Today’s verse: 1 Corintians 3: 16-17 “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple”
Once again, I overdid it on the 4th of July. I have been on a super health kick lately, but when I get a bunch of people over at the house, and everyone brings unhealthy food, I lose my will power. I ate and drank like there was no tomorrow. But sadly, tomorrow is now today and I am feeling miserable. Such is the sin of gluttony.
The good thing is that because I feel so miserable, it will be easy to get back on the healthy foods. Lots of fruits and tons of veggies. No more chicken wings, banana pudding, chips and dip, beer, brats, burgers, and all the other picnic foods that I scarfed down yesterday.
The good thing about addictions and diets: It’s ok to fall off the wagon occasionally. The important thing is to get back up and back on that wagon. It’s important to not beat yourself up over a failure. Be positive, think positive and go for your goal. Do not let a setback derail all of your good efforts.
If you need help, lean on God. There is so much in the Bible about gluttony. I have listed a bunch of verses that make me feel so guilty about yesterday, and assist me to get back on track. These verses can be applied to any addiction. Read and meditate on some of these:
Phillipians 3:19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
Proverbs: 23: 20-21 Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.
Proverbs 23:2 And put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite.
Proverbs 25: 16 If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
Psalms 78: 18 They tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved.
Romans 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Galatians 5: 16-26 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, …
But instead of feeling guilty, I will be forgiven for my lapse and I will get back to health. Basically it boils down to taking care of the body that God has given us. We need to glorify God and we can do so by respecting what he gave us. So eat drink and be merry, but then get back on track. Blessings to everyone as they shake it off and carry on!
Healthy Living Recipe
I made these as appetizers yesterday. They were a big hit with the crowd so I thought I’d share the recipe.
Kale and Spinach Bites
Preheat oven to 400° F. Place 28 saltine crackers in a resealable bag and crush into fine crumbs (about 1 1/2 cups). Place in a large mixing bowl.
Place 1/2 of a 5 oz. package of mixed baby kale and spinach greens in a food processor and process until finely chopped. (The greens will be tightly packed, so start out slow to allow the blade to grab the larger leaves). Transfer processed greens to mixing bowl with cracker crumbs and repeat with second half of greens.
Cut 1/2 medium red bell pepper into small chunks. Using a food chopper, chop into fine pieces. Chop 1 can (8 oz.) sliced water chestnuts (drained and dried) into fine pieces and add both pepper and water chestnuts to mixing bowl. Sprinkle with garlic powder to taste.
Add 1 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese to mixing bowl. Set aside an additional 1/4 cup Parmesan for topping.
Separate 3 eggs and whisk egg whites. Add to mixing bowl and mix all ingredients until well blended and thoroughly moistened.
Lightly brush baking sheet with oil and place mixture in small scoops onto baking sheet. (approximately 36). Sprinkle with reserved Parmesan.
Bake 17-19 minutes or until light golden brown and firm. Remove from oven and immediately loosen bites from baking sheet. Serve warm.