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Sunday, March 23, 2008

My Purpose and My Prayer

I am thinking back now to the last eight months of blogging.  Wow!  I really had intended on posting my favorite passages from all the various books I have read, just a way of passing on information to my friends, but this has turned into more than that.  I didn’t think I would actually be thinking of my own articles and researching information and following an outline.  This process of writing has really helped me form some philosophies and gel some things together in my mind.  Lately I’ve been asking myself what exactly is my purpose with this blog.  Why do I take my time with this?  Is it because I think everyone should eat the way I do?  Do I think I am the enlightened one and must tell everyone to change his or her ways?

As I have been thinking of this, a scripture came to my mind.  III John 2 says, “I pray that you will prosper in ALL things and be in HEALTH, just as your soul prospers.”  This answers my questions; this is where my purpose lies.  First, I want to educate you on how to have a prosperous soul/spirit, and second, I want to educate you on how to have physical prosperity and health.  Your eternal destiny is far more important than your bodily health, but you also can’t fully do the work of the Lord unless you walk in physical health.  Do you know where you are spending eternity?  Do you know what God is calling you to do?  I want to help you realize the answers to these questions.  For me, this is the big picture and I’m really glad I took some time to think about it.  I truly believe that I am held accountable to God for the influence I have on others, so I want to make sure I am using that influence properly.

 Above all, I want this blog to bring you freedom!  Freedom from being a slave to sickness, disease, disorders, aches, and pains.  I want to meet you where you’re at and help you along the way to make changes in the right direction.  I look around me and try to learn from other’s mistakes.  I see people in the health community taking sides against one another on health issues and bringing condemnation, or telling people that they have to change X, Y, and Z in order to be healthy.  I am not here to bring division and condemnation and it is certainly NOT my place to tell you what you need to change.  It is your job to pray and seek God.  Ask Him what He wants you to apply to your life.  To obey is better than sacrifice (I Sam. 15:22).  You can sacrifice everything in your life, but unless you are obeying what God specifically has for you, you won’t have peace.  None of us need to get caught in the comparison trap, myself included (II Cor. 10:12).  All of us are at different places in our growth, have different motives, different goals, and will reach a different place.  Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”  If you are listening to the Spirit of God and letting Him lead you in your decisions, rather than listening to the flesh, then there is no condemnation.  If God is leading me to implement something in my diet, but He is not leading you to it, I cannot condemn you.  If you never switched to a complete diet of whole foods, 100% of the time, you would not disappoint me; I only want you to do what God is calling you to do!

 Now don’t use this as a cop-out.  “Shannon said I didn’t have to change!”  That is not what I am saying here.  I am saying that you should seek God and His will for you in ALL areas of your life, diet included.  I can think of some examples where it would be practically impossible to eat well.  The most important thing is, are you fulfilling God’s purpose for your life?  He will provide the way for you to have physical health.  I hope you get the point.  Please don’t slip into making excuses, if you feel that God is leading you to make changes, ask Him which changes you need to make and ask Him to provide!  He will!  Trust in Him and do NOT lean on your own understanding.  (Prov. 3:5).  If I present information on here that overwhelms you, put it on the back shelf of your mind, maybe it’s not God’s timing yet or maybe it’s just not something that He wants you to change.

 So thank you for continuing to read my humble blog, I pray that you will all prosper and live in HEALTH (III John 2), that you experience the peace that surpasses understanding (Phil. 4:7), and that your life will be filled with the joy of the Lord (Neh. 8:10)!


  1. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble, Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea..
    - Psalms 46:1-2

  2. I enjoyed this post so much (along with all the others) that I just sent it to many of my family and friends. Thank you so much for your perspective on this!


  3. I am really enjoying your blog. Thanks for being so helpful. I know a lot of things I SHOULD do to eat and live healthier but I have room to grow. Your blog has given me many great ideas.

  4. I'm so glad you are enjoying it! Thank you for the feedback.