Ministry leader Lysa TerKeurst to speak in Kernersville

Jan. 17, 2013 @ 05:17 PM

Could losing weight be more than just a physical and/or emotional battle? Could it be a spiritual battle, too?
That’s the issue that nationally known Christian women’s speaker and author Lysa TerKeurst will address when she speaks at a Kernersville church this weekend. The program, “An Evening With Lysa TerKeurst,” which is open to the public, will be held Sunday, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at First Christian Church Ministries.
The presentation will be based on her New York Times best-selling book, “Made To Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, not Food.”
“I speak from personal experience when I say I knew there were certain things about myself that needed to change, but it was easier to make excuses for my lack of exercise and what I ate than it was to tackle these issues head on,” TerKeurst said.
“Like most people, I knew how to get healthy, but what I was missing was the ‘want to.’ It seems like there’s a new diet fad or workout plan surfacing all the time, but the excuses come. The new plans never work. And we’re left wondering if we will ever be able to overcome this problem. ‘Made To Crave’ helps people find their ‘want to’ — the lasting spiritual and emotional motivation to get healthy.”
TerKeurst, who lives near Charlotte with her husband and five children, is the founder and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, a leading Christian women’s ministry. In addition to books, conferences and a monthly magazine, the ministry publishes an online daily devotional that goes out to nearly 700,000 subscribers, and broadcasts a one-minute inspirational radio program that airs on some 1,200 stations and reaches an estimated 20 million listeners.
“The main purpose we exist is to bring women peace, perspective and purpose according to God’s word,” TerKeurst said during a telephone interview.
“That’s really just a fancy way of saying we try to help women think in terms of godly purposes — in their marriage, in their relationships with their kids, in their job, their ministry, and even for stay-at-home moms. We teach women how to think about things from a godly perspective, because it can change the way they live.”
TerKeurst thinks one of the reasons her ministry has resonated with other women is because she’s transparent when addressing a particular topic.
“If you want to know my issues and what I struggle with, just look at the titles of my books,” she said. “I write from a very vulnerable, real place, and I speak from that place, too. I’m struggling with exactly what you’re struggling with. I’m not some preachy expert who’s going to get up there and wag my finger and say ‘You shouldn’t be doing that’ — that’s not me.”
Her goal is not to reach a place of perfection, TerKeurst said, but a place of what she calls imperfect progress.
“I think after women hear me speak or read one of my books, they’re going to say, ‘I feel so much better about myself, because Lysa is much crazier than me,’” she said. “But I’m learning and growing, and I’m eager to teach what God has taught me.”

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Want to go?

“An Evening With Lysa TerKeurst” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church Ministries, 1130 N. Main St., Kernersville.
Tickets are $10 in advance (order online at www.fccministries.com), $12 at the door. Tickets are also available at www.iTickets.com.
For more information, call (336) 996-7388.