12.29.2011

Made to Crave – Fun Giveaway!

I hope you had a Merry Christmas.  As we head into the New Year, I want to encourage you if you’re struggling with food choices and the dreaded “d” word.  Diet.

For years I struggled with my weight.  And I felt like a failure. Why couldn’t I get a handle on this?

Have you ever been in this place?

If so, I have 2 resources for you.  First, my book Made to Crave- satisfying life’s deepest desire with God not food.  This isn’t a “how to” get healthy book.  It’s a book designed to help you find your “want to.”

Then to keep you going after the 19 chapters of the book, I’ve written a new 60 day Made to Crave Devotional. 

Today, I’m celebrating the release of this new book by giving away a set of Made to Crave and the Made to Crave Devotional to five randomly drawn commenters.

Just leave a comment below about one courageous new “healthy” choice you plan to make this New Year.  I’ll announce winners on Monday.

Also, I’m doing a free webcast, Monday Jan. 9th, called No More Excuses.  To sign up, look to the right in my side bar or click here. Seriously, you don’t want to miss this!  I’ll be giving you the Biblical motivation for making healthy changes this year and Dr. Chilton will give us the 5 best healthy choices we can make heading into 2012.

But before you leave your comment, here’s a sneak peak from Day 25 of the new Made to Crave Devotional…

Day 25 – The Courageous Choice

Recently I had the most interesting conversation with a friend of mine who lives in Hollywood. This person lives in the midst of glitz, glamor, and extreme excess. They very much live in that world but refuse to live like that world. They are determined to teach their kids something rare… the courageous choice.

Throughout this conversation, I kept thinking about our courageous choices with food.

You see, there are two kinds of courage. There’s the courageous act, which is what makes our heart beat fast when the knight fights the dragon or the firefighter rushes into the burning building. These are extreme events most of us won’t ever face. And because most of us aren’t put in positions to participate in a courageous act, we don’t necessarily think of ourselves as courageous.

But there’s a second kind of courage that dare I might say is widely available but not widely embraced. It’s the courageous choice. This is the decision to do the right thing even when it’s unpopular, uncelebrated, and probably even unnoticed.

The right thing is to make healthier choices for ourselves. The right thing is to find the satisfaction to our deepest needs with God not food. It’s the choice to walk willingly on the path of discipline in the area of our food choices. It’s coming to the realization that changes need to be made and making those changes in the quietness of our pantry when no one else is looking.

It’s me respecting myself enough to be courageous for me.

When I am courageous for me, I am sticking a stake in the ground and saying I’m more than the sum total of my screaming taste buds. My heart doesn’t want that junk food. My arms don’t want that junk food. My legs don’t want that junk food. My soul doesn’t want that junk food.

And my hiney certainly doesn’t want that junk food.

It is possible to silence the screaming taste buds. It is possible to quiet the battle in our minds. It is possible to make the courageous choice. It is possible to stand in that pantry and declare you were made to consume food but food was never meant to consume you.

It is possible to consume only that which will add to your health and not take away from it. It is possible.
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So make that choice.

And then make it again.

And then make it again.

You are courageous. Now, go out and prove it to yourself.

What new courageous “healthy” choice are you going to make today?

 

12.21.2011

A Special Christmas Message

Merry Christmas sweet friends!

If you are looking at this through an RSS feed or your email, you will want to click here to see this special Christmas video message.

And finally, congrats to the winners of my marriage book sets from my last post: Katie Troupe, Kz, and Barb Greenwald. Please email Holly@Proverbs31.org to obtain your books.

12.15.2011

Affair Proofing Your Marriage

Charles Spurgeon is quoted to have said, “It’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”

When my husband and I got married we had a tough time transitioning from being two strong-willed independent people into a unified couple.  We didn’t have huge marriage issues to overcome — we had a lot of little everyday annoyances that started to chip away at the foundation of our relationship.

Slowly, we stopped seeing all we had and started focusing on all that was lacking in each other.

Honestly, enjoying each other got lost in all the efforts to fix each other.  If you’ve ever been in this place with a relationship, you know how disillusioning it can be.  You know how it can open your marriage up to a world of attack and the temptation to think, “Did I marry the wrong person?  I didn’t know it was going to be this hard.”

One day I was pouring my heart out to God in utter frustration.  I desperately wanted to get off the hamster wheel of aggravation we seemed to be stuck on.  We just kept going around and around with what was lacking in our relationship but never made any effort to progress in doing something right.

As I was praying, an idea popped into my head… The Love Jar Activity.

This would be an activity where each of us would have a jar with 5 slips of paper inside.  Art would write one thing on each of his papers that I could do for him that would speak love to him.  And I would do the same with my papers.

Then we’d switch jars and once a week for 5 weeks straight, we’d draw a piece of paper from each other’s jar.  Whatever that paper suggested, we’d do that special thing for the other person sometime during that week.

Of course, we established some parameters going into the game that fit our schedules and budget.  And I can’t say Art was jumping up and down when I introduced this idea to him… but eventually he warmed up to the idea and in the end wound up loving it!

As the weeks went on this simple activity did 3 crucial things in our relationship…

1.  It reintroduced a sense of fun that had gotten lost in the minutia of life.

2.  It taught us how important it is to be a life long student of your mate… Really seeking to understand how this other person receives love and needs to be loved.

3.  It reminded us that love is a choice.  We can’t rely on “that loving feeling” to always find us… we have to choose love and let the feelings follow.

Honestly, I think this simple activity did more to help recapture the love in our relationship than anything else we could have done in this really tough season.

If you would like more ideas like these and marriage advice from a very imperfect couple, I’m giving away 3 sets of my marriage books today:  “Capture Her Heart” — for husbands to read… and “Capture His Heart” — for wives.

These are short books power-packed with stories from my marriage, life-lessons, and simple marriage advice… perfect for people who don’t have story book marriages but would like to invest wisely in their relationship.

If that’s you… leave a comment today.  I’ll read your comment, pray for your marriage and randomly choose 3 people to win.