Friday, March 11, 2011

Made To Crave

Last night I participated in a small group study on this book. I have high hopes for this book and study leading to big changes in my life. Made To Crave was written by Lysa Terkeurst, President of Proverbs 31 Ministries.  In this book Lysa points out that intense cravings for food can actually be sinful and she works to provide biblical application for overcoming these addictions.

It brought me such joy to come together in God's name with a group of ladies to support and encourage one another with an issue that we each struggle with minute by minute, day by day. After listening to the first session of Made To Crave, I realized that often, when working to produce good fruits, I conveniently forget that one of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control. I hadn't realized that all this time I was in a spiritual war, wrestling with my fleshly desires for food, needing self-control! It was such a revelation to me.

There are 5 more sessions left in this study and I am eagerly awaiting each of them. I will continue to  write about each of these sessions and the book as time progresses. In the meantime, if you have often been in your own spiritual battle for self-control, longing to be filled with something but not realizing that something is the Lord alone, I absolutely recommend this book. You can check it out HERE.

Until next time, may Christ's love and blessings be upon you and yours!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Our Family's Purpose Statement

What's your family's purpose?

Sorry I have been M.I.A. lately!  Last week was super busy!

Lately I have been focusing on getting our home organizing and maintaining a cleaner environment for my family. I am just in the baby steps but so far it is going well. Yesterday, I received Tsh Oxenreider's Organized Simplicity in the mail, what I have read of it has been awesome! If you don't know who Tsh is, check out her site here: She is starting Project Simplify on Monday, so head over there and see what it is all about! Anyway, in her book she suggest created a "family purpose statement" and that is what we were working on as a family tonight. It was so much fun to hear each others answers and coming together to set a purpose for our family. Here is a very rough draft based on Tsh's suggestions:

We believe our purpose as a family is to serve God. We will accomplish this by:
  • valuing integrity and love
  • making our home welcoming and comfortable, filled with love
  • prioritizing growth in God above lesser values
  • exemplifying a servant's heart
Tsh posted a fun graphic for her family purpose statement and I think that would be something really neat, so I will probably work on it later tonight. I will post when I am finished!

I think I was really attracted to this idea because it gave us time as a family to sit down and hash over our family's values and our ideas for the future. It was a great discussion and I think it will help keep us focused on what we are truly called by God to accomplish!

Until next time, may Christ's love and blessings be upon you and yours.