I love cake! No, seriously... I LOVE cake. Like, sit on a couch with the pan and a fork kind of love. Vanilla, chocolate, carrot, red velvet... and don't get me started on the frosting! Be still my heart. But as we all know, too much of a good thing can be bad. And as such, I have a confession. I am overweight.
It's a war I've fought all my life. Some battles I win & some I lose. A number of years ago, I tipped the scales at 220 pounds. It was my hightest weight to date and I hated it. I joined Weight Watchers and worked hard and lost the weight. 85 pounds to be exact. I felt great. I looked great. I wore skinny pants. It was fabulous! Then I got lazy and slowly the weight began creeping back up. This time around I am losing the battle. My attitude is poor and my will power is low. I have gained almost half the weight back.
Therefore, I have decided it is time once again to get back in the fight and this time I'm bringing reinforcements.
The New York Times bestselling book "Made To Crave" by Lisa Terkeurst, President of Proverbs 31 Ministries is going to be my companion. I borrowed it from a friend and have decided to study it as I once again travel this road. I'd like for you to join me if this is a war you've been fighting too. Get the book or don't. Diet or don't. Read the next few blog posts or don't. But always pray. Pray for me. Pray for you. Pray that this blog will reach the ears of those who need to share in this journey. Pray that if necessary, you too will have your eyes opened. Pray that I won't eat the cake. Pray that we find our 'want to'. In the introduction of her book, Terkeurst says, "it's not the 'how to' I'm missing. It's the 'want to'... Really wanting to make changes and deciding that the results of those changes are worth the sacrifice." My mom always said, "when the pain FOR changes becomes greater than the pain TO change, then change will occur." Boy, I feel the pain.
This is going to require changes in all aspects of our lives. Spiritual, physical and mental. Spiritually we must ask God to give us the desire to be healthy. Terkeurst says, "a vanity seeking 'want to' would never last." We must learn to crave God and nothing else... including food. Physically we must turn those spiritual insights into practical choices. Good choices. Healthy choices. Smaller portion choices. Vegetable choices. Exercise choices. Mentally we must convince ourselves that there is more for us then eating ~ gaining weight ~ stressing out ~ repeat. Terkeurst says, "I am made to rise up, do battle with my issues and, using the Lord's strength in me, defeat them."
Please come along with me on this journey. Next time we will look at chapter one entitled "What's really going on here?"
Lord, I pray that this blog and this book be made available to those who have need. Let me lead by example and grant us wisdom on this journey. Teach us to crave you.
I'm Jennifer and I am so glad to meet you! I am a working mother of 4 children, surrogate mother of 2 children's boyfriends, a few children's best friends, a god-son, a prayer pal and a very special boy who smelled his way into my heart. Our home is open and all are welcome here.