Remember the Dixie Chicks?
Cowboy take me away Fly this girl as high as you can Into the wild blue Set me free oh I pray Closer to Heaven above and Closer to you, closer to you
Based on a the Calgon bath & body products jingle… take me away.
Americans have their priorities downside up. We equate success with hours logged at business productivity vs time spent with family. We are more over worked than Japan stressed to max. Mental and physical health effected part of our addiction cycle is because we want to escape from the hamster wheel…shopaholics, drugs, workaholics, alcoholics, food-alolichs, porn-aholics, excercise-holics….everyone is addicted to something. Most of the time we equate health with weight, pant size, body mass—what we don’t realize is that health is so much deeper than that.
One of the things I learned through my weight loss surgery journey was that for me (and I feel certain I am not alone in this) my physical health is frequently a barometer of our mental & spiritual health. To get completely physically healthy we have to also address the spiritual and mental aspects of poor health.
It was sometime around the 18 month post-WLS (weight loss surgery) that I lost the “honey-moon” high that losing 175 lbs had given me, that I realized to continue to lose weight and/or maintain my weight loss I was gonna have to deal with core issues. I don’t think you have to go through weight loss surgery to do that. I think I had it downside up. I should have dealt with my core issues—which would have as a natural result led to weight loss. Why? Because to this day if my head and my heart (spiritual) aren’t straight I revert back to old habits and old get-me-by’s. We life in a world of escapism—and God wants us PRESENT and fully functional. As God began to deal with me on this issue He lead me to a book Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food authored by Lysa TerKerurst. What she says about this deeply resonates with me:
I’m writing this…because I’ve struggled way too long with my food choices and my weight. And word on the street says most of my girlfriends fight this same draining battle day in and day out as well.
In addition to helping you find the desire to conquer your unhealthy cravings, it also holds the key to something very significant for most of us women— spiritual malnutrition. We feel overweight physically but underweight spiritually. Tying these two things together is the first step on one of the most significant journeys you’ll ever take with God.
If we want to truly get close to God, we’ll have to distance ourselves from other things. If we want to conquer our cravings, we’ll have to redirect them to God. God made us capable of craving so we’d have an unquenchable desire for more of Him, and Him alone. Nothing changes until we make the choice to redirect our misguided cravings to the only one capable of satisfying them. Getting healthy isn’t just about losing Getting healthy isn’t just about losing weight. It’s not limited to adjusting our diet and hoping for good physical results. It’s about recalibrating our souls so that we want to change — spiritually, physically, and mentally. And the battle really is in all three areas.
I had to decide I was tired of settling, tired of compromising. What happens when you delete “com” from the word compromise? You’re left with a “promise.” We were made for more than compromise. We were made for God’s promises in every area of our lives.
My truest cravings are satisfied— and yours can be too.