Pieces of Me

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Made to Crave–Chapter 5 “Made for More”

  1. 1. “I was made for more” is a spiritual truth that unlocks great power for Christians.”  In light of my past failures and current struggles with food, this truth is incredibly empowering.  It really is a reminder that I was not made to sit on the couch, watch TV, and eat junk. I was not made to constantly worry about everyone else.  I was made in his glory, to share his love with others and be a reflection of that love in my day to day life.  I’ve been so caught up in loving others that I have forgotten to love myself.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am a Jesus loving gal.  There is nothing I wouldn’t do to share that love with others.  Even my friends who choose to not believe in Him as their Savior.  Even those who question His love.  I still love them.  That love never changes.  And I still pray for them daily.  My prayer is that they will experience His love the way I experience it.  But I cannot always concentrate on everyone else.  I have to take time to love myself as He loves me.  How fair is it to beat myself up every day because I didn’t exercise or I forgot to track my points or I ate too many pieces of chocolate?  Just like Christ wants us to love others and accept them where they are at in their lives, he wants me to love myself.  I was created in his image and for his glory.  I just have to keep reminding myself of it.
  2. When I introduce myself to someone I don’t know, I usually say, “Hi, I’m Rose.. . .” and then proceed to define myself depending on who I’m with or what I’m involved in -  “I’m Cayden’s mom.  I’m Stephen’s wife.  I’m the Music teacher at Preschool.”  Sometimes I just say, “Hi, I’m Rose,” and leave it at that.   Apparently, most of the time I feel like I need to identify myself with my circumstances.  Of course, I don’t ever say, “Hi, I’m Rose, the girl who needs to lose 50 lbs. and is tired of being so unhappy with my body.”  But sometimes, that’s exactly who I believe I am.
  3. Defining myself based on past or current circumstances: Rose, the one constantly compared to her sister while growing up.  Rose, the smart one.  Rose, the girl who can’t do anything fun because she believes in God.  <—All my identity growing up.  Now –> Rose, the girl who lost the weight before but can’t seem to today.
  4. A new identity – I don’t have to be that girl anymore.  I am set free!
      • Rose, the forgiven child of God. (Romans 3:24)
      • Rose, the set-free child of God. (Romans 8:1-2)
      • Rose, the accepted child of God. (1 Corinthians 1:2)
      • Rose, the holy child of God. (1 Corinthians 1:30)
      • Rose, the made-new child of God. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
      • Rose, the loved child of God. (Ephesians 1:4)
      • Rose, the close child of God. (Ephesians 2:13)
      • Rose, the confident child of God. (Ephesians 3:12)
      • Rose, the victorious child of God. (Romans 8:37)

                  5.  Ephesians 1:17-20

    • Be persistent: “I keep asking.”  I have absolutely no reservations about asking God for wisdom and power each day to help me through this new journey.  Persistent prayer will be a constant reminder of how much I really do need to rely on Him.  I cannot do this alone.
    • Embrace a true identity: “Glorious Father.”  Untruths about my identity I have struggled with – I can’t do this alone.  I will always be overweight.  I’m not supposed to be the thin one.  If I can embrace the truth of my identity as a child of God – really embrace it – I know that my life will change completely.  My heavenly father loves me and want me to be a fit and healthy person both physically as well as spiritually.  With the help of the Holy Spirit, I this life is just waiting for me.
    • Find deeper reason: “So that you know him better.”  The Lord will use my journey towards healthy eating as a way I get to know Him better because my strength will rely on Him.  In times of weakness, he will make me strong.  And the Holy Spirit will help me to live my life according to the fruit of the spirit – especially in regards to self control.
    • Discover s hope and power like no other: “That the eyes of your heart might be enlightened.”  In the past I have felt that everything depended on me – my willpower and determination – completely on me.  As I’ve read this book, I’ve realized that the power isn’t going to come from within me.  It will come as I rely on the Lord – the same power that raised Jesus from the dead will help me through this.  I just have to be still and trust.  It won’t always be easy, but as I go through this journey, I know that my relationship with the Lord will strengthen and grow as my waistline gets smaller!