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. Unsettle me? What?? Who likes that? I like to be comfortable!
    But… if that’s what it takes to get this weight off, let’s do it Lord! Show me how!! Unsettle that part of me that is too comfortable. Help me to not loose sight of You and all of the help You will give me. May I realize that this will only happen as I stay close to You and soak in the wisdom Your words provide. Grant me strength to m-o-v-e (aka, exercise) on a regular basis. Encourage me to persevere to be the healthy me You want me to be. Show me how to enjoy eating healthier and with proper portions. May I give it all to You and especially may I give You the glory.

    • Wow this was just what God wanted me to see…. thank-you for your comment it helped me keep going on my journey! May the lord bless you on your journey.

    • MomzDream2 says

      Amen Sisters….LOL….I’m with you both. Dawn, I didn’t even need to read on to other comments. Your’s was all I needed to get me motivated today. Now let’s see what it takes to motivate me tomorrow!…LOL….Funny thing is that I have a new treadmill sitting in my bedroom. Every night my husband and I set our alarms to wake up just 15 min. early to help each other. Then you can guess…..we hit the snooze and don’t even hear the alarm until it’s time to get up for work. I don’t understand it. We both have the drive and we both cry together that we want to get in shape. But for some reason we just can’t get it together. Any suggestions anyone? We aren’t financially able to go to a gym right now. Some prayer would greatly be appreciated from whomever is willing. Thanks!

  2. Bonnie Moser says

    This is my first visit to this site. I am a believer in Jesus Christ that knows God is the answer to all my struggles, including weight management. I am 49 years old. I lost 50 lbs 3 years ago and have gained 20 back. Everyday I start over and every day I fail. I am hopeful that Made To Crave will help me find what I am lacking and will lead to success!

  3. “Goodbye to shallow efforts” says it all. No matter how miserable I have been or how much I wanted to change, food always remained the one in charge. I allowed it to be. Therefore, I only went at weight loss and a healthy lifestyle with “shallow efforts”. Now my strength is more firmly planted in Christ and it has given me what I need to face this challenge with a solid effort. I am moving the bricks in my “cravings tower” over to make a path to my Father. This is my beginning!

  4. Thank you so very much for being so brave and truthful. This book, and everything that I have found because of it is a gift from God. I have been struggling with anorexia and bulimia for 24 years and I said many of the same things that were stated in the article: “It’s just who I am, If this is the worst thing I do ……” and countless others. I am going to fight and be victorious because I have The Lord God Almighty on my side. Even though the devil wants me dead I know that I am covered in the blood of my lord and savior , Jesus Christ and I will be obedient. I will fall to my knees and cry out for help before I allow my mind to give in. That is were my battle starts. When I turn my thinking from “no I will not” to “cake”. I know it is going to be tough but with all the Lord, all of the tools and my group

  5. continued…….
    With the Lord, the tools I am learning and my group of amazing fearless woman I will win. May God bless you all.

  6. I purchased “Made To Crave” before Christmas at a Christian bookstore, wrapped it up and put it under our Christmas Tree. For New Years, I made the resolution to stop fighting the weight battle and read this book. We also bought a treadmill on New Years Day, so I put it on 3.0 and began to walk and read. The tears began to fall, yet the determination to walk this journey with God was stronger than ever. I wrote one of the prayers on an index card and placed in on my fridge to read every morning before my day begins. I am married, a singer, songwriter, mother of two beautiful children, working one full time job and two part time jobs, and my husband does the same. He looks amazing, but decided he is going to join me this time. I’ve tried just about every diet out on the market, and I haven’t stuck with any of them. This book has inspired me to give it to God and to remember Philippians 4:13 because “I CAN do all things through Christ who stengthens me”. I was 167 lbs on Jan 1, today is day 16 and so far, so good, 157 this morning. Thank you Lysa for your inspiration and courage to tell women your story.
    God Bless!

  7. In 2001 I had bariatric surgery and went from weighing 345# to 150#, which helped some of my health issues. I have come to realize, however, that my attitude and relationship with food has not changed. I currently struggle between 185-190# which exacerbates the wear and tear on my joints, arthritis and osteoporosis. I am excited to embark on this journey of realigning my relationships with both God and food. I could not run away from the statement in the book about loving food MORE THAN GOD. That was the beginning for me……………..

  8. I’ve been wanting to start losing weight again and keep giving up. I think I’m in a big rut that I don’t care anymore. God is my God, but I just can’t seem to get back to it. I lost 75 lbs. about a yr ago. Took me a yr almost, but then I gained almost 30 back. I have some equipment at home and can go to the gym for free, but just don’t seem to have the want to for real. I’m big, fat and not good looking as women should be. I just need help!

    • Charlene Faber says

      It made me sad when I read your comments you wrote about yourself. I have been feeling the same way…big, fat, & not good looking. I used to be thin & thought I was fat – boy do I wish I was that “fat” again! Please don’t give up. Have you been through the study Made To Crave yet? I am getting ready to go through it at church with a friend who has already been through it. She says it is wonderful! She said she did the study to lose weight but ended up getting much more out of it & lost weight. Do you have a church to do the study with so you have a support group? I would be glad to help you find one if you don’t already have one available. Please let me know. I will also be praying for you Bonnie, as I know how depressing and discouraging it is being overweight & how it effects every aspect of life. Hope to hear back from you : )

      You can e-mail me directly at [email protected]

    • Bonnie,

      I just read your comment and let me tell ya girl I can relate to how you feel. I am 45 and I cant believe im going to say this 185 lbs. My problem is I was always thin in my teen years and after I had my first 2 children. My weight struggle started at 35 when I got pregnant with my 3rd baby then didnt loose the baby weight and was pregnant again when she was 6 months old. I have struggled with losing the weight since then. I am also 4 years away from the age my mother was when she had her 1st heart attack. Yes I said 1st because my mother had horrible heart health she ended up having 4 heart attacks and a quaduruple bypass along with 2 major strokes and several mini strokes. This scares me to death because she was also heavy and I seem to be inheriting all her health problems. I feel like Im rambling so here is my point I so need the want to to get through this! I purchased made to crave in february but have yet to read it I need someone to tell me girl you can do this and I want to get on the right track because my oldest daughter is now struggling with weight issues and my lack of follow through is rubbing off on her also my 9 year old is starting to talk about weight issues! THAT IS NOT RIGHT. I want to be an example to my girls especially in this day where they look to magazines and women on t.v.. I need to look to jesus and be an example for my girls please pray I will jump on this and not fall off ever again I need to look to Jesus and quit looking for the easy way out and quit making excuses or saying I can eat what I want today and start tomorrow.Today is my tomorrow and I dont want to look back!

    • Sena David says

      I say the same things about myself, but it is Satan talking to us. Next time you get the thought that you are anything less then the person God created, tell Satan that you bind him in Jesus’ name and to get out of your head, you are not fat, you are beautiful because God says so. I can easily say this to others but have trouble on my own. It is wonderful knowing there are others out there with the same problems and worries. Maybe together we can all kick Satan to the curb, get closer to God and get healthy at the same time. I know I need help just taking my life back from Satan. I have been unemployed for almost a year now and have pretty much lived on peanut butter and toast. I am really starting to hate peanut butter and toast.

  9. This is what I needed for today, January 17 2012! I know this the next part of my journey. Time to get unsettled. My words over this year are “undivided heart” and “risk”. I am seeing the Lords hand all over this but now must put action to it. This is a risk for me to pray for God to unsettle me but I am so tired of compromise in my food. Really in my heart, so as I pray this also over my 2012 year I am believing for Change! God change and out of faith I am thanking him in advance for the answer! Thank you for being so real! I know I can do it!!

  10. I need much unsettling. I am tired of carrying around this extra 25 pounds. My children are teenagers. No excuse. I teach fitness classes 2 times a week. I need discipline with my eating and to spend more time in his presence and allow God to feed my inner soul and stop finding comfort in sweets and junk food. I always feel awful afterwards anyway. This is my year for permanent change I will have victory in this area and then I can gain victory in other areas of defeat.

  11. I thank God for this ministry because my friends that jog with me & encouraged me 2 loose weight had moved from my area. I also got married and moved. since, my weight has been on d increase and worst of all my husband’s ridiculing words is even causing me 2 indulge further. It’s now a battle between tonguelashing and loosing weight. I see light in ur encouragement leading me to d source of my comfort(
    Christ),I believe He’ll see me through.Amen

    • Dixie Raab says

      I am thankful for your ministry and teaching. God is helping me with my need to eat a lot of sugar. I was a little girl who was so skinny that I had to have suspenders on my shurts and would cry. My Mom would give me cookies and desserts everyday. Now I am the women who has to have dessert after every meal. My Lord please help me!

  12. Hi, I read your book Made to Crave, and went to a church bible study on it, Ican,t call Made toCrave a diet its a way to crave and get closer to God, I really love it. In last March I weighted 212, now I,m T 176, I would love to lose more but I seem to be staying at this spot, I just started on line Craving email, I hope it helps I really enjoy it, I go to water classes at the center three times a week,

  13. Lysa I thank God for YOU! Thank you for sharing your journey. I bought this book over a year ago and decided it would be the first book I read this year. God confirmed my selection when I heard you on Focus on the Family on January 4 and 5!! I started the Daniel Fast on January 9 with my church. I have decided that the Daniel way will be my eating plan with the addition of fish and chicken when our fast is over. I just finished reading the book as I rode the bike this morning at the gym :-). 2012 is the year that I find PEACE in this area. I have been overweight all of my life and enough is enough. I have 67 lbs that I need to lose and I decree that they will be gone PERMANENTLY before this year is done. I know that with God ALL things are possible.This is the year that I become the woman God made me to be. As I prepare to turn 35 in a few weeks I am excited about this journey and my future!! I am ready to get UNSETTLED. Create in me a clean heart and renew in me a right spirit Lord. I was made to crave…….GOD!!

  14. That’s so good! Definitely not something my flesh likes to hear, but I know if I’m going to make progress, my flesh is going to have to shut up! Thank you for letting God work through your life Lysa. You have inspired me.

  15. I’m 76 years old and need to lose about 100 pounds. I’ve read Lysa’s book and would like to check further into this program.

  16. I would love to begin this journey. Not sure which of the materials I need. I would like to use it as a daily devotion also.

  17. I had lunch with a dear friend the other day, she wanted to meet at a “healthy place to eat”, I was really disappointed after all food mixed with fellowship is ALWAYS so much fun. I knew right away my friend was in the zone and trying to loss weight, something she and I had struggled with all our friendship. I went and as we talked I could sense something different about her, a calm and assurance as she ordered her meal. I found something I thought I could “enjoy”, making a mental note that I could get something else later if needed. But a strange thing happened by the time our meal arrived I was enthralled with all she was sharing with me about her new desire for God, her new found determination to glorify God in her BODY. We ate our healthy meal (and I actual enjoyed the turkey burger). Before we parted she told me, “Sandi you have to get Made To Crave….it was written for us”. It has taken me a couple of weeks and lots of eating comfort foods while I mulled over the change in my friend, but I’m here. I will admit I’m afraid….after all I’ve done everything BUT trust the Lord in this area of my life. I guess because I love Him so and don’t want to disappoint Him….I’ve never found victory in this area. But the truth I found from my visiting with my friend that has not let me go is this…..I don’t have to be strong enough because He is. I’m taking the first step…excited, but trembling….Lord I need your help with this, I can’t do it in my power because I KNOW I’ll fail….YOU are my only hope.

  18. For years I have battled with my wieght. Up and down. On Monday, walking to the break room with my head down saying Lord I’m tired of this weight. I went into the break room for Tea and saw “Made to Crave” on the freebie book table. People bring in books they have read and leave them for some one to read or keep. At first all I saw was Made to Crave Devotional 60 Days. I picked the book up and saw the rest… To Craving God and Not Food. Wow!! Ok God so you are speaking to me. I went back to my desk just amaze at how awesome God is. Now who would have thought this book would be in the break room and free. 🙂 waiting for me!! Unsettle me !!! Boy did I need to read that. My favorite part of Day 1 “Welcome deeper love for God and the realization I am made for more than this constant battle. Welcome my unsettled heart. I can delight in hope that this is my year to change.”

  19. Everytime I read something from you I get encouraged that it’s not to late for me. Eleven years ago imessed up my health so bad by having a gastric bypass that went wrong. I so wish I had done it God’s way. Since the first surgery was so bad and put me in a coma on life support which God took me off of inspite of the doctors predictions. I have had 17 surgeries since then for complications. I had two surgeries in Oct., 2011 which I haven’t recovered from. The longer I stay in the house the more I withdrawl from life. I got to find a way to snap out of it. Your encouragement and Renee’s has been a big help. Thanks. God has a purpose for each of us. I just messed up my health so much that it is so nice to see people learning to grave God before food. Keep up the good work. Bless all of Proverbs 31

  20. Reading this devotion and everyone’s comments is encouraging as I know I share this struggle with others.

  21. Jessica Harvey says

    Just got my DVD and books. So very ready to begin!!! Very excited. Offering this as our next bible study!
    Empowered to Follow after Gods Heart!!!

  22. I will buy this book on payday. Its sad that I’m still a little skeptical. I have spent over ten thousand dollars on trying to lose weight within the last ten years. I’m 36yrs old, a mom to 7 beautiful children, and I weigh 455lbs. Ive been on youtube for the last year (Mrsbabyfat)struggling to get healthy. I’ve failed miserably! Please pray for me.

  23. I just started reading this book this morning and am so anxious to read more! After losing more than 100lbs almost 3 years ago I became a health coach. Even though I found a great program that helps people lose weight and change their habits there was always a missing piece for me. Today when I started this book I realized that I have found that missing piece and it’s the “God connection” with all this. I’m subscribing to everything I can get my hands on now and can’t wait to dive into this information to finally put it all together for not only my clients but myself!

    Even though I maintain my 100lb loss I feel like I’m on a slippery slope all the time. Now I see that I need to move to God’s rock.

  24. I feel that this time it’s time to get real and just do this thing. I can’t punish myself any more. Please pray for me and with me.

  25. Amy Hearod says

    Before my feet hit the ground I’m set for the day of what I’m going to eat,what long walks I’m going to do how I’m going to go threw the new day that has been wrapped in God’s grace. Then one foot down all is well then the other as long as I’m still touching the bed all my plans seem as if they can be done and without any bumps in the road. But then I take that first step and my mind goes to wondering and I see many other things around me, then all the plans for the day began to not be as big as I thought they were for now I’m lost in that first step. I just have to know that my plans are not of God’s and that he has greater plans for me if I would just stop wondering lost in my own thoughts, lost in the first step. My church started are Wed. nights studies over Made to Crave and I am finding that not all is up to me to feed the flesh but to feed the word of God and allow him to set my plans for the day.

  26. I have the devotional and I love it! I am on mnd time going through it. Each day in my devotional I write out the verse for the day and a prayer to go with rmthe thought for today. Thank so much Lysa this is the first time Iel I can over come my eating struggles with God at my side. I love all the verses to put truth into my daily walk of victory in Jesus. AMEN PTL

  27. I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired. My eating is not “normal” and that was proven to me once again over the week-end. I am tired of circling this mountain. Please pray for me. I know that my answer is in Christ, He has saved me from other addictions and I do believe that He will save me from this….if I would just get out of my own way!

  28. I BELIEVE I can do this through Christ who will strengthen me!

  29. Mary Waldorff says

    As my weight loss journey began 3 months ago i have lost 18 pounds with also joining my local gym Planet Fitness. It is a process and with My Lord’s help i have regained my hope of gaining control in this area of my life. I give God praise for all he is doing in my life. I feel turned inside out sometimes. The Lord’s shaking me. I love God. I am becoming more awakened to and alert to what He is calling me too. I want to honor the Lord in all things even eating!

  30. Ceci Briones says

    On December 27, I started a program and I have seen results that I am happy with. But now, 6 months later, I’m seeing that old “man” resurface again, playing around in the kitchen, dancing with me at the grocery aisle, and I’m starting to have the affair with food again. But now, the Lord has placed this resource in my lap and I am convinced He is with me and won’t let me go. So so so renewed!! He makes all things new!!!

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