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Day #7 Reflection

My day was filled with contemplations and considerations. What I did learn was that I have consumed way more vegetables than fruit and like I said before not enough water. My best practices need to be for what’s best for me and my health. That is a surefire reminder to me that my health is in my hands, as in it is my responsibility to manage my health as a steward of the body that the Lord has given me. And in 50 years of living, I can openly admit that I have not always been a wise steward over this body.

A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

proverbs 16:9 (Nkjv)

Focus on Faith

Faith might be required for you to keep going as much as it is required for you to get things started. It may not be the same measure of faith. It might not be the same level of faith. But it is faith that is required. When you feel like letting go or even letting loose like going off, let the words of this text redirect you and recharge you: but the Lord directs his steps. Your plans can blow up and fall asunder, but the Lord has a plan that supersedes all of our planning.

Focus on Fuel

Today I am snacking on berries and raw almonds. I haven’t dove enough into those raspberries and blueberries, not even them blackberries. I used to have to pick the berries that I wanted for Grandma M.A. to make her cobbler. I would reach in between them twisted thorny vines to pick those fat blackberries without getting pricked. Today all I have to do is reach in the fridge, so I guess I will accept the easy route and eat a handful of them for their antioxidant bounty.

Focus on Fitness

Maybe it will be a walk on the streets or a just a few indoor exercises on the bedroom floor, but I plan to raise my heartrate today. There is plenty around to raise my blood pressure, but I am duty bound to fight off such things as much as I can today. I want to break a sweat a few times today doing some strenuous activity and preparing my body for ongoing workouts during this break.

Prayer is humbling work.

e.m. bounds

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Rejoice always

1 Thessalonians 5:16

Reflection on Day #4

It came and went quickly. I thought that I would need to dig in so much deeper to get through the day, but I actually held on well. I felt satisfied which is different. Afternoon cravings are now curtailed with a bowl of raw almonds and mixed nuts rather than chocolate peanut butter cups or some other form of craving killer. I can honestly say that I gave yesterday a full effort without having to force myself. That’s what I call personal growth, even if it is only in one area of my life. That’s what it is and I will take it with full gratitude.

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Focus on Faith

I rally on my time reflecting and meditating on the Scriptures during this detox period. God has been stirring up some old ideas from the past that I dropped by the wayside in lieu of other work and He has also been granting me some new insights into carrying out my ministry work despite the COVID-19 conditions. I am earnestly working on some of the items immediately and eagerly anticipating how to get to other pieces of the puzzle, but as they say God is not finished with me yet. There is more that I am sure that He has to reveal to me in our time of communion.

I am certain of this, though. I am a firm believer that a greater percentage of God’ grace has been spent on sparing me of the ramifications of my own foolishness. Yet, as I ponder further upon how much god has to offer, I am seeking the place and space for when and where God rewards my faithfulness.

Focus on Fuel

This time has allowed me to discover some new dishes and to return to eating more raw vegetables beyond a salad. I usually eat cauliflower and broccoli raw and uncooked. No ranch dressing or cheese, please. I just eat the florets. I have even been able to nibble on a handful of raw Brussels sprouts, but I do have to admit that those have me drinking a lot of water to get them down. At the end of the day, I would rank the broccoli at the top of my got to raw fuel list with baby carrots.

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Focus on Fitness

Today I need some of that vitamin D that only direct sunlight can provide. Working remotely from home has its benefits, but some of he drawbacks include that vortex where you find yourself locked into work mode and without proper break times. I knew this going into this challenge, so I was careful to schedule my fitness breaks. I like how world class runner Steven Gomez shows us how to adjust our schedules. However, I am at the point where I need to add alarms to my smartphone as reminders to take my fitness breaks. My fitness breaks during work a simply mini moments that serve as power breaks where I will rise up and walk around, stretch or even take a break from the screen and step outside. Today I will definitely find me a spot in the sun for a moment and make the most of it. These breaks are key to a continued awareness of my physical restoration and recharging during my work schedule.

An unwavering dedication to God’s way is the mark of a true steward

Larry burkett

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“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself…”

Daniel 1:8 (NKJV)

Tomorrow, the 10-Day Detox Challenge begins. It is derived from the first chapter of the Book of Daniel. It is a diet of primarily vegetables and water. The test of Daniel and his companions in captivity for ten days revealed to prove them in better shape and countenance than those who had indulged in the king’s delicacies as shared in verse 5. In essence, it has its origins in the Law of Moses with clean and unclean food lists in Deuteronomy and Leviticus. But Daniel holds fast to the integrity of his diet by not allowing himself to become defiled by the food from the king.

What Do I Need for the Challenge?

Come to this same blog post tomorrow for more information and encouragement. Beyond a regular fast of abstaining from eating for a given period of time, this challenge focuses on FAITH, FUEL and FITNESS. For FAITH, we want to commune with God as we seek to rely upon God heavily during the transition. In the area of FUEL, we want to look at food differently. We want to see food as fuel for our energy. We will concentrate on water, fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds. Finally, we will add some FITNESS to help us offset our diet and help us energize ourselves throughout the day.

Tune in to the Bible Study Livestream on Daniel this coming Wednesday

Rick Warren had launched the Daniel Plan years ago. I sought out what his work had to offer and realized that I wasn’t going to do a 40-day Daniel plan. I recognized that I was not fasting. I also was in agreement with part of what Warren had shared as a detoxification of the body. My spiritual encounter led me to something similar to Warren’s ESSENTIALS but the the 3 focus points for this detox challenge are not as extensive as Warren’s system. I say go for it if you feel led to follow Warren’s lead with the Daniel Plan. I am just putting my focus on an initial detox, celebrate Christmas, and then another detox to launch the new year.

Your refusal to be defiled can lead to some divine results.  By giving God the time to work on you, He can cleanse you both physically and spiritually. Regardless of the circumstances or conditions, we must settle the matter in our hearts first.  In our hearts, we must decide that we will stay true to God. The attitude must precede the action that leads to the accomplishment.

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