Clean Eating?! How About Clean Living?

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It seems that a return to whole foods has been all the rage, lately. With the popularity of documentaries like Hungry for Change and Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, it’s easy to see why people have starting rising up against the processed, chemical-injected food we’ve been duped into buying. People are taking back their right to choose what they consume.

The concept of clean eating is not a diet, but a lifestyle change. To “eat clean” means to intentionally avoid consuming sugary, processed foods that are full of additives, and instead, consuming foods that are unaltered and straight from nature like fruits, vegetables and meat. Clean eaters pay close attention to ingredients and avoid anything they can’t pronounce like butylated hydroxyanisole or yellow tartrazine. {Huh?} Chances are if you can’t pronounce it, it was created in a lab somewhere.imagesC5RJA1F2

Why would anyone voluntarily go through the trouble of being a stickler over ingredients and clearing out their pantry? Because when you clean out your gut, allow it to heal from all the junk, and nourish your body properly, the chemical-induced fog lifts. You lose fat. Your energy increases. Your skin and hair become healthier. You sleep better. Your mental well-being improves. {And, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want all that?}

So, this leads me to wonder how this might transfer over to other areas of our life. What would happen if we not only ate clean, but we became clean consumers in other areas of our life. What if we chose to be clean in what we view, in what we hear, in what we read and in what we think? What would happen if we remove the things from our life that are unhealthy and destructive? What if we take an honest look at the “ingredients” of our life  and lay down our pride long enough to stop justifying some of our choices?

But why would anyone go through the trouble of doing this? Because when you clean out what you expose your mind to and allow it to “heal”, the haze begins to lift. You become sensitive to the things of the Spirit. You start seeing things clearly, again. You  experience more peace, self-control, joy, etc. (see Galatians 5:22-23) {And, again, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want that?}.

The only thing is that you won’t be able to do it on your own. Sheer will power isn’t enough. Human determination will eventually burn out. You need something to help you persevere. The good news is that long ago, a divine human being, Jesus Christ, asked His Father(God) on your behalf, to give you an advocate (Holy Spirit) to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17). He will be your helper. The only thing is that you won’t know Him unless you know the Father(God) and the Son (Jesus). But there’s more good news — He is the way, the truth and the life; so, if you want truth and life {and who doesn’t?}, follow His ways  because His ways are good (see John 14:6).

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Philippians 4:8


How might your life look different if you made choices against the backdrop of what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable? Do you need to reconsider what you have on your watch list? your playlist? your computer?

Ask God to give you a heart that desires more of Him and less of what this world has to offer.


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Trust Me

When our daughter, Annabelle, was little, she and her daddy had a game they would play at bedtime. It went something like this. My husband would stand at the foot of the bed and turn out the lights. Then, in the dark, he would shout, “Jump! I’ll catch you!” Hesitating, Annabelle would always ask, “But what if you don’t catch me?” And her daddy would respond, “Trust me!” Then, with all her might, she’s run and jump off the end of the bed into his arms.

I love that memory because it shows how much trust Annabelle has in her daddy. It shows the innocence of a child’s heart. She trusts that he cares for her and will do anything to protect her. There is no reason for her not to believe that she is loved.

Somewhere along the  way into adulthood, many of us lose that willingness to trust. Trust can be tricky. Some of us have experienced the hurt of having our trust shattered. Unfortunately, the reality of our human condition causes us to falter. There are those moments when we and others show ourselves to be untrustworthy. Having people in our life whom we can trust is a blessing. Having a God we can trust is life-changing.

Life is messy. We get hurt. We judge and reject each other. Sadly, things like abuse and neglect exist; both physical and emotional. All these things cause scars. Our scars make it hard for us to trust. Our scars make it even harder for us to believe in the idea of a holy and perfect God; a God who loves us and cares for us; a God who is worthy of our trust.

I would venture to say that we all, eventually, come to a place where we realize the things of this world do not satisfy. We realize that things like money, status, stuff, etc. are not trustworthy. They give us a temporary fix only to let us down. Too often, they leave us lower than where we started. They offer us a false hope. When we decide we’re tired of being deceived by this world and we’re ready to accept Truth, where do we go?

We go to the One who is not of this world. We go to the One who is trustworthy. To the One who cares. To the One who created us. To the One who knows us and loves us. Our Heavenly Father.

Do you hear Him calling to you in the darkness, “Jump. I’ll catch you!”

Then, you have a choice to make. Will you trust Him and jump? Or will you trust fear and refuse to move?

When fear says, “What if He doesn’t catch me?”,…

Love says, “Trust me!”  

Trust that your Heavenly Father loves you and is working things together for your good…even when the darkness makes it hard to see.


I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 18:3

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Annabelle (age 2) with her Daddy


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The ‘After’ Shot: Being Made New

 

Recently I’ve dabbled in a new hobby—flipping furniture. Typically when you flip something you plan to sell it in order to make a profit. So far, I’ve kept everything I’ve done. Instead, it’s turned into a cheap way for me to redecorate.

turquoise distressed dresserI love the concept of taking something old and ugly, and transforming it into something new and beautiful; giving new life to a worn out piece of furniture. In my search for potential projects, I’ve been {pleasantly} surprised by what others consider rubbish; like the perfectly fine dresser I found on the curb sitting in the pouring rain. Continue reading