This week I began a new Online Bible Study (OBS) with my friends at Proverbs31 ministries. I love these studies, but love the ladies that I meet even more. The support, encouragement and love that comes through these ladies are unbelievable. For this study there is over 40,000 women around the world doing this study. Wow!
Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst is a great book which I almost finished reading last year. The subtitle says it all, “satisfying your deepest desire with God, not food”. While my battle is not with food, this can apply to anything that takes your focus off God.
I have finished the first three chapters of this book and am trying to figure out what my ‘craving’ is that my focus.
In the first chapter, Lysa talks about the little orange monster that chases women around tempting us with whatever our ‘craving’ is. For the last several days, I have been trying to name my little orange monster, but am struggling pin-pointing a name. What do I crave more than God? I so want to say there is nothing that I crave more than God. But I need to be honest. I know that it’s not food. I lead a very busy life with family commitments, ministry obligations that I think is a good starting point of what is taking my focus off God. I hate to admit, but I have a hard time saying ‘no’ so I over commit myself, thus making family time scarce and time for God and my health even scarcer.
I started reading this book last year and since that point, I have delegated a lot of things. While life is not smooth sailing, some of the craziness has calm down. I have started to focus more on God. But I have not taken much effort to take care of me, my health, my high blood pressure. So, my little orange monster is my high blood pressure. I’ve named it. Now what?
I’m not sure whether this is what Lysa had in mind when she was talking about the little orange monster, but it is what is taking part of my life away. The life that God wants me to have. I have been tired, not well which takes time away from my family, from concentrating on God and his plan for me.
So how do I replace these ‘cravings’ to please everyone with prayer? Lysa was able to pray every time that she craved unhealthy food. So every time that someone asks me to take on another project or task, I need to pray first. Is there what God wants me to spend my time on? This will help in simplifying my life.
However, what about the high blood pressure? What can I do to get it to go down? I take the meds, but not working. Yes, going to see the doctor would probably be a good idea and I do have an appointment set up for after vacation. I have read some things that can help — reduce caffeine, exercise, healthier foods (like vegetables & fruits).
In Chapter three it is about coming up with a plan. I need a plan. I need to consult a doctor and get some action steps that can be taken to get my blood pressure into a normal range. I need to start planning meals that are healthy and start doing some exercise. All these things will help.
I have told some friends about my struggle (and now those reading this will know) who are keeping me accountable to making some changes. But it is hard to focus on me. I always put myself last, so how do I change and put me first?
This week’s word for this study is #EMPOWERED. With these simple tools already provided in this study, I do feel empowered.
“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of The Lord with my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.” Psalm 84:1-2