When I timidly put up a little post about feeling burned out, I had no idea so many of you would leave a comment or e-mail me your encouragement.
Your words wrapped themselves around my heart. Your prayers surrounded me. I wish I could hug each and every one of you. And when I see you (here or in heaven)–I will!
I didn’t know what to write here next. How to capture what I’ve been feeling, what God has been gently whispering to my heart.
Then I remembered I already had a post planned for today. My dear friend and fellow writer, Lysa Terkeurst, just released a book called Made to Crave. It’s about feeling empty and finding satisfaction in God. When I told her weeks ago I’d like to share it with you, I didn’t realize it would be perfect timing.
Lysa knows firsthand about feeling empty. For years she turned to food to fill her up. While I haven’t gone through that particular struggle with as much intensity as she has, I still know what it means to crave, to want, to yearn for something other than Jesus.
For me it’s been the approval of people, the drive for perfection, the inward cry for more, more, more.
Instead of reaching for a cupcake I reach for the computer.
Instead of having another slice of apple pie I grab another helping of approval.
Jesus has been sweetly telling me these last few days that He is the only one who can fill my hungry heart. At the end of a prayer session I had on Friday I remember these words being spoken: Jesus is the Bread of Life.
I, like Lysa, find that I no longer want to be satisfied with anything less. She says:
I’ve tasted the deep satisfaction of God and I know all other things are but cheap imitations. And I don’t want to be enamored by the lesser things wrought with momentary pleasure.
I am a woman who has witnessed too much.
I too have seen God work miracles.
I’ve been led through the impossible.
He’s brought living water to replace my dried up places.
He’s given me everything and I don’t want to forget.
Not with my mind, not with my soul, not with my heart, and certainly not with my body.
Lord, may it be so for all of us. I feel that I’m on the start of a new journey. It’s as if God has stilled me, drawn me to Himself, and whispered, “now let me show you a better way.”
And what is the best way?
The One who is the way, the truth, the life.
I’d almost forgotten how sweet that word is on my tongue.
I’m ready to remember.
Will you take this journey with me? To less of us, more of Him, life to the full?
written with love for you by holley
* Update: Congrats to Christina Arthur for winning a copy of Made to Crave!
If you’re in a place of feeling empty, of wanting and never being satisfied–especially in the area of food–then I’d love to recommend Lysa’s book, Made to Crave. It hit the New York Times bestseller list this week!
You can find the book here. You can also listen in to Lysa’s weekly webcast on Monday nights.
And if you leave a comment here before midnight on Thursday, you’ll be entered to win a copy of Made to Crave (a gift for you from Lysa).
Thank you again for your love, support, and prayers. So grateful for you…
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