By His Power

Over the past 7 days I’ve made, homemade blueberry muffins, chicken and dumplings, sausage kolaches, pancakes, french toast, applewood bacon and chocolate shakes… among other things that I can’t recall at the moment.

Personally, I did not have a single taste or bite of any of it. And I confess it’s been a bit tempting.

So, why am I not partaking in all of these sweet and savory yummies?

Because I am in the middle of a juice fast. Yes, ME… the girl who loves to cook and eat.

Why, a juice fast?

Well, there are a couple of reasons.

While Christmas day was lovely for us directly after we endured an entire week of affliction. I cannot share the details of that now, but hope to another time. Then very quickly after that my husband became ill from the stress and is still recovering.

So, with the holidays and a lot of anxiety came a lot of emotional eating for me. In the midst of anxiety I quietly shoved God aside and welcomed in my old friend food. And by New Years day I just felt completely food-ed out.

A dear friend mentioned this movie to me… Fat Sick and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross ,so we watched it and I got a mega dose of motivation to at least give juicing a try.

So, I bought this…

  And a whole lot of this…

And started drinking bunches of this…

What does God have to do with it? Everything. I mean every-thing. Self-control and discipline are not my strong suites. They are on-going issues that He has with me and without Him I am absolutely helpless in this or anything else that requires endurance.

There are so many verses that I could share with you, but this one says it all…

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope-  the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself from us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.”Titus 2: 11-14

It grieves me that I allowed food to consume me– again. And I needed crystal clarity with my worldly passion for food shoved way out of the way and God back in center focus. The self-control and discipline I am experiencing through this fast has done that for me.

Today is day 8, my goal is 10 days, but I’ve decided to take these last few days one day at a time. Even if I quit a little early and despite the true love/hate relationship I have with juicing I am still claiming this God-given victory. And the best part of all of this? Making all of this delicious food over these past days and not eating it because that is real power… His power– extended to me.

 

PS: How are you??? I’ve missed you!

 

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9 Responses

01.09.12

Hi Heidi – I have so missed you and have been thinking about you and now I know why. God often puts people on my mind and I wonder how they are, when I should actually be praying for them. I am sorry that I did not get to that point on this occasion and will definitely lift you up in prayer now. God bless
Tracy
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01.09.12

I knew it had to of been something wrong I been asking God are you and your family okay and sis there is no need if you don’t want to go into it all. I knew it had to of been something I sensed it in my spirit. That is why I have been praying. I am glad your family had a Merry Christmas and I for one and so glad to see you back again blogging. Your sister who loves you in Jesus Christ. Desiray
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So glad to see you back here, Heidi – I’ve missed you both! Thank you for sharing from the heart, and I hope things have calmed down a bit for you.
Much love to you,
Debbie
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01.09.12

Wow Heidi!
God is so amazing, isn’t He? I would say cooking all that delicious food and not eating it is some kind of miracle…especially when you are the chef! This is such a great way to get perspective back on how we view food. I can’t wait to hear how He transforms you through this process!!!
Love you!
Laura

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01.09.12

Welcome back! Amazing the things God will use in our lives to remind us that all we need is HIM!
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01.09.12

Welcome back, Heidi – I’ve been thinking about you. Self-control and self-discipline are not my strong suits either. But I’m learning to turn to God more than I turn to anything else. Keep your eyes fixed on Him, sister. You can do all things through Christ!

Many blessings dear friend!
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01.09.12

This is wonderful Scripture packed full of power! I am so glad you shared this. It just goes to show that we need God in every area of our lives, every second, every minute, of every day. With Him we can be victorious!!

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Welcome back Heidi! I’m so sorry to hear of the trials you’ve been facing, but as you’ve already assessed, God uses those moments to teach us, and draw us to Him. Thank you for sharing your heart with us, and I pray things continue to improve for you and your family.

Have a Blessed Day!
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01.09.12

Welcome back!! I’ve really been missing you lovely ladies here at M.O.M.

I have to admit that self control/discipline are not my strong suits either, mostly with food. I always say if they were, I’d be a size 2! 😉 Something I really need to work on, relying on God and nothing else and becoming more self controlled. Thank you for this much needed encouragement.

I am praying for you and your husband. Blessings my friend.
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