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Monday, January 06, 2014

I did this devotional on YouVersion called, "Made to Crave: 21 Day Challenge", when I first started my weight loss journey last January, but I thought it would be good to do it again after a year of clarity.

On Day 2, the author draws a parallel between her food addiction and the rich young man who comes to see Jesus in Matthew 19.

She writes, " Jesus meant His comment for any of us who wallow in whatever abundance we have. I imagine Jesus looked straight into this young man's soul and said, 'I want you to give up the one thing that you crave more than Me.'"

Wow! For so many years, I was that young man, who just could not fathom giving up unhealthy foods. I relied on comfort foods to ease my pain, my emotions and my fears. It doesn't work.

Great insight, but this is the paragraph that spoke to my soul.

She writes, " God made us capable of craving so that we'd have an unquenchable desire for more of Him, and Him alone. Nothing changes until we make the choice to redirect our misguided cravings to the only One capable of satisfying them."

Blaise Pascal so wisely said, “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”

I have used all kinds of things to fill that vacuum...to no avail--food, work, busyness, relationships, you name it.

I will always enjoy good food, but I never want that bite of "whatever" to come before the One who truly is capable of healing and satisfying me.

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    I am so glad I read this blog. Thank you for making the connection to the rich young man in the Bible and us today. Also that it is not just money, it can be anything.
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    2523 days ago
    Wow! This is so what I needed to read today! I would love to have you join me on Fitbit except I probably need to join you! I've not done anything on the Fitbit website. I just have it connected to my Spark account. What do I do? AND I have You version on my iPad. I'm gonna do the made to crave challenge! Sounds perfect for me. Blessings new friend! emoticon
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    Thanks for posting! emoticon
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    Made to Crave was Amazing! A great way to start the New Year!! You can do it....With God all things are possible!! emoticon
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    Your flowers are gorgeous! --All we have here is snow----- So nice to meet yu!--Lynda
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    I think that's really lovely and such a powerful thought. I felt that "wow" when I read that comparison.

    Yes, I often turned to food to comfort me.
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    What a wonderful inspiring blog!!! Thank you so much for putting yourself out there and sharing with me. We're kindred spirits, as I basically said the same thing today, in my blog for a challenge that I'm going through for 100 days. God is the first and the last, and if we put Him first ALWAYS, He's faithful in no matter what we may ask or think. When I put God first, everything else just falls into Divine Order!

    Be blessed,

    - Nancy Jean -
    2567 days ago
    Great blog! emoticon
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    My love for Christ is strong and I am still having to teach myself to give it ALL to HIM! I am doing better but far from arriving. Keep on drawing near Him sister. His way works so much better.
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    I've just completed another 15 days with Billy Graham on the same site. I'm also following his plan for the whole year. The insights are so good - like you it's making me rethink so much. I'll certainly check out the one you mention too, there's nothing better than precious time spent with Him. Thanks for sharing.


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