Daniel Plan 3/15/17: My Goals for Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends

Well, it wouldn't be us without a few glitches.

Yesterday's message was supposed to go out the day before, but a button didn't get pushed and today's message vanished from my screen as I was trying to send it.

Technology. It giveth and taketh away.

So, here we go again. Trying to send today, the message that should have been for yesterday, so that we don't have to do it again tomorrow. 

I think.

Reflecting on yesterday's post, I now want to share with you my list of goals for the five components of the Daniel Plan.

Faith: I want to spend more time praying/studying scripture than I do reading/watching the news. I want to trust God with my circumstances and have faith that He is going to meet my needs. I want to be able to put myself aside and want what He wants more than what I want.

Food: I want to eat real food the way God made it. I want to grow as much of my own produce as I can and learn better management techniques for my garden. I want to avoid sugar and refined grains and eat simple wholesome food that nourishes my body.

Fitness: I want to walk, with the dog, a minimum of 2 miles every morning and 1 mile every evening. In three months, I want to be able to do 2 sets of 25 kettle bell swings with the 36-lb kettle bell. I also want to be able to do a Turkish get up on both sides with a 12-lb kettle bell. I will work with the kettle bells a minimum of 3 days a week.

Focus: I want to be able to be present each day with the people I am in contact. I resolve to not dwell on the past nor project into the future. I will try to focus on the positive and let the Lord work through me as He sees fit. I will avoid television shows that are negative, violent or graphic.

Friends: I will try to see Jesus in each person I meet. I will endeavor to be more encouraging and less judgemental. I will try to show the love of God as He has revealed it to me. I will try to avoid gossip.

Well that's a list for me.

I encourage you to take the time to do a list for yourselves. It can show you what is most important and maybe help direct your steps when you see it in front of you instead of rattling around in your brain.

Today's Bible verse (one of my favorites): 

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
— Ephesians 3:16-19