A recent listen… Unglued, by Lysa Terkeurst

WOW! Have you read the new book Unglued? I must say it is spot on.

I honestly don’t have the time or energy to read many books so I have a membership through audible.com for audiobooks and have LOVED being able to listen to some great authors.

In her new release Unglued, Lysa helps us take our labels off and address the roots of what “unglues” us. She shares personal experiences from her own life and how God has chiseled her through those times to Lord willing, be a better wife, mom, and woman.

I listened to her until 2am because as she is narrating her own book, she sounds like a friend in my living room. A friend that has made many of my same mistakes. I actually found myself asking God… how could you let her write “my” book? The answer was of course that He hasn’t chiseled my form quite enough yet. I need this book and the practical, common sense advice that is both simple and profound. Why haven’t I already made road maps for responses? I learned in Bible school that you should make a decision about a decision before you have to make the decision. In other words, have a plan and know how to stand in that plan. Don’t come unglued by other people, things, or events, because there is already a procedure in place to follow. WOW. A procedure that has Jesus as it’s core and foundation. How simple, how obvious, and yet how many times do I just lose it and blow my testimony, especially with my greatest ministry right now, my children. Too many times for sure.

I am breezing through this audio book for the first time because I love listening to her and find myself wanting more and more. I know that I will listen again and slow my pace to have a focused change of heart.

I highly recommend this book, and it really isn’t for only women, I have heard the men on K-LOVE radio talking about their own perspective changes that they have learned from this book.

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One,Two,Three, Four… I Declare a Food War!

I suppose I have never truly considered food battles to be a war for my soul. At first thought, it seems a bit of an extremist view to take, but in further looking, it is scary and true.

What’s the first thing I do when I am sad or bored or stressed out? I probably say a quick prayer but then I find myself in the kitchen searching for a fix to my moment. This action leads to indulgence followed by guilt which for me is usually translated into self-loathing and saying negative things to myself. This, is why this is a war that threatens my soul. By giving in to the “lust of my eyes” and indulging when I am probably more than not, not even hungry, I am taking control for my self and lacking in dependence on God. By self-mutilating myself mentally with harsh words thought or sometimes even said I am grieving my Creator.

This is not an impossible journey, on my own power it may be, but with God on my side nothing is impossible. This means that I must rely on HIM more to fill my spirit and give me joy than I rely on food to temporarily satisfy a need.

In Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food,Lysa Terkeurst urges the use of scripture to defeat temptations just as Jesus used scriptures many times. There is a scripture for each and every circumstance that we may face in life.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

So, using scripture to rebuke the lie that I need food to satisfy a desire for contentment or comfort is completely doable and something I must incorporate into my kitchen and heart.

No more status quo, no more excuses, or regrets or self-hatred, no more running to emptiness. I have to decide for myself, as each of us do, that God loves me as I am and desires so much more for me than I am allowing Him in my life. Letting go of reliance on food to comfort will not always be easy and I won’t always want to talk to God about it, but I must. This is the only way to truly benefit my life and the lives of those I love. To live fully craving my Creator and allowing Him to satisfy my longings and fill my spirit with a joy that bubbles over into each aspect of my life.

Matthew 5:6 (NIV)

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Lord, please fill me with your power and love. Help me to cling to your words, to hide them in my heart and apply them to my steps, forgive me for trying to make food meet a need that wasn’t physical but a mis-understanding of my soul crying out for your bread of life.

Give me the clarity to see these attacks and bring to mind your words to win each battle. I desire a closer communion with you so that I may be a more useful life for your kingdom. Thank you for creating me, for making me beautiful in your eyes. Help me to see me through your eyes daily, I no longer want my tainted glasses that lead me to insult your work in me. May each day that you give me be another day that I see more clearly your love for me and your desires to use me, and my family to glorify you. In Jesus precious name I pray all this, Amen.

No more excuses, rationalization, and promises for doing or being better tomorrow. I want each day to count and can’t waste moments on empty attempts to satisfy a craving that can only truly be satisfied by reaching for the one who completes me wholly, my Creator, my Savior, my Lord.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.