Saturday, July 5, 2014

Why are Americans using food to heal their hearts?

Good morning all-

I read an article this morning regarding Daniel's plan.  It's a new way to live through diet and exercise.  It must be in the air.  If you look at people in the US, there are two kinds, fitness nuts and overweight.  The fitness nuts could be eating right or they might have an eating disorder.  Those that are overweight are becoming more and more grossly overweight.  Why?

I think it's really two things:  me over God and food over healing.  We use food to heal a broken heart.  Our lives are so busy it's easier to go to McDonalds than to prepare a meal.  We have so much processed food that most people don't cook anymore and we rely on that food for our nutrition.  When did we believe that pre-processed food was better than cooking ourselves?

I'm talking from experience so don't feel a whole bunch of guilt.  When I was younger I struggled with anorexia, I didn't eaten very often and later I struggled with wanting to eat anything that moved.  Today, I am more in balance but I don't take the time to exercise like I should, so now I suffer from swelling and high blood pressure.  Why?  Because the vessel God gave me has not been my focus.  My focus has been on my family and work and getting the dishes done.  It's never been about finding time for me.

I can make a million excuses but the fact is Americans are leading the way of Type 2 Diabetes.  It's a Billion dollar marketplace and we are too naive to realize it.  Do we need a drug or do we need Jesus? I want to challenge all of you that take care of family over yourself to find time to do the things you need to do so that you can feel better so that you can feel better and minister to others.  The  larger we are the less energy we have.  You know what I'm talking about.  Your tired.  I've been there but if we drink more water, get outside and walk, do leg lifts in our office we will sustain energy and be the women God intended.  Souls winning other souls with His passion and His energy.

I have taken the challenge the last couple of months and really want my spirit to be in control of my eating habits.  Do I think we have to restrict our diets down to nothing?  No, God states that moderation is the key.  It' s not about what we do, it's about how we do it.  Taking everything out only leads to failure but infusing exercise, God and good healthy choices will help us feel better and eventually look better.  If we punish our bodies with food, we definitely won't look better, right?

Our time is now to influence the little ones that are coming into this world.  We have our children and our grandchildren, let's do something that makes a difference.  We need to care about our bodies and we need to contribute to those that don't have food so that every bite we take reminds us of His provision not the ability to overindulge.  Be well my sisters and enjoy today with a song in your heart.  Jesus is Lord of all, our minds, bodies and souls.  Praise Him for His mercy and ask Him for His strength.

 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ NIV)

My prayer today:

O, Lord, lead your people to what is right and what is beautiful.  Help us to take care of the vessel you gave us and to use it to further your kingdom.  Many times food becomes a substitute for happiness.  We want You to be all we need.  As we search for diets and quick answers, help us to look at the only answer that has ever made a difference, You.  Please place in our hearts self-discipline and guide us through our daily lives with You in mind.  We want to please You, we want to praise You and we want our hearts to match what our mouths are doing.  Thank You for the provision of food and thank You that You love us enough to convict us.  We want to come to You for all things and today, we come asking for You to convict Your church of overindulgence.  Help us to live our lives in the Spirit and to replace any sin with You.   Thank You Jesus.  Guide us today with mercy.  In Jesus name, AMEN!

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