9 Things We’re Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Our Point of View

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thanksgiving /θaŋksɡɪvɪŋ,θaŋksˈɡɪvɪŋ/
noun
1.the expression of gratitude, especially to God.

1. God – How could we not reserve #1 for God? After all, the purpose and ministry we have would be nothing without Him. He is our driving force, our glue, our compass, and our comfort.

2.Each Other – We’re grateful to be in Haiti together, it’s been really impactful for our marriage, and we’re excited to see how God will continue to grow us together while serving here.

3. Family – Our family is a huge support system for us, we are grateful for the notes, the prayers, the emails, the Skype chats, and the packages. Family is so important to us and we’re grateful for the blessing that they are to us.

4. Health – When you visit a clinic and see the overwhelming need, you suddenly realize how much a blessing good health is. Minor…

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Real Food Journey – Grace Fueled

Mission work recently took my family to a Third World country where food is scarce.  In spite of the scarcity of food, our in-country hosts graciously provided meals of fresh, locally grown and harvested produce, seafood, and meats.  For ten days, we heard not one crinkling sound generated from the ripping apart of packaged bags of snacks.  No fast food in chain in sight. Imagine, being in a country where you drive for miles and miles and never spot the golden arches.  If our stomachs rumbled while, en route to a destination, we picked mangoes or other local delicacies and peeled rather than unwrapped. 

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The paradox with food in North America: we have an abundance of it; yet, we maintain a love-hate relationship with it (especially women) rather than learning to view food as a gift from God, “And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food (Genesis 2:9 ESV).   Food somehow has become our enemy and something that we approach with fear and trepidation. We’ve turned food into a complicated labyrinth that we spend a life time trying to negotiate a way out. Food shouldn’t be that complicated. It’s not meant to be a legalistic trap, but a grace-filled tool created by God for our sustenance and enjoyment. 

Rather than a love-hate relationship with food, embark on a grace-fueled food journey that will transform a love-hate relationship with food into a love affair with unprocessed, real food.  It’s a radical concept in a society that relies and expects food to be ready to eat in a nanosecond.  

The center aisles of our food stores bulge with soldier straight shelves of ready to eat foods that are marketed in hip boxes and trendy bags.  The perimeter of the grocery store, where fresh foods are housed, is often the smallest, unassuming part of the store. Consumers should spend most of their shopping time in the perimeter. Regrettably though, it’s where we spend the least amount of our shopping time.  Interestingly, the perimeter is where, for the most part, food exists in its natural form and color.   It’s the art gallery of the grocery store where the collection of edible masterpieces are exhibited for us to experience textures, colors, and tastes.

A real food journey starts in our kitchen.  A grace-fueled food journey means that we leave behind any condemnation regarding food.  Consuming unprocessed real food is an issue of personal choice.  Granted, the foods we choose to eat will either be a benefit or detriment to our personal health and the health of our family.

Are we eating and drinking to the glory of God?  Real food and agriculture play a major role in the Bible.  This is not to say that the need to change our eating habits trumps the need for God to transform our heart. At some point in our Christian journey, we need to consider, prayerfully, “how our eating and drinking either reveals or suppresses the glory of God.” . The gospel of John illustrates that food plays a role in both the physical and spiritual ministry of Jesus. Jesus feeds the multitudes on the hillside with a humble menu of bread and fish that not only satiates the crowds earthly need for nourishment but also represents their eternal need for truth and salvation. Consider Paul’s exhortation, So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 

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Our microwave mentality towards food, perhaps, is reflective of our zip through the spiritual morning devotions drive-through.  I fight the urge, after all these years of practicing a real food journey, to fill my belly with daily doses of boxed cereals and a crumb of morning devotions just to put a check mark by the columns: “yes” I’ve eaten and “yes” I’ve done devotions.  Rather than jump on the American raceway of life, we ought to view food and eating as Jesus did.  He dined.  Jesus used food as a tool to build relationships and change hearts.

 Preparing a Grace-Fueled Meal, Fit For the King

We need to alter our view of the kitchen.  The kitchen is not our prison where we are forced to labor over the stove in shackles. Our kitchen serves as a platform for us to exercise the freedom of choosing which foods to prepare for our family and friends.  The freedom to choose which foods to cook…this is where the pull and tug begin. 

Step One: Purge the Pantry and the Free the Frig

Begin your journey by purging your pantry and ridding your refrigerator of all refined, processed foods. And now, I need to bring up the dreaded “O” word.  A friend recently lamented about how she wanted to change her family’s diet, but knew that she couldn’t afford to buy organic foods.  I explained that converting to a diet rich with foods that you peel and dice rather then unwrap or defrost doesn’t necessarily mean going total organic.  The first step in the journey requires a commitment to consume foods in their natural, unaltered state. A diet of unrefined, unprocessed foods doesn’t mean going ORGANIC.  As your journey progresses, though, and you become more aware of how your food is grown, you might want to buy or grow organic produce whenever possible (yes it’s possible, even on a shoestring budget).

Processed foods are imitation in color and texture, full of artificial ingredients, (which usually requires a Ph.D. in chemistry or linguistics to decipher) refined /bleached grains, or refined/bleached/artificial sweeteners.  Real, unprocessed food is defined as pure, unadulterated, as close to nature as possible. 

If you want brownies for dessert, then bake them from scratch.  Break the brownies from a box habit, even if they are ten for $10.00 at the local grocery.  Roll up your sleeves turn, on some nice music’ and cook real brownies.  It’s relaxing, truly.  If your family is accustomed to foods that are processed, be aware that it may take weeks, maybe even months for their palette to convert to foods made with whole grains and natural sweeteners. 

Brownies are a prudent starting point for your grace fueled whole food journey.  Perfect a brownie recipe made with whole grains and natural sweetener, and the journey is up-hill from here. 

Christian, author, farmer, and environmentalist Joel Salatin recommendsGet in your kitchens, buy unprocessed foods, turn off the TV, and prepare your own foods. This is liberating.  Know you food, know your farmers, and know your kitchen.”

Step 2: Read Labels

Let label reading become a new habit (or hobby).  A safe, standard benchmark to use as we begin the real food journey is to ask ourselves, if the majority of the contents of the food in your hand is created in a lab rather than in nature (your inner real food-o-meter should start sounding by now) replace this food item with ingredients we recognize. 

As we read labels, implement technology, if an ingredient is unfamiliar, pull out the phone and Google the mystery ingredient.  Did someone in a lab coat conjure up the impossible to decode ingredient? Or did someone driving a tractor harvest it? 

As an exercise in reprogramming your view on food as a consumer, grab a weekly flyer from your local grocery store, make a hot cup of herbal tea, and study the foods featured in the weekly grocery store flyer.  The majority of the food items are processed, pre-packaged, refined, and fake. 

 Step 3: Educate Yourself About Real, Whole, Foods

 

 Learn about the benefits of a diet that is comprised of unprocessed foods.  Begin to follow blogs that features real food recipes and offers free real food meal plans. Read books that explain the benefits of eating foods that are in season, eating foods grown as close to your home as possible, and eating foods in their natural state.  Investigate the possibility of joining a natural, organic food co-op in your area.  Check out the farmers markets in your area, a way to score locally grown produce and support local farmers at the same time.  Farmers markets frequently offer both conventional and organic produce and dairy products. 

Step 4:  Plan Your Meals

Meal planning saves both time and money.  Plan your meals each week and walk into a grocery store or peruse a farmer’s market with your meal plan in hand.  That way, you won’t be tempted by the processed food dollar deals of the week.  Click here to download your free meal plan printable.

Salatin reminds us that, “eating unprocessed foods is the best way to bring down your grocery bill, regardless of where the food originated. A 10-pound bag of potatoes costs the same as a 1-pound bag of potato chips. Cultivating domestic culinary arts and actually reinhabiting our kitchens—which we’ve remodeled and gadgetized at great cost—can wean all of us away from expensively processed food. A whole pound of our farm’s grass-finished ground beef, which can feed four adults, costs about the same as a Happy Meal. (And guess which one is more healthful?)” Visit Salatin’s website: Polyfacefarm.com

Try going a week without processed foods.  Your body and budget will thank you. The next opportunity you have to bring something to a potluck or dinner party, make it real and humble in every way possible.

Christians can’t escape the garden.  After all, it’s where life begins, both times: the garden of Eden and the garden of Gethsemane.

Stay tuned for the next real food post on maintaining a budget while eating whole foods.

How Haiti Has Changed Me

    A missionary once told me, “You aren’t going to change Haiti, in fact; Haiti will change you.”  He was so right because Haiti has changed me.  Each day of our stay in Haiti, I’ve changed in some way.     Once I get back to the states and process all that I’ve seen, I plan to write a longer post about our stay in Haiti.  Right now, I am witnessing hunger, poverty, homelessness, godlessness, which leaves me paralyzed for words.  At best, I can look over the last few days and chronicle how Haiti has changed me.

Haiti needs the Rescuer not to be rescued.

I will always distinguish between a want and a need.  I’ve seen the real need here, and I am aware of my over abundance.

I will suggest that more friends plan their next family vacation to a third world country, just once, rather than to Disney. 

Visit a Third World orphanage.  I can barely find the words to convey the helplessness I feel after spending a week at an orphanage.  The girls will steal your heart without trying…and you won’t want to take your heart back because you know how desperately they need it.  So,  I am thinking about leaving a piece of it here.

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After several sessions of crying for them back at my hotel room, I realized the need to equip them with the important aspects for survival: the Gospel and basic life skills.  Those are two life altering things I can actually offer them. 

I promise not to get back home to the states and get too comfortable in my American lifestyle that I forget those beautiful ebony eyes and charcoal hands.

It was good to be the minority.

Electricity, running water, drinking water, employment, indoor plumbing, and food are gifts, trust me. 

Missionaries deserve every one of those boxes of goodies sent to them from the states. 

I’ve learned that my children are color blind; they see skin as the color of water — clear.

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In Haiti, never eat in front of someone, unless you are willing to share your food.

Saying goodbye to fifty five orphan girls (one little girl in particular who began to call me “mama”) is heart wrenching because every little girl wants and needs a mama.

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After visiting a second, very rural orphanage, and observing the living conditions of these children and then learning that the orphanage is a step up from their original plight makes me determined to return to these children. If I can’t do anything else, the children and I can hold hands and for those brief moments of hand holding the world might seem a little better for them.

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I’ve watched children retrieve out of the garbage what I’ve thrown away….and they think they’ve found a treasure.

Thank you Haiti, for changing me.

You are Loved: History’s Greatest Hero

 

 Our world has a deficit of real heroes.  Every now and then one pops up in the news.  Often, we create our own versions of a hero or allow Hollywood to do it for us.    We wait for cinema or fiction to show us how the hero rescues someone in peril.   Often the hero in the movie or the story performs his act of valiance out of obligation.  We grip our theater seat allowing Tinseltown to depict our hero.  Or, we nose dive into a novel that defines our hero-love story.  All along, the greatest epic hero-love story in history was written and recorded for us long ago.

There is no need to pay anyone else to write the story for us.  We just need to read the true hero-love story and believe everything it has to say about us.

On the days we believe we aren’t loveable, turn then to the page of the story where the Hero vows his unconditional, never-ending, unwavering, love for us.

For those hard to look in the mirror days, the really bad hair days, the I am not pretty days, the Hero’s words of love cause us to take a second glance in the mirror and see beauty spilling from the inside, out.

The hero in this epic love story heals festering wounds of the heart.  No matter how the wounds got there, the hero’s love breathes life back into a tattered and torn heart making it whole again.

No other hero can do that.

He does it because we are really loved, and we literally can’t live without this Hero.

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You are Loved: History’s Greatest Hero

 

 Our world has a deficit of real heroes.  Every now and then one pops up in the news.  Often, we create our own versions of a hero or allow Hollywood to do it for us.    We wait for cinema or fiction to show us how the hero rescues someone in peril.   Often the hero in the movie or the story performs his act of valiance out of obligation.  We grip our theater seat allowing Tinseltown to depict our hero.  Or, we nose dive into a novel that defines our hero-love story.  All along, the greatest epic hero-love story in history was written and recorded for us long ago.

There is no need to pay anyone else to write the story for us.  We just need to read the true hero-love story and believe everything it has to say about us.

On the days we believe we aren’t loveable, turn then to the page of the story where the Hero vows his unconditional, never-ending, unwavering, love for us.

For those hard to look in the mirror days, the really bad hair days, the I am not pretty days, the Hero’s words of love cause us to take a second glance in the mirror and see beauty spilling from the inside, out.

The hero in this epic love story heals festering wounds of the heart.  No matter how the wounds got there, the hero’s love breathes life back into a tattered and torn heart making it whole again.

No other hero can do that.

He does it because we are really loved, and we literally can’t live without this Hero.

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Grace For the Prodigal, Hope For The Parent(s) Who Await Her Return

A spiritually wayward child, it’s become the cancer of the Christian community.  To determine the cause of this spiritual disease we leave to the experts, but my words are to offer hope to the parent who waits night and day for her child to reconcile with God.  The treatment for the disease (restoration with God) is the easy part; it’s the waiting part that’s difficult—waiting for the wayward to swallow the pill of repentance.

The stark realization of this spiritual malignancy came not long ago during a small prayer gathering.  As we prayed; one parent after another unveiled the hidden heartache of a child who went spiritual MIA.  Here of late, a quick scan in most North American sanctuaries reveals the absence of young adults who once occupied a pew.  Those young adults disappeared into spiritual oblivion.  The scary news for parents is this spiritual epidemic knows no boundaries; it strikes its blow on kids raised in the church, kids of church leaders, kids of all denominations, kids raised in youth group, not raised in youth group, kids who attended Christian school, kids who were homeschooled, and on and on.  Every parent silently prays that when the spiritual apron strings are cut, their young adult will choose the path of righteousness and not ruin.

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The good news is that the prodigal is all part of the love story between us and Jesus. There is glory in the seeming ruin.  Parents of prodigals need to be reminded that there is hope.  Prodigals are his sheep who strayed from the fold and he is their shepherd.

Remember This: God is Still Wrapping Your Gift

Your prodigal is still that same gift to you from God; she’s still the very one that took your breath the moment she entered this world and within a nanosecond you thought your heart would burst open because of the fullness of love you had for this new bundle in your arms.  She’s no longer the wide-eyed girl in pigtails who squealed with delight when you came home from work.  But she’s still a gift, a sovereign work in progress. God is still assembling the gift. We tend to forget that gifts don’t always come wrapped in neat packages.  Take the gift of Christ, for example, the King of kings arrived swaddled in rags and placed in a manure-stained livestock trough.  Oftentimes, the best gifts arrive in the messiest, unassuming wrapping.  Often, especially in our consumptive culture, the value of a true gift isn’t appreciated right away. The wayward child, your gift form God, doesn’t see the necessity in her gift of the Rescuer —yet.  Help her see the value of the Gift through the simple ways you value her.

Throw off Condemnation

Don’t let the fact that you have a wayward child be the pink elephant in the room.  Sanctuaries are filled with people in your same circumstance who could use some support.  During the small prayer gathering, the wife of the leader of an international Christian organization boldly asked for prayer for her prodigal.  Then suddenly another mother openly shared of her sad journey in dealing with the lifestyle of her wayward.

So shake off the guilt and dump it at the cross.  There is a good chance that your parenting didn’t cause your child’s waywardness.  If it did, then own up to it, leave it at the cross, and share that parental wisdom with another heartsick parent of a wayward.  That prayer gathering was a holy time because we embraced the sadness knowing that help is on the way; the great Rescuer is doing his work in the wayward, just not on our timeline.

Show them Grace

As hard as it may be, show her grace when it seems she deserves reproach− yes, show grace to a daughter who runs from the Rescuer so that she can fill her life with momentary pleasures of this world and when she shows up on your steps greet her with an embrace rather than a scowl.  Why? simple, at some point, you lived the life of a spiritual runaway(didn’t we all?) and God pursued us with a passion, until we fell into his arms.

Destitution Leads to Restoration, so Wait and Watch the Love Story Unfold

A person can run from God, pushing Him out of sight (or so she thinks) for so long until God puts up a roadblock, an intervention.  At that point, she can’t outrun God.  Pastor, author, and prodigal, Tullian Tchividjian points out, “it’s futile to try. It’s impossible to outpace his pursuing affection…He’s always in the position of authority and control, whether we realize it or not.”  If you forgot just how relentlessly God pursues his loved ones reread the book of Jonah.

Grab onto Gospel Fellowship (and Don’t Let Go)

The natural inclinations of parent(s) of a prodigal are to first worry, then withdraw and eventually drift into isolation.  Elyse M. Fitzpatrick asserts, “We’re called to be people in relationship because our God is a God in relationship. He is three persons in one…  Jesus had twelve disciples, but he also had three close friends and one best friend.”

Ask two or three of your friends to gather once a week or every other week for accountability, confession of sin, and prayer. Fitzpatrick calls it “gospelized fellowship.”  Christ-centered fellowship arms us with biblical truths.  It’s the biblical truths we rely on when the struggles in life leave us wanting to lock the door, draw the shades, and stay in bed.  Gospelized friendships point us back to the hope we have in Christ.  I intend to practice more of this.

 Gulp Down the Gospel (in Heaping Spoonfuls)

If you’ve lived the life of a Christian for any length of time, knowing that we ought to cling to God’s word is, well, so basic that it sounds trite.  As years pass, we, unfortunately, forget that we owe our life to the messy, shameful, scandalous crucifixion.  Every day I must remind myself “only a supremely powerful deity could turn the world upside down through a bleeding Messiah,” Fitzpatrick.  Tchividjian notes the “one expression of God’s amazing grace is that he pursues our rescue even though we cannot do one thing for him.”  Not only does he pursue our rescue but rest in the assurance that he also pursues your wayward.

Read and Delight in the Testimonies of Other Prodigals Who Have Returned to the Fold

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/12-ways-to-love-your-wayward-child

http://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/september-2007/let-them-come-home/

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tullian/2013/10/14/earrings-and-one-way-love/

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tullian/2013/09/24/failure-and-one-way-love/

Grace For the Prodigal, Hope For The Parent(s) Who Await Her Return

A spiritually wayward child, it’s become the cancer of the Christian community.  To determine the cause of this spiritual disease we leave to the experts, but my words are to offer hope to the parent who waits night and day for her child to reconcile with God.  The treatment for the disease (restoration with God) is the easy part; it’s the waiting part that’s difficult—waiting for the wayward to swallow the pill of repentance.

The stark realization of this spiritual malignancy came not long ago during a small prayer gathering.  As we prayed; one parent after another unveiled the hidden heartache of a child who went spiritual MIA.  Here of late, a quick scan in most North American sanctuaries reveals the absence of young adults who once occupied a pew.  Those young adults disappeared into spiritual oblivion.  The scary news for parents is this spiritual epidemic knows no boundaries; it strikes its blow on kids raised in the church, kids of church leaders, kids of all denominations, kids raised in youth group, not raised in youth group, kids who attended Christian school, kids who were homeschooled, and on and on.  Every parent silently prays that when the spiritual apron strings are cut, their young adult will choose the path of righteousness and not ruin.

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The good news is that the prodigal is all part of the love story between us and Jesus. There is glory in the seeming ruin.  Parents of prodigals need to be reminded that there is hope.  Prodigals are his sheep who strayed from the fold and he is their shepherd.

Remember This: God is Still Wrapping Your Gift

Your prodigal is still that same gift to you from God; she’s still the very one that took your breath the moment she entered this world and within a nanosecond you thought your heart would burst open because of the fullness of love you had for this new bundle in your arms.  She’s no longer the wide-eyed girl in pigtails who squealed with delight when you came home from work.  But she’s still a gift, a sovereign work in progress. God is still assembling the gift. We tend to forget that gifts don’t always come wrapped in neat packages.  Take the gift of Christ, for example, the King of kings arrived swaddled in rags and placed in a manure-stained livestock trough.  Oftentimes, the best gifts arrive in the messiest, unassuming wrapping.  Often, especially in our consumptive culture, the value of a true gift isn’t appreciated right away. The wayward child, your gift form God, doesn’t see the necessity in her gift of the Rescuer —yet.  Help her see the value of the Gift through the simple ways you value her.

Throw off Condemnation

Don’t let the fact that you have a wayward child be the pink elephant in the room.  Sanctuaries are filled with people in your same circumstance who could use some support.  During the small prayer gathering, the wife of the leader of an international Christian organization boldly asked for prayer for her prodigal.  Then suddenly another mother openly shared of her sad journey in dealing with the lifestyle of her wayward.

So shake off the guilt and dump it at the cross.  There is a good chance that your parenting didn’t cause your child’s waywardness.  If it did, then own up to it, leave it at the cross, and share that parental wisdom with another heartsick parent of a wayward.  That prayer gathering was a holy time because we embraced the sadness knowing that help is on the way; the great Rescuer is doing his work in the wayward, just not on our timeline.

Show them Grace

As hard as it may be, show her grace when it seems she deserves reproach− yes, show grace to a daughter who runs from the Rescuer so that she can fill her life with momentary pleasures of this world and when she shows up on your steps greet her with an embrace rather than a scowl.  Why? simple, at some point, you lived the life of a spiritual runaway(didn’t we all?) and God pursued us with a passion, until we fell into his arms.

Destitution Leads to Restoration, so Wait and Watch the Love Story Unfold

A person can run from God, pushing Him out of sight (or so she thinks) for so long until God puts up a roadblock, an intervention.  At that point, she can’t outrun God.  Pastor, author, and prodigal, Tullian Tchividjian points out, “it’s futile to try. It’s impossible to outpace his pursuing affection…He’s always in the position of authority and control, whether we realize it or not.”  If you forgot just how relentlessly God pursues his loved ones reread the book of Jonah.

Grab onto Gospel Fellowship (and Don’t Let Go)

The natural inclinations of parent(s) of a prodigal are to first worry, then withdraw and eventually drift into isolation.  Elyse M. Fitzpatrick asserts, “We’re called to be people in relationship because our God is a God in relationship. He is three persons in one…  Jesus had twelve disciples, but he also had three close friends and one best friend.”

Ask two or three of your friends to gather once a week or every other week for accountability, confession of sin, and prayer. Fitzpatrick calls it “gospelized fellowship.”  Christ-centered fellowship arms us with biblical truths.  It’s the biblical truths we rely on when the struggles in life leave us wanting to lock the door, draw the shades, and stay in bed.  Gospelized friendships point us back to the hope we have in Christ.  I intend to practice more of this.

 Gulp Down the Gospel (in Heaping Spoonfuls)

If you’ve lived the life of a Christian for any length of time, knowing that we ought to cling to God’s word is, well, so basic that it sounds trite.  As years pass, we, unfortunately, forget that we owe our life to the messy, shameful, scandalous crucifixion.  Every day I must remind myself “only a supremely powerful deity could turn the world upside down through a bleeding Messiah,” Fitzpatrick.  Tchividjian notes the “one expression of God’s amazing grace is that he pursues our rescue even though we cannot do one thing for him.”  Not only does he pursue our rescue but rest in the assurance that he also pursues your wayward.

Read and Delight in the Testimonies of Other Prodigals Who Have Returned to the Fold

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/12-ways-to-love-your-wayward-child

http://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/september-2007/let-them-come-home/

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tullian/2013/10/14/earrings-and-one-way-love/

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tullian/2013/09/24/failure-and-one-way-love/

Holy and Healthy 2014

The door to another year stands wide open waiting for us to walk through with anticipation, curiosity, and above all else, hope.  A. W. Tozer reminds us “Of all persons the Christian should be best prepared for whatever the New Year brings.”  Some of us leave behind bittersweet memories of the past year reluctant to tuck them away for fear they will be forgotten.

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My friend endured an emotionally turbulent year, one that she gladly leaves behind.  She bursts through the new year door like an Olympic athlete who begins a race sprinting rather than maintaining a steady pace. She hastens to bury the scars and tears of last year.

If we are to take Tozer’s words literally, how does the believer prepare for whatever the new year brings?

Holy and healthy living comes to mind.  This year, my blog devotes most of its posts to both of these topics.

Holy Living

As we embark on a new year, let us meet together, right here, to revel in God’s word building one another up to face the challenges that may come our way.  My prayer for the 2014 blogging year is that with each post we walk away spiritually nourished.

Oswald Chambers exhorts, “a private relationship of worshiping God is the greatest essential element of spiritual fitness. It is in the unseen life that you become perfectly fit.”

Healthy Living

Healthy living involves fueling our bodies with real, whole foods.  God cares about every aspect of our life, including what we put on our plate.  It’s counterproductive to feed our mind and heart divinely inspired food from God’s written Word during the Sunday sermon, then dump processed foods into our body at lunch after church.  God wants the purest of everything to enter our mind and body.

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God also gives us the liberty to choose which foods we nourish our bodies.  The logic: our heavenly Father created real food for our pleasure and nourishment, so wouldn’t we want to eat as much of that kind of food as possible?  Real, whole food is defined: Real food is wholesome and nourishing. It is simple, unprocessed, whole food. Real food is pure and unadulterated, sustained yet unchanged by man“. 

God knows what we need to maintain a healthy body. He knew exactly the kind of food the Israelites needed to survive in the desert, so why would he do any less for us?

The important point is not to allow food to become an idol or an instrument of strife.

This blog will encourage not condemn readers to experience unprocessed foods, as close to nature (the way God created it) as possible.  Join me as we journey on a  pilgrimage for a real food challenge on a shoe string budget for 2014.  Be sure to join the blog by email or hit the subscribe icon.