Day 1: Unsettled

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (Hebrews 1:3)

Thought for the Day: Unsettle me in the best kind of way. For when I allow your touch to reach the deepest parts of me — dark and dingy and hidden away too long — suddenly, a fresh wind of life twists and twirls and dances through my soul.

The year I finally got my eating issues under control, I started with a very simple New Year’s prayer. I didn’t write a long list of resolutions as I had in previous years. After all, my list from one year to the next could have simply been a photocopy from the year before. It was the same stuff, year after year. I started out with great gusto to eat less, move more, make this a healthy lifestyle, and live in victory. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

But each year around January 7, I’d get invited to a party where treats were plentiful and motivation scarce. My stomach would soon be overstuffed and my resolve worn quite thin.

Year after year.

But this year I just couldn’t bring myself to write the list again. So, I prayed this simple prayer: Unsettle me.

These are the words I wrote in my journal . . .

Unsettle me. These are the two words rattling about in my brain today. I almost wish it were a more glamorous prayer. Surely more eloquent words could be found for what I’m feeling led to pursue during this New Year. But these are the words, this is the prayer for my 2009.

The funny thing is, I’ve spent my whole existence trying to find a place to settle down, people to settle down with, and a spirit about me worthy of all this settled down-ness. All of this is good. A contented heart, thankful for its blessings, is a good way to settle.

But there are areas of my life that have also settled that mock my desires to be a godly woman — compromises, if you will. Attitudes that I’ve wrapped in the lie, “Well, that’s just how I am. And if that’s all the bad that’s in me, I’m doing pretty good.”

I dare you, dear soul of mine, to notice the stark evidence of a spirit that is tainted and a heart that must be placed under the microscope of God’s Word. Yes, indeed, unsettle me, Lord.

Unearth that remnant of justification.

Shake loose that pull toward compromise.

Reveal that broken shard of secrecy.

Expose that tendency to give up.

Unsettle me in the best kind of way. For when I allow Your touch to reach the deepest parts of me — dark and dingy and hidden away too long — suddenly, a fresh wind of life twists and twirls and dances through my soul.

I can delight in hope that this is my year to change.

I can discover reasons to appreciate my body and find softer ways for my thoughts to land.

I can recognize the beauty of discipline and crave the intimacy with God it unleashes.

I can rest assured though the journey will be hard, I will be held.

Goodbye to my remnants, my justification, shards, and tendencies. This is not who I am — nor who I was created to be.

Goodbye to shallow efforts, self-focus, and suspicious fears that I’ll never find victory in this area of my life. I am
an unsettled woman who no longer wishes to take part in distractions or destructions.

Welcome deeper love for God and the realization I am made for more than this constant battle. Welcome my unsettled heart.

Are you ready to be unsettled in a good way?

Maybe you are at the beginning of your journey and feel intimidated by the long road ahead. Or, maybe you are on the other end of the spectrum and need ongoing encouragement to stay healthy.

Whether you’re in those places or somewhere in the middle, will you make a renewed commitment now? Will you ask God to unsettle you in the midst of where you are? And then dare to keep turning these pages and holding tight to God’s transforming truth.

Dear Lord, make me a courageous woman who isn’t afraid to pray this prayer over and over in the days ahead. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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  1. Sena David says

    I have come to realize that I use food to punish myself every time I want to change into a better, healther person. I can have all the resolve in the world and walk into a grocery store determined not to head for the donuts and all the other bad stuff and it is like a different person takes over. I buy all the stuff that if bad for me and don’t feel anything until after it is all eaten. Then the punishment starts. What is wrong with me? I do pray for help and that I can be strong but I am still over 100 lbs over weight and having troubles just getting around. Pray for me.

    • Don’t be discouraged! I too am struggling to get the weight off and I sometimes feel like a failure. I had lost 55 pounds and I thought it was the right to eat a few more snacks and I gained 30 pounds back. I am now back to being 130 pounds overweight. I am decided to not to eat any sugary snacks ie cakes, cookies, donuts etc. until I get those pounds off. It is a hard task and we are driven to believe the task is to hard when actually we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Hang in there I will be praying for you. Don’t give up.

    • Hi Sena! I don’t have any answers but wanted to reply that you are not alone. I; too, am over 100 pounds overweight. But I do know that punishment is not a good thing and not from the Lord. Now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. It says now because it doesn’t matter what we’ve done, it is not our end, it is our beginning. Gods mercies are new everyday. And just as }emus told Peter to forgive 70×7, I have learned that Gods forgiveness for me is the same. The only way to begin healing is to learn and accept forgiveness. Paul says this when he says ‘do we then sin because of Gods grace’ – no. In this same way we do not eat poorly just because we are not condemned. But is is our guilt and unforgiveness that makes us feel like failures and like we can’t make good choices in the grocery store or at restaurants or at a friends house, etc. I recently was baptized and had been doing something for a very long time that I knew was wrong but didn’t really consider “sin”. The next day from the baptism I got caught doing this thing. I asked the Lord for grace and was given it. I stopped then and there what I was doing. – (I was driving without a license) so u til I got my license back I didn’t drive. For the first time in my life I understood there is freedom in Christ. I started living in obedience and was able to see how much God loves me. My story is long – as are most overweight people but I can tell you, I am a new person because I now understand Gods love and grace and have accepted His forgiveness. I have lost 40 pounds and have a long way to go but since you are on this website, I can see that we are on the same track. I will pray for you but stop punishing yourself and stop thinking of food or the lack of as a punishment. I pray that the Lord will show you your beauty through His eyes and that you will feel loved. I pray that you find such a burning desire in your heart for the Lord that you fall in love with Him. When we were little girls – before anything bad happened to us yet; we were in love with our parents. Our mother was the most beautiful person in the world and our daddy was our hero. Even before we could talk. That’s how God made us. And it is that kind of relationship that our Heavenly father wants from us. He is beautiful. He is our hero. He is our strength. I am saying all of this because I am learning as well. I love you dear sister.

  2. Well, now I am here. I’ve been there and yonder, looking for what that “1” thing is to help me lose the weight. I love Jesus and give to him every aspect of my life, but never have my weight issues. I’ve said that before too and I fail, feel awful, guilty, unforgiven of myself, and just plain YUCKY. So, I try again and fail and try again…next Monday, Next Monday, how about THursday…yep fail once again…all before noon of the days I start. Last week I was given a wake up call. I’m 44, 5’2 and 206 lbs. I am now “insulin impaired”…otherwise, pre-diabetic. You know in the back of my mind, SATAN, I would always say, man if I had diabetes it would be so easy to get myself back on track! WHAT WAS I THINKING. I spoke it, thought it, and here it is and I can’t give it back. Satan thinks he has won! NO HE HAS NOT! I will beat this. I will get healthy for my family. So, please pray for me as I begin this journey!

  3. Food! Is my drug and alcohol addiction. When my nerves are frazzled I eat. I hate the way I look. Sometimes the struggle seems impossible and I don’t know when and if I am going to binge. I will tell myself how is eating going to cure my problems and then I fail again. I get off to a good start and then I fizzle out. I want to exercise but then I don’t. I also know that changing my diet without exercise is not going to get me the results I desire. Pray my strength as I pray for yours.

  4. A couple of years ago my daughter (3 years old at the time) went with her dad to get take out pizza. She began to question him about God and asked if God were in the van at that exact moment. My husband said, “Yes, Carlee! He is sitting right up here in front seat beside me helping me drive!” Carlee was horrified! “OH NO! That’s were the pizza is!” I started reading the Made to Crave book and watched session one last night. I was amazed to find my “pizza box” (Ha! Ha! Excuse the pun!) is food. I am exactly who Lysa said. God you can mess with anything just don’t mess with my dear friend food. As I listened I heard the Lord whisper to my soul, “You have the victory!” So today I want the Lord to mess with my “pizza box.” Actually sit on it and crush it! My cabinets are now in the middle of a war zone and have been taken over with scripture. By the time I am done I may have a kitchen filled with little scraps of paper! Thank you, Lord for reaching down and showing me where I have not allowed you! Unsettle me!

  5. January 1st of this year, I had also made a resolution to lose weight and exercise. After three months of hardcore self-discipline, I went from 171.5 lbs to my goal weight of 137 lbs. But reaching my “goal weight” wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Like Lysa’s experience in Made to Crave, my elation over my achievement was very quickly engulfed by an overwhelming fear of gaining it all back – and that’s exactly what I did. Anxieties piled up, God felt distant, and I turned back to food. I quickly got into the habit of some of the worst and most shameful binging that I have ever done in my life – eating thousands of calories worth of cake, cookies, chips, doughnuts, and whatever else I could get my hands on, and eating it all in secret. I was constantly telling lies, running up my credit card on daily “secret feasts”, and hiding empty boxes and wrappers in the back of my car. Food absolutely controlled me and left me feeling disgusting, sick, and weak.
    Thank God for completely “unsettling” me last Friday. Thank God for leading me to pick up Made to Crave in the bookstore and for giving me the time to read and digest its truths this weekend. Thank God for a brand new perspective and goal – in Him.
    So after avoiding the scale for quite some time, I stepped on it this morning. 171.5 lbs (my exact start weight from January 1, 2012).
    It’s like God is telling me, “Start over, but with ME this time. I love you. Trust ME.”
    It feels so good to know that I am not the only one struggling with this sin and I will be praying for all of you as I pray for myself. We will not go around this mountain again! May we choose God in every decision, and fight the good fight of faith to the glory of God, our Father. The Lord is WITH us, His Word will heal us, and victory is NOW. Amen.

  6. running warrior says

    I was really kinda hoping Jesus would have come back before I got on the scale this morning. How did I get to 161 lbs???????

    It’s 1:09 pm and I just took my little one (and me) out for a pre-first day of school celebration ice cream and I have just decided enough was enough. I licked the final drops of Abbott’s custard out of the dish and now I am ready to begin. God’s grace is sufficient for me. Oh, and Jesus? My weigh- in day is gonna be on Tuesdays around 5 am. So if you want to pencil that Rapture gig in at, oh, 4:30..that would be cool beans by me. (NOT jelly beans)

  7. I am 63 years old,been married for 40 years. I am 170 lbs. and a size 14. I have gained 45 lbs since we were married. I am coming off of my second hip replacement in 5 years due to arthritis and am depressed, I believe from the surgery. My weight has become a huge issue in our marriage—my husband has yelled at me twice in public about loosing weight recently which is not helping my attitude. He is skinny as a rail and can eat anything he wants. I do not have aspirations of loosing 45 lbs. at this age, but need to loose 30 lbs. to be healthy. Except for arthritis I am very healthy (no blood pressure or thyroid problems). Please pray for me to get through this depression and get on with what I need to do with the strength of Christ. I have no one I feel comfortable talking to about this. You are my lifeline! Thanks for your prayers!

  8. Well, it’s obvious that we all struggle or we wouldn’t be doing this challenge. I am so thankful for my friend that told me about this. God I always want to be close to You, please work in me through this challenge! Good night Jesus! I’m looking forward to Your birthday party!

  9. “Help me Lord” is a prayer I always mutter in my mind. I so want to believe that He will, that He has and as my eyes fill with tears and my lips quiver I come to a realization that I don’t. Sure I believe He helps me in other areas of my life, but not when it has to do with my weight. I don’t know why. I’ve lost and regained several times, always gaining more than I had lost. How do I truly surrender? How do I trust and believe that our Lord is willing? “My Lord, help me to trust and to believe, help my unbelief.”
    In need of my Saviour I am.

  10. I am battling with my weight too, and heard about ‘made to crave’ for a lady on Youtube. i am following the 21 day challenge and i trust God to help me through this because i feel totally helpless as i begin a diet program and i fall right into my bad eating habits. i have handed everything in my life to God except my weight struggle. So from now the last of 2012, i am giving my struggle over to God and trusting that He will see me through it. Lord unsettle me and i must be victorious by God;s grace.

  11. Just got the book, YouVersion Bible study and this going all at one time. Just need some encouraging words .

  12. I’m tired of being sick and tired. I will trust God, and take this lifestyle change one day at a time. If it has to be one moment at a time, so be it. I choose victory just one day at a time. Pray for me as I will you.

  13. Mitzi Roberts says

    My words this year: Grow Me
    Eeek! To me that sounds so scary!
    But I really do want to grow towards the LORD.

  14. I just started Weight Watchers. I weigh a whopping 201.4. I have lost 3 pounds in 2 weeks. I used to weigh 145 and I was told I was FAT. I am trying to learn to love myself, I am very codependent. I am going through a divorce, and wand to start over. My christian counselor suggested this book. I haven’t bought it yet. Today my email daily devotion had a link to information about this book. HA! Lord, are you trying to tell me something? I am ready to start the journey… 🙂

  15. Hi everyone, I am glad to see I am not alone in this, I was always the skinny kid growing up and food didn’t mean that much to me but now I turn to it for the comfort I need instead of turning to God. I didn’t even make any resolutions this year because I knew I could not keep them. I have been depressed after leaving a job and place that I love and have been worshipping for the past 13 years BUT GOD had another plan for my life and now I get to stay at home and take care of my grand-daughter all week (a job I prayed for and wanted and He allows me to do) and I just work on the weekends 2 days a week instead of 7, so what is wrong with me, why can’t I just get on with it and be thankful and let go of the past. I have worked myself into diabetes now by not taking care of myself and not eating properly or exercising. My prayer this week has been Lord make me willing, I know I do not have the strength to do this alone. I can feel alone in a crowded room with friends all around so I know I must have been having wrong thoughts for a long time. He Our GOD has been showing up and showing me the way and I am so glad to see this blog and devotion and web site, I have read the book and it was great-Now I need to let God take over and help me to let go or at least to know someone is in this with me. Thank you all for your comments and replies , I am grateful!

  16. Sandy Ochoa-West says

    My problem is money. I’m a single Mom with a college students. I work full time and it seed like the healthier foods are always more expensive,organic, farm grown etc. Praying God will give me creative ways to ship where I have to go over my budget.

  17. I am at my beginning of my journey with God and trying to become intimidated.

  18. We have started a “Made to Crave” small group. We had about 15 people sign up and 5 people showed on Monday. I had my first baby 10 months ago and I can no longer use “baby fat” as my excuse. It is time to take care of God’s temple. Time to start taking care of everyone else and take care of me. I started bootcamp 2 months ago at 5:30am 5 days a week. I lost 20 inches in those 2 months but I am being very lazy with this month 3. Thought…If only we thought of God as much as we do food. Where would we be then??? Something to think about. Good luck troops and remember, you are not alone!!

  19. I know the date on this blog shows dates of 2012 and some 2013, but while listening to my usual morning Christian television program, the woman host spoke on how important it is to confide our secret/bondage with someone we can trust. Unfortunately I do not feel like I truly have anyone that I can tell my secret bondage/addiction to unhealthy baked goods. Not even my husband. He is not a Christian and therefore his beliefs are sometimes a lot different than mine. It is hard to confide in someone who does not understand how hard it is to just stop this behavior.
    I will indulge secretly, over eat, and end up feeling absolutely awful physically, mentally, and spiritually.
    I kept asking myself who I could confide in and tell them about my addiction to food.
    Today, I saw this blog and felt in my heart that it was God giving opening the door to the person/people to whom I could finally confide in, someone who I can trust, would understand this and that will pray for me. Amazing how he works…confiding in a person/group of people whom you have never met.
    I ask that you pray for me and I will pray for you all as well. God IS for us, WILL help us, and we CAN all get to be who we were made to be.

  20. I read Made to Crave over the last 3 days while our electricity was out due to an Ice Storm. God is using this downtime and this book to reinvigorate me that with His help, I can do this. Today is my first day on a long, long journey, as I need to lose over 200 pounds. But in His strength, this can be done. God bless you for writing this book.

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