Well, here you are on blog post #2 for today. (Scroll down for my Paper Pretties Whatnots post) This is something I rarely do, huh? Well, I have something very special for you guys today. Today I'm giving away a copy of the Made to Crave book courtesy of Proverbs 31 Ministries. (See the bottom of this post for details!) Also, make sure you check out the Made to Crave webcasts. They will be HERE each Monday.
As a part of the "deal" behind giving away one of these books (and getting one for myself) is that I would share with you either one of the videos (done that) or an excerpt from the Made to Crave website, or maybe tell about my own experience with the book. I have chosen the later, which is very difficult for me so hold on.
I have to be honest (and that is what this is about) I have never been "over weight." I know you are now thinking than what the heck is my deal with this right? Well, while I've not been overweight I have struggled, mightily, with berating myself for when I wouldn't make a good choice or when I gain 10 pounds as I wasn't happy 10 pounds heavier. I obsessed about food. I'd eat something and then be mad at myself. I was constantly thinking what I could, should, or would be eating next. It is a horrible mindset to be in. It is in that way that I was craving food over God. I believe I was thinking of food when I should have been devoting a lot of that time to other things that are more important...work, kids, and most importantly God.
There is a place in the book where Lysa writes we have to "get to a place where our lack of strength disgusts us. This place is found at the bottom of our excuses and rationalizations. It's found when our efforts fail time and time again. It's found in the humility of this admission: "I need God to unsettle me." Girls, I was with Lysa all along in this book and when I read that I was SOLD that she had hit on the head what I know a lot of us girls go through. I was sick and tired of thinking about food all the time, thinking about good and bad, thinking about how I would be happier if I were just thinner. I praise God that he allowed Lysa to be strong enough to write this book so that we can all live in freedom from the everyday frustration that is our struggle with food and help us understand that our struggle is about something so much bigger than food!
In a couple of weeks I will walk through this study with some wonderful women that I know. Now, I understand that not every one of them will have the same revelation that I have had about my relationship with God (and food) but I believe we will all be changed in some way for having to think about and assess our relationships. It will be good and it will be hard all at the same time. And, I am excited to get started!
Since you can't all be with me I decided that in addition to giving away the book I would give away a notebook that I altered to the winner of the book. The little tag says...Joy for the journey. That is what I wish for each of you...joy for your journey though this book and through your life. The winner can use the notebook in anyway that she pleases...a food journal, a journal for the study or even, maybe, a prayer journal it is up to you but I hope that you will enjoy it! True to my crafty posting nature I must tell you a little about what I used to alter the notebook. The image is the super sweet Rose Marci from La-La Land Crafts and those flowers? From McMahon 5 Designs. And the paper is from my favorite Basic Grey pack, Bittersweet.
Now, I'm sure you want to know how to win, right? Well, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post (with a way to let you know you won if you do...email address please, you can't win if I can't get a hold of you). I'm not even going to tell you what to comment about...just tell me what is on your heart after reading this post and you'll be entered in to win! I will choose a winner on Wednesday night, Jan 19th, at 7 pm pacific time (so comment before then!) and will post the winner on Thursday morning in a separate post from my McMahon 5 Designs post.
Have a wonderful day friends!