My Journal with God!

 WEEK 9: FORMING good habits and planning our food

 

Last week we made an evaluation of our pantry and we eliminated the foods that were not healthy. This week we will see how to plan and form habits that will lead us to a change towards better healthier habits. 

 

Verse to memorize this month:

Pro 31:14-17 She is like the merchant, brings her food from afar. 15  She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants. 16 She considers a field and buys it; From her ships, she profits, she plants a vineyard.17 She girds herself with strength  And strengthens her arms

 

Monday: Start by planning Daniel 1: 12-17

Write the following verses in your journal:

Daniel 1:12

“Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1 Corinthians 10:31  Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God

 

If you already have the habit of planning your meal that is excellent. But if you still do not,

we encourage you to start today. Again we see these verses and we see that Daniel had a plan.

 

Action Steps

  1. You can use the health dish as a suggestion for how to plan your meal. If you have a diet restricted by your doctor, continue with it. The important thing is that you have a daily plan for your food.

  2.   Set a short-term goal If you are motivated to lose weight, do not put 10 pounds in a week, be realistic, instead have a small weekly goal. Remember that you are the temple of God and it is for his glory!

Tuesday: A good habit! Romans 12: 1-2

Write in your journal the following verses:

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

 

Why should we present our "bodies as a holy and pleasing sacrifice to God"?

What does transformation mean?

What does it mean to renew your mind?

What is the reason for seeking the renewal of our minds?

 

Action Steps

Forming good habits takes a process of repetitive actions that become an integral part of our spiritual growth.

The Good: This is the first step. Know what God is asking of us.

The acceptable: This is putting into practice what God wants us to do.

The perfect: This is what becomes a virtue in our life.

 

If you have not started planning yet, do it today and date it. If you have not cleaned your pantry yet, do it today. And if you already started do not stop doing it.

 

Wednesday: The many reasons

Write in your journal the following verse: 

1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

 

Good eating habits start at birth but it is never too late to start since this will benefit us throughout our lives. Healthy eating can reduce the risk of chronic diseases and other diseases, including the three leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

Everyone should try to eat well and participate in physical activities. These habits are beneficial for everyone; Whether you are overweight, underweight or have a healthy weight. Simple changes can have a great impact on a person's well-being.

 

Basic Nutrition

 

  • A diet reach in fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 21 percent of adults consume the recommended amounts of fruit per day.

  • Approximately one-third of adults consume the recommended amounts of vegetables per day.

 

Action Steps

  1. Your food planning should include at least one fruit and one type of vegetable. Try to find the vegetables and fruits that you like the most.  If you do not like vegetables, don’t be discouraged, we motivate you to try at least one. We are sure this could be the beginning of a healthier way of thinking.

  2. Your journal is for you to write and talk with God. Ask Him questions, write what is in your heart and do not forget to be grateful for what He is doing in your life.

 

Thursday: exercise another word to say habit Hebrews 5:14

Write in your journal the following verse:

Hebrews 5:14  But solid food is for full-grown men, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern good and evil.

The Bible does not specifically speak of "habits" as such. However, much is said about the meaning of the word: "a thing often is done, the custom or exercised. 

 

  1. What food does this verse refer to?

  2. What is being mature?

  3. What does it mean to have the senses exercised?

 

Action Steps

How would you apply this verse to your regular food?

The word "senses" comes from the Greek "asistheterion" which has to do with the sense organs: eyes, ears, tongue, palate, fingers, and the nervous system. These organs properly exercised and employed give an immediate awareness of sight, hearing, taste, smell and all feelings. (Bible Dake)

Just as it is important for our spiritual life to have such a habit, the same happens with our bodies. We begin to train our body to like what is good for us. Just remember that it takes a while for you to get used to a new way of eating. This is also true for your family. Do not force it, instead provoke it so that it be enjoyable and powerful to make a difference.

 

Friday: Bible reading Matthew 6: 25-27

Write in your journal the following verses: 

Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

 

Forming good habits is not equal to worry. The worry we see here is not planning but the fear of not having. Nowadays, the overemphasis on a false physical expectation creates anxiety and with it unnecessary fears that provoke insecurity.

 

Personal Evaluation

Do you feel good about yourself physically? yes, or, no, explain.

If you are having weight issues what do you think caused this to happen?

Is there a reason you may be eating unhealthy? 

Can you see yourself in the mirror without criticism?

Do you have a diagnosis that causes it to affect your body weight?

 

Action Steps

If you were honest with your personal evaluation may be you are struggling with some sort of problem. But here Jesus gives us a key that enables us to have the correct perspective of our daily life:

  • Do not worry. (to worry, to emphasize, to be anxious, to be afraid)

  • Do not eat out of fear (to remove our thought from a problem)

  • Your value is not subject to what you eat, drink, or view but on the value, God has given you.

  • Our Heavenly Father takes care of you.

 

Is there something that is worrying you?  Do you have any fear or anxiety? Why don’t you give it to the Lord and let God know how you feel, but above all remember He takes care of you.

 

1 Peter 5:7 casting all your anxiety upon him because he careth for you!

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