10 In Book study

Made to Crave – Week 3 {Making a Plan}

Today we are sharing our thoughts on Chapter 3 of Made to Crave.  If you wrote a post, will you link up here so that we can encourage one another on our journey?

I love looking at other people’s gardens.  I love to smell the beautiful flowers that grow in the yards of others.  As I walk by, I silently say to myself, “I would love to have a beautiful garden like that”.  I can’t wish it into being.  Growing a beautiful and thriving garden takes work.  It takes sacrifice, effort and determination.  A gardener must put in a lot of time and commitment before he ever sees the fruit of his labor.

Isn’t healthy living just like this?  If I am to see the results that my heart desires, I must be willing to work hard, sacrifice and fight for those results.  Most days, I simply lack the motivation and desire.  I want results, but why am I unwilling to do the work?

Ouch!  A lot has to change inside of me if I am going to pursue this with passion.

I want to be thinner, but I refuse to be obedient to the Lord and exercise self-control in my food choices.

I try to blame it on the fact that I am over 40, or that I have a slow metabolism, or that I am going through “the change”.

All of my grumbling and complaining will only make reaching my goal that much harder, or next to impossible.  The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years, and never entered the promised land.  Would things have been different if they had only surrendered their will to the Lord’s?  Perhaps.

If I am ever to reach my goals concerning health and weight loss, I must be willing to give up some things.  I must be willing to submit my will to God’s will, to surrender my desires for earthly fulfillment into His hands.

“I was too dependent on food for comfort and saw no need for a long-term discipline plan for my eating.  I wanted to eat what I wanted, when I wanted, in the quantities I wanted.” –Made to Crave.

Poor issues with food not only affect my waistline, but my overall energy level and well-being.  If I am to be successful, I must have a plan.  If I do not have a plan, I will fail.  This journey will not be an easy one.  It will require time, effort and sacrifice.   It may mean throwing myself in a corner so that I can have a good cry from time to time.  But I will pick myself back up.  I refuse to look at this as a journey of self-denial.  I want to look at it as a journey of promise, to see all of the possibilities that await me when I choose to embrace healthy choices.

So, where do I go from here?  This week I am taking time to be intentional in praying for myself, asking the Lord what His plan is.  I feel that I know what it is He is asking of me.  And perhaps, I am dragging my feet, but I am sure I will come around.  My daughter is getting married in 5 months, and I have a goal to lose 40-50bls.  Can I do it?  No.  But WITH GOD, all things are possible!  Where I am weak, He is strong.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  (2 Corinthians 12:9)

How about you?  How are you doing this week?  How do you feel about having a plan in regards to health and weight loss?  How can I pray for you this week?

Be sure to stop over to visit Venessa and give her some encouragement this week.

10 Comments

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    Charina
    January 27, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Yes indeed, with God everythig is possible!

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    Anonymous
    January 27, 2012 at 4:29 am

    I totally understand about wanting the results without necessarily wanting to do the work.  Sigh. 

    God bless you as you work through this Barbie.  You are not alone.

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      Barbie
      January 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Thankful for you my friends.

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    Venessa
    January 27, 2012 at 9:06 am

    totally here with ya! I am so glad that we are doing this together with all these other amazing women!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      January 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you my friend.  I too am thankful for you.  We are going to do this.  No matter how long it takes!

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    Kim | At Home With Kim
    January 27, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Barbie, I love your new look!  It’s fun to get a makeover isn’t it?  I have this book on my shelf ready to read…  Can’t wait to get to it!  Have a fabulous weekend!!!

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    charis
    January 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    you can do it.  i know it is hard, but it seems life following God is hard anytime it comes to obedience.   i believe He can give you the grace you need to follow through.  not your strength, but His.

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      Barbie
      January 27, 2012 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you Charis!

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    Barbie
    January 27, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Thank you for stopping by to visit Kim!

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