M2C assignment for Jan 28, 2014

As I have already read much of Made To Crave, some of the following post is from an older blog post.  But, there is new information woven in, so enjoy the post!

 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Make a list of excuses you have been giving yourself for not making healthy choices. Then OVERRULE them with truth and a solution.
1. Excuse: I am too tired. Overruled: do it anyway. Get up. Go to bed earlier if needed. Proverbs 6:6-11 Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.
2. Excuse: I hate to exercise. Overruled: I am always telling my son, “There will be foods I ask you to eat that you don’t like. There will be foods I ask you to eat that you absolutely love. I need to eat what I give you. You don’t always get what you love.” I think I need to say the same thing to myself about activity levels.  It is good for me, it is healthy, and even though I don’t like it, I should do it anyway. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 says “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. [emphasis mine]”
3. Excuse: I have to take care of Zander first. Overruled: If I am not healthy, how can I care for my son? I have to get my health in order so that I can BE here for him. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

Reflecting on Chapter 5: Made to Crave
Psalm 139 reminds me that God created me. Starting at verse 13:
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
God knows my days, ALL of them.
Lysa TerKeurst writes that in the face of temptation, she is reminded of these words: “You were made for more than this.” She whispers them over and over to herself, and finds the strength to overcome temptation, as small or as mighty as that temptation might be. Temptations of food seem petty as compared to sexual temptations, or drugs, but still temptation. His Word promises us, “13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Cor 10:13)
Paul writes in Ephesians 1:15-23 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
I quote this because Lysa uses it as a guideline for facing and overcoming temptation:
1. Be Persistent: “I do not cease to give thanks…” Don’t be afraid to ask God to join us in this journey! He never intended for us to walk alone. He created us to be IN COMMUNITY! We walk alongside each other, and He wants us to walk alongside Him as well.
2. Embrace a True Identity: Truth is, WE ARE HIS CHILDREN! Claim that! Own it! HE created us! He knit each and every one of us together in our mothers’ wombs. He IS our Glorious Father! Our past does not define us. Illnesses we have do not define us. Our identity is in CHRIST ALONE! Give to Him all the baggage that you have from past and present, from broken relationships, from illness, fatigue, and burnout. He can transform us, and create opportunities to heal, to bless others through our own pain. Look up and reflect on these verses that Lysa shares: Romans 3:24, Romans 8:1-2, 1 Corinthians 1:2, 1 Corinthians 1:30, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 1:4, Ephesians 2:13, Ephesians 3:12, Romans 8:37.
Reflection Question #4 really got me thinking:
Take a moment to review the following list of statements, inserting your name before each one. How does this understanding of how God sees you impact the circumstance-based view of your identity you listed in response to question 3?
• Kara, the forgiven child of God (Romans 3:24)
• Kara, the set-free child of God (Romans 8:1-2)
• Kara, the accepted child of God (1 Corinthians 1:2)
• Kara, the holy child of God (1 Corinthians 1:30)
• Kara, the made-new child of God (2 Corinthians 5:17)
• Kara, the loved child of God (Ephesians 1:4)
• Kara, the close child of God (Ephesians 2:13)
• Kara, the confident child of God (Ephesians 3:12)
• Kara, the victorious child of God (Romans 8:37)
This teaches me much about being an Overcomer! I am not defined by what I see, what others see, in me, The Lord alone transforms me, and each obstacle I face is another opportunity to allow the Potter to do His thing. He shapes me and molds me, He removed the impurities and strengthens and reinforces the clay in His hands. I am the clay. I am HIS CREATION, and He has written ALL of my days. I proclaim victory over the doubt, the depression, the history because I know He renews me every day. This mindset is a work in progress, and I know I will have to be reminded of it often. And I trust that God will whisper these truths to me daily. I know without my past, I would not be who I am today. That is only true because of who God is, and what He has done in my life. To God be the glory!

Lysa writes, “I was made to be set free, holy, new, loved, and confident. Because of this, I can’t allow myself to partake in anything that negates my true identity…The truth of my identity as a child of God empowers me to believe that living in victory tastes sweeter than any unhealthy delicacy.” (pg 40)
3. Find the Deeper Reason: everything we do draws us closer to HIM. “So that we may know him better” gives purpose to our training, to our discipline.
4. Discover a Hope and Power Like No Other: Pray that our hearts and eyes will be open. Open to the truth that we do not walk this path alone, to the truth that in our weakness, His power is made perfect. I reflect a lot on 2 Corinthians 12. We really cannot do this alone. I am not strong enough to stand up to the taunting of temptation. But my Savior is! He BEAT Temptation with a STICK! A cross, a grave, and a CONQUERING of DEATH! So I will cling to Him in this journey, and proclaim His Power!
I was made for more. I was made to be in the throne room of the King of Kings!
Now, for Body By Buck: I printed it. I am reading through it and highlighting those things that speak to my heart. Some of those things are You’ll have more energy and You’ll feel great. I need more energy and I know in the LONG RUN, I will feel great. I need to get through the SHORT TERM in order to cling to this truth. Pray for me that I press on toward the goal!

 

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