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My Journey to becoming a Nobel Woman – Day 16

January 19, 2010

Resolve to Control Your Eating Habits

Scripture to Memorize:

She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.
Proverbs 31:14-15

Passage to Read: Daniel 1:11-15 Today’s passage deals with standing firm in your desire to eat healthy foods. Daniel was offered the royal food; however, he turned it down in favor of the healthier foods that God had ordained they eat. The chief official was concerned that his King would be upset with him if Daniel and his companions weren’t as healthy as those that were eating the royal food. Daniel asked the chief official to test the outcome of the healthy food (clean food) versus the royal food. After ten days Daniel and his companions looked healthier and better nourished than the young men that were eating the royal food.

Guided Prayer:

Thank God for including the story of Daniel in the Bible, it is a great example of standing against the culture. Confess any tendency to be conformed to the patterns of this world (especially when it comes to your eating habits). Ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen you to make better food choices. (I’ve heard a good policy to follow is choose God-made over Man-made (processed) and five ingredients (that you can pronounce) or less is best. Help me escape autopilot mode and really begin to think before I eat. (No more mindless munching!)

Resolve to put eating healthy to a test for the next 10 days.

Personal:

Both the Proverbs 31 woman and Daniel made the hard decisions to eat the healthy foods even at great inconvenience for them. Eating healthy, especially in this day and age of microwave, fast food isn’t easy but the extra effort will be worth it.

So, what’s eating you? Most women seem to have an issue with their weight and body image. If you resolve to control what you eat, you can make some progress with those issues. Daniel resolved to follow God’s dietary laws even if it displeased his captors. What exactly does the word resolve mean?

  1. to reduce to first principles
  2. to remove obscurity by analysis
  3. to fix in opinion or purpose
  4. to determine in mind
  5. (in Algebra) to bring all the known quantities to one side of the equation, and the unknown quantities to the other, in order to resolve an equation.

According to Donna that last definition is the most helpful. How? Well, if you want to know what to eat and what not to eat, let resolve be your guide. Move all the known quantities to one side (that means if you know what it is {can pronounce the ingredients}, you can eat it) and the unknown quantities to the other side (if you can’t pronounce it or have no idea what it is, don’t eat it).

Practical Application:

Take the 10-day vegetable-and-water-resolve (or if that’s too extreme for you try 10-days of God-made foods only).

Notebook: Mark your calendar for your 10-day challenge. Keep track and see how you feel.

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