Thursday, February 27, 2014

#Courageous or Not?

During the past six weeks of the Made to Crave journey, I've learned things about myself that were either new to me or were hidden away, compartmentalized for another day. Well today is the day to find out if I have the courage it takes to move forward or not! Here is my "Top 10 List" of what I've discovered about me:

10) Use God's Word to make healthy choices. Probably seems like an easy thing to do, but I struggle with this.

9)  I eat and then I eat some more. I am overindulgent when it comes to my food when I am stressed.

8)  I need God, healthy eating and exercise - a cord of 3 is not easily broken. Have I mentioned I would rather do just about anything than exercise?

7)  I struggled with this study because I thought I didn't have what I needed to make changes, but God was already there, waiting for me to call to Him for help.

6)  I need to remember, "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things."                 Philippians 4:8

5)  "Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power." Ephesians 6:10

4)  I am ok with boundaries. They are like guardrails to keep me from slipping and falling.

3)  From my sermon notes last Sunday comes this jewel: There is no life apart from attaching your life to     Jesus. Choose Christ and you will always gain more than what you will lose.

2)  This journey was about me & God.

1)  It takes courage to be honest with yourself.

And part of being honest with myself is realizing that my journey isn't over. I need to continue to crave God and build up my spiritual life to create the deeper, more meaningful relationship I desire with God. So my journey isn't over, it's just begun. As I move forward I leave you with two of my favorite things...

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."  ~ Colossians 3:23,24

If you aren't familiar with "You Won't Relent" by Misty Edwards, I urge you to check it out on YouTube.


  1. Thank you for sharing your list. I could see myself in the things you wrote! I have been learning so much about myself during the past six weeks. Learning this must be a life change and not a "diet." To this point in time, I have not shared with anyone that I am doing this study and making this change. My fear is that they will just think, "Linda is trying another diet. I wonder how fast she will regain it this time!" With God's help, I will take it off and keep it off. Then I will be able to share God's grace and support throughout this journey.

  2. Your list is a testament to the strength God gives us for this journey. I especially loved #7! He always IS! Right there, waiting to make us stronger and give us victory with each next choice. Thank you for sharing today!
    :) Missy (OBS Blog Hop Team)

  3. Beautiful list of thoughts. Love it and it does take courage to be honest with ourselves. Debbie W. (OBS Team Leader)

  4. What a great list! It has great re-cap info of the study and motivators, all-in-one. Thank you for sharing. :)

  5. I love them all, but #7 is my fav! I am still there struggling and thinking I have to do this myself, too independent to ask God to help or even let Him help. Thanks for this post! ~~ Marlene

  6. Good word Deje!! It is not over for me either, we have to be willing to run the race that God has set for us and look to Jesus and Him alone as the author and finisher of our faith. He that began a good work in us shall complete it until the day of Christ Jesus!!(Phil 1:6)