This week started out wacky. My daughter has not been sleeping well and subsequently, neither have I. She has developed a habit where she only falls asleep when nursing; or should I say I allowed her to develop that habit. Our class meets on Monday night and I worked all afternoon Monday. I went straight to class after working and I was so tired from two nights of NO sleep I felt like I was in a complete fog! Hopefully, my class didn’t notice. We talked about going from Desperation to Determination. I was determined to work out this week so I made plans to go to run club with a friend on Wednesday! On the way to run club Wednesday night we were bombarded by the storm of the century. Ok, I may be exaggerating a bit but it was bad. There would be no running outdoors that night. Boo…
I thought, no problem I can run one morning this week! At the end of sleep deprived night #3, that ship sailed as well. I was still determined to make a change, so Thursday we went to the grocery store and with my list in hand I purchased the items to make several meals. This is different than most trips where I purchase random BOGO items that look good. I have successfully made dinner two nights in a row! Now I need to apply my determination to working out 3 days a week!
This morning as I was going over my Made to Crave homework, I was playing praise music and a Bethel song called “You Are My One Thing” came up in the play list. I have never heard this song, but it was certainly fitting for this study! As I was going over the questions, I was forced to consider what my “one thing” is that I am craving over God. My one thing may be different than your one thing. Is it food? alcohol? video games? sex? acceptance? power? material things? There are a host of alternative pleasures/desires to be sought in this world that can take the place of Jesus. We were created by God to crave Him and Him alone.
I taught my first Made to Crave class September 7, 2014. The class started with five ladies. I’ll admit, I was a little disappointed it wasn’t a huge class but as I prayed the Lord reminded me that the women who were there were sent by Him. By the end of the 12 week class, I had one student. Yes, one. I had seriously considered throwing in the towel and not teaching the class again but as the word spread more and more ladies started asking about it. In hindsight, the one person who stayed really needed me there as a friend more than a teacher. Yes, she was in need of nutritional guidance but she was more in need of someone to listen and care about her. I am thankful it played out that way! God always knows what He is doing even when it makes no sense in our finite minds.
Fast forward three years, and we have seven ladies this semester! That is a great size for a class of this nature and I now know with all my heart that the women have been placed here by God. He changed me and gave me clarity about my role as a class leader.
Now, if I can just get my act together and do my homework….
Tomorrow night I will embark on a journey with a group of ladies through Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. I want to change the climate of this blog for 12 weeks and chart my journey. I have taught this class four semesters and each time it has been a sweet time of fellowship for the ladies. This time around, I will be participating. Since I had my daughter in October, I have had a more difficult time controlling my food choices and fitting in exercise. I know that ultimately a lot of my eating is a result of stress, lack of preparedness and lack of self-control. Ultimately, it comes down to making choices that glorify the Lord and are healthy for me both physically and spiritually. I look forward to sharing what I learn over the next 12 weeks. If you are interested in learning more about this book, you can visit Lysa’s website here.