Guess what? JASON AND I GOT MATCHING HEART TATOOS!!
Just kidding. It’s April Fool’s Day. Well, yesterday; we’re fashionably late like that.
I don’t know who came up with that holiday, but they were genius. It’s a way to spice things up a little after a long, hard winter. :-)
A Christmas Family Photo outtake. How would sending a hundred of these out as our Christmas card serve as an April Fool’s?
So I shared yesterday about the three-day fast that I’m doing. I’m 24 hours in so far and going strong. I definitely get the hunger pangs, but it wouldn’t be a “discipline” if it were easy.
Some things to expect when doing a fast:
- Bad breath. When fasting, the body begins to cleanse itself of all the nasty toxins we fill ourselves up with when eating processed foods, i.e. preservatives, food coloring, additives, etc. etc. Sometimes this can actually give you bad breath. Gross, huh? It doubles my motivation towards whole and organic eating.
- Headaches. Because of the aforementioned toxins, you can sometimes get some wicked headaches. This usually goes away after the first 24 hours or so of fasting.
- Thirst. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Water is your best friend during a food fast. Help your body out by drinking tons of water. It also helps stave off the hunger pangs.
Only two days to go, but I’m honestly not counting the minutes. I’m trusting God to use this time for his purpose as planned.
Coincidently, (or maybe not?), this morning’s reading had to do with discipline being a form of love. How true is that. One of the most loving things a parent can do for their child is discipline them, (lovingly). How else does a child grow and mature and learn right from wrong?
Hebrews 12:9-11 says:
Since we respect our earthly fathers who disciplined us, should we not all the more cheerfully submit to the discipline of our heavenly Father and really live? For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always right and good for us because it means we will share in his holiness.
No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening–it is painful! But afterward there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
I look back and remember being so mad at my dad [pictured above] for not letting me date this boy or wear those clothes or watch that movie. But now I am so thankful that my dad had the love and wisdom to discipline me, even though it meant him being very unpopular in my book for awhile. How much more righteous and good is God’s loving discipline for us?
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Are you under God’s discipline right now? Do you recognize it for what it is: His love for you?
Yeah, I’m feeling the effects of the gluttony and idolatry I had in my life as I do this fast. I didn’t realize how much I worshipped food, putting it before loving my husband, having my quiet times, etc. My whole day really does revolve around my food schedule and what I’m eating, preparing. And when I’m hungry or when something messes with that schedule or plan, I get so impatient and snappy. (My husband is a first-hand receiver of this!) The weight of this discipline is hard, but I know that it’s putting food where it belongs on my list of importance.
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