My husband decided last year that he would begin a preaching series on The Daniel Plan. For some time we have felt we needed to live healthier lifestyles but with our hectic schedules my love of cooking (and eating) it was easy to procrastinate. Not that we haven’t tried. We have been on health food kicks but they seemed to last short term. We even went through a vegan phase. As our health has changed the past few years we decided that we had to be a leader in this area of Biblical stewardship.
The Bible has much to say about our bodies. Scripture teaches we are to be a steward of our bodies and more. The first week of our series Todd spoke about how we are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices to God as an act of worship. Even though I have been a Christian over 30 years I am learning so many new things about what Scripture has to say about health and our bodies. Yeah I’ve been convicted.
Prior to marriage I was a size 8. I gained a lot of weight with each of my pregnancies. With age my metabolism has slowed and I also have a low thyroid now. But I haven’t been a good steward of my body. And I feel it.
I’ve been on every diet you can imagine. I’ve measured, counted calories, eaten pre-packaged, fasted, juiced, etc. Sure I would lose some weight by my motivation would change after a while. The first week of our series Todd taught that we need to rely on God’s power vs. will power. As we looked at 17 verses my conviction grew. I knew that the Lord wanted me to commit to living a healthy lifestyle.
So here we go. Todd has 25 pounds to lose and I have 40 pounds to lose. But the main thing here is not about looking better it is about living healthy out of obedience to Christ.
My friend Christie Crowson sent this to me today:
“It’s not about the mirror; it’s about the one we are trying to mirror.”
We are starting today, December 30th with a 10 Day Detox that page 294 of “The Daniel Plan” talks about. The book offers a detox medical symptom questionnaire. Todd scored 80. I scored 148. Here are the possible results:
Optimal is less than 10
Mild toxicity is 10-50
Moderate toxicity is 50-100
Severe toxicity is over 100
I’m not too excited about giving up my coffee. I love having a cup of coffee during my devotions. And with Todd. And with friends. I also love chocolate. I love ice cream. But I’m going to do this. Will let you know how it goes.