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.
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.
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 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.
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.