Jan 25 2011

Made to Crave - Day 17


Day 17: Don’t Fence Me In!

Based on Chapter 15 of Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst


Thought for the Day: Boundaries are not restrictive fences meant to keep you from enjoying life, but gifts from a God who cares about your well-being.


Sometimes, the words “no,” “boundaries,” and “limitations” stir up feelings of deprivation and resistance in my strong-willed self. But I’ve learned that I must embrace the boundaries of the healthy eating plan that I chose. I must see these limits as parameters that define my freedom.


I learned this principle through my sweet, little dog, Chelsea, who isn’t the brightest canine around cars. She’s obsessed with trying to attack the tires crunching against our gravel driveway inside our fenced-in yard. As a result, she had an unfortunate encounter with a moving vehicle about the same time I started my healthy eating plan.


After Chelsea’s injury, the vet informed us that helping her heal meant we’d have to keep her calm for three weeks. This recommendation sounded crazy considering it’s hard to keep Chelsea still for three minutes! Worse, she was forbidden to bite or pull at her bandages and stitches. So, the dreaded cone was placed around her neck to keep her injuries out of reach.


As Chelsea healed, I was the master of her new limitations. She punished me with hours of whining and crying. She constantly tried to escape through our fence and kept snapping at her bandages. However, my love for this dog wouldn’t permit me to let her to harm herself. Her brokenness couldn’t handle that kind of freedom. Not yet.


As I watched Chelsea struggle, I was struck by the way her situation applied to my issues with eating healthy. My brokenness couldn’t handle freedom with food outside the boundaries of my plan. Not yet. Eventually I would be able to add some things back into my diet in small quantities. But not yet.


Since my brokenness with food runs deep, my new healthy habits need time to run even deeper. Here are a few of the boundaries I’ve created to ensure success on my healthy eating adventure:


I am not made to be a victim of my poor choices. I was made to be a victorious child of God.

I can find ways to celebrate that don’t involve blowing my healthy eating plan.

If I am in a situation where the temptation is overwhelming, I will have to choose either to remove the temptation or remove myself from the situation.

Struggling with my weight isn’t a curse from God. Being overweight is an outside indication that internal changes are needed for my body to function properly and for me to feel well.



I’ve learned that boundaries aren’t restrictive fences meant to keep us from enjoying life, but gifts from a God who cares about our well-being. Whether you are staring at a party hors d’oeuvre table of all things cheesy, or ready to bite your friend’s head off as she reminds you of the healthy eating plan you chose, I pray these boundaries help you like they’ve helped me.



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

Comments (2) -

1/25/2011 7:53:30 AM
Paula J. United States
Paula J.
I felt comforted that I will be watched over and someone is out to take care of me when I,m to weak to care for myself--We all need boundaries--We need to accept that making bad choices of foods is a weakness and we suffer for it later. And our loving God is here to look out for us. Amen!!!
1/25/2011 8:21:23 AM
Ruth Ann Bowen United States
Ruth Ann Bowen
In this day and age food has literally become a god where indeed boundaries and fences are needed! As a pastor's wife, mother, and Co-founder of Nurturing Naturally (www.facebook.com/NurturingNaturally), our mission is to teach people how to connect yesterday's pantry with today's kitchen. Real food--not man-made, genetically altered and pesticide-ridden food in a box--is the true path to not just losing weight, but transforming our bodies into the temple of the Holy Spirit as God intended them. When we change our focus to treating our bodies as the temples they were designed to be, losing weight is just a natural by-product. Smile
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