The Lord reminded me this morning how just 6 short years I was battling the Beast, (a rare form of cancer I not-so-affectionately called the Beast), and my beloved hubby was, in all likelihood, facing a heart~transplant. We were exhausted emotionally, physically, spiritually, and bone-dry financially, from the life-haymakers aimed at taking us down.
In retrospect and from a “God Had That!” perspective, it was just another adventure. From about the age of 4, I already knew life was hard. I didn’t yet know that it rains on the just and the unjust, (Matt. 5:45), I just knew the force of pounding rain. That ‘just and unjust’ scripture? Life began to make sense for the first time when I truly understood it for the power those words held.
At the age of “Thank YOU, Lord, for every day” I now view these haymakers as adventures. Where the road leads? Only God knows the end. But EVERYTHING, every adventure, can be an spiritual education if we embrace it, know it will be for our good, and realize that HE never means to harm us. That’s when life-lessons become an adventure of GODly proportions!
Our church began a 21 day fast on Sunday. While the purpose of this fast is completely spiritual, it begins a new path in life for me. We had been doing some research on a list of food-lifestyles the pulmonologist gave me. He said weight loss would be a good thing for me but it would be a battle because of all the steroids, so it would take some research to find what would work. My only “know-fer-shur” was it would have to be high on protein. A couple of health issues require this. We figured the 21 day fast would be the perfect springboard into our new food-lifestyle. We will have spent a lot of time in prayer and food challenging moments.
We began at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 5, 2019. Hubby is doing the Daniel Fast, and I am doing a variation of it which permits everything! Except ~ no bread, pasta, sweet goods (no sugar), crackers, chips….you get my drift. Now, if you know me, you know me and my sweet tea! Parting is such sweet, sweet sorrow! (Thanks, William. I use it all the time with some variations!)
Here’s the thang! In just 48 hours? 10 pounds gone. Here’s the lens to use ~ I have been putting on 1-2 pounds a day since the steroids, and lucky to remove 5 a week WITH lasix. If I was the sort to drop the mic? Totally would! Now let me say this ~ I am under no illusions that this rapid weight loss will continue. That would not be safe for this body created by God. But this? This is good, a boon, so to speak.
I am not taking this journey alone and that helps tremendously. We have folks all over the world beginning the year with a 21 day fast and it works because of the time you spend in prayer. We have been hit with another issue this week and the first thing I thought was to give God a big thank you because we are at this time and place in this new adventure!
PUSH! Pray Until Something Happens!
I will continue to share this journey with you and if ya wanna? Jump on board! I am committed!