Sunday, December 15, 2013

My Rebel Yell Against Self

To tell you the truth, when I first agreed to do The Daniel Plan, I was really dreading the detox. I thought it would be like the extreme ones I’ve done before — you know, like only celery root and water chestnuts for ten days or, even worse, lemon juice and water for two weeks or some such torture. (Can we all just agree on “No”?) Or that it would be healthy foods, but in microscopic portions and, I feared, far too “peace, love, and brown rice”.

If you hadn’t already intuited it, I am not very granola bar-y.
“I’m going to have the alfalfa sprouts… and a plate of yeast.” ~ Annie Hall
But, I’m happy to say that The Daniel Plan Detox has been a surprisingly better experience than I had anticipated! (Remember to sign up on FaithGateway to download the free Daniel Plan Detox PDF if you haven't already).

Without a doubt, some of the grocery items were baffled to find themselves in the foreign country called my pantry and fridge. We still stare at each other with polite fascination and slight uncertainty.

Here are some things I have never in my life purchased (or eaten?) until now:

The Daniel Plan Healthy Foods
  • Sesame tahini
  • Coconut oil (I’ve purchased coconut oil before but never eaten it. I drench my Ethiopian daughter’s hair in it and we like to use it as lotion because it makes us smell like Hawaii.)
  • Organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • Unsweetened whey protein powder
  • Almond butter
  • White kidney beans
  • Organic, unsweetened (!) shredded coconut
  • Flaxseed meal
  • Organic tempeh (I don’t even know what that is)
  • Raw, shelled, unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds (Back in the ‘80s, I did have a Chia pet, though!)
And yet, almost everything I’ve cooked so far from The Daniel Plan has gotten two thumbs up not just from me, but from my kids, too, which is nearly miraculous! More on that later in the Progress Report.

Editing food choices absolutely does require making a concrete decision. Given that, let’s talk about self-control. (I know. I don’t want to, either.)

The Daniel Plan Fruits of the Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. — Galatians 5:22-23

I think my biggest leap towards self-control was made when I really, really decided that above all I wanted to please God. Not just slightly more than my self, but — full stop — please Him and Him alone.
I want to serve God in every area of my life. I want to know Him more. I want to see Him, hear Him, and fall in love with Him more and more. I want to give Him reason to sing and dance. I want Him to be proud of His girl!
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. — Zephaniah 3:17

But, if that’s you, too, and we want to live our lives completely sold out for Jesus Christ and see those spiritual fruits start growing, including self-control, we have to figure out what things are holding us back and then start doing something to make actual changes.
“Take the junk out. Let the abundance in.” — The Daniel Plan


One of the biggest differences between The Daniel Plan and other health programs is the foundation on God. If we’re going to make a lasting change toward good stewardship of our bodies, as I mentioned in my first blog, we have to plug into God’s power to do it! I do not even have power over a single hot, glazed Krispy Kreme without His strength.
 The Daniel Plan Romans 8:26
“Where God guides, He provides. What He calls you to do, He equips you to do.” — The Daniel Plan

“It’s easy to trust God when life is going well and we feel strong. But, faith develops in the valleys. When our dreams shatter and we feel helpless, that’s when we have to believe in God’s power and presence.” — The Daniel Plan

If we’re going to tap into Holy Spirit power, especially during seasons of suffering, trial, loss, grief, and challenge (hello, my last five years!), we have to talk to Him and be able to hear Him in return.

1. The most important way to hear God is by reading Scripture while asking God to inspire/convict your heart.

My number one prayer now is Abba, create in me a convictable and obedient heart.

2. Another way I have relied upon to hear Him, is by submitting to godly, wise, people.

... those people who love me and are willing to both encourage and cheer me on, but are also willing to tell me the hard truths, help me evaluate how I’m doing spiritually, and shine a light on the places I hide, and fake, and lie about even to myself.

Finish reading this post on FaithGateway here!

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If you’ve started The Daniel Plan, how are you doing? How do you hear God the most clearly? We do not live in a culture or generation that champions self-control (or practices it much), so how do you put the fruit of self-control into practice? Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

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