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9/26/11 9:09 P

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I know I am a little behind in my blogging but I am trying to catch up this week. I just wanted to let you all know I just posted my blog for this chapter today. It is here if you want to read it:

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I hope you all have a great day/night (whatever it is when you read this) :-)

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9/19/11 10:17 P

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craving and lust of the eye though I AM guilty of all 3 I logged onto facebook just now and my side advertisement is a brownie swirl cheesecake recipe that looks amazing and my tv just switches to food network and bread pudding that looks good and i know i am not even hungry but the show the best thing i ever eat really makes me want foods

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emoticon Here, but not talking this question....Maybe next week! emoticon

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So many good thoughts, I am so glad to do this study.
I gave into physical cravings this week with the bag of potato chips. But it was also the lust of the eyes, "see this free coupon, see those chips on the aisle, how can you not get one for free, and then since you bought it how can you not eat it?"
The author states that when we eat unhealthy foods, we will crave unhealthy foods. So true.
God bless you all.

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9/12/11 10:47 P

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My biggest problem is with cravings. I use food to fill the voids when I should be using God. Which of the other two I have the least problems with will depend upon whether I am on a manic or depressed. If I am on a manic, I will have the least problem with boasting because I have the confidence in myself and I overspend on material things at that time. If I am depressed, I don't have problems with lusting but have problems with feeling unrecognized and feel like I have to point out all the things I am doing to explain why I am so overwhelmed which is where I have the problems with boasting.

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For me Craving and Lust go hand in hand. I tend to crave things out of nowhere and sometimes I don't crave something until I see it. I also have a bit of a 'shopping' issue. I'm constantly searching for the next thing that will make me happy, content or satisfied. And I'm also constantly searching for the approval and unconditional love from others that only God can provide. Like others, I know it's there, but somehow forget to tap into it when I need it.

The author says, "Eve craved what she focused on. We consume what we think about. And what we think about can consume us if we're not careful." We ALL crave what we focus on. This does not stop with our choices in diet, but also with our choices in everything - cussing, moods, attitudes, TV, literature, etc. If we don't exercise the responsibility to CHOOSE two things that influence and create our thoughts, we are leaving our minds for Satan to devour. 1. We must be careful about where we let our mind wonder. Do you focus on reality or the what if's? Do you run through thousands of scenarios trying to prepare yourself, when most of the scenarios and worries we obsess about don't even happen? 2. We must be careful with the things that influence our thoughts - TV, the books we read, movies we watch, even the news programs we watch. It is not what goes into a man that makes him unclean, is what Jesus says in Mark ch7, but that is in regards to physical food. In regards to information it is different, because 'as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.'

Question 1 - I imagine the craving looking like the beginning of the movie Ghost, went the shadows come out and steel the thief's soul. That is how I imagine this hold the whole diet 'thing' has on me, as well as depression and anxiety. Maybe that's why I find the idea of talking to it scary.

Question 2 - I honestly don't think I ever have sought out that kind of craving before. I think living in America and having a fairly privileged life has made us in general seek out things that are easy. We aren't taught how to pursue anything that takes time or real dedication. And I think that might be the difference - being willing to wait or hold out until God meets you where you are. Sometimes that muscle (the muscle of waiting) just needs exercised and strengthened.

Question 3 - It could change the way we/I see our cravings by offering an alternative solution instead of eating and therefore a new hope. There is certainly benefit to listening to our cravings, but we must be willing to LEARN how to listen to them. We have always heard them and then stuffed them with food, but now we need to LISTEN to them, learn how to hear what they want/need and then learn how to healthily fulfill it.

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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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9/12/11 11:46 A

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Of the three temptations I would say that for me the most difficult to resist would definitely be cravings. I don't have as much of a problem with the other two. Most of the cravings that I have are with food but I also do crave some other things. I think that sometimes I crave other things too much, such as attention. I guess that would be my main other distraction that keeps me from being close to God. I think that the easiest one to avoid for me would be boasting. I am usually very quiet and I don't say much about the things I do or say to others or what I have accomplished, I guess I usually just let them speak for themselves.

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9/12/11 9:08 A

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Craving would definitely be the hardest for me, as it is for many others here. I seem to crave the same types of foods at the same times of the day. I know I need to break this pattern, in order to move forward. I also must begin to use my self-control to overcome all cravings that do not pertain to the Lord. The easiest for me to avoid would be boasting because I am not a person that feels the need to get recognition this way. In fact, I am more prone to staying in the shadows so no one notices me.

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I Peter 5:7

Casting all your cares upon him; for he careth for you.

I Cor. 10:31
Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do ALL to the glory of God.


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9/11/11 10:57 A

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Good Morning Lovelies!

I was all prepared to go to town on cravings being the one that plagues me the most and then, on my way up to the top, I found my answer spoken so beautifully that I can't think of a better way to say it.
"I crave the feelings of being loved and wanted unconditionally. I know God loves me this way, but I seem to need to feel it from others." - BrendaJoyce64
That is the root of all evil for me. My emotional eating when I don't get it, my caving to manic impulses to get a high to escape it, my difficultly in finding my "want to" passion (if I can't please anyone and be wanted and accepted then why bother). My heart and soul knows that I have all of this things in God. I am praying that this study helps my mind to believe in it too.

As for the least of my troubles, I'm going to have to go with boasting. One of my favorite quotes is
"Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying."-Ralph Waldo Emerson.
I do my best to embody that in every way. I know my worth and as long as I do what is good and expedient in the eyes of God then all who need to know it well, will.

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9/10/11 9:19 P

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I agree with BRENDAJOYCE64
on the point that she makes:
"I crave the feelings of being loved and wanted unconditionally. I know God loves me this way, but I seem to need to feel it from others."
I am glad to be a part of this group discussion.


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For me, Cravings is the hardest for me to deal with. The easiest
Would be boasting cause I'm not into recognition

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Cravings absolutely. That's why my body looks like it does - unhealthy and morbidly obese. Its not that the other 2 areas are not a problem or sin from time to time, but meeting physical needs outside of the will of God is truly the ongoing sin in my life.
The sin which causes me the least problems?? Probably the lust of the eyes. I don't have the need for my own self. At least at my size, I don't. A lot of my financial problems are from credit card stuff. I have 11 grandchildren, 5 children, my mom , my 2 brothers, 1 sister. There are non-stop birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas. It all adds up. I am better than I used to be, but it is still a problem (every month when I get the bills!! LOL)



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cravings are definitely thehardest for me. Not only do I crave carbohydrates, but I crave the feelings of being loved and wanted unconditionally. I know God loves me this way, but I seem to need to feel it from others.

I do not think I boast very much. I try not to anyway. I do not like to hear others boast to me, so I try not to do the same.

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For me, the most difficult to resist is cravings. Once it gets into my head, it is almost like a broken record to the point of being worrisome. The one that I can avoid without too much stress is boasting. I try to put myself in the other person's shoes and how would I feel if someone talked to me or treated me differently like that.

His Grace is greater than my foolishness!

I can do all things thru Christ who gives me strength.


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9/10/11 12:23 P

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I am the worst with cravings- food and shopping. I guess I'm always looking for something to fill the emptiness. I know that place should be filled with God but I don't always live like it.

With God ALL things are possible!


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For me, Lust of the Eyes is the hardest. I like to shop at consignment shops for great deals and this feeds my manic impulses, which makes me want to shop more, which feeds it again...it is a vicious cycle. Cravings are also hard for me - I have very little self control when it comes to carbs. You eat what you crave and you crave what you eat.

Of the three, boasting is the easiest to avoid. I'm pretty secure in my image of myself - I'm a wife, mother, friend, daughter of the King.

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The Bible describes three way Satan tries to lure us away from loving God: cravings, lust of the eyes, and boasting.

Cravings: meeting physical needs outside of the will of God
Lust of the Eyes: meeting material desires outside of the will of God
Boasting: meeting needs for significance outside of the will of God

Of the three temptations, which is most difficult for you to resist? Why? Which is the easiest to avoid?

Edited by: LITTLEGUYSMOM1 at: 9/10/2011 (09:46)
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