Founder, Proverbs 31 Ministry, a non-profit organizatiopn that brings God’s peace, perspective and purpose to today’s busy women
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Lysa TerKeurst: Made to Crave
The 700 Club
Lysa TerKeurst , now 41, struggled for a long time with her food choices and her weight. She says it’s not the how to, it was always the want to. She says she never really wanted to make the changes that would give her the weight loss results, because she wasn’t sure the changes were worth the sacrifice.
After the birth of her first child, TerKeurst says she weighted 194 pounds. “I have always been able to get to my goal weight of about 142 – 145 pounds,” she says. “But I could never keep it there.” She hid her weight well and never really looked like she weighed a lot. However, finally around her 40th birthday, she decided to make some changes.
She visited a nutritionist who labeled her “obese.” Emotionally, TerKeurst was abusing herself, calling herself names and feeling badly after making bad food choices. “I was overweight physically but underweight spiritually,” she says. She realized that her unhealthy cravings were key to her spiritual malnutrition. “Food was my God.”
TerKeurst decided to read the Bible verse by verse from the viewpoint that she had an unhealthy perspective on eating. She reminds us that the first sin in Genesis had to do with food (Eve eating the forbidden apple). “I realized how significant it was for God’s people to see how Satan chooses his tactics. He desire to lure us away from God and he knows what works.” She says that Eve was focused on the object of her obession. “She saw that the food was good, pleasing to the eye and desireable. Eve craved what she focused on.”
One day TerKeurst realized that she needed to break her addiction to sugar. “This wasn’t about the scale or what size clothing I wore,” she says. “This was about the battle that raged in my heart. I thought about and arranged my life too much around food.” It became her life and that she craved food more than she craved God. “Food was what I turned to in times of stress, sadness and even in times of happiness.”
God never intended for us to want anything more than we want Him. She says losing the weight and keeping it off is the hardest thing she’s ever done. She started eating healthier and exercising. She found a food buddy. “It’s crucial to have the accountability of a friend who is on the same eating plan,” she says. They committed to praying for each other as well as hold each other accountable.
TerKeurst reminds us that getting healthy isn’t just about losing weight. “It’s about recalibrating our souls so that we want to change – spiritually, physically, and mentally and the battle really is in all three areas. She didn’t want to write this book. She started blogging thoughts about her weight loss journey (she’s lost 25 pounds in three months and has kept it off for two years.). “I wanted to keep this struggle all to myself. It’s not a diet book. This is the missing link. It will help you find your ‘want to.’”
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