Faith & Family

Faithful Words About Vegetarianism

When you think of biblical-based vegetarian lifestyle, what is the first thing that comes to mind?  (Hint:  January)

Answer:  The Daniel Fast

Gods Own County

Gods Own County (Photo credit: tricky (rick harrison))

The Daniel Fast is a biblical-based diet, twenty-one days, that is often used at the begin of the Roman Calendar year by many Christians.  This fast/diet is to cleanse one’s mind, body and soul and to be one with God’s word with the daily scripture, planned meals, and support from either your church or community with lessons that support gaining a clear vision of your purpose.

In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.

I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.- Daniel 10:  2, 3 (KJV)

We are living in God’s Grace.

God has granted us Grace, and we are to learn and live by it through His word.  His son died on the cross so that we can make the choices that we do in striving to have His word live through us. With the knowledge that we are now living in God’s grace, we can still refer to the the old testament, The Pentateuch (commonly known as the Book of Law) specifically.  For example, in Leviticus 11, it details when God spoke to Moses and Aaaron about what foods were clean and unclean.  

And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.

Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.

These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.

10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: -Leviticus 11: 7-10 (KJV)

What can be learned about eating a plant-based diet from the Daniel Fast and Leviticus?  Is is not necessarily a practice that Christians must have; however, these sources, especially the Bible, are excellent guides that can be used to help in what to eat and what to do if there is a want to have a vegan lifestyle.  

Assignment:  What biblically based diet have you tried? and why?  If you have tried the Daniel Fast, please share this with our readers.

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The Cheeseburger Path to Faith

I’m not trying to get my way

In the world’s way

I’m trying to get your way,

Your word’s way

I’m staying on your trail;

I’m putting one foot

In front of the other

I’m not giving up

Psalm 17: 4-5 (The Message Bible)

I know you want me!

I know you want me! (Photo credit: Toms Bauģis)

The prayer that David is saying is very powerful in that we are always seeking to correct a path in our life. That we are aware of God’s will and want for us and that in our choices that we do so with Him in mind. We make mistakes in our walk, but we are not to forget that we are to learn from them and to take what we have learned to make us a better person.

 

A path can be interpreted in so many ways; however, we can ultimately know that it leads us to something whether we walk, run, crawl, or even climb our way to where we want to travel.  It will be important to know that as we “travel” we do not give up for He is there to guide us and give us the strength in our travels.

 

So how can this relate to a healthy lifestyle?

 

Today, I really wanted a juicy burger with all of the fixin’s .  I don’t keep those “real” items in the home (mainly the bread…), so I went through that drive-thru and got a juicy burger like no other. The cost…many things.  I know that that burger contained salt, grease and a mound of calories.  I knew that afterwards I’d pay for it since my body isn’t use to it.  It was as though I forgot for that moment that I could have created something similar at home with less calories and better quality, minus the bread.

 

This is just a “little” example of choices that we make and the path that it will lead us down.  (a very weak example, but one that many of us can relate to 🙂 However, David’s prayer is to use us to realize the true goal of life–to know God–and the true reward of life–to see God one Day. Though he wrote this while being persecuted by Saul we can learn so much from what he was saying in these two verses.

 

Put your faith in HIM!

 

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When Success Meets Your Wall on the Trail

Wall And Grass

Wall And Grass (Photo credit: Pavel P.)

In conversations with others about our exercise routines, we tend to talk about the beginning a trail and the preparation of the journey, and the end of the journey.  But, we never discuss the journey it self.  The journey is really…to me…the most important part.   It let’s me think about one movie that is really comical, but there is so much truth to it. It is called, Run, Fatboy, Run.

The movie is about a man who is running away from a huge fear.  In his travels of him running away from his “huge” fear, he realizes that the fear is within him.  There is one part that sticks out most.  He is determined to finish a clocked run, and there is this huge wall before him. This wall seems to haunt him for quite sometime, and he has to make a decision as to whether to continue the race or to just stop.  (I’ve got to leave most of the message out from the story…it is a really good movie.)

What happens when you are in the middle of your race?  Do you think that the plan that you had for the race isn’t quite working with this specific trail? Or, do you think about so many other things that you are not able to push yourself the way that you should to get that amazing feeling of success?

Assignment:  What is it about a race and the “wall” that you face that is so intimidating?

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