Thursday, February 20, 2014

Treating the cause, not the symptom

For the past month and a bit, I've been working my way through a study of Lysa TerKeurst's book "Made to Crave" with the awesome ladies in my Proverbs 31 Ministry small group (shout out to Group 28 - what what!!!).

This week, we read a chapter in the book about emotional triggers and how they impact our physical cravings.

You know what I'm talking about - you have a bad day at work and "treat" yourself on the way home with a drive through meal. A rough afternoon with your young children totally justifies getting a little tipsy on a few too many glasses of wine that evening. A fight with your hubby surely means you can make yourself a pan of brownies, right?!?!

I've been around the health coaching block enough times to know that you know what I'm talkin' 'bout!

But, here's the thing, friends … as Lysa puts it "If we fail to understand how to fill our souls with nourishment, we will forever be triggered to numb our longings with other physical pleasures." (p. 129)

As a health coach, I can tell you that we coaches spend a lot (a lot…) of time helping our clients address emotional issues behind health problems (nutrition most definitely included). Because, until you do, you're not likely to succeed in healing the body and/or creating optimal health.

What I can also tell you is that secular health coaches often miss a HUGE component (not shouting there, just trying to make a BIG point!) of what drives emotional eating. And that is the fact that we're divinely created to crave a relationship with our Creator.

God created us to crave a tight, lasting relationship with Him.

"… He satisfies the the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things." 
Psalm 107:9

As I continue looking not only at my own struggles with emotional eating, but also the struggles of those I'm in contact with, I can't wait to share this truth with them. 

It truly is life-changing to realize, with His power, we can move from a life of spiritual deprivation and the a plethora of physical problems to a life of spiritual abundance and optimum health. 

Have a great rest of the week! 

3 comments:

  1. Christa:
    I know exactly what you're talkin' 'bout. I am one of those ladies who thinks that a "treat" is my emotional fixer upper for the time that is chaotic, depressing, or just plain emotionally draining.
    My cravings have all been to help me feel good at the time, when I should be making my Father feel good about me being His daughter. Thank you for being a blessing to us who need spiritual insight and guidance with our struggles. Jaime Fisher-Starnes (Group 12)

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  2. "We're divinely created to crave a relationship with our Creator!" This is so true. I think the secular world tells us to drink water or chew gum when we have a craving when in realty need to be also reaching out to our Savior for strength. Love this.

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  3. I'm a week late but JUST seeing this!! Thanks for the honest and heartfelt post. Love this part: "It truly is life-changing to realize, with His power, we can move from a life of spiritual deprivation and the a plethora of physical problems to a life of spiritual abundance and optimum health".

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