Last year, author Lysa TerKeurst released the book Made to Crave, providing the Biblical answer to why people diet, regain the weight they lose, and continue to find themselves stuck in this vicious cycle. Made to Crave helped thousands of people finally achieve victory in their weight loss journey. But, according to TerKeurst, “We need more than 19 chapters to stay motivated and on track. That’s why I wrote this daily devotional with 60 inspirational entries. There is plenty of new material not in the original book. Rest assured, I also included your favorite nuggets of wisdom from Made to Crave.”Just like the Made to Crave book, this Made to Crave Devotional is not a how-to get healthy book. It is the road to finding the lasting ‘want to’ that extends far beyond the surface issues of weighing less and wanting to wear a smaller clothes size.Says TerKeurst: “There’s a spiritual battle going on. It’s real. And it’s amazing how perfectly the Bible gives us specific ways to find victory with our food struggles.“Even for girls who don’t crave carrots.“
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About the Author
Lysa TerKeurst is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and the New York Times bestselling author of Uninvited and The Best Yes. She writes from her sticky farm table and lives with her family in North Carolina. Connect with her at www.LysaTerKeurst.com.
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Made to Crave Devotional
By Lysa TerKeurst
ZONDERVANCopyright © 2011 Lysa TerKeurst
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Chapter OneDay 1
The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (HEBREWS 1:3)
Thought for the Day: Unsettle me in the best kind of way. For when I allow your touch to reach the deepest parts of me—dark and dingy and hidden away too long—suddenly, a fresh wind of life twists and twirls and dances through my soul.
The year I finally got my eating issues under control, I started with a very simple New Year's prayer. I didn't write a long list of resolutions as I had in previous years. After all, my list from one year to the next could have simply been a photocopy from the year before. It was the same stuff, year after year. I started out with great gusto to eat less, move more, make this a healthy lifestyle, and live in victory. Yadda, yadda, yadda.
But each year around January 7, I'd get invited to a party where treats were plentiful and motivation scarce. My stomach would soon be overstuffed and my resolve worn quite thin.
Year after year.
But this year I just couldn't bring myself to write the list again. So, I prayed this simple prayer: Unsettle me.
These are the words I wrote in my journal ...
Unsettle me. These are the two words rattling about in my brain today. I almost wish it were a more glamorous prayer. Surely more eloquent words could be found for what I'm feeling led to pursue during this New Year. But these are the words, this is the prayer for my 2009.
The funny thing is, I've spent my whole existence trying to find a place to settle down, people to settle down with, and a spirit about me worthy of all this settled down-ness. All of this is good. A contented heart, thankful for its blessings, is a good way to settle.
But there are areas of my life that have also settled that mock my desires to be a godly woman—compromises, if you will. Attitudes that I've wrapped in the lie, "Well, that's just how I am. And if that's all the bad that's in me, I'm doing pretty good."
I dare you, dear soul of mine, to notice the stark evidence of a spirit that is tainted and a heart that must be placed under the microscope of God's Word. Yes, indeed, unsettle me, Lord.
Unearth that remnant of justification.
Shake loose that pull toward compromise.
Reveal that broken shard of secrecy.
Expose that tendency to give up.
Unsettle me in the best kind of way. For when I allow Your touch to reach the deepest parts of me—dark and dingy and hidden away too long—suddenly, a fresh wind of life twists and twirls and dances through my soul.
I can delight in hope that this is my year to change.
I can discover reasons to appreciate my body and find softer ways for my thoughts to land.
I can recognize the beauty of discipline and crave the intimacy with God it unleashes.
I can rest assured though the journey will be hard, I will be held.
Goodbye to my remnants, my justification, shards, and tendencies. This is not who I am—nor who I was created to be.
Goodbye to shallow efforts, self-focus, and suspicious fears that I'll never find victory in this area of my life. I am an unsettled woman who no longer wishes to take part in distractions or destructions.
Welcome deeper love for God and the realization I am made for more than this constant battle. Welcome my unsettled heart.
Are you ready to be unsettled in a good way?
Maybe you are at the beginning of your journey and feel intimidated by the long road ahead. Or, maybe you are on the other end of the spectrum and need ongoing encouragement to stay healthy. Whether you're in those places or somewhere in the middle, will you make a renewed commitment now? Will you ask God to unsettle you in the midst of where you are? And then dare to keep turning these pages and holding tight to God's transforming truth.
Dear Lord, make me a courageous woman who isn't afraid to pray this prayer over and over in the days ahead. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Chapter TwoDay 2
What If I Let God Down?
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (ISAIAH 41:10)
Thought for the Day: I wept as I realized this would be one of the most significant spiritual journeys of my life. A spiritual journey that would yield great physical benefits.
I recently received an email from a woman who wrote, "Lysa, one of my greatest fears in reading Made to Crave is not just letting myself down, but even worse, letting God down."
I understand how she feels. When you've tried and failed as many times as I have, you start to feel gun-shy about trying again. I'd lose the weight, feel great for a couple of months, deceive myself into thinking I could return to old habits, and all the weight would creep back on. I'd failed at finding lasting victory with every other attempt, even with programs I thought were the sure thing. So, why would this one be any different?
And why in heavens would I want to add spiritual guilt on top of my physical guilt? Why would I risk the shame of making God look bad too?
Guilt wrapped in shame is a terrible burden to carry. Guilt always came when I knew I was making poor choices and could see the scale numbers climbing. Shame came when my weight gain became apparent to everyone else in the world. Battling something so raw, so deeply personal was hard; knowing my failures were apparent to everyone else added humiliation to my toxic stew of emotions.
Yes, the physical struggle was hard enough. I certainly didn't want to drag down my spiritual life with this struggle as well.
But here's the problem: whether or not I wanted to admit it, my weight issues were already dragging me down spiritually. When I don't have peace physically, I don't have peace spiritually. I can't separate the two. Nor should I. I need spiritual motivation to step in where my physical determination falls short.
So I started reading the Bible from the perspective of someone struggling with food issues. Though I had read the Bible many times and have even taught Bible studies for years, I'd missed how much God cares about and talks about this issue. Tucked within this book written thousands of years ago are some of the most astounding and life-changing truths directly applicable to this modern-day unhealthy eating epidemic that plagues women.
I wept with joy. I wept with relief. I wept as I realized this would be one of the most significant spiritual journeys of my life. A spiritual journey that would yield great physical benefits. And what about my concerns with letting God down?
My pastor, Steven Furtick, put that to rest one day with a simple but very profound truth, "How can you let God down when you weren't ever holding Him up?"
I had to choose to operate in the reassurance of God's love, the remembrance of God's grace, and the reality of God's power. And, according to Isaiah 41:10, God is the one holding me up, not the other way around. To that I say, "Amen!"
Dear Lord, this is one of the most significant spiritual journeys of my life. Help me to focus on You as I battle this raw, personal issue. I need You today. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Chapter ThreeDay 3
The Right Questions
Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than human beings!" (ACTS 5:29)
Thought for the Day: I must obey God rather than the scale!
My friend, Karen Ehman, was a great cheerleader during my healthy eating journey. On one of her "Weight Loss Wednesday" blog posts she wrote something I found incredibly insightful. The biggest shift in her motivation from her yo-yo dieting days was replacing the delight of diminishing numbers on the scale with the delight of obedience to God.
I was very hopeful as I hopped on the scale this morning. I kept track of my food, exercised five days at the gym for 30–45 minutes, and my jeans were zipping up much easier than expected. So, I whipped the scale out ... and I'd lost a measly 1.8 pounds! What!?! I was sure it would say at least two or maybe even three. I felt gypped. And I felt like running to the kitchen to make a frozen waffle or two so I could slather it with real butter, spread it with some Peter Pan, and douse it with a load of pure maple syrup to stick it to that scale! Then I stopped and remembered what I felt the Lord saying this week.
Define your week by obedience, not by a number on the scale.
The scale does help measure our progress, but it can't tell us everything. It can't tell us if too much salt intake is making us retain a pound or two of water. It can't tell us if we actually lost a pound of fat, but gained more muscle from weight training. And, it can't tell us what time of the month it is and give us automatic credit for the extra two pounds or so that those glorious few days bring to us.
So, I had to stop and ask myself the following questions:
Did I overeat this week on any day? No.
Did I move more and exercise regularly? Yes.
Did I eat in secret or out of anger or frustration? No.
Did I feel that, at any time, I ran to food instead of to God? Nope.
Before I hopped on the scale, did I think I'd had a successful, God-pleasing week? Yep!
So, why oh why do I get so tied up in a stupid number? And why did I almost let it trip me up and send me to the kitchen for a 750-calorie binge? Don't worry. I had a yogurt and tea instead.
Sweet friends, we need to define ourselves by our obedience, not a number on the scale. We are all in this thing together. And we will get the weight off, even if it is 1.8 pounds at a time!
I love what Karen says about defining ourselves by our obedience and not by a number on the scale—or, for me, what size my clothes are or how I feel seeing models with unattainable sizes on the magazine covers.
Yes, eating healthy and exercising gets our bodies into better shape, but we are never supposed to get soul satisfaction from our looks. Our looks are temporary; if we hitch our souls to this fleeting pursuit, we'll quickly become disillusioned. The apostle Paul wrote, "We must obey God rather than human beings" (Acts 5:29). I read that verse differently now: "I must obey God rather than human values—like a number on the scale or the size on the tag in my jeans." The only true satisfaction we can seek is the satisfaction of being obedient to the Lord.
Dear Lord, I don't want to define myself by a number on my scale or any other human value. I truly want to be obedient to You each day. Help me to follow hard after You. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Chapter FourDay 4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds. (JAMES 1:2)
Thought for the Day: Triumph in this choice will produce a blessing.
This verse can be hard to swallow. When tears are plentiful and answers are few, it's hard to be joyful. And though I know there are many more serious trials than my weight struggles, issues in this area make me feel vulnerable, incapable, and insecure. Not joyful.
I find it hard to "consider it pure joy." However, one reason the phrase "consider it" starts off this teaching in James is because we will probably not feel it. In the midst of a trial, we will probably not feel the joy, the hope, or the encouragement tucked within this verse—we have to consider it.
On your healthy eating journey there will be times when you face trials. You may not have considered them trials in the past. But when you're tempted to stray from the commitment to make healthier choices, it's a trial.
Perhaps you, like me, have faced this scenario. You enter a restaurant enthused with your plan to order the tropical salad with grilled chicken. You actually like this yummy salad and know that you will be satisfied with this healthy dish. But then the juiciest, most tempting bacon cheeseburger with a large side of French fries presents itself as an option. Of course, it's the feature photo on the menu and a platter is being delivered to the next table just before the server comes to take your order. I know, we've all been there —this is a trial.
We had decided ahead of time on a satisfying salad. But in a moment of weakness, the justifications for a burger and fries start rolling around in our minds.
Certainly moderation is good. And had we budgeted for a burger that day, so be it. But if we decided ahead of time that a salad would be the satisfying choice, we'd do well to stick with what we'd decided before the moment of temptation.
It's so easy to slip into an all-out reversal of all our progress, so we have to be careful. Remember, our ultimate goal is peace—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. If this meal choice threatens to send us into a tailspin of feeling defeated the minute we take the last bite, it's not worth it.
Every time we face this moment we have to "consider it." We have to consider it because we will not feel joyful in the moment. We may feel deprived, jealous, and deserving. Or we may feel in the moment that the splurge will not affect us at all. But we have to consider it. Our feelings may be a true indicator of what we are facing, but they don't need to dictate our decisions.
We have to consider it and park our minds on the truth that our triumph in this trial matters. Triumph in this choice will produce a blessing. According to James, the blessing we have to consider is this: "that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:4).
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Table of Contents
ContentsA Personal Word for You....................9
Day 1 Unsettled....................11
Day 2 What If I Let God Down?....................14
Day 3 The Right Questions....................17
Day 4 Consider It....................20
Day 5 Blessings Ahead....................23
Day 6 It's All in the Family....................26
Day 7 Triggers....................29
Day 8 Isn't This Just a Small Thing?....................32
Day 9 Compromise vs. Promise....................35
Day 10 Why Do We Crave?....................38
Day 11 A Grace Place....................41
Day 12 Emotional Emptiness....................44
Day 13 Honestly....................47
Day 14 Finish the Work....................50
Day 15 Unsolicited Feedback....................53
Day 16 And I Thought There Was No Good....................55
Day 17 The War against My Soul....................58
Day 18 Well Pleased....................61
Day 19 Creating New Space for Growth....................64
Day 20 Worship....................67
Day 21 But Victory Seems So Far Away....................70
Day 22 A Supernatural Fix....................73
Day 23 I Need _______!....................76
Day 24 Undistracted....................79
Day 25 The Truth Will Set You Free....................82
Day 26 How Does Your Garden Grow?....................85
Day 27 When the End Goal Seems Too Hard....................88
Day 28 Because I Am Loved....................91
Day 29 Conformed or Transformed?....................94
Day 30 Is It Sustainable?....................97
Day 31 The Very Next Step You Take....................100
Day 32 A Deeper Purpose for Exercise....................103
Day 33 Why Shouldn't I Indulge?....................106
Day 34 Overweight Physically and Underweight Spiritually....................109
Day 35 You Were Made for More!....................112
Day 36 I Want Legs Like Hers....................115
Day 37 I Could Never Give Up That!....................118
Day 38 I'm Not Defined by the Numbers....................120
Day 39 The Power of "I Can"....................122
Day 40 The Curse of the Skinny Jeans....................125
Day 41 Afternoon Acts of Kindness....................128
Day 42 Prayers Where I Don't Speak at All....................131
Day 43 A Soul Longing to Be Filled....................134
Day 44 The Weekly Weigh-In....................137
Day 45 Knowing but Not Applying....................140
Day 46 Frustrated with God....................143
Day 47 Weak Places, Strong Places....................146
Day 48 Desperation Breeds Defeat....................149
Day 49 Ignorance Isn't Bliss....................152
Day 50 Don't Eat Your Way Out of the Pit....................156
Day 51 I Am More than the Sum Total of My Taste Buds....................159
Day 52 One or Two Verses a Day....................162
Day 53 The Courageous Choice....................165
Day 54 Naysayers....................167
Day 55 Turning North....................170
Day 56 More than Feelings....................173
Day 57 Accountability: Helpful or Detrimental?....................176
Day 58 The Cost....................179
Day 59 Because Sometimes I Want to Stop....................182
Day 60 Why Am I Scared to Pray Boldly?....................186
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the best book I've read on helping you each and every day on your daily spiritual walk as well as on your fitness walk. So many nice thoughts to steer your mind on to a better life. I look forward to reading each new day's devotional. It helps you stay on track with your resolve to live a better life and not eat so much!
Lysa Terkeurst has been a blessing to me through her very special ministry! God has given her such incredible insight and the ability to communicate so clearly to those of us who need to hear His message to us. These daily readings speak directly to my heart and give me strength and encouragement, always a reminder that I am loved and protected by the King of Kings. I have nothing to fear. Many blessings to my talented sister in Christ, Lysa, as she goes about God's work.
I have only read the first 3 days, but it is very powerful. There is a daily thought, scripture, devotional and prayer for each day. I love it! If you are struggling with your weight and/or your relationship with God, this book is for you!
This book and Lysa's whole Made to Crave series is FANTASTIC. A very focused on God way to both lose weight, manage the food struggles, keep the weight off, and MOST importantly keep our focus on God not food or weight. I have for over 40 years struggled with "yo-yo" dieting even had great success many times but since I wasn't able to "maintain" the focus on anything other then the food I always gained the weight back. This series of books is a great way to take all of the focus off me and food and put it right where it belongs on GOD and the way He wants me to view food.
This book keeps you motivated daily to continue to make better choices!
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