Delighting in Obedience

“I am a Jesus girl who can step on the scale and see the numbers as an indication of how much my body weighs and not as an indication of my worth,” Lysa TerKeurst.


It’s week 3 on my Made to Crave journey and let me tell you it has been AWESOME!  Each week I’m learning so much more about my journey Craving God not food.  In chapter 7, Lysa addresses that we are more than a number. She showed me a whole new way to look at myself that I had never done. 

I’m not just a number, I’m a person who God made!  He loves me and made me the way I am for a reason! 

I have always had a large behind, but (no pun intended) I know this was the way God made me.  My grandmother always said I had child bearing hips and behind.  I never really knew why, but after pondering about it this week, I think I know now.  My son was 10 lbs 1 oz when he was born, the doctors never gave me any indication of his size.  I am glad now I did have my structure because I had him naturally (that’s probably why I only have 1).  If I was a smaller frame, I could have had more damage than I did or my son could have had more problems than he did.   

The Lord knew what he was doing when he made my body!! 

If I get on the scales now, I know that is just a number of how much I weigh, but it certainly is not what I’m worth.  I’m worth so much more to God.  I know when I look in the mirror, I was made in the image of God.  

If I was obedient to him this week, then I succeeded.  I’m still trying to lose weight and get healthy, but my main goal is to be obedient to God and the rest will fall into place.  I know if I want to satisfy my craving with a Snicker’s bar it’s just a momentary satisfaction.  I’m seeking the satisfaction of being obedient to the Lord which is an eternal satisfaction.   
Instead of the Snickers bar, I choose those great orange sticks (carrots) and  pray and recite scripture.  By doing this, I’m gaining a healthier spiritual heart as well as helping my heart and body physically. It’s a WIN, WIN!!

When others begin talking bad about themselves or pointing out flaws, I want to motivate them, remind them of what I have learned through this study, and recite verses for them.  I hope to help them understand they are not defined by their physical appearance and they are worth so much more to God.  I would like to begin by reminding them of Isaiah 45:3 (NIV).

 I will give you hidden treasures,
    riches stored in secret places,
so that you may know that I am the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who summons you by name.


I’m sure next week will be just as tough as this week, but I’m going to be obedient to God and have the peace only He can give me.

Dear Lord, I pray for each of my fellow OBS participants.  We are on this journey together and we are all praying for each others success.  We each love you and are seeking to be more obedient to you.  We know that we are worth so much more than the number on the scale.  I want to thank you for making me the way you did because I am unique and I am a Child of God.  I pray that I will crave you more instead of food and remember this body you gave me is for me to take care of.  I pray that I can tell others about what I am learning when they may speak negatively about themselves  Please give me the strength to speak your words.  In your Precious Name, AMEN!

12 Comments

  1. Thanks for the encouraging words. So thankful I am not defined by a number. Loved the reminder – at the end of the day – it is not about what the scale says, but about my obedience to the Father.

  2. Thanks for the encouraging words. So thankful I am not defined by a number. Loved the reminder – at the end of the day – it is not about what the scale says, but about my obedience to the Father.

  3. I just LOVE your encouraging heart, Jeanie, and your desire to remind us to love our bodies (and our perceived “flaws”) because that's how God made us!! Thank you for sharing with us today.

    In His love,
    Pat (OBS Blog Team)

  4. I just LOVE your encouraging heart, Jeanie, and your desire to remind us to love our bodies (and our perceived “flaws”) because that's how God made us!! Thank you for sharing with us today.

    In His love,
    Pat (OBS Blog Team)

  5. Thank you for these great words! I love that you are looking at the positives of why your body was built the way it was. God designed us all differently and we ARE made in our shapes for a reason. I also especially love and appreciate that you are praying for all of us OBS participants. That means a lot to me to know we can pray for each other during this journey!

  6. Thank you for these great words! I love that you are looking at the positives of why your body was built the way it was. God designed us all differently and we ARE made in our shapes for a reason. I also especially love and appreciate that you are praying for all of us OBS participants. That means a lot to me to know we can pray for each other during this journey!

  7. Jeanie…this was such a wonderful and encouraging post!! We are His masterpieces and you know what…God doesn't get it wrong!!! We are so much more than what our human minds limit us too. Praise God for His power and truths that He speaks directly into our hearts so we know…I mean REALLY know! There is something beautiful in being obedient to the God of this universe, knowing that there is freedom, not chains that comes along with it!! Thanks for sharing!! <3 (OBS Prayer Warrior/Small Group Leader)

  8. Jeanie…this was such a wonderful and encouraging post!! We are His masterpieces and you know what…God doesn't get it wrong!!! We are so much more than what our human minds limit us too. Praise God for His power and truths that He speaks directly into our hearts so we know…I mean REALLY know! There is something beautiful in being obedient to the God of this universe, knowing that there is freedom, not chains that comes along with it!! Thanks for sharing!! <3 (OBS Prayer Warrior/Small Group Leader)

  9. Wow Jeanie…..you really get it! And I definitely identify with those “child-bearing hips”. My son was 9 lb 12.5 oz and those hips allowed for a safe delivery. Blessings to you on your continued journey!

  10. Wow Jeanie…..you really get it! And I definitely identify with those “child-bearing hips”. My son was 9 lb 12.5 oz and those hips allowed for a safe delivery. Blessings to you on your continued journey!

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