Preparing for another “no dairy, no sugar” fast has me typing out goals for victory!
- Ask someone to commit to doing this fast with you!
- Before getting out of bed in the morning, Rehearse in your mind what you will eat/drink
- Keep a “12 hour fast” from 6:30 AM-6:30 PM, I have a rule of never eating past 7:00 PM
- Get a notebook, make a list of what you can eat; journal: write out a pledge, and record your progress each day
- Pull out “the readers” and READ labels while grocery shopping
- DRINK WATER throughout the day!
Preparing also has me reviewing Gary Thomas’s book, Every BODY Matters: Strengthening Your Body to Strengthen Your Soul.
Let me share some wise quotes from the book that really helped me in the way I view my addictions:
“. . . I go to war against gluttony and indulgence, not because I want God to love me more, but because God, who already loves me perfectly, warns me that gluttony and excess are my enemies [Proverbs 23:19-21; Proverbs 23:2; Proverbs 25:27 (a verse just for me); Proverbs 28:7; 1 Corinthians 10:31] – regardless of how good they may sometimes feel. I go to war against gluttony, not to build a body that others admire, but to maintain a soul ‘prepared to do any good work’ that God can use to bless others. I go to war against gluttony because those who have walked closely with God warn me that overeating dulls me to God’s . . . presence, makes me more vulnerable to other sins, negatively affects my relationships with other people, and robs me of the joy rightfully mine as an adopted, deeply loved, and accepted child of God.”
So spiritually speaking, food can become our god! Gary Thomas asserts:
“. . . The challenge we face plays directly into our sin nature, which is naturally disposed toward comfort and ease and naturally inclined against sacrifice or denial of any kind.”
And not unexpectedly, I read, “. . . some studies have shown that snacking is the downfall of many Americans” (Gary Thomas).
Food is a gift from God to be enjoyed, but not to take the place He rightfully should possess. We need to be a people that go to “War” against anything that takes God’s place in our lives.
Preparing has me grocery shopping as well!
Will you join me for another “no dairy, no sugar” fast?