Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Whole Foods for a Whole Body

I love sweets.

And pizza.

And pepsi.

If you know me at all, you know this to be absolute truth.

But, ladies and gentlemen, God is stretching me in ways that I never even imagined. He is taking areas of my life that I haven't looked at very closely and bringing them to the forefront. Some of these things scare me. I don't like failure...so the thought of failing at any of this really scares me. But if everyone just chose not to try because they were afraid of failure, well, I dare say we probably wouldn't be here today.

First of all, I have been reading "Power of a Praying Wife" and if you are a woman, a wife, and haven't read that book...read it. I dare you. Not only does it have me praying over 30 very specific areas of my hubby's life, it has me examining my own life as well. Two things hit me right in the middle of my big forehead:

1. The first thing it has you praying for is yourself...that you will be open and honest in your prayers and let God change your heart where needed. It also talked about how no matter the situation, even if you as the wife are the one working and the husband stays home with the kids (my current situation), he is still the head of the household and you are the heart of it. That means, as the heart of the home, I still have the responsibility of making our home a place of peace, comfort, and security. That means cleaning up, keeping up with laundry, etc. Now, Jason does an excellent job of that as well BUT it is still my duty as the wife. I know this but I haven't ever really done those things with the right heart. Tonight was different though. Jason had Gabe's dinner ready when I got home and we had leftovers from yesterday. I spent time playing with Gabe after dinner and then after putting him down for the night, I gladly (this is so strange) picked up all his toys and put them away, swept the floor, folded clothes, put his load of laundry in, and did the few dishes in the sink. Yea, I said it.....gladly. My heart was different about it. I felt happy to be doing those things. Weird, right?

2.   Another area of prayer is my husband's health. As I read that chapter I thought to myself, "How can I possibly pray for my husband to eat healthy, choose the right foods, and exercise regularly when I don't do it. Isn't that sort of...hypocritical of me?" Well, tonight we turned on a documentary called "Forks over Knives" detailing how eating meats and other products from animals (yes, eggs, milk, etc.) actually causes many of the health problems today and that members of clinical studies done who were pretty much waiting at death's door started eating a plant based diet void of meat and dairy and actually REVERSED heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer, etc. I've always known that my body is a temple of the Lord but I don't treat it as such. I treat it more like a garbage heap than anything. This has really started to bother me. This documentary just enlightened me. So, starting this week, Jason and I are really going to try this. It will require more work on my part because I am such a picky eater. I will have to actually FORCE myself to eat certain things but if that's what it takes to be healthy and to treat my body the way it should be treated, then so be it.

Join us in prayer will you? It won't be easy and I am certain we will falter at times. But as one diabetes reversed woman on the program said, "You might lose a battle or two but don't lose the war. If you fall, get back up. Not tomorrow, not next week, but right now."

So as I continue to have this spiritual awakening of sorts, I will continue to blog about what God is teaching me and challenging me to do. Thanks for reading.