Made to Crave Bible Study-Peace

Made to Crave Bible Study

Hola Divas! It seems like FOREVER since we have gotten together!  We were not able to meet at our normal time two weeks ago due to an event at the Rec center and then we had a BIG SNOW. Sooooooo, let’s spend a little time getting back on track!  If you are just joining us…your timing is perfect!

For our current Bible Study, we are reading Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst.  Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen.  We have had a blast laughing at each other and learning from each other! It has been nice to know that we ALL struggle with something..especially when it comes to food choices.

When we meet in person (just before our Soulful Saturday classes at 8:30am), we watch a video devotional by Lysa TerKeurst that goes with the book.  With each session, Lysa gives us a word for the week.

During the first week, our word was EMPOWERMENT.  Lysa’s main point for week one was for us to change our perspective about making healthy food choices.  We have been moving from feeling deprived…..

Deprived to feeling empowered…..

empowered

One method we shared to help with feeling empowered was the Plate Method.

Plate Method

Did you catch that half of the plate is veggies?  Just checking! (LOL!)

For the next session, we talked about being Determined NOT Desperate.

When we are  desperate,  we want instant gratification.  We become laser focused on what we want. We see what we want. We think about what we want. We simply MUST have it or we couldn’t possibly live on!

In desperate times, we just might do, say, eat, or give away….ANYTHING!

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For this week’s session, our word is PEACE.

Peace Sign

Often, how peaceful we feel is tied to our decisions.  Our decisions about what we eat and what thoughts we allow to take residence in our minds.

When we start a healthy eating plan and then have an indulgence, we begin to feel guilty.  When we step on the scale and it does not reflect all of our hard work for the week, we feel defeated, frustrated, and angry.

There is NOTHING peaceful about feeling guilty, frustrated, defeated, or angry.

scale

As you prepare for our time together this week, reflect on 1 Corinthians 10:23 (AMP)

All things are legitimate [permissible—and we are free to do anything we please], but not all things are helpful (expedient, profitable, and wholesome). All things are legitimate, but not all things are constructive [to character]and edifying [to spiritual life].

We CAN have, eat, or think ANYTHING we want….but not everything we acquire, consume, or ruminate over is constructive.

As you go about your days this week, ask yourself this question about EVERYTHING:

Is this the wise thing to do/eat/think about? (Taken straight from Andy Stanley’s Best Question Ever)

Oooh, challenging huh?  Not should I eat this, do this, think about this, go here, date him/her..but is this the WISE THING TO DO?

Remember, everything is permissible but not all things are helpful!

When you get weak, think on this:

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. (Philippians 2:13)

Please make sure you have read through chapter 6 to be prepared for this week’s discussion!

Determined….NOT Desperate-(Made to Crave Bible Study)

Made to Crave Bible Study

Hola Divas!  Welcome to week three of our bible study, Made to Crave by Lysa TerKuerst.  If you are just joining us, you may want to check out previous Made to Crave  posts or visit our Meetup Page

During each session, Lysa gives us a theme word.  For the first session, the word was empowerment.  Our word for this session is Determined.

Webster’s online dictionary defines determined as: having made a firm decision and being resolved not to change it. 

Determined is a mindset.

At the opposite end of the “mindset spectrum’ is desperate.  Desperate is defined as: feeling, showing, or involving a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with.  

As Lysa so eloquently put it…Desperation breeds defeat. 

When we are  desperate,  we want instant gratification.  We become laser focused on what we want. We see what we want. We think about what we want. We simply MUST have it or we couldn’t possibly live on!

In desperate times, we just might do, say, eat, or give away….ANYTHING!

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In Genesis 25:29-34, we find an exchange between two brothers illustrating what desperation can do:

One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry.

(Can you say set up for desperation?  When I arrive home after working all day exhausted and hungry…the best intentions in the world just may not be able to keep me from  running to a drive through instead of cooking a healthy meal.)

Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” “All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.”

(Do we have some sibling rivalry going on?  Jacob did NOT have Esau’s best interests in mind.  However, Esau’s defenses were down…he smelled the soup, the saw the soup, he wanted the soup, he simply had to have the soup. So….. he went straight into crazytown-manipulation-drama-king mode:

“Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?”

I am sure NONE of you have eeeevvvver  gone into drama queen mode (the attitude, pouting, noodle-necking, sulking, silent treatment, oh no I am fine…just about to die), when you desperately wanted something.

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Divas, we have to be careful with desperation…it breeds defeat. We want …..and we want ….and we start manipulating to get what we want and before we know it….desperation turns our manipulation back on us,  and WE GET PLAYED!

But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate the meal, then got up and left. He showed contempt for his rights as the firstborn.

Divas would you trade your inheritance for soup?  

soup 

One method of handling “physical” desperation is to not allow ourselves to get soooo hungry we become desperate.

Part of the homework for this week is to determine in advance what we are going to eat so that we are not caught off guard…exhausted and hungry!  If you need help, check out our post on the plate method and plan out at least 3 days worth of meals.

Maybe you don’t have a food issue.  Where do you become so desperate in your life that you make “feel-good right now” decisions with painful long-term consequences?

Come on back later this week as we talk about “spiritual determination”.

Keep us posted about how things are going in the comments section!

 

Empowered with the Plate Method

Made to Crave Bible Study Hola Divas! Welcome to week 2 of our Made to Crave Bible Study. If you are just joining us, check out what the Made to Crave Bible Study is all about on the Dance Fit Divas Meetup Page. Then, read last week’s post about going from feeling deprived to feeling empowered.

In preparation for the viewing of this week’s video session, the homework for last week was to read chapters 1-3 and answer the quick reflection questions at the end of the chapter.  The homework for this week is to read chapters 4-6 and review the discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

Please know, the homework is NOT mandatory!  However, at the very minimum, please post a quick weekly comment (in the comments section) to let us know how you are progressing.

In chapter three of Made to Crave, Lysa talks at length about “getting a plan” to assist us in making healthy changes.  We all know the saying, you don’t plan to fail, you simply FAIL TO PLAN.  Before you say, Plannnnnnnnschman….just think about all those Monday mornings full of resolve that morphed into Monday afternoons full of defeat because there was no plan.

Proverbs 21:5 Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.

So, just as Lysa said in the book, NO ONE PLAN WORKS FOR EVERYONE!!!!  Researching to find a plan that works for you is time well spent.  However, we are human and when we are excited and ready to make changes, researching feels like it could take FOREVER.  Knowing you Divas would be ready to take this healthy eating thing and run full speed ahead, I shared the ” Idaho Plate Method” with the ladies in our first Bible study class.

The “Plate Method” is a simple way to help in the change of perspective from Deprivation to Empowered.  No weighing, no carrying around measuring cups, and no expensive “Special Foods”.  Sounds great right?  What is the catch?

Well…see for yourself:

Plate Method

1.  The first catch is that with the Plate Method, you use a 9 inch plate instead of a large plate.

2.  The second catch is  1/2 of the plate should be filled with 2 servings of non-starchy vegetables!  (Yes, I know…in the US the meat goes on the biggest section of the plate!—-From deprivation to Empowered!)

3.  The third catch is 1/4 of the plate should be filled with lean meat (3 ounces cooked) or other high-protein food and the other 1/4 of the plate should be filled with a starchy vegetable or whole grain serving (amount varies depending on food selected) and have a serving of fruit or dairy.

I love the plate method.  I must admit, am not big on dairy so I usually just have water with my meals.  (But this is the beauty of feeling Empowered…do what works for YOU! )

Do you think you could try filling 1/2 of your plate with veggies instead of a huge serving of meat/carbohydrates? Of course you can….ask God for your want-to!

 

Faith

 

Made To Crave Bible Study-Empowered

Made to Crave Bible Study

Hello Divas and welcome to our newest Bible Study…Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst.  Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen.  If you are looking to:  

Break the cycle of “I’ll start again on Monday,” and feel good about yourself today.

Stop agonizing over numbers on the scale and make peace with your body.

Replace rationalization that leads to diet failure with wisdom that leads to victory.

Reach your healthy goals and grow closer to God through the process…….

This study is for you!

Please take note:  this study will not be a how-to manual or the latest, greatest dieting plan. Made to Crave is a helpful companion to use alongside whatever healthy eating approach you choose — a book and Bible study to help you find the “want to” in how to make healthy lifestyle changes.

We had an amazing time on Saturday during our first session!  Don’t worry if you are not in our area or if you are just joining us!

Here is what you need to do this week:

1.  Purchase the book Made to Crave

2.  Read chapters 1-3 and complete the few short discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

3.  Read our weekly blog posts AND comment (in the comment section) about how your week is going!

During our sessions on Saturday we watch the video lesson that goes along with the study.  One very important point Lysa made in the book and on the video is:

In order to eat healthier and make lifestyle changes, we need a how-to ( a plan on what to eat)but we also need a want-to (the spiritual motivation to make lasting changes.)

Every session, Lysa provides us with a word for the week.  This week, our word is EMPOWERED.

Just think about it.  Every time we say we are going to go on a “diet” and we swear off this or that, we end up feeling deprived.

Deprived

image source: www.womansworld.org

This week, use Lysa’s tip of switching your perspective from deprived to EMPOWERED.  Yes those doughnuts your co-worker brought in look good but you can feel EMPOWERED by making the choice not to have some with God’s help….and not simply because you want to lose weight but because God made you wonderful (Psalm 39).  Even better, even if you chose to have a doughnut, you can choose to just have ONE!  EMPOWERED!

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..may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. Hebrews 13:21