Finding Your “Want To”

Today at Daybreak we embarked with a small group of women on the Made to Crave journey. 

Made to Crave is a book written by Lysa Terkeurst.  She is the President of Proverbs 31 ministries, renowned author, inspirational speaker, and bible teacher.  From appearances, a woman who has it all together and clearly a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ.

Yet, even Lysa had a little secret.  She struggled with food.  Even she, a God loving, teaching, authoring woman had an issue with food.  And she was brave enough to share her weight struggles in this book, Made to Crave.  In her book, Lysa shares that she was able to find victory in so many areas in her life, but she never let God mess with her food.  This was something she was unwilling to turn over to God.

For most of her life, she kept this issue hidden.  Secret from the world.  But one day she realized that she needed to take this issue to God and let him transform her.  

On the journey of letting God mess with her food issues, she realized that there was a missing link in most diet books.  Diet books address the "how to's" of healthy living.  These books tell you to eat more vegetables, drink more water and exercise more.  All good information, but she generally knew how to be a healthier individual.  What was missing wasn't the information or knowledge on how to get healthier.  What was missing was the "want to."  

I have been on this food journey for years now.  Yet, even as God has taken me on this journey over the past few years, my "want to" occasionally fades.  Sometimes I don't feel like trusting God with my food either.  Sometimes I just want to live without thinking about my food, defaulting back to my old habits.

This morning I found myself dwelling on the words of Hebrews 4:11-16.  These verses captured my "want to."  I felt inspired, encouraged and motivated to keep on this journey of craving God more than I crave food.

These verses reminded me that…

  • God knows my struggles (nothing in all of creation is hidden from God's sight, v. 13)
  • God doesn't leave me defeated in the struggle, he arms me for battle with the Word of God! (the word of God is living and active, shaper than any double-edged sword, penetrateing even the dividing soul and spirit, jounts and marrow, vs. 12)
  • Thus, the Word of God can separate the food addiction from my physical body and my mind
  • Jesus was victorious in this battle and he prepares the way for me to be victorious also (Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin, v 15)
  • Jesus does not condemn me, he sympathizes with me (we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are, v 15)
  • Because of Jesus, I am invited to boldly enter the presence of God (let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, v 16)
  • In my greatest time of need, I am offered grace and mercy, not a shameful scolding (we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need, v 16)

May these reminders from Hebrews 4 capture your "want to."  Jesus knows you.  Jesus feels your hurt.  He knows your pain.  He experienced your very temptation to death.  His love and forgiveness are so great for you that he says, Come to me.  With boldness and confidence, you can ask repeatedly for a new portion of grace and mercy.  Grace and mercy are available to you every minute of every day. Through the power of God's truth, this food thing can be separated from you.  You can be victorious.  Jesus has prepared the way for you to experience freedom!

If your "want to" has waned, approach the throne with confidence, asking for another dose of desire to turn this food thing over to God.  He is your help in time of need.   


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One Response to Finding Your “Want To”

  1. Jackie says:

    So cool!  I think we are reading the book together!  I just read this part about a week ago, and the same part really struck me.  The "how to" change is often easy to find and recommended all over the place.  And yet it is often crazy hard to put into place-to make the changes, because our motivation fluctuates.  Reading your post, I started thinking about how my "want to" has changed over time.  At first, my strongest "want to" for recovery was just that I wanted to stop being so freezing cold all the time!  Then, along the road, my deeper "want to"s started coming out, and they really relate to the promises in Hebrews 4:11-16.  PS, I love how you make the words come alive-I've read them so many times, but your bullets helped me to understand the passage in a new way!.  Here are some of the "want tos" I came up with as I was journaling:
    Want to have a future, a career, be able to help others, raise a family
    Want to honor God with my body-to respect and care for this body as His temple
    Want to find peace
    Want to tear down these idols so that God can be my first priority.  I want to love and pursue Him more than weight or food or body image.
    Want to feel secure in my worth, to stop trying to earn it through perfectionism.  Want to be loved just for who I am.
    Want to believe His promises
    Want to learn to trust, to let go of my anxieties and to go on this awesome adventure God has for me!
    These reasons are a good bit more robust than my initial motivation to feel warm.  And as I'm thinking about it, the cool thing is that God CAN provide all these things-they are totally acheivable (well, maybe not completely, but I can keep journeying towards them and getting closer and closer) with His help.  I love that God understands our struggles, and how this really IS hard, and He doesn't condemn us for it.  Instead, He walks alongside us and provides friends to be His hands and feet.  I don't need to be afraid that He will yell at me for falling again. 
    Thanks for starting off my day with God-thoughts!

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