Ok I get when it comes to intermittent fasting there are times when you don’t eat, obviously. When I was looking through the schedule my BodyFast App had given it said no eating Sunday morning. Do you know how hard it is to not have your stomach growl while you are sitting in church, a relatively quiet place? Add on top of it all the fact that your daughter keeps looking at you each time your stomach growls, and your friend who wanted to try out your church is sitting on the other side of you. I will admit that even the water I kept trying to drink as much as I could didn’t help the situation, it just made me have to go to the bathroom more. There was no ignoring this problem I was having.
A decision was made at that point, I would need to either eat before the church service next week or acknowledge that my stomach was gonna do what it was gonna do and I would apologize to the people around me later. Luckily my friend, whether she was being gracious or not, said she couldn’t hear the roar that was coming from me. My daughter, well she just stated it wasn’t her problem and maybe next time I should eat. I think I like my friend more than my daughter right now😆. I chose to fast because of all the good that comes from it, the autophagy, the ketosis, the elevated energy levels, and most of the time I can work through the hunger, it’s when it is a quiet setting that I wish I was a glutton and had stuffed myself full of food.
Yesterday I sat in my living room with most of my family around me, I love the feeling I get from just being near to them. I am distracted often, and I could be done quicker with my tasks if I just moved from my rocking chair to the cushy chair in my room but then I wouldn’t get to see the Charlie dog sleeping, the hubby and son on the couch interacting with each other, or the daughter slightly smile as she reads a tweet from a person she is following. These are small things, but since I am gone a lot during the week, they turn into big things for me. It is a decision that is good for my soul.
Life is back to normal today. I have a day full of appointments, I have texts/phone calls to answer and clients to talk to. When I decided to go into this field, I knew it would be exhausting but fulfilling, that it would push me to my limits, just to help me grow. The decision was a good one, and it has benefited both me and my family, but because of this same decision I also agreed to less time with my loved ones, which is painful at times. A yes to one decision, means a no to another. Just like with intermitted fasting, I have discomforts that must be dealt with, even when I am becoming a stronger person and my family is taken care of. While I was sitting at church trying to quiet my stomach, I was told about Christ, and how He is not just my redeemer later when I pass on, but He is my redeemer in the present. He shows up, He is a strong and mighty tower.
Jesus was a man of decisions. He was not one who was wishy, washy. A lot of what he did ruffled feathers and made people mad, but he would do them anyways. He also found time to enjoy the people and things around him. Life was not easy, but he celebrated with people at the dinner table, he went to social events, he cried with people and he made time to be by himself. He was a powerful, but humble person. Oh to be like Him, I mess up a lot, and I don’t claim to be perfect. I make decisions every day to be better with my health, with my family, with my faith, at my job. Every day I fail, but everyday there is something I find to be thankful for and to stand for. My friend needed to know what church I went to, she didn’t need me to be there for her to go (actually she was there before my family and I got there) but it helped her to be more comfortable. My family doesn’t need to have me at the house all of the time, but it’s good when I am home, my job can definitely function without me, but I am so glad that they choose to have me. So many times, I make a decision to follow through with it and then look back and think about the many ways it could have gone wrong. I act and then process. I have a friend who made a decision that would be so good for her, but because of the environment she is in, decided to hold back on the idea and just try and get by. When the joy of the moment, of the outcome is noticed and felt, the road may be hard, but the adventure is worth it. Joy is present in all decisions; it may not be noticed. Joy is the strength that is felt when life is hard but worth it. Joy is what is built when a decision is made, and a step is made in the right direction. When you don’t make a choice, the choice has been made without you. Until next time:
It is usual that little streams put their mouths into big rivers. Most rivers can also be traced to the big sea. The fact that you start with a small choice does not mean you will be on that narrow road forever.”Israelmore Ayivor
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