As the fast progressed, I recognized that I had resisted discipline to the detriment of my health - my body reflected the lack of discipline and unhealthy choices - and my entire life was affected. My struggles ranged from lack of sleep, and energy, to dwindling motivation, and confidence. I felt ashamed to the point of not even wanting to leave the house - none of my clothing fit properly.
The pandemic hadn't helped things, but truthfully, I had been on this slope, sliding towards the bottom for a long time. I had tried various remedies throughout the years but none of them had stuck.
I began to see that I had been missing two symbiotic ingredients: discipline, fueled by God's grace.
As it turned out, the fasting was such a blessing! As each week passed, and success born in grace built on success, I could feel my energy returning and my confidence blossom. I began to lose weight, my stomach began to shrink, and even with the cut in my calories, I didn't feel hungry. My food choices reflected the need for nutrition and fuel, rather than sugar and fat, my water consumption increased, and my sleep was deeper.
Towards the end of my fasting, I began to ask, "What next, God?"
I began to receive bible verses directing me towards a life of intention and deliberate healthy choices: discipline. I knew I couldn't live that life without grace - discipline had always been a nemesis of mine. But those 48 days had started me on a journey towards the life I wanted and I wasn't ready to lose the momentum!
From my prayers of "What next?" a map began to take shape, a map with destination intervals that would eventually bring me to my ultimate goal of health and wellness, and a life of discipline and direction - all with the goal of living my purpose and serving others.
The 3 for 30 challenge group was born - a goal setting challenge of accountability and growth. I'm now getting ready to begin my third 30-day challenge and each one is more rewarding and fulfilling than the one before!
(You can join us on MeWe for this free challenge by clicking this link)
February's challenge is very exciting for me personally - I am going to be writing a daily practical devotional centered around the freedom of grace as outlined in Romans 4 and 5, and how it relates to our journey in setting goals, healthy living, and disciplined choices. I'm calling it Grace & Goals, and each week day there will be a new thought to accompany you through your journey towards wellness.
I hope you'll join me on our page Grace & Goals each week day, beginning February 5, and let's go on this adventure together!