Jan 18 2011

Made to Crave - Day 12

Day 12: But I Never Feel Full

Based on Chapter 11 of Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst

  

Thought for the Day: “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17–19)

  

For years, I walked around with a little heart-shaped cup in my soul, holding it out to people or things trying to find fulfillment. Some of us hold out our heart-shaped cup and expect a husband to love us in ways that rights our wrongs and fills up our insecurities. Sometimes, we expect our kids to be successful so that we look good and feel validated by their accomplishments. Or, we hope that a successful career will confirm that we are a valuable human being.

 

At times, I have asked the impossible of all of these. But my consistent “friend” of choice over the years has been food. Imagine my little heart-shaped cup as a candy dish, using sweets and snacks to soothe my emotions.

 

However, if we are going to replace destructive cycles with lasting changes in our lives, then we have to empty ourselves of the lie that other people or things can ever fill our hearts. Instead, we have to deliberately fill up on God’s truths and stand secure in His love. Here are some examples of how we can do that:

Old lie: “I am such a failure when it comes to my diet.”

New truth: “I am not a failure. I am a lavishly loved child of God. Part of my right as a child of God is to operate in a power beyond myself. The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to me. So it is possible for me to use the self-control I’ve been given.”

Old lie: “I need these Oreos!”

New truth: “The thought that these Oreos will fill me is a lie. They will taste good for just the few minutes it will take to eat them. Then that hollow feeling of guilt will rush in as soon as the chocolate high dissipates. If I truly need a snack right now, I am capable of choosing a healthier option.”

Old lie: “God seems far away and French fries are right around the corner at the drive-thru.”

New truth: “French fries don’t love me. And the only lasting thing I get from them is the cholesterol and cellulite they inevitably leave behind, which will just compound my frustration. God’s love is here in this moment and in many more to come. His love is true and carries with it only positive residual effects.”

 

Examine how you can replace the lies and rationalizations in your mind with the truth of God’s love. Experience the power of renewing your mind and learning that food was never meant to fulfill the deepest places of your heart. And, as Ephesians 3:19 reminds, may you understand that the only way to true satisfaction is to be “filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

 

 

For more information about Lysa TerKeurst and her book Made to Crave, please visit: www.MadetoCrave.org

Comments (4) -

1/18/2011 5:55:04 AM
Kelly in Knoxville United States
Kelly in Knoxville
Yesterday was not the worst day of the year. With the help of some co workers, we provided necessities to a fellow co worker who is due to have a baby in less than two weeks. She never asked for help or mentioned the hard time she was having. She was too embarrassed. After becoming her friend and listening to her basic needs. Turns out she did not have clothing for herself or for this new baby. She has no family structure and no help... until I friended her. Now she is ready for the delivery of her baby boy. She knows God was looking out for her and provided her with the things she needs.
What an Awesome God we serve!
1/18/2011 7:10:58 AM
Marcy United States
Marcy
I think I crave my family.  I used to think of my situation like a drug addicts (not meant to insult anyone with that situation) because I want/crave/desire family time more than anything.  I know it comes from insecurities I feel inside, and as of late it has manifested as small jealousies and fears that should not be validated in my life.  Thankfully I have some very loving women friends in my life who help me to be directed back to God and when things do get bad I need that direction.  I should know that I am validated by Jesus and it doesn't matter how much time my husband and children spend with me or not, that I am still worth something to God.
1/18/2011 11:38:28 AM
Robet United States
Robet
Can y'all play some different songs. Y'all are running some very good songs into the grown. Pick some new or older songs I love to lesson to klove just mix it up Thanks Robert
1/18/2011 4:28:36 PM
Stacey United States
Stacey
I want to believe all the things that I have been reading here, but I've been believing the lies so long, it's hard to know anymore if there is something else to believe.  I know God loves me, and I know he created me beautiful, but I've always believed that I became something horrible through my own free will.  I'm not sure I can ever think of myself as anything but horrible, but I will pray for something more.  I want to know what Ephesians 3:17-19 can mean for my life. No one has ever told me I am beautiful.  I know it shouldn't matter what other people think, but when you're almost 40 and no one has ever thought you were anything but hideous, it's hard to imagine that anything else could be true.  I know God can change the way I think.  I will ask for him for help.
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