January!

Oh, how I missed you my friends. Hard to believe it is a new year and that I was gone for a month. I missed my reading and I missed the writing. I did have a very good holiday and I’m glad to be back. That’s the best kind of vacation, don’t you think? When you’ve had just enough fun that you aren’t tired from overdoing it and can jump back into daily life without feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation?

made-to-crave-coverI know that many people make new year resolutions about getting in shape or losing weight or exercising more. So, I thought this might be a good time to read an older book, but a personal favorite – Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. This book is a wonderful read and gives a totally different perspective on health and why we shouldn’t feel so defeated all the time. Lysa is a busy author and has a lot of books, so I’m kind of breaking my own rules with this choice, but it will be worth it. Why don’t you hit Amazon or B&N and we can study it together?

There are a bunch of tabs I added this morning to my copy. It has quite a few chapters, so I read the first three. There are a number of things she says that make me stop and think about how I respond to those cravings – and not just the ones from food either. I have lots of other cravings. One tab, right at the beginning of her book is,

God made us capable of craving so we’d have an unquenchable desire for more of Him, and Him alone.

Well. That just sort of says it all, don’t you think? I don’t often think of my cravings in this light. I feel like my spiritual life and my physical life are two different things and I treat them that way. I compartmentalize everything in my life – now it’s time to do this and now, it’s time to do that. There doesn’t appear to be much flow. Maybe it’s time I started thinking about, and being mindful of, how my different parts affect the others. If I am doing well spiritually, am I using that power to do well in other areas where I might be struggling? I would have to say, in most cases, no. It doesn’t even cross my mind to do that. I know one thing I am going to try to be more mindful of!

Another quote that made me stop is, “God never intended for us to want anything more than we want Him.” Hmm. How does that look in my life? I know I spend an awful lot of time studying and pondering, but how much more do I want God than being well or being at peace? I’ve thought a bit about this over my break. I have my “Time with God” every morning, but is my motivation to have time with Him or is it to have peace in my day? For me, those are two different things. At least two different motivations for my actions. I want to be close to God, but do I believe that if I put Him first I will be blessed with the peace. See how that’s different? I want the blessing, but the blessing needs to come from God, not from what I am doing to create that feeling. I wonder how often I do that in my life.

There are so many things to think about. It’s one of the reasons I love reading these books and then writing about them. I find things that I read that apply to me and my life. Somehow, it all works out for me to grow and learn and become. I am becoming more Christlike through all of these actions, at least, that’s the point. Isn’t that the point of life? To come to Christ and to be like Him? Made to Crave gives me the idea that all of the areas of my life can help me come closer to Him – even what I crave. Interesting. I’m excited to see where this book takes me in the next two weeks.

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