I’m sharing my notes as a Made to Crave book review. Lysa TerKeurst wrote Made to Crave as a book and Bible study. The book explains how readers can lose weight and maintain health by taking a look using God’s direction through a weight loss journey.
Made to Crave is the missing link between a woman’s desire to be healthy and the spiritual empowerment necessary to make that happen.
Sharing my Made to Crave Notes
I’m getting back to reading the book Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst during my daily devotional time. I took a detour when I joined a focused Bible with a group last spring. Now, I’m reviewing my book highlights and notes in the chapters I read before I finish the book. I’m sharing so you can get an idea of what Made to Crave is all about.
Don’t rely on my notes thinking you’ll get the benefit of reading the book. TerKeurst’s ideas may strike you differently and my notes aren’t a Cliff’s Notes version of the book.
This is not the latest and greatest diet plan. Made to Crave is based on what God put in us to defeat unhealthy cravings.
Made to Crave Intro Notes
- We were made for God’s promises, not compromises.
- God created us to rise up, do battle with our issues and, using the Lord’s strength in us, defeat those issues – spiritually, mentally, physically – for God’s glory.
Chapter 1: What’s Really Going On Here?
Choosing better foods is just one part of a weight loss journey in Made to Crave. Food can become more about frustration than feedng your body. This book helps readers overcome their weight problem.
- We crave what we eat, and the eating cycle continues day after day.
- Commit to doing more than modifying food choices. “I can feel full after a meal and still crave chocolate pie for dessert.”
God created us to crave. Take Psalm 84:1-2, for example: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighyt! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” (now I’m humming Matt Redman’s Better is One Day 💖)
We were made to crave, to long for and greatly desire – God, and only God. But satan wants to replace that craving with anything else.
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:15-16
- Cravings – trying to get physical desires met outside the will of God
- Lust of the eyes – trying to get our material desires met outside the will of God
- Boasting – trying to get our need for significance outside the will of God
Eve was saturated in the object of her desire. Jesus was saturated in God’s truth. Eve never took her eye off the forbidden fruit. Jesus never took His eye off of God.
We consume what we think about, and what we think about can consume us.
The key: Jesus quoted scripture at satan to effectively remove the enemy’s power. The more saturated we are in The Truth, the more effective we’ll be at resisting temptations.
Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:23 NIV
“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:23 ESV
All things are lawful [that is, morally legitimate, permissible], but not all things are beneficial or advantageous. All things are lawful, but not all things are constructive [to character] and edifying [to spiritual life]. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:23 AMP
Take-Aways from Made to Crave Chapter 1
Question your cravings. Stop and think it through rather than reacting and caving in to the craving right away.
I had a craving and was about to go through the drive-through for a hot fudge sundae. Instead, I stopped for groceries and bought a small chocolate bar. It wasn’t the best choice, but it was a better one.
We’re all a work in progress, perfection is not necessary. Or possible.
We are made to crave passions – positive passions. I need to train my mind to know the difference between healthy and unhealthy passions. Passions drive us forward in tough times. Food cravings create a roadblock to my health and resolving feelings.