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Greetings,

This spiritual truth has already helped me, most significantly by giving me the support that I need. I have always needed my endeavors to be about something more than myself. The harder the quest or adventure, like my battle with food, the more this need came into to play. However, in the past I failed because I looked to have that need fulfilled in all the wrong places and I was not sustained by them. But knowing that I was made for more places that need in the hands of God and there is no more abundant place to seek sustenance than in the arms of God. So being able to reconcile my need into a spiritual place has guaranteed my success.

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I was made for more.
This is a whole different way to look at my life. I have spent years feeling like a failure because of my weight. I have felt helpless to change anything.
This chapter has made a difference in my thinking. I forget how much Jesus loves me and this has brought this clarity to my mind. I need to focus totally on HIM. HE loves me.

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Huh, I don't make eye contact with people either (most of the time.) It's a very hard thing for me to do. I've always wondered why.

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.

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emoticon "Joyce was made for more" Wow. This is a powerful chapter. emoticon
I hope that claiming my Identity as a Child of God emoticon will increase my openness to the Holy Spirit; kindness to people; and help me to meet His goals for my life.
I am not the lonely little girl at boarding school or the unnoticed middle school girl never making eye contact or talking to 'boys' or 'adults'. Joyce is a Daughter of God, a Princess emoticon with all the strength and power of the King of Kings available.
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Joyce, a Daughter of the King, that is, a Princess!
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Question 1 - The Bible says 'the truth shall set you free.' So according to God's word, my hope is that it will free me from depression, anxiety, fear, lack of comfort, lack of confidence, a viscous cycle and all the heartache that goes with it.

Question 2 Very interesting question. I would have to say I struggle. I struggle on how to explain myself to others, maybe it's because I've never truly felt like I've had a concrete identity. Most of the time I belonged to someone (my parents, a relative, a boyfriend, my husband, etc.) I seem to struggle the most when I'm without someone to belong to and I'm trying to introduce myself without my identity being anchored by someone else's.

Question 3 Absolutely, and I think everyone does and I think eventually, if we live long enough, we do it again. I also don't think it's 100% wrong to loose yourself in the emotions of an extreme event. I think the problem comes when you can't come back to reality when it's time to.

Question 4 It makes forgiveness seem more important. Without forgiving yourself and your past you can't grab on to the future God has for you. Without forgiving who you were you can't embrace who God wants you to be. It is like the scripture "you can not serve two masters,' you also can not fallow your past and your future at the same time - they go in opposite directions.

Question 5
Persistent - I don't have a problem asking, I have a problem waiting for the answer and trusting myself to remember to call out to God. So many of my 'habits' have become automatic that I often don't even realize I've done it until I'm in the middle or am done. My fear is not that God will fail, but that I will.

Identity - I'm not sure what untruths I've harbored in the past, but to embrace my true identity in Christ would change a lot - I would have confidence in something God made not something I made and that could be destroyed. I would have a clearer vision of my purpose and future (men perish for lack of hope of a future.) I would no longer worry about decisions or wonder which path was right for me, I would only have to choose the path leading to gods plan.

Deeper Reason - By taking away the one thing that I have relied on more than Him so there would not be something between Him and I.

Discover Hope - A LOT! Maybe even more than 100%. I often think things are my responsibility that I know I have no control over, but I feel deeply responsible for them anyway.


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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"It is so tempting to give in. Set things in reverse. Pretend it won't matter." - It is all a part of living consciously and a 'repentance' of your thought processes. It is a learning process that will naturally have falls and set backs, but we must be careful that we are not purposely setting God aside. There are times when I 'decide' ahead of time that this will be a 'slip-up' but the truth is when you make a decision to do it, it is just that, A CHOICE, not a mistake.

"Truth, A gift of truth. Planted deep within me when God personally knit me together. Untied and presented at just the right time." - This is further proof of the importance of choice. Maybe we already know it is right, but we need to allow God to lead you where He wants to take you. The Truth is implanted in me as if it were part of my DNA. God created me that way, but I have to choose to fallow and listen to it or to indulge in the moment. And that is all it is - a moment - never a lifetime. God is the only One that offers a lifetime of promises, fulfillment and deep satisfaction.

"We have to rewrite those by getting into the habit of saying other things. And the fist of these is, "I was made for more." - Mine is - I was made for more than a moment, I was made for a lifetime and/or I was made for a lifetime with God, not a moment of pleasure with _____.

"Be Persistent. Why not make this a daily prayer." - I say, why not make it a moment by moment prayer. Life doesn't happen day by day, but moment by moment. And as each moment arises, it needs to be brought before The Lord. It is Basically our self will that needs to be brought to the Lord often and surrendered to Him repeatedly throughout the day.

"Embrace a True Identity. Because of this, I can't allow myself to partake in anything that negates my true identity." - This ties into the issue of my actions matching my words and identity. The Bible says, 'out of a mans mouth comes his true identity, because it is what is in the heart that makes us clean or unclean.' It also says that 'only a fool looks in a mirror and immediately forgets what he looks like when he walks away.' And finally it says 'a good name is to be treasured above gold or silver.' We often think of 'a good name' being the name you are given and called by, but it is also, and more importantly, your reputation - when others hear your name, what do they think? What do your want them to think? Then act that way.

"Find the Deeper Reason. The reason for grounding ourselves in the truth that we are made for more is "so that you may know Him better." - It also works in a chain reaction - as we become closer to Him, we begin to know who we were meant to be in a deeper and clearer way. And knowing the incredible things God has designed for us and for our lives, makes us love Him more and desire to draw closer to Him. The beginning is the hard part. We have to have faith that God is faithful and that He is able to do what He promises and what we need. Our faith in Him and His ways must come first, because if He 'proved' Himself first, there would be no faith. Our willingness to wait, pass up a snack or sweet and put aside our fleshly desire is the first step of faith (faith in action.) In Hebrew 11 it says, "without faith it is impossible to please Him" and "faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."

"Discover a Hope and Power Like No Other. Too may times we try to muster up the gumption to make changes in our lives on our own." - I have often heard people say that we need to do our part in order for God to do His or we need to do our part before God will do His. And although i understand the concept of not doing whatever we want and exception God to take away the consequences, I think sometimes we take this one too far. I have also read that many times people wait to be thin before they do something or wait to be successful, but I also think we often wait to be good enough on our won merit or wait until we are capable of doing x amount of things before we ask God for help. The truth is, that is impossible. God gave us weaknesses on purpose so that His Strength would be glorified and unless we surrender to Him, His ways can never be accomplished. If we were capable of doing it on our own, we wouldn't need God and we would never have a relationship with Him.

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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Just finished my blog post for this chapter. Here's the link! Thank you to all who read, I am very blessed by you all!

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Yes I love it when He does that!! :-)

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Don't you love how God gives us opportunities to show grace, and even if we miss the chance another one will come along. I pray that our hearts and minds will be open to these grace moments. Thanks for sharing!!

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Ravyna. I had a very similar thing happen today, although it wasn't someone I know. But when I went to the post office to drop off some packages I pulled up and parked next to this lady who looked like she may have needed help, I looked into her back seat as I pulled in and saw a walker, I felt like I should have asked her if she needed help but as I passed by I didn't until I heard an "Excuse me, Ma'am?" so I turned over and she looked at me and said: "Could I ask you a favor, I have a bad leg and I was wondering if you could mail these [letters] for me?" I said sure and I did the thing God was nudging on my heart to do in the first place, I just didn't take the initiative, then she thanked me and told me to have a wonderful day. In other words, don't worry, it is not too late to share what is on your heart with someone, maybe God will make an even more perfect time to tell her? :-) Good thinking though and I am glad you are able to share this with others!!

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I think I missed an opportunity today, because I have not been doing well with keeping things in my brain. I have lunch with my daughter (who has always been encouraging me to live healthy) and another girl from church who has shared that she just has trouble with emotional eating. I could have shared this concept with her that we are made for more. I still can, but it was the perfect opportunity. She has said that she has tried everything, and nothing works, she just has no willpower to overcome her emotional eating. I am so grateful that the Lord has helped me to make progress in this regard. She did say that she has made a list of things that she can do to distract her when she wants to emotionally eat, and has put it on her refrigerator. Will you pray that I will be able to encourage her, and maybe even share this concept with her "That she is made for more" ? thanks. Ravyna

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Oh ok thanks ravyna. That is such a pretty name :)

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Thanks, to help you to know my name, ANYVAR is my name backwards, Ravyna

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ANYVAR54, thank you for your post!! I am celebrating with you on your resisting of all of the candy and discipline with snacks! I'm so glad to see you living and trying so hard. Just don't let small slip-ups bring you down and trust in God :) GREAT job!!

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1. "I was made for more" is a spiritual truth that unlocks great power for Christians (pg 51). When you think of your past failures and your current struggles with food, how do you hope this truth might help you?

In the past I was not serious about living healthy. It was just a wish to be healthier. I wasn't serious about living healthily. To know that God "has made me for more" helps me to recognize that every struggle is forgiven. Every time I would buy a large bag of M&m's and eat the whole thing is forgiven. Every time I would buy 3 candy bars and eat them all is forgiven. God intends for us to live for much more than that. He is there with me.
Today I went to the drug store to buy some mineral oil. And I just browsed the store. I was able to walk down the candy isle and say no to all of it. What joy. It was such a joy. God is so good.

One of the ways that I handle the foods that are my triggers, is that I have them for myself. I have a few foods that I could sit and just eat and eat. One is pistachio nuts. So, with God's help and my husbands, I allow myself to buy them, but then I pack them in snack bags in one serving size amounts. Then I give all the bags to my husband and he puts them away in the house somewhere, and when I want a serving he gives it to me. I know I can still have what I want , but it isn't around tempting me when I want it.

That is all I can think of. Sometimes we need the help of others and that is okay. We need Him. Sometimes what we are created for is to be needed and to need.

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"I was made for more" is a spiritual truth that unlocks great power for Christians (pg 51). When you think of your past failures and your current struggles with food, how do you hope this truth might help you?

When I think of my past failures and my current struggles I hope that this truth would help me by realizing that there IS a power that is stronger than I am and I am privileged enough to be one of His children so I need to take advantage of what an awesome God I serve! I know I need to surrender most of my life and everything in it to Him. It is just always hard for me to do that because I am such a worrier and I never think it is ok to be out of control in something. I feel like I need to do what makes me feel comfortable or I am out of control so sometimes it is hard for me to let God lead. This is the main thing I need to work on, letting Him shape my life and come inside to guide and heal me.

ANITAHASGOALS Thank you for your post!! I can relate and your words spoke to me!

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I need to read chapters 4 & 5 before I get to answer these questions, but I am so very thankful for everyone elses honesty. God bless you all.

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My main hope for using this truth is to finally be able to hear when God's speaking to me before it's too late. He seems to just whisper too softly for me to hear Him. But by claiming the power that I was made for more it allows me to accept that yes, I'm good enough to have a relationship to God and yes, He does speak to me.

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I need to accept the truth that I was made for more, live out the truth that I was made for more. God made me for more than the stresses of the day, and this whole world of food. I learned that we should eat to live, but not live to eat. All foods may be permissible, but not all of it is beneficial. No matter what I may be going through, My God is greater and stronger, and that I should run to Him in this relationship and seek His wisdom and guidance first and foremost; instead of running to food to try and solve my problems and make myself feel better.

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I am worth more as a child of God. I need to rely strictly on Him for allof my needs instead of stuffing my nervousness and anxiety with food.

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"I was made for more" is a spiritual truth that unlocks great power for Christians (pg 51). When you think of your past failures and your current struggles with food, how do you hope this truth might help you?



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