I had some pretty big symptoms of diabetes (and yes, it runs in my parents) before my 50 pound weight loss. And I was on the Paleo for 6 months to accomplish that and weaned off it and exercised and re-gained 15 pounds. Because I gain muscle mass so easily (being a mezomorph like my dad), and the fact that my clothes stayed just as loose on me, I figured I just gained muscle back I had lost during the Paleo diet. But now my symptoms of diabetes are back now that I am eating carbs again. So I will be laying off of carbs and modifying my diet for life now as a result. Yummy foods are not worth all the side effects and I cannot do all the things for God I need to do with diabetes, so there it is. Lifestyle will change permanently and just like that life is different.
When new things come up, you don’t have to freak out about them or sob or go into a depression or pity party. I count my blessings. So far, I have been blessed to stay away from it. I have been amazingly blessed with great health and now I am still blessed. So I have to change things up a bit. I have been needing a change, no worries. God is still good and I am still His. Praise God for His amazingness!❤
I believe one of the trappings of sin is our inclination to the mysterious. We are made by a loving Creator who happens to be the God of the entire universe. As such, He is enormous. He is beyond our healthiest comprehension. And I believe that is mystery enough for us to taste. Anything beyond that, as if such a thing existed into mystical places and magic things is pride luring us to think more highly of ourselves than we ought and thus sin. We may debate semantics, we may wrestle with judgments based on upbringing/environment. But I believe we were created to do a work and worship the Almighty and mysteries of the deep and dark are distractions and pride and as such sin. Many people get stuck in delving into the unknown, trying so hard to justify powerful positions or gain fame when it ends up deep into lies with open doors for demon liars to enter. God is simple in His story and Bible, so long as you have a bit of faith and humble heart. Simple and clear is the message. Laid out in loving truth of the Bible and universe He made. God and good things and truth and love are clear, concise, simple, straightforward, understandable. When you get confusing additions, pridefulinsertions, mysteries, dark alleys, rabbit holes, you are dealing g with lies and thus the evil aspect of humanity and demonic interference. And this is something we should avoid at all cost and certainly not embrace or encourage. Observe the KISS method: Keep it simple, sweetheart. Just say no to the distractions of mystery and mysticism and dark places of unknown. These are traps. Stay in the Bible and humbly pray.❤
Weird story: So, the weirdest thing ever was discovered on July 4th morning. Overnight, we were blessed with an invasion of ants. And a colony had invaded our bathroom and set up house in, of all places, our clear towel rack! We thought they had tunneled through the stupid built in rack holders the genius builders of the 80’s thought was so very clever. And we fumigated and got all but the few and queen surrounding the eggs in the center of the towel rack. This morning, however, there were more in the towel rack and I looked up and they were coming in through the fan as I had killed them on the outside of the house where they were getting in and thus prevented their escape. So, now they are all dead but that was so strange and immediate.
Application: I can’t help but associate that infestation with the infestation of sin. Sin sneaks in little by little by digging the hole and accumulating in unseen, unnoticed spaces of our lives. And when we least expect it and our defenses are down, we are overrun with our complacency and then have to deal with it.
Lesson learned: protect and be defensive, prepared with prayer and armed with sin-killer, a relationship with Jesus.😄 ❤
Jonah 3:4. “Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5. The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. 6. When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7. This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” 10. When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.”