Day 13: The tower of impossibility

Thought for the Day: “Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” (Proverbs 24:14)

Standing before a decadent dessert table piled high like a tempting tower was a daunting task. I was glowing with the first flush of success with my healthy eating plan, but now I found myself at the blow-out wedding of the season. A mere wedding cake was not enough panache for this soiree. Instead, a full buffet of chocolate truffles accompanied the groom’s cake. It was beautiful. And I wanted one of each flavor!

Previously, when I faced the calorie-overload opportunities so common in our culture, I felt overwhelmed and defeated. The tower of truffles seemed like a tower of impossibility. But this time my perspective was different. I had experienced a shift and tasted a new style of hope.

The particular healthy-eating plan that I had chosen was full of wisdom about the realities of food’s interaction with my body. In addition, I had put some healthy boundaries in place, surrounded myself with a like-minded friend, and replaced old lies in my mind with new truths. This new foundation began to slowly build, one day at a time. Healthy choices piled on top of each other day after day. Then, one day I woke up for the first time feeling incredibly empowered. I still did the typical routine with the scale–no clothes and no ponytail holder. My body was slowly changing because I had lost some weight. But the most thrilling feeling was knowing that my heart was changing.

Hope over despair tasted better than any food I’d ever given up. I had sought God’s perspective using prayer, boundaries, and His fulfillment as my source. I realized nothing was worth compromising the path of victory I was on — not even the tower of truffles!

I paved my victory path by imagining every good choice I made was like settling another brick into place: bricks of prayer, wise choices, closeness to God, closeness to others, confidence, energy, and focus. Each and every time I conquered a temptation by making a healthy choice, I became stronger and stronger. And, brick by brick, prayer by prayer, good choice by good choice, my hope soared. I’m making positive physical changes, but even more importantly, I’m making wise spiritual changes. As Proverbs 24:14 reminds me, walking in spiritual wisdom secures my hope that this healthy journey will not end in defeat:

Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

As you face similar temptations, I can’t promise that there won’t be any more tears. There will be. And I can’t promise that sweets will no longer appeal to you. They may. I can’t even promise that the number on the scale will magically drop as quickly as you wish. It probably won’t. But gaining spiritual wisdom along the way will set your feet on a sure path of victory. Press on, my friend!

Comments

  1. I started the MTC bible study just two days ago with Melissa. I have a lot of doubt in my heart that I can do this. I know this is because I am relying on my own ablities, not God. This truly proves how much I need a ‘heart’ change. I have not so well these first two days and I am tempted to start over next Monday. Satan would love that! I am not going to do that though. I am up and reading the material assigned. I will exercise. I will be victorious by the power of my Lord and Savior, Jesus. Thank you to everyone who’s thoughts I just read. I truly am not alone on this journey.

    • Amen! It’s taken me 12 days to begin to redirect my thinking and to act on the heart change. God is faithful!

    • Richelle says:

      Take heart! I too was very doubtful when I started M2C. I have done sooo many diets, I just didn’t want to fail at another thing. I am in week 4 of the study and it has changed my life! I am so grateful that someone gave these books to my mom and she gave them to me. I take things day by day. I have seen weight loss, but more important my relationship with the Lord has grown. Pray that God will help with any rebellion in your heart. He is a gracious God and HE LOVES YOU and WANTS to help you!

      • This is the message that I have as well. It was because of a rebellious heart that I have not followed my healthy eating plan the way I should. Then I realized, I try to please God and be obedient in many other areas of my life and I have grown so much in the last few years, but I never let it get to my heart in the area of food. So I prayed to God and told Him I was giving it up to him in regards to food and I would follow the plan just the way I’m supposed to. It is three weeks later and not only have I followed the food plan exactly but the Lord has led me into an unbelievably hard workout program that would have been my worst nightmare. The other day my two year old looked down on me with great concern as I was doing crunches and wiped some sweat off my face and said, “Mommy, what’s that?” So this exercise is not my plan, but the Lord’s and with the enabling of the Holy Spirit I have been able to do more than I ever even dreamed. Please keep going. God started my journey about 15 years ago and I knew that this time he wasn’t going to let me rest until I do this for good. God gave me this verse 15 years ago “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28 and I have held onto it all these years. Keep going!

    • I did my Made To Crave study over the summer as a small group through my church. I had previously read the book twice, and knew this was the concept I needed to get, and STAY, on a healthy eating journey for the rest of my life. I was tired of the yoyo cycle of gaining and losing the same 15, 20 or 30 pounds.
      My breakthrough came when I did the study with my sisters in the Lord, and we discussed each lesson and how it affected us. We used the Participant’s Guide to facilitate questions. I can’t stress enough the importance of completing your Guide for each lesson. It is crucial that you do the self evaluation, all of it. We think we know ourselves, but until we really take this inventory, we don’t know what we don’t know.
      To help me on this journey, I committed to participating in our communities first Try-athlon. We are a 55 and better community, so this was a big undertaking for most. I was on a relay team, and only did the swimming this year. But I never swam competitively before this. The 3 organizers were a big inspiration to me, they did the complete triathlon. I had bought and shared the MTC book with them in the spring. Between that and their Weight Watchers program, they had the inspiration and determination to put together this Try-athlon, and inspired others to join in to get healthy. Between them, they’ve lost over 140 pounds since the beginning of the year. We had about 20 participants this year. I’m sure there will be more annually.
      My point is… YOU can do whatever your dream is for your life. Dream bigger than you think is possible. And, most of all, ask the Lord to empower you, through what you are learning through MTC to bring this body, His temple, under submission to your spirit, who is indwelled with Christ and His power. Then, bring someone along with you, as many as you can.
      I am going to lead the MTC study in our community beginning in October. And I want to do it again at my church beginning in January. It is a concept all Christians need. It is the link I have missed all these years. And I want everyone to have the Empowerment, Determination, Peace, Truth, Beneficial, Courageous fruit which I have gained from MTC. THANK YOU LYSA, for your obedience to the Lord’s leading in putting this together for your sisters!

    • I am just wondering if this site is still current.?
      I am noticing that all of the comments are dated 2012.

  2. I am enjoying this spiritual journey. I have struggled with my weight since I was five. Sometimes in my life I have been victorious with this battle and more times than not defeated. Until I began this study, I always said it was a matter of setting my mind to the task of discipline. I am so thankful to now realize it is a heart issue. Thank you Muzzle for your Insight and perserverance. I am blessed!

  3. Thank you for your words of wisdom Lysa and for sharing your journey!
    Please pray for me today. I started this journey and I was doing really well until today. The scale has gone up even though I thought I made some good choices and I exercised more this week. I need to re-evaluate my plan…I did order the Action Plan to help me learn what foods are best for my body. I was really discouraged though this morning. Please pray I don’t give up today! Does anyone have a verse of encouragement they could share with me so I could meditate on it throughout my day? Thanks!:)

    • Jill, I have had the same thing happen. Do NOT give up! This is about more than the scale.
      I am praying for you!

      Galatians 5:16
      So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

      “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.’
      Galatians 6:8-10

      • Thank you Debbie! Today was a MUCH better day! I actually lost one pound since a weighed in yesterday…yay! Thanks again for your encouragement! I wrote these scriptures down and posted them on my computer!!!:)

      • totally what I needed to read this morning as I’m fighting satan to stay up and take on the tasks that God has blessed me with. And to do so with an ethusiastic attitude!

    • Jill,

      Don’t let Satan defeat you! I got on the scale this morning and was really let down also. Keep the faith and keep praying, that’s what I intend to do.

      I cried out, “I am slipping!”
      but your unfailing love, O LORD, supported me.
      When doubts filled my mind,
      your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. Psalm 94:18-19

    • My favorite verse Phillipians 4:13 (my b-day is april 13th, that’s how I’ve remembered it) “I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME…” I have recited, repeated and shared this verse with so many & let me tell you, I’ve seen miracles. Once I was walking around my neighborhood and almost finished but the last hill was so steep I wanted to quit until I said the verse & it was like I was walking flat ground…I was amazed to say the least. God is so good all the time. Try it for yourself a few times, it will work for you too. Good luck on your journey…

  4. Debbie, thank you for the scriptures you posted for Jill. I find great strength in them also. His Word is so powerful and all of you ladies just bless my heart. It’s so encouraging to know that so many of are out here than really love the Lord and long to please Him. Bless you!

  5. AWESOME!!!

  6. I like the analogy of building a brick wall. It sounds like an impenetrable wall against failure. Did you know Lysa that you are using all the tools of recovery from compulsive overeating set out by Overeaters Anonymous? Well, you are and the tools are what facilitates our victory in Christ. HE is our victory but it won’t happen in a vacuum…….so we use the tools. I know when I’m beginning to slip in my recovery that it helps to think about the tools and pick one up and start using it …….and then another and another and pretty soon I’m back on track. TRYING HARDER to lose weight is not the answer for me because that is a goal I cannot accomplish but I can accomplish using a tool such as a food journal, prayer, calling a friend, serving others and getting my mind off me, etc. and then the weight comes off. Thanks for your good devotionals. They are a good tool for my recovery Lysa! 🙂

  7. I have been using your Made to Crave WB and Manual and, along with 2 other ladies, I am seeing the changes in my life go from obsessing on failed attempts at weight control to victorious living at letting God control my weight as I do nothing but live in obedience to His eating, exercise and daily meditation plan with Him. Thank You Lisa, for at just the right time you came along. It has been a life long obsession and now I am being set free as I trust the Lord through these wonderful resources you have. I love getting together with two other ladies and sitting with your video teaching series. You are a great blessing to me at this time in my life. It is God’s perfect timing for me and there you were!

  8. Hi there ! I’m taking the 21-day challenge – it sounds like your view is that we need to never eat sweets again? Just wondering … thank you so much for your book and for these emails – they are really helping me to keep my eyes on God not FOOD – thank you!

  9. The BEST DAY so far.

  10. Hello. Can anyone direct me to an online group or other avenue where I can find an accountability friend? I have done some searches, but most groups I can find are not in existence anymore, or are not really about Made to Crave, just general weight loss. I am reading this book for the second time now, and doing my second Bible study with it. I have purchased the devotional book as well as the Action Plan. I don’t feel that anyone I know would be a realistic choice for me as an accountability partner for various reasons. I am looking for another Jesus girl who can come along beside me on this journey. Made to Crave really hits home for me, and I’d like to take this outward step that I haven’t tried before. Can anyone help me? God bless. 🙂

    • Amanda Biel says:

      Hello Julie!

      Like you, I am also looking for an accountability friend. I’ve searched online, and also like you…have been unable to find an accountability group geared towards a “craving God, not food” attitude. If you find one, please let me know!

      Otherwise, I would love to come alongside you on this new journey! Feel free to email me at mandybiel@yahoo.com or friend me on facebook… my name on there is David Amanda Biel . Much grace and blessings to you!
      ~Amanda Biel~

      • mary shehan says:

        I also am starting new. I’m with a group but so far behind because they all live 3hours away. They all have the DVD s and I’m feeling so lost. I started reading the book and I have the 6 session participant book but have no idea what I’m doing. Everyone on chapter 6 I think and session 4 I haven’t did 1yet. Just feeling lost. Any one want to help me in the right direction maryj2367@aol.com

  11. Melissa Brown says:

    Every day this week I have been trying to eat healthy, but sadly I have caved and let Satan win. But I think the main thing is that I keep trying too. I am not giving up and I WILL NOT GIVE UP. I will do all I can today to make sure satan knows he is not in control, God is. And I WILL MAKE the right choices today.

    I will win this war!

  12. Hi all! I just wanted to say that Lysa’s book is exactly what I’ve needed to hear for so long! I have struggled with using food as my comfort ever since I can remember. I know God is calling me to eat in a way that is honoring to Him. I’m looking for someone who also needs an accountability partner, is anyone interested? I was planning on starting a small group with some friends but it hasn’t worked out just yet. I’d love to be an encouragement to anyone who’s in need of it! Please let me know by e-mail, dsmoulson@aol.com

  13. Rita Shure says:

    “Be still and know that I am God.” Ps. 46:10.

  14. My truffle tower this morning (since there’s at least one per day, right?) was the fourth blueberry pancake. I should not have had three and yet the fourth was pleading with me. Your post, Lysa, helped me wrap it up for someone else in the family. Thank you!

  15. I am currently reading day 13 of the 21 day challenge. I have bought the book, devotional and the participants guide. In the participants guide it talks about the dvd to watch first. Does this DVD come with the book or is that something else I have to buy? I am aprticipating in this venture with several friends as I really want this to work and to build a closer and stronger relationship with God and lose the weight also. But this participants guide seems useless to me without watching the dvd. Someone please help.

  16. Thank you for today’s word. I am on day 2. I need to set a healthy eating plan and set boundaries. Can anyone help with this aspect? thank you!

  17. I am on day 13 of my MTC journey and am also looking for an accountability partner! It seems like there has been no one on here since last year and maybe I am too late to find one!
    If you are looking please email me at happy_thots@hotmail.com I would love to have someone to share this journey with and be accountable to/with also!!!

  18. Hang in there Melissa, I have done the same thing but it seems to be getting easier not to cave into temptation. I know you can & will not give up & that is the main thing. We are all here for support to each other when we have failed moments. God is on your side always. Believe & keep the Faith.

  19. Diane page says:

    Starti ng the change it has been a lifetime struggle mk in from one addiction to another
    Lookin for a partner for the journey email me if interested

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