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Made to Crave - Chapter One Reflections

I'm participating in Melissa Taylor's online Bible study, "Made to Crave."  I've decided to keep track of my weight loss (down 6.5 pounds in 8 days!) and Bible study progress here since this blog is intended to be my personal journal anyway.

Here are the questions and my responses from the first chapter.

If you could sit down and have an imaginary conversation with your craving, what do you think it might say to you?
"You know you want me."  

What questions would you want to ask it?
"Are you really what's best for me?"

How do you imagine it might respond?
"LOL.. you're joking, right?"  

(Apparently my craving is a smart-aleck!)

How do you respond to the idea that God made us to crave?
If we didn't have any cravings or desires in our lives, what would cause us to pursue anything?  I think we'd all live ordinary, complacent lives.  God made us to crave where we would dream bigger - not so our bums would grow bigger.

Have you ever pursued a craving --a longing, passion, or desire -- that made a positive contribution to your life?
Our desire to work with dogs led to being able to work with people with our dogs.  It's become a beautiful ministry out of something that seems very foolish to many.

What do you think distinguishes that kind of craving from the craving that leads you to eat in unhealthy ways?
God's purpose being fulfilled.  

If it's true that we are made to crave, how might it change the way you understand your cravings?
Not all cravings are negative.  I need to be more in tune with what does and does not bring glory to God.

Do you believe there could be any benefits to listening to your cravings rather than trying to silence them?  If so, what might those benefits be?
Yes.  If we understood where our cravings come from and the purpose they serve, maybe we would make better choices regarding our cravings. 

The Bible describes three ways Satan tries to lure us away from loving God: cravings, lust of the eyes, and boasting (1 John 2:15-16).  Lysa explains how Satan used these tactics with both Eve and Jesus.  Using the list below, think back over the last twenty-four hours or the last few days to see if you recognize how you may have been tempered in similar ways.

Cravings:  meeting physical desires outside the will of God.  In what ways were you tempted by desires for things such as food, alcohol, drugs, or sex?
I have noticed that using Facebook and the internet in general to fill time have become unhealthy cravings in my life.

Lust of the eyes:  meetings material desires outside the will of God.  In what ways were you tempted by desires for material things--clothing, financial portfolio, appliances, vacation plans, cosmetics, home decor, electronics, etc.?
This doesn't really apply to me.  The life-style we have chosen to allow me to stay home with our children doesn't provide for many, meaningless none necessities.  Material things have never been that important to me.  

Boasting:  meeting needs for significance outside the will of God.  In what ways were you tempted by desires to prop up your significance--perhaps by name dropping, exaggerating, feigning humility or other virtues, doing something just because you knew it would be observed by others, etc.?
This is an issue I deal more with.  Because I am constantly seeking other people's approval, there are times that I am not as humble as I should be.  

Of the three kinds of temptations, which is the most difficult for you to resist?
Facebook - I mean who doesn't want to be up to date on EVERYONE's current situation? 

Which is the easiest to resist?  Why?
Lust of the eyes.  I am content with what I have.

Jesus quotes the truth of Scripture to defeat temptation.  Have you ever used Scripture in this way?  Yes.  What was the result?  Victory.  How do you feel about the idea of using this approach to address your unhealthy eating patterns? Hopeful.


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