Saturday, January 18, 2014

You Are Invited...

A couple of weeks ago I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, when I see a friend has posted about an online Bible study through Proverbs 31 Ministries.  I'd never heard of them before, but their upcoming study was "Made to Crave:  Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food" by Lysa Terkeurst.

Year after year, my New Year's Resolution has been about my weight.  This year, I made a conscious effort for it NOT to have anything to do with trying to lose weight.  It's a never-ending battle of depriving myself, working out, falling from the wagon, wallowing in guilt, losing the motivation, and on...and on...and on...

So, when I come across this post, I have a moment of clarity.  This is EXACTLY what I need!  I can address these issues in a way I NEVER have before.  You see, in the past I have invested hundreds (probably thousands) of dollars trying to feel good about myself by focusing on the outside.  I've been doing it backwards this whole time!  I signed up for the study, purchased the book, and invited my sister-in-law and mom to join me.

The book study starts tomorrow.  Mind you, I started preparing right after New Year's.  In the meantime, I started reading the devotional that Lysa also has.  (I coupled this with The Duck Commander devotional that I started at the beginning of the year and the I Am Second challenge that I absolutely love.)  I'm up early every morning, craving the Word of God (which is where the blog name was born).  Immediately, I begin to feel more peace.  Why have I never thought to give this burden to God?  This is the area that makes me feel the least worthy and I will overcome through HIM.  This time, I'm not focused on a number on the scale.  I want to feel good from the inside out.  My primary focus is strengthening my relationship with Him.

Don't get me wrong...I'm not sitting on the couch expecting God to make me skinny.  I'm asking Him to help me with motivation, praising Him each and every day, and thanking Him for the many blessings that I have.  My sister-in-law and I signed up for my very first 5K, which will help keep me motivated in the exercise department.  I joined Spark People to help me track my weight and exercise (which I heard about through M2C).  And I'm taking part in this book study to help me connect with people who feel the same way I do so that we can motivate and support each other.

I am so excited to begin this journey and have decided to blog my way through the good, the bad, and the ugly so that I can take part in the M2C blog hop and share this journey with my sisters in the study.  LET'S DO THIS!


Kris Danko said...

Sounds like you really have prepared well!! Blessings for a successful study!!

Kris Danko (OBS Team Leader/Blog Hop Team)

Anonymous said...

Hi there, found you on the Blog Hop... just wanted to say that you mentioned ... "I want to feel good from the inside out"

It reminded me of a song we did recently in choir from Hillsong... "From the Inside Out"

I was going to post the link here, but wasn't sure if your blog would think it was spam, but I thought you might like it ...
Looking forward to this study and what God will do through it in so many areas of people's lives

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