Sometimes, I wonder if The Daniel Plan has become “yesterday’s news” and if anyone really cares anymore. I know I am in it for the long term and it IS my new lifestyle. I feel better and I feel like it is going to pay off for the rest of my life. When an occasion arises that I have the opportunity to see results in others though, it brings me to tears. This is what happened this past week with one of our members. She joined TDP earlier this year when we went through the DVD and plan again. She is now one of our “On and Oners”. After going to the doctor 3 months ago, she went back this past week for a 3 month follow-up. This is her report. (For those who have already seen this on our page, I apologize for being redundant, but it just makes me happy!)
“Three-month follow-up visit to the doc yesterday. Thrilled that all my “numbers” (BP, cholesterol, sugar) are dramatically lower! Doc noticed my Jawbone wristband and attributed much of the success to the extra steps. So grateful for our DP classes which have given me the tools to eat my way to a healthier life. It hasn’t always been an easy journey, but the support has made it possible, and, at times, even fun.”
And THIS is what it’s about. This is the reason I do this every week. She is pretty new to the Jawbone fitness tracker and is the 3rd one in our group to get one. It challenges us every day to keep moving and applauds us when we do. This is the Fitness Essential. Every week at the meeting, we work on the Faith, Food, Focus and Friends Essentials. It’s when you see a testimony like this, that you see all of the Essentials come together and know God is with us every step of the way. God is good, all the time!
In His light,
“Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise.”(Ephesians 5:15 NIV)
The Bible says, “Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise” (Ephesians 5:15 NIV). One of the things you’re learning in your efforts to become Daniel Strong is that real change requires you to face the truth.
Behind every self-defeating behavior is a lie we believe, such as, “I can trust any food that is labeled ‘healthy,’ ‘all natural,’ ‘diet,’ or ‘fat free.’”
Changing eating habits begins with developing discernment. If a food is labeled “healthy” but has 20 ingredients, 19 of which you can’t pronounce, that label is lying. Educate yourself about what is truly healthful food, like fresh vegetables, lean meat, nuts, and fruit.
While it may seem confusing at first, it is really quite simple to eat healthy. Once you learn to recognize lying labels, you’ll feel empowered to make the best choices for your body.
God wants you to “use your head — and heart! — to discern what is right, to test what is authentically right”(John 7:24 MSG).