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Monday, January 12, 2009

Peace

At this point in my food journey and health education process I realize that I am at peace.  I have perfect peace now with my eating and my food choices.  Do I eat perfectly?  No!  But I am at peace and I think that is what this journey is all about.  (Meanwhile still taking my babysteps!)  It's not about keeping ourselves in perfect health, we can never do that of our own accord.

I don't say this to boast, but rather to encourage you.

That is why a lot of you come here to this site--you are seeking peace in your life by doing all you can to be healthy.

Some of you come here to learn a bit about health, but need peace in other areas.  Perhaps it's finances, marriage, child rearing, government, economy, or even spiritual questions about life after death, destiny, etc.  Whatever it is, you are unsettled, seeking something that will give you a sense of peace.

While some others of you come here for some good recipes.  You don't really care much about changing your eating, and that's okay, too.  I would much rather see you put emphasis on your spiritual well-being and then your mental well-being before you tackle the physical, anyway.  I named this site All Things Health (as I have said before) to be a constant reminder to keep your "health" priorities in order and to address all things that apply to your health, whether spiritual, mental, or physical.

Whatever the reason you come here, I want to communicate to you that you can have real peace in your life.  But I can only pass on so much, you must go through the experiences yourself.  I like this quote-
The words printed here are concepts.  You must go through the experiences.  -Carl Frederick

You CAN experience the abundant life that Jesus promised in John 10:10.  I am not talking about finding religion.  And this is much more than just a belief in God.  I am talking about a relationship with Jesus Christ.  This is not about fitting God into a little box, a little portion of your life--Sunday mornings, for example.  This is about seeking wholeheartedly to find out what the gospel is about, what God's character is all about, what His Word has to say about all areas of life, and submitting to serve Him and follow after His will.  Seek first His kingdom and everything else falls into place (Matthew 6:33).  This is bigger than nutrition.

Who would have thought that I could find answers to my nutrition questions in the Bible?  I spent a good deal of my time reading different books about nutrition, but the pieces of the puzzle didn't come together for me until I went to God's Word.  I didn't have all the pieces when I started this blog a year and a half ago, but in the last couple months I feel like the last pieces of the puzzle have come together (and I will be writing about that soon, to fill you all in).  I'm sure there will be more insight to gain, but this place of peace is wonderful!  The peace of God is truly a peace that surpasses understanding!  (Philippian 4:7)

I have no more desire to study nutrition (this isn't to say it's no longer a passion, it is and, of course, I am still learning in many other areas).  That's how much peace I have.  I no longer have that pulling inside me to "find" the answers.  I have studied for approximately the last 5 years.  All that knowledge doesn't do me a bit of good without the wisdom to know how to use it and God's wisdom is the best wisdom of all.  God wants to give us all wisdom, we just need only to ask (James 1:5).  The Bible will offer you all the answers you are looking for.  ONLY God and His Word can bring you true, lasting peace--in ALL areas of your life!

And so I pray today, that you will find the peace of God in your life.  I encourage you to read John 10:1-10, especially focusing on verse 9.  If you need specific prayer, I would love to hear from you and pray with you.  If you want to know HOW to start a relationship with Jesus Christ, please let me know.

5 comments:

  1. serendipity hopefulJanuary 22, 2009 at 7:27 PM

    allthingshealthy,

    Help bring health back.

    Seeking your prayer for someone in real need of it.

    http://novice101.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/life-prayers-hope-recovery-happiness/

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  2. This is great. I have said for a long time that I think sometimes we damage our bodies just as much by stressing and worrying about all the things we are doing wrong as we do by actually doing those unhealthful things.

    I, too, am working in tiny baby steps, starting with the things that make the biggest difference for my family, and with those things that meet special urgent needs of particular family members.

    I haven't studied for nearly 5 years yet, though. I am just starting. So much of what I thought was right (meat is bad, all fat is bad) is wrong, so in many ways I feel that I'm just beginning from scratch. But...Little by little...Not neglecting my spiritual health in the meantime.

    Thanks for the encouragement!

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  3. I'm transitioning our family over to eating nourishing food via Nourishing Traditions and Eat Fat, Lose Fat, I love it! I'm having alot of med problems and I'm sick of feeling sick. I also want to feed my kids better and to be a good example for them. Our grocery budget has doubled but the flavors we are experiencing and the raw milk and organic foods and including the way we are feeling is so worth it. I'm pumped! And I'm pumped I found your blog! Thanks for writing about this stuff!

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  4. Well, I'm glad you are enjoying. Thanks for commenting!

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  5. Aunt Sandy [Colby]June 4, 2009 at 9:06 PM

    As someone who's approaching my 50th birthday next year, I want to encourage you with this thought: Life is a journey. Just like a tourist, there are many places along the way, to pause for a while and soak in something new. Learning never stops-education never ceases unless you make the choice to carry no interest beyond what you currently know. Your health [your life, for that matter!] shouldn't be a 440 dash! It's a long term marathon, with places where you just NEED to rest a while! If you're not where you want to be, in your diet, in your weight, in your marriage, in your parenting, in your walk with God... Make a different choice today... Right now. There's not anything [or anyONE] that can condemn you! Scripture encourages us that His mercies are new every day. EVERY DAY! Once we let [allow, don't strain against it... ALLOW] that assurance to seep into our hearts and minds and soak in that concept of being unconditionally loved and been unconditionally shown mercy, then WE can REST in it, as we catch the concept. Maybe we weren't shown that mercy-maybe you, like me, were given little to none of it growing up-so you can't understand it. Maybe we just think that mercy is something involved in our walk with God, and therefore, doesn't apply to any other area of life. What I'm learning [and I'm not done yet] is the VALUE of looking at the day-the good-the bad-and the incredibly ugly--and asking myself in retrospect, "What did I do well today? Where did I need to change? Who am I competing against? [Shadow boxing?] [In the end, you find it's something in YOU not settled.] What benefits were there? Which areas do I need to make a different choice in-behavior, in attitude, in diet, in life in God?" Then, I have my prayer list to go to the Lord and ask HIM to help guide me through. Maybe I wasn't so patient with my spouse or kids. Maybe a co-worker's really not been treating me well. Maybe the pastor at church has really hit on something. Maybe I haven't been paying close attention to what I've been eating, or how much/little rest I've gotten. I love that Jesus told a huge storm on Gallilee three words. Three that I say inside when things are crazy around me or within me. "Peace! Be still!" Once I let [allow, don't strain against] that peace that passes my foolish and limited understanding to settle in, I find that I can rest more in Him, in my life, in my marriage, in my kids, in my work, in my walk in Christ. I find rest for my weary soul. Doesn't mean I stop and make a house! No! Like the Children of Israel, I move on! I press on, as the Apostle Paul says, forgetting those things which are behind, I press on toward the high calling of God, in Christ Jesus. Bless you! Sandy

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