One Raging Battle (But Not the One I Thought)

Do you know what Captain Ahab and The Nana used to call me, growing up? “Sara Bernhardt“.

Do you know who that was? Feel free to click on her name later, but for now, just know that she was a famous actress from the late 1800’s who had a flair for The Drama.

Now, can you guess why they thought that would be an appropriate nickname for me?

Exactly.

I can be dramatic.

And it can draw attention.

And, with the help of an amazing Christian therapist in years past, I’ve explored countless reasons why I crave different kinds of attention. Make no mistake, I’m not suggesting that I don’t still crave it sometimes.

But God…

He has been drawing my attention lately.  And what He’s making very clear is something that was summed up nicely in my devotional time this morning. “Those who want to shine will know the Source of light and will be completely preoccupied with Him.”

A to the men.

You know what else I’ve been learning as I go through this study of Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst?  I’m seeing that this attention thing?  That is my raging battle.

Not food. (Although, my muffintop might beg to differ.)

Not glossy catalogs showing me all that I could have.

Nope.

Attention.

He wants all of my attention.

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And if I’m busy enough giving it to Him and paying it to Him, I’m pretty certain that I won’t have time to be seeking it for myself.

Yes indeedy!

How about you?  What raging battle are you fighting? Is there a craving you are desperate to fill with more of God? You are not alone! Click the button below to join in our conversation today over at Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Online Bible Study Blog Hop about our study of “Made To Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst.

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22 thoughts on “One Raging Battle (But Not the One I Thought)

  1. Oh girl, your words always get me thinking. I absolutely love that! I believe there’s value in every raging battle we’re fighting because it’s causes us to refocus our attention on Him. Otherwise we just might forget to depend on the Lord when we need Him the most. As for my raging battle? Pride. That, for me, causes me to lose sight of that very statement you’ve quoted here. And as for this post in general? A to the men.

  2. Gahhhh!!!! OMGoodnes there’s another craving I need to look at. Don’t we all just love attention of some sort? Awesome, and very enlightening post. Thanks for sharing and bringing this to our “attention.” 🙂

  3. Dear Missy,
    Such wise words wrapped in your signature humor…Thank you…I am realizing more and more how only God can give me the love and attention I seek elsewhere sometimes…He woos me and reminds me that only He is worthy of all of me and I am to seek His favor …blessings to you and yours 🙂

    • Aw Dolly, you are kind. And I love the reminder you just provided right here – only God can give me the love and attention (and “filling”) that I need. Only Him. Thank you friend.

  4. I suffer from the need of the “tree A’s” — Attention, approval and affection. I know that when I give my all to God, He fills me up, to overflowing and He’s all I ever need. Love your transparent heart.

  5. Well, whodathunkit? I like your flare for the dramatic and I think you are being shaped into God’s reflection and being used WONDERFULLY by Him.

    I can hear Sara Bernhardt in my head now… thanks lol…

    • Aw, Sue, you are too generous in your assessment of me. You are a great encouragement to me, friend! HA about hearing the voice in your head. Been there. 😉

  6. You know what I wanna do? I want to shout BRAVA from the rooftops! Because it takes a ton of honesty, courage and desire for change to even identify that kind of a craving. And it takes even more honesty, courage and desire to make the changes. I KNOW you will have victory because you are a Victor. Cheering you on from the sidelines and lifting your arms when you need it, sweet, sweet friend.

  7. Its so awesome when God shows you something specifically to work on. Like when you’ve already swept out most of the basement and then God sheds light on something way back in the back corner under the stairs. Aha! Praying God pull you close to Him and satisfies your desires with good things!

    • Paige, that visual is very powerful. Attention can often be hiding sneaky-like under the stairs, too, can’t it? Thank you for your prayers!

  8. Partly due to not receiving attention from a certain person is the result of my weight not staying OFF! ok Now that sounded a little like blame and even less like it is my problem. LOL I am sure of it. Praying with us all as we continue the journey!

  9. Ooooo, AMEN, Missy!!! ALL of our attention…yes, this is what I have been struggling with, too, and why I’ve had to go off by myself a bit.

    Great post as always, dear sister! 😀

    PS: I know who Sara B. is because my grandma (also called “Nana” by my kiddos) used to call me that when I was little!! How funny is that?

  10. Dear Missy
    You are right dear friend! We were created to love God and to enjoy Him forever. Trying to fulfill that need with anything else will never ever satisfy our hearts. Saint Aughustine said it so nicely that we should love God and then we can do what we want. Once our hearts have touched our Lord’s we will never want to do anything that might displease Him. We will know for ourselves the wonder of living in His Loving Embrace.
    Blessings XX
    Mia

    • Ah Mia, such an encouraging heart you have, sweet one. Your thoughts always bless me greatly! I love the thought of our heart touching the Lord’s. Oh, that it would be true for always.

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