Made To Crave Blog Hop ~ Week 6

Hi friends! Shelly here with the last Blog Hop of our Made to Crave study. It has been a joy gathering here with all of you and reading each of your stories as we have walked through this study together. For those leaving after this week, I hope you’ll come back soon! And for those of you joining us for the M2C Action Plan, I’ll see you Sunday!

With our new study we’ll be shaking things up a bit on Thursdays and hosting a Photo Hop instead of our normal Blog Hop. The how-to is the same, only the content changes. I look forward to seeing your pictures and sharing mine!

I think this week’s scripture is the perfect word for us to end on!

Therefore let him who stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. – 1 Corinthians 10:12-13

When we think we have “arrived”, our goals have been met, or our race has been finished it is easy to let down our guard. 1 Corinthians 10 reminds us to remain alert and watchful. It also reminds us that God is faithful and has a plan in every situation we face.

Some of you know during our study I, too, was inspired by Christa (and my friends, Dawn and Falon) to begin my running journey. My nine year old and I trained for about six weeks using the C25K app on my phone.

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I have never been a runner so this was not an easy task for me. I persevered and God truly provided the grace and strength I needed to finish. But as difficult as it was to push myself that last ½ mile I find an even greater challenge is in front of me.

The hardest part about finishing the race is having the discipline and courage

to continue training when it’s over.

So, it really isn’t about a destination or crossing a finish line (although that is an awesome feeling!). It is about the journey and learning to live every single day empowered and victorious – one choice, one step at a time.  We don’t stop. We don’t leave behind the truths we learned here. We bind them around our neck. We hide them in our heart. We take them with us and wield them as weapons against every stronghold and the enemy of our soul.

And when we face temptation? God in His divine faithfulness promises provision and provides a way of escape, an exit. Maintaining awareness of those things that would tempt to draw us back into a life of defeat or steal the ground we’ve gained helps us to recognize the flashing, neon exit sign when it appears. The choice to take it or ignore is ours.

We were made for victory!

Love,

Shelly

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Need a Girls Night In? Need to refocus yourself on God’s Word? Join us for a fast moving hour of online Bible study with practical application, encouragement and fellowship! When? Thursday, February 27th at 8pm EST. Where? Rev It Up LIVE Facebook Event (Click here to join)

Things to bring:
*~* your Bible
*~* your Made to Crave book
*~* note cards (5, just in case)
*~* pen
*~* paper/journal

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Now…let’s get to hoppin’!

New to the blog hop or a regular around here? Here are the details!
 Before posting your blog to the blog hop, please read  The Skinny on Blog Hopping  created by Heather Bleier for the guidelines and for links to free sites where you can start a blog. We will no longer be accepting submissions from Facebook due to privacy concerns. The blog hop may seem scary at first but our team is here to guide you through the process. To ensure your correct post is linked to our Blog Hop and is not deleted from the Blog Hop, watch the following 3:00 minute tutorial and refer to those instructions. Click here to view directly on YouTube or copy the following link into your browserhttp://bit.ly/X8UX0u.

We can’t wait to read your blogs, but remember, you must blog about one of the Blog Hop topics. If your blog does not fit within the guidelines (the specified topics), it will be removed. If there is a question about your blog, someone from our Blog Hop Team will contact you. And if you post a blog here, grab our Blog Hop Button (right column) for your own blog! Don’t hesitate to comment below with any questions or with your thoughts if you don’t feel called to start a blog. This study is about you and God. We just want to support and love on you!

Here are this week’s topics: {The names in BOLD are suggested titles.}

NOTE: Please specify which topic you chose by either using the suggested title OR adding the Topic # somewhere in your post.

1. #Courageous

2. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 ~ Unpack our scripture for the week and share with us what you learned. Use verse mapping as an optional study tool. (Click here to learn more about verse mapping from our awesome friend Heather Bleier or copy the following into your browser: http://bit.ly/11j4zW2)

3. Intentional Sacrifice ~ Lysa talks about lasting, sustainable discipline and the importance of making one wise choice after another. What will this look like for you after our study ends? Do you believe it is possible?

4. Made For Holiness ~ Ephesians 4:24 says our new self is “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Do you believe it is possible to live a holy life before God? Do you believe you’ve been “set apart for a noble use?” (page 169) What does this mean to you?

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  1. Shelly-
    Congrats on finishing your race! Your perseverance paid off. I also want to send thanks to you and the whole P31OBS team for being so encouraging in each of our own journeys during Made to Crave. Online Bible studies truly make a difference. The Blog Hop has given me an avenue to reflect more deeply on what I am learning but it also has helped me to learn on a different level more about myself. Blessings to you and the whole team!

  2. Fun pics Shelley!

  3. CindyS.-OBS Group44 says:

    Great that you did your run with your daughter!

  4. I do not see ending the Made to Crave study (part 1) as the finish line. For me, it is the beginning. It’s like going to college to learn how to be a doctor. Your journey doesn’t end when you graduate from med school. Med school equipped you with the knowledge and skills to be a doctor. Now it is time to go be a doctor. The OBS has gotten God’s truth deep down into our minds and spirits. It has taught us strategies for success. It has helped us develop good habits. It has gotten us motivated and prepared us for daily life. Onto the action plan study. Then it begins! 🙂

  5. Kimberly Pittard says:

    I have been getting the emails, but I didn’t get the book until week 3 so I’m behind. I do like what I’ve read so far, and I am trying to remember the one-liners to remind myself to stay away from the temptation (cookies, candy). This is hard, and it’s been a battle for me for most of my life. I am doing the Run for God training for my first 5k, and I’m proud of how far I’ve come at this point; but I need to do better about what I put in my body. I like this support, and I like the ideas. I’m struggling with putting it into practice because convenience and knowledge is a factor (I’m not good at cooking or fixing the healthier foods, vegetables in particular). I like a lot of vegetables, but just steaming them or eating them raw gets old really quick. It’s so much easier to reach for a bowl of cereal or a snack bar. I have tried a new green smoothie the last 2 mornings, and that wasn’t as bad as I expected. I tweaked it a little, so my 8-year-old was more willing to drink it this morning too. What’s another easy way to get in so many veggies?

    • heather bowes says:

      Make yourself a yummy dip….but out of good things: I buy Chiobani fat free Greek Yogurt as a base. It’s delicious and you can put any herbs and spices in there you like! Even if you like Ranch style, buy the powdered dressing mix and mix some of that in your yogurt.
      Try different veggies too! Jicama is fun, carrot chips (crinkle cut carrots). Buy one new thing each week and you’ll end up w/a great variety!

    • Hi Kimberly! I’m so excited and encouraged that even though you are a little behind you have not given up! You’re doing great! I know a lot of us move at different paces . . . I’m usually late wherever I go (not proud of this!!) but have to be on time here since I’m accountable to all of YOU! Lol 😉 I like Heather’s ideas about the veggies. I happen to LOVE veggies so this isn’t an issue for me. I like them raw, steamed, roasted and any other way you can fix them! It does take effort, though, to make healthy choices over what is more convenient and right in front of me. I’m convinced the more we do it, the more it will become habit/routine…like Lysa says, we will learn to crave what we are eating. This exact thing happened with me and running. I woke up this morning WANTING to run! That has NEVER happened. Seroiusly, such a strange (but awesome!) feeling. Keep up the good work, girl!! And congrats on signing up for the 5K!!

  6. Linda Paver says:

    Since I do not participate in the blog hop, I am using this to comment on 2 questions:
    • #Courageous: fearless, brave, face uncertainty, danger all dictionary definitions; for me = taking a leap of faith, facing the unknown and “plowing through a situation” WITH GOD’S HELP! God makes me courageous because I know He is the final outcome and He will guide me every step of the way. It’s God 99.9% and Linda 0.1% that creates a desire in me to be courageous—overcome what I must face to give glory to God
    • 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 – “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. (Just when I think I’ve mastered the challenge or situation, I have to be careful not to look backward and give in to the temper. If I lose sight of God, I will stumble, fall, and be caught in the “old traps.”) The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. (I have the same types of choices everyone else has. I’m not any different. I’m not “picked on.” Other have the same types of unhealthy choices.) And God is faithful. (God is always there. He never leaves or forsakes me. I can always depend on His love, mercy, guidance, and grace.) He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. (God knows me better than I know myself! He knows how far I can go without being completely drug down. He knows my “breaking point’ and will not allow the devil to tempt me beyond that point. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (So, when I was tempted, He allows me “a way out,” but I MUST decide to make that choice. When I make that choice, God shows me another way so I can move on in spite of the hardships.”

    • heather bowes says:

      Really nice way for you to apply all those parts of that scripture to you personally!

    • Guess what, Linda? You DID participate in the Blog Hop…just here in the comment section! 🙂 And I’m so glad you did! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us! Isn’t it incredible how we can so much wisdom and guidance from one passage of scripture when we break it down like this and see how it applies to us personally? Love it!

  7. When I started training for my 5K, I said that I only wanted to run this ONE race, and that was it! But like you, when it was completed, I felt differently. I knew that God was with me throughout the training, the pain and the thrill of finishing, and although I don’t “like” running, He is guiding me to stretch myself even more. My next planned race is the 4.2 mile, “Pat’s Run” in April. I will also be joining in on the next journey with the action plan. Thank you OBS and all of you wonderful ladies for being here each morning and sharing “life” together.

  8. heather bowes says:

    You look adorable Shelly. I’m tickled for you! I ran my first 5K w/my son; nothing like it is there? Keep going to other 5K’s….I did one a month for two years, even popped in a few 10K’s and three ½ marathons (which were killers, but I did them!) I still run 5 and 10K’s but no more ½’s.
    I LOVE that you put that challenge out there and you accomplished it. I bet your husband wants to run w/you now! It can be great to have the whole family running together.
    Again soooo proud of you! Heather

  9. #Courageous-This has been such an eye opening experience for me!!! It had been soooo long since I had felt God like I have for the last 6 weeks. What an inspiration all of you have been!!! I am so excited to continue on this journey because I have the courage now to trust the promises God has given me through His Word!!! This is one awesome journey God has taken us all on and I am so blessed to have been a part of it!! I am looking forward to the next study!! Thank you ladies for all you do…for your inspiration for the last 6 weeks…for your encouragement…you are truly a blessing!!!!

    • Hi Sara!! It HAS been awesome, huh??! I’m so glad you are a part of the OBS community and will be joining us again for the Action Plan! It’s so exciting to see so many women start to believe for greater things – things that have been seemed impossible – and begin to move into that place of victory in their life (whatever it may be for each of them) – myself included!! Onward and upward and closer to Jesus we go! With God ALL things are possible!

  10. My prayer this morning:
    Dear Lord,
    I want to make one wise choice after another.
    I want to completely be dependent on You, completely at home with You to find lasting discipline in my life.
    I want to be Your disciple that knows what it means to delight in You.
    I want You to rewrite the desires of my heart.
    I want my sacrifices to become blessings rich and pure never to be traded for anything.
    Thank You, Lord.
    Chapter 17 really spoke to my heart about the commitment desired by God from me. I know this won’t be easy, but one choice at the time, and desiring His will in His strength I know my prayer will be answered. I have two grown daughters, that I need to be a witness to, God laid that on my heart this morning and I love them dearly, this has to be a lasting change so I may be a light to them. I ask God also this morning to prepare my mind and heart for the next six weeks of study as I have already signed up. And to help me with my unbelief regarding anything to come. Thanks to everyone for all the support and help during this journey.

    • Hi Faye!! Sooooo happy you signed up for the next study! I love how we are all moving through this together, drawing closer to God and allowing His strength to be made perfect in our weaknesses as we overcome things in our lives that have been holding us back from His best! And you’re right . . . ONE step at a time!

  11. Thank you Shelly! I love Blog Hops, it has been such an honor to share with others and get to share in others heart’s desires. I will see you on Sunday!

  12. Intentional Sacrifice: Sustained discipline results in victory not compromise. In 2012 I read MTC book through 6 times as I lost 35 pounds to help my back pain. At the 2nd reading I wrote this in my book, “I crave to be healthy and pain free. With God’s strength I will seek this craving as I rely on Him.” In 2013 I put 19 of those pounds back on due to letting deaths in my family knock me back down. So I was so excited to see in 2014 that P31 was starting an OBS on this book! I have lost 11 of those 19 pounds by reading the book again and participating in the OBS. This time through the strength and courage of so many women have strengthened me. I am so looking forward to the next part; The Action Plan. I have my book and I am ready. I CRAVE (long for, want greatly, desire eagerly, beg for) more closeness with God. Therefore I will intentionally sacrifice my craving for certain foods until I no longer desire them, but desire closeness with God more. On my mark, I am set, and ready to GO! Praise God, Amen!

    • Oh Lyn, THANK YOU for sharing this. What an inspiration and encouragement your words are. I love how you are continuing to draw closer to God and determined to be intentional in getting healthy again. Even in the face of hardship and even though you may have taken a few steps back . . . you are still persevering!! I love our community here and I, too, have been helped and strengthened by each of YOU to keep going. Together, and with God, we can do this! 🙂

  13. Audree Lyles says:

    I think it was yesterday when I said that I want to be in a place where I don’t have to think about my choices anymore. Where my choice to go with God is a HABIT. But after reading more of Made To Crave, I’m thinking maybe it WILL always be a struggle and it WILL always have to be a choice. I will ALWAYS have to be INTENTIONAL about what I eat. INTENTIONAL about seeking God instead of food. That’s OK. I don’t want my relationship with God to be taken for granted, either. I like what Lysa said about making one choice at a time. And another. And another. If I can make the right choice in THIS MOMENT, I’m ahead of where I USED TO be! 🙂

    • I think with time most anything gets easier but will always require effort, being intentional, and even making some sort of sacrifice. But GREAT are the rewards when we persevere and don’t give up or give in! 🙂 And yes, one wise choice at a time! We can do this, Audree! 🙂

    • Susan Stefanini says:

      Audree, Your thoughts are the same as mine. I, too, have been wishing, hoping, praying for my desire to Crave God more than food to simply be a HABIT, without the struggle. But I’m also accepting this may be something I live with for the rest of my life. If it’s the thorn in my side that keeps me connected to Him for full and satisfying comfort, I’m willing to live with it–because I already know what’s it’s like to live with the alternative–and I never want to go back to that slavery ever again! Your thoughts and words inspired me, and I’ve copied and written them down for encouragement for the journey. Indeed, this is not the end of the race, just the training ground and preparation of living a life of liberty in TRUTH … and now we run the race with confidence, empowered by all of His Truth, Strength, and Power. Blessings to you.

  14. Shelly, CONGRATS! Knew you could do it!!

    And … what’s your next goal? =) I find signing up for something is often the only thing that keeps me running.

    SO … I’m planning to register for a Sprint Triathlon in June, and do the Olympic Distance Chicago Tri (~1 mile or 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10 K run) in August. CAN I GET SOME PRAYER & ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THIS??! Let’s be BHAG ladies — Big Hairy Audacious Goals! =)

    • Thank you, Steph!! 🙂 And I’m so proud of YOU for setting your next goal! I’m not sure I’ll ever do a Triathlon but I know you will do great! I am thinking about signing up for either another 5K or maybe . . . wait for it . . . a 10K! But back to you . . . I’m cheering you on!! You can do it!! Woohooo!! Can’t wait to see you cross the finish line in August!

    • Kristy Aiken (OBS Team Leader/Blog Team) says:

      Go Steph!

      So, now I’ve signed up for a 5K in May

  15. I want to take a moment this morning to thank P31 and all the staff for all their prayers and such. Wendy Franke of P31 OBS Group 71 and all those beautiful ladies, and I especially want to thank my LORD and Savior for helping me. This last 2 weeks of Made to Crave have been really very difficult for me, to the point of wanting to give up, quit and throw in the towel! But, I have stayed with it even though I can’t exercise right now. I can’t even put weight on my foot now, but Wow! Shelly and Christa and all of the prayers! I feel that maybe there is still hope and the surgeon will be found and somehow, the GOD I serve is gonna make EVERYTHING ALL RIGHT. Praise the LORD! P.S. Thanks Jamy W too!

    • Cheryl . . . you are victorious!! You have not given up or given in even in the face of adversity! I’m so proud of you! Find something that you can do even while your foot is recovering. Maybe strengthen your upper body (I’m no trainer so make sure you check with your doctor first). Praying for encouragement, healing, and a complete recovery for you in Jesus’ name!

  16. CindyS.-OBS Group44 says:

    Cheryl, how awesome for you to thank everyone, when you are struggling with things in your own life. I hope her health turns around soon and keep heading on this path to a healthy you. I will pray the Dr. Has answers for you and speedy healing!

  17. CindyS.-OBS Group44 says:

    Audree Lyles, you are making the right choice in this moment. I really liked how you are intentionally thinking about your choices for a healthy body. Each day we work towards a healthy mind, body and spirit. Praise God!

  18. Ladies this has nothing to do with the study but I am in so much need of prayer right now. The devil is at work in my home and we really need Gods intervention right now. I appericate all of you and know that I can count on your prayers.

    • Sue C - OBS Group 44 says:

      Tabitha,
      God knows what is going on in your family right now and he knows your heart. I pray that you will find the strength you need by trusting God with this situation. Ask Him for strength, wisdom and discernment to get through this time. I ask for blessings upon your household and may God work in the ways needed to push away the enemy.

  19. linda feliciano says:

    My craving is smoking and it has been very rough i am 44 years old and been smoking since i was 15 or 16 i have cut back a lot and been praying more then usually about this and when i say i have cut back some days are good and some days are not its a day by day thing for me ,. In personal reflections on ch 17 how might your life be different if you could achieve utter dependence on God and lasting discipline ? well i believe that i would be happier with myself and be more healthy in the future ,so i will continue to pray and continue to believe that one i will achieve my goal with my craving .

    • Sue C - OBS Group 44 says:

      Yes Lisa, continue to pray and continue to believe in yourself that you will be an overcomer! Continue to put God first and you will see the road to victory opening up for you. I can’t tell you how long that road will be, only God knows. But keep the faith and trust in Him to give you the strength that you need!

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