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Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

proverbs 4:7
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Reflection on Day #9

I spent another day fighting the dreaded couch. It reminded me of the Couchto5K training method. Get up and get going, but it starts by getting up off the couch, getting up off your butt. You have to start and stay motivated. My motivation has energized and encouraged me, so I got out of the house and went to the driving range, the grocery store and the bank, and then back home. We got a quarantine curfew and limited services open due to this pandemic. And the numbers are still going sky high daily. I just needed to get out of the house since I am not working from home right now, and that worked for me. It gave me some time to myself and a chance to identify what the nightly meal would be.

Focus on Faith

I know that Christmas is nearing and that I am nearing the end of this detox journey, but I know that I have more to learn, more to gain from developing a greater discipline and devotion to managing my day. I am doing something but sometimes something is the specific thing that I need to focus on at the moment. At certain times, I need to focus on a sermon and then follow up on how to distribute my multimedia work across a wide spectrum of social media. My ministry is deeply tied to my faith. My faith is enwrapped in so much that I do daily. At the end of the day, I praise God for where He has grown me and I am on the lookout for more that He has for me. I thank God for some bits of inspiration and encouragement tat I find in other blogs like the Simple Preacher and the Devotional Guy. They may not be aligned in delivery but they both help me periodically pick up the broken pieces after a fit of depression or doubt. Thank God for who He sends your way in whatever form He decides to send them, even when it is in the form of a blog or email marketing.

Focus on Fuel

I spent some time deliberating about wheat or lentil pasta, and then I really went there weighing out avocado oil versus olive oil. I knew it was becoming an obsession and I took a moment to evaluate my progress in short. Nearly 2 weeks prior I was buying 2 bottles of Pepsi and Mountain Dew with a chilled bottle of Starbucks vanilla frap. Let that sink in with all of that sugar and more. Add to that an order of French fries or a Reese’s peanut butter cups. I have come a long way when I am debating vegan options for cooking oil. Either one is better than the peanut butter cups. I will go with the wheat pasta today and get with the lentil pasta on a later date. It’s okay. It will be all right. I know that now and I know that it is going to take a while to get way better. 10 days just got me started with a detox and an eye-opener.

Focus on Fitness

I know that I got to do better. I cannot wait on someone to come along and join me. I got to do this on my own if need be, but I got to do this. I need to increase the intensity of my workouts. I need to expand my workouts from 60 minutes to 90 minutes per day. And I know that as long as I want to play golf, tennis and more, I need to ensure that I stretch and care for my back and knees. Today has me at the driving range, but tomorrow or this weekend I will be by the lake running and walking. Sunday I might even play golf, but here is where I am today.

When you do something every day that moves you in the direction of your goal, you develop momentum.

brian tracy

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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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