You Are Invited

Why I joined Made To Crave OBS:  God is calling me.

For several years now, Romans 12:1 & 2 has eaten at me.

Romans 12:1 (NIV)

A Living Sacrifice

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters,
in view of God’s mercy,
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and pleasing to God—
this is your true and proper worship.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—
His good, pleasing and perfect will.

I so desire to offer my body as a living sacrifice, to be obedient to my Lord and Savior. Yet I continue to fight with my weight and emotional eating habits.

Last year, I ran into an article Lysa TerKeurst wrote, The Verse That Made Me Cringe, back in the spring of 2011.

She opens with (personalized)

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
19 Do (I) not know that (my) body is a temple of the Holy Spirit,
who is in (me), whom (I) have received from God?
(I am) not (my) own;
20 (I was) bought at a price.
Therefore honor God with (my) body.

and closed with a “Power Verse”

Romans 14:17 (NIV)
17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of
eating and drinking,
but of righteousness,
peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Convicting! His holy temple needs a thorough cleansing! So. How do I go about honoring God with my body? I have to take care of it. Eat right and exercise. I have not done either of those things well in the past several years. I have started many diets and exercise programs and have miserably failed. My motives have not been the motives of my Father.  I know that God could, if it were His will, change me with just a word but there are lessons I need to learn so I need to go through His process. Putting one foot in front of the other…

Proverbs 16:3 & 9 (NIV)
Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and He will establish your plans.
In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.

At the onset of a women’s event a few years ago, there was an icebreaker. We each received a piece of paper with a question on it and were to go around and ask it of each other. The one that grabbed ahold of and shook me was, “If you could change places with any woman for one day, who would she be?”

I love and admire so many beautiful women in my life. But. I could not think of one woman I know that I would want to change places with for any amount of time. We are all human and fallible, each with our own issues.

And then she came to me!

I would love to be with Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus. To bask in His very presence. To soak in His healing words. So I started seeking Bible study after Bible study. Although I have been reading through the Bible annually, I hadn’t really studied it for myself. A few months ago, I started to do just that. I just can not get enough!

I was Made To Crave!