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The object of my obsession

I’m on my second time through the Bible study “Made to Crave” by Lysa Terkeurst. (If you haven’t read the book or done the study, and food is an issue for you — DO IT.)

God has spoken to me powerfully through this study. Here’s the first a-ha: We consume what we think about.picture-421

For me, my craving was a vanilla crunch cone from Dairy Queen. At first, it was a special treat; a reward at the end of a couple weeks of eating healthy and working out. After a while, I found myself stopping a little more frequently: after all, it had been a long day, and I just HAPPENED to be driving down the street past DQ. And I just HAPPENED to have $2.09 in change saved on the dash of my car in case of an (ice cream cone) emergency.

After a couple weeks of this mind game, that darn ice cream cone became all I thought about as the end of my day rolled around, and I found myself stopping almost every evening.

Now, what damage can one ice cream cone a day do (and did I mention it was a SMALL one)?

A lot.

Here’s the problem. I was obsessing, spending time thinking about an inanimate object that I could consume because it tasted good and felt oh-so-good going down. My healthy options became harder and harder to choose. And my forward progress was sabotaged as the weight loss first slowed, then reversed completely.

I now know that Satan chooses his tactics intentionally. He knows where we are weak. And he wants to lure us away from God. In my case, he knows that what has worked in the past is something sweet, creamy, crunchy and just a bit salty.

Lysa says in Made to Crave: “We consume what we think about, and what we think about can consume us if we’re not careful.” Amen to that.

Danger, Will Robinson. Danger.

My prayer for today:

God, I want to crave You, not food. I know it’s Your will that I consume food as fuel, not that I let food consume me. You’ve already shown your faithfulness by removing other obsessions in my life. I choose to trust you with this one as well. Amen.