Monday, January 17, 2011

Made to Crave Giveaway!!!

Well, here you are on blog post #2 for today. (Scroll down for my Paper Pretties Whatnots post) This is something I rarely do, huh? Well, I have something very special for you guys today. Today I'm giving away a copy of the Made to Crave book courtesy of Proverbs 31 Ministries. (See the bottom of this post for details!) Also, make sure you check out the Made to Crave webcasts. They will be HERE each Monday.

As a part of the "deal" behind giving away one of these books (and getting one for myself) is that I would share with you either one of the videos (done that) or an excerpt from the Made to Crave website, or maybe tell about my own experience with the book. I have chosen the later, which is very difficult for me so hold on.

I have to be honest (and that is what this is about) I have never been "over weight." I know you are now thinking than what the heck is my deal with this right? Well, while I've not been overweight I have struggled, mightily, with berating myself for when I wouldn't make a good choice or when I gain 10 pounds as I wasn't happy 10 pounds heavier. I obsessed about food. I'd eat something and then be mad at myself. I was constantly thinking what I could, should, or would be eating next. It is a horrible mindset to be in. It is in that way that I was craving food over God. I believe I was thinking of food when I should have been devoting a lot of that time to other things that are more important...work, kids, and most importantly God.

There is a place in the book where Lysa writes we have to "get to a place where our lack of strength disgusts us. This place is found at the bottom of our excuses and rationalizations. It's found when our efforts fail time and time again. It's found in the humility of this admission: "I need God to unsettle me." Girls, I was with Lysa all along in this book and when I read that I was SOLD that she had hit on the head what I know a lot of us girls go through. I was sick and tired of thinking about food all the time, thinking about good and bad, thinking about how I would be happier if I were just thinner. I praise God that he allowed Lysa to be strong enough to write this book so that we can all live in freedom from the everyday frustration that is our struggle with food and help us understand that our struggle is about something so much bigger than food!

In a couple of weeks I will walk through this study with some wonderful women that I know. Now, I understand that not every one of them will have the same revelation that I have had about my relationship with God (and food) but I believe we will all be changed in some way for having to think about and assess our relationships. It will be good and it will be hard all at the same time. And, I am excited to get started!

Since you can't all be with me I decided that in addition to giving away the book I would give away a notebook that I altered to the winner of the book. The little tag says...Joy for the journey. That is what I wish for each of you...joy for your journey though this book and through your life. The winner can use the notebook in anyway that she pleases...a food journal, a journal for the study or even, maybe, a prayer journal it is up to you but I hope that you will enjoy it! True to my crafty posting nature I must tell you a little about what I used to alter the notebook. The image is the super sweet Rose Marci from La-La Land Crafts and those flowers? From McMahon 5 Designs. And the paper is from my favorite Basic Grey pack, Bittersweet.

Now, I'm sure you want to know how to win, right? Well, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post (with a way to let you know you won if you do...email address please, you can't win if I can't get a hold of you). I'm not even going to tell you what to comment about...just tell me what is on your heart after reading this post and you'll be entered in to win! I will choose a winner on Wednesday night, Jan 19th, at 7 pm pacific time (so comment before then!) and will post the winner on Thursday morning in a separate post from my McMahon 5 Designs post.

Have a wonderful day friends!

17 comments that make my day!:

Anonymous said...

lORIE
I'M SO VERY PROUD OF BOTH YOU AND STEPHANIE INTHE WAY YOU'VE TACKLED YOUR WEIGHT LOSE JOIRNEY. I HOPE TO BE THAT STRONG SOMEDAY TOO.

DEBBY

Darlene L said...

Due to your posts before today, I have been researching Lysa T and subscribed to her blog. I just love her honestly along with a little humor as she gets her point across. Thanks for introducing this woman of faith to me. I was curious to see how she differed from Gwen Shamblin's Weigh Down approach. I love that they both emphasis getting into the word rather than eating.
djstamper2003 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Lorie... thank you for your dedication to the women at FPEburg. We are so blessed to have you!! I can't wait for the journey to begin!

Nicole

Anonymous said...

I think this was meant to stir my heart. I was always under weight until mid-life and then the big "M" hit and I woke up 30 lbs. heavier. I couldn't believe it was me. The Dr. told me, it will be the hardest thing you've ever done, to remove it. I felt defeated from the start. I have really prayed about this and I am so excited now. I will be here every day and thank you so much.
Debbie

Dani said...

Food consumes so much of our lives, doesn't it? I love that you opened yourself up and shared with everyone. I've struggled with my weight most of my life- I bounce back and forth from not caring what I eat and obsessing over what I should or shouldn't eat. It's a cycle for me. I decide I'm going to eat better, I do good for a while, then I eat something I shouldn't, then I feel awful, then I go overboard only eating certain things, then I feel deprived, then I give up and quit caring. And then it starts all over again. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the insight into the book study. I can't wait to start thinking about God over food!

Creative Mish said...

I've read brief book reviews since you've suggested the book a few weeks ago. It sounds like an amazing book to have and what a great way to view the issues of food.

Your journal you created is amazing. What a sweet image. Is it digital?

Diana said...

Saw you blog listed on the MTC webcast tonight and just signed up to follow you. Looking forward to future posts.

Connie said...

I found your blog through the webcast tonight. I am excited to be taking this journey. Thanks for sharing your story. Blessings!

——>Katie Bolinger said...

I've watched the video you posted yesterday and have read some excerpts of this book on a different blog and I am so intrigued by the teachings in it. But the fact that you are adding a beautiful notebook is just amazing. Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

I have struggled with my weight all my life. It was hardest in junior high and high school when everyone teaseed you. I am trying to get on track this year to lose weight first for myself and second for my husband and kids. Thanks for your great cards and inspirational little talks.
cheryl B - ellensburg

Donna said...

Lorie, I think you've also hit the nail on the head for me! Food has always (and still is to some extent) a go to for me to cover up lots of things: my anxieties, my disappointments, etc. So even if I don;t win, I think I'll buy this book to read it's message. Thanks for being an inspiration!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Lori, I love your blog and visit often. I need all the help I can get for lots of reasons. Maybe this book will help. Would love ot win it.

resmith said...

Lorie this is such a wonderful post! I struggle with food myself. Not really because I love it so much but as a comfort. Also if it is there then I want to eat it. I could go on and on.
Thank you for this post!

Lori Barnett said...

Thank you so much for sharing this Lorie. You know me and what I look like. I also have "issues" with what I eat. I know it's not right...but I think even gaining 1 or 2 pounds for me is getting fat. That is wrong. I also obsess about what my family eats. Crazy how we are sometimes. We have just recently started trying to eat healthy...and I thought I was obsessive BEFORE about our food...I think I'm worse now! eeeek!!! I'm a label reading freak. LOL!

Susan said...

thanks for writing this post. . .and i appreciated very much how your sincerity and honesty shone in what you wrote.

p.s. looked through some of your other posts, too--you are very talented!!! what a gift (well-many of them!) you have!

Kellee said...

Lorie... I am so inspired, emotionally, mentally and spiritually by Lysa and the team of bloggers that she has surrounding her MTC book. This journey that ALL of you are & have been on is absolutely amazing. My husband and I just started it after a detox analysis on an after Christmas cruise but hearing your stories, receiving God's word, and the recipes and many other things that you all are providing is keeping us on track. Thank you so very much.