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9/9/11 4:33 P

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I think that we crave what we eat (read that in the book and totally think it's true) and we eat what we crave. I believe that it's a vicious cycle and I think about food at least twice an hour, even when I'm not hungry. I wonder how long it'll take me to correct that into thoughts of God instead...

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4/2/11 10:26 A

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Sorry my posts are so late, I hadn't checked my SparkMail in a while but right when I did a few days ago I went right out and bought the book and started doing this study with you all, so now I am playing catch-up but still don't want to go so fast I lose sight of what the study is about. :) Thanks for having me join you. I read all of your comments and I look forward to continuing this study with you all!! :)

Having to think about the fact that WHAT I crave matters is hard to do initially. Most of the time I find that I just don't care, I don't even think about what I am doing, I seem to mindlessly eat. Although sometimes I will hear a voice inside my head saying that I should not eat something or it is going to catch up to me as I keep eating this way but it never seems to be enough to stop me, its like I have no will to stop it, and I definitely have never connected my relationship with God with food, they have seemed so far apart to me but now I am starting to see how they can be linked together and how it makes so much sense. I have been having problems with both of these things, with staying on track with my relationship with God and being in prayer and with my diet, they both need some extreme fine-tuning.

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3/31/11 8:51 A

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I totally understand the 'good cravings' you can't seem to get yourself to do. I have them too. Because I get interrupted a lot in my life I love to walk. No one can interrupt me while I'm walking - I take my phone in case I fall and get hurt, but silence it so I won't e tempted to answer when people call me. I CRAVE walking - the motion, the solitude, the fresh air, the change of scenery - but I rarely answer that craving. I'm baffled why that craving is so easy to ignore, but a lot of the others aren't. Just like I love to play the Wii and play with my dog. I've also always wanted to learn how to dance. But I don't. Crazy!

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Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

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3/31/11 12:38 A

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beckafano:

i can relate to you... i know my husband doesn't mean to seem like it, but his actions appear to say: i am more important than God, and i am more important than your time with God... and i get so bitter!! and i feel bad and beat myself up cuz' i get mad! and then i thnk: you should not be mad. you should take your stand. so i face him,and i "win"... but i am disgruntled i had to go thru it for the millionth time in the first place! and i feel all ruined!

all: thank you for sharing your thoughts.

what does my craving look like?? i kind of want to say the elephant chained to me.. it's too heavy, burdens me down, impossible to lift, and it's blocking the view of everything around me...

hey, elephant, yeah? how'd you get here?? i don't know... is there some reason why you won't leave? no. will you move? sure. like, over there someplace? no. why not? that's too far away. there's nothing to eat over there. but if i stay here with you, i am guaranteed a supper...

2.) i know there is a difference between good cravings and bad cravings. but i seem not to act on good, but act on bad. like, i crave dancing. so why aren't i doing it? instead of gliding to the pantry and the frig everynight, why can't i dance to the living room??

craving God's word is a craving i love. so why aren't i reading?? i love to! why am i destroying myself by not acting on what i love, but what i most hate? sigh.

3. well, i didn't really "feel" 2, so see my answer for 2, and you got 3.

4. ugh. i look over 4, and i am totally out of control. i don't want to write about it. it plain makes me miserable.

5. i LOVE the idea of fighting w/scripture. i wish i was smart enough to memorize all of proverbs!



Edited by: LADYHOLYOAK at: 3/31/2011 (00:39)
"so whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 cor 10:31

"therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that so easily entangles, and let us run w/perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews


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3/14/11 11:23 A

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I don't have children, but my husband tends to interrupt my time with God a lot. I try to excuse it by saying 'he doesn't mean to, blah, blah, blah.' But the bottom line is that the rest of my life (public, decisions, will-power, EVERYTHING) is powered by the private moments of my life. Without the private relationship with God, nothing else in my life has the nourishment to survive. I have gotten to the point that I have locked the door, put on headphones with worship music or earplugs in order to make sure I have that private relationship building time that is necessary. I know it seems drastic, but the effects of this time are drastic too. Without it, my life tends to be negative in many ways, but with it, it seems to grow in positive ways I can never explain.

I know this isn't a 'pie-in-the-sky' solution for everyone, but I thought I would put it out there in case it helps.

Never mistake failure as final

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

Rebecka


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3/11/11 11:41 A

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Sherry, (Corajean), Thanks for sharing, You made me realize that two things that I desperately crave are silence and alone time and I seldom get them. By alone time, I mean time alone with no one else around me and I know that I won't be interrupted by anyone coming home into my house! However, that may happen soon if my daughter is able too buy her own home and move out of ours. She works out of our home so she is home all of the time. This has affected my eating and "triggered" all of my food issues from my
childhood. I also crave time with God, Bible study, devotions, prayer time, and time on Spark on CWWD and all the members.

Have a great weekend everyone! See you Monday with chapters 3 & 4!! emoticon

Edited by: SERENEMOM71 at: 3/11/2011 (11:57)
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3/10/11 12:24 P

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One of the things that hit me in this chapter was that Satan tempted Eve with food, she wanted (craved) to be more like God and Satan used food against her - I never thought of it like that. For me that puts a whole new spin on it.

Also I never thought about the cravings came from what I was eating. ...no duh! Usually it is for something I was denying myself (what I had been eating). I did learn that cravings could also be for good things, lately I have been adding more veggies to my diet and I do find myself wanting more vegetables, so..... But I never thought of that as a craving - cravings are bad things - but NO you can crave good things too!!!!

It made me feel like I had been looking at this craving thing all wrong. Bad cravings donít have to control me I can control them. If what I eat is what I crave then I need to make sure Iím eating right and then Iíll crave the good foods also.

And follow that with knowing the scripture better so that I have something to fight the bad cravings with.

I decided to take a look at other good things I might crave and found: .....my morning devotions, .....writing in my journal where I pray the scriptures, .....when Iím driving: short drives -listening to KLOVE and on longer drives listening to the Bible on CD. These are things that I look forward too and if something keeps me from doing them, I miss doing them and want them. ...a craving for something good!

Sherry

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Col 3:3 (NIV)


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3/10/11 1:07 A

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Welcome Myrtleboo! Thank you Everyone for being so honest with all your answers! I just got my husband's computer fixed from it's virus and who knows when mine will be fixed (the parts are on order!) So finally I can participate again! For me, I have been rebellious this week, and eating "on the run," telling myself it's because I have been so incredibly busy! Well,I have been incredibly busy; but I could have taken 10 minutes and planned out my food!I chose not to so I ate fast food which is not healthy nor good for me! LOL! Tonight is the end of that and I am accountable to all of you to eat differently! I will write a prayer tomorrow as it is way to late tonight but I have been thinking of one for days. God Bless you all.

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3/9/11 7:31 P

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The question makes me wish that it didn't matter what I crave because my flesh wants to do what it wants to do. But I know that in truth it does matter what I crave and I will have to face that truth and deal with it.

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Whatever we crave that isn't a relationship with God is a very poor substitute. It doesn't matter what it is as long as we can identify it and replace it with what God would have for us. Right now I believe that craving food is a "lust of the flesh" or trying to fulfill physical desires outside of God's will, but I don't really understand it. Why do we confuse eating with filling that God-shaped hole?

I have even been reluctant to dive into this study--I guess I'm really fighting the fact that things need changing. A few months ago I was willing and didn't feel rebellious about it, but now I do again. Gotta find that "want to"!

I think I'll write my prayer out at home--the one where I turn things over to God and sincerely ask for His help in changing.

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I agree that it is scary looking at where my priorities really have been. I have used food as a comforter at times when I should have gone to the Lord for help. Starting this study has helped me already change my focus and start putting food in its proper place. I am learning to pray when I find myself struggling instead of wanting to find a snack. It feels so much better.

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To be completely honest I think the question is scary...as most questions about my food and food issues are scary to me. They hit so deep and so close to the heart, just the question alone hurts, let alone answering it or pondering it in my heart.

But to be honest again, what I crave and what I chose to eat do matter. Truly becoming in-tune with my cravings is going to be important. You can't satisfy a craving if you don't know what your craving for. And any craving in my life, I have stuffed with food without giving it thought. That has to change. So when I am truly physically hungry I have to know that it isn't an excuse for a free-for-all or a black-out binge; it's a prompting to take care of the body god has given me. That is good stewardship.

The three ways satin tempts was so wonderfully eye-opening. I love being able to know what to look out for. I know nothing is a sure thing, especially the king of lies, but especially with the issues I have with food, those three temptations are right on and reinforce that what we focus on is what we crave. Within just one week of doing my best to be Christ focused, I find myself craving His company and presence all the time. I feel so much more peaceful than I have in years.

Never mistake failure as final

Deciding what you want your life to be like is not hard. Deciding what you are willing to do and give up to get it, is the hard part.

I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do.

What you do and say is a reflection of who you are, so decide who you want to be and do it.

Rebecka


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3/7/11 7:29 A

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How do you feel about this question? What we crave matters when it comes to our food choices?

Lysa wrote in her workbook that Jesus was defeated from every temptation from Satan (read Matthew 4:1-11) - every lie from the enemy by quoting the truth of God's Word. Truth is powerful. The more saturated we are with the truth, the more powerful we'll be in resisting our temptations, whatever form they may take. As you begin this healthy eating journey, here is a strengthening truth you can soak in every day:
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness"...For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Your weakness with food does not disqualify you from winning this battle. In fact, it may be your best qualification. You'll have to rely on God completely, and that makes you the perfect candidate for grace.
Write a brief prayer that expresses your heart to God as you begin this MTC journey. Tell Him your fears and questions, your hopes and desires, your weaknesses and needs. Ask for His grace, all sufficient for you. (you do not need to share this, unless you wish to)
From MTC Workbook, page 22

Edited by: SERENEMOM71 at: 3/7/2011 (07:54)
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