Grace, grace, God’s grace. Are you leaning on God’s grace or are you leaning on your own will? We tend to want to “take charge” of our lives totally and completely. All we really have to do though is lean into the arms of Jesus and accept the grace that is readily offered to us.
When you get up every morning, what do you do, what do you think? Do you ask for grace and guidance, or do you get up and just take charge? This whole process is easier when you know what your goal is and then just hand it over to the One that can accomplish all.
This is a process. There is no magic, instantaneous answer. It is a process. One step at a time. One foot in front of the other.
Is there something you really, really crave? Let me just suggest that you might need to start there. Many times, that indicates an actual allergic reaction. Other times, it suggests an actual addiction. With me, before I had even heard of The Daniel Plan, it was diet Dr. Pepper. I really, really loved diet Dr. Pepper. And it was diet so it had to be much better for me! Not! I would drink two or three a day and I actually believed I was doing my body a favor.
I ran across an article one day about the dangers, not only of the ingredients in the actual soda, but the very thing that I thought made it healthier, aspartame. The more I read, the more I became convinced that I needed to break that habit. I needed to make the CHOICE to quit. And I did. It wasn’t easy at first and it definitely wasn’t immediate, but I drank less and less until I realized that I no longer had to have it. For a couple of years, I would splurge and drink one once a year. After a year or two of that, I figured out I just really didn’t enjoy it any more.
What is your weakness? Is it sugar, caffeine, bread?
One step at a time with God’s grace. One foot in front of the other.
In His light,
One Foot in Front of the Other
The Daniel Plan
Dr. Mark Hyman says that what you put on your fork dictates whether you are sick or well, slim or fat, depleted or energized. With all that riding on what you eat, it would be easy to feel overwhelmed.
But there’s no pressure to change instantly; gradual change over time is sustainable. Just put one foot in front of the other. There’s plenty of grace while you are in the process. When you have a bad day, what matters is that you decide to get back on track and that you don’t give up.
What do you tend to do when you have a bad day, when you feel lousy or you eat the wrong foods because you’re busy or stressed? Be gracious with yourself, because God is gracious with you. Over time you will have more good days than bad ones, and the changes will be long-lasting for your health.
Food for Thought: God is gentle with you while you are in the change process. Our goal is progress not perfection.