will be a struggle, it always has been – but I have a plan and it has worked for 6 days. Praise God! Thank you for sharing your journey!

  32. I thank God that He has given me the ability to resist temptation of alcohol…. I watched my father put down the alchol and pick up the food….. Now I need to put down the food and pick up the Bible

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