Friends . . . mine are the best. Seriously, I have been blessed with some of the most amazing friends in the world.
Tomorrow a couple of them will begin juicing, so I’m going to have a little juice fasting fresh start and join them.
Just 10 days this time. Hopefully, I don’t have as many toxins to purge this time around.
I am feeling much better after some pep talks from a couple of those amazing friends I told you about. One even shared with me frankly about spiritual warfare. I want to quote her here, because this really hit home for me. I believe it is truth. She wrote —
Women are in tremendous need for mentoring, both spiritual and practical. You are a person who has entered into that in a big way. The devil hates anyone building up families and making Christian homeschool families strong! He wants to kill, steal and destroy you–or at least your powerful voice. Think how many people you inspire. Think how many women could use this juice fast. Think how many women would be inspired to do something radical with their health with you as inspiration. The devil wants to destroy your testimony, or at least any part of it he can reach. He knows your weaknesses and he is warring with you right now. THAT is why you are failing. Now he wants you to take on guilt, shame, self hatred . . . and really squelch the progress you are making with your health.
Can you say, “WOW!”
Because as I read these words, and some that I’m not going to share with you, I knew in my heart she was right. Satan would love nothing more than to destroy me, my health, and my testimony. And then to leave me feeling ashamed and guilty because of my public failure.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
He almost succeeded this time. Almost.
He knows that my desire is to honor God with what I say and do. And he knows that the greatest impetus to reclaiming my health to be able to physically serve God in a more radical way than I am able to do at present. He also knows I started this blog to share my journey, and to hopefully encourage someone else who might be facing similar challenges.
But today I realize I’m not even battling my own flesh and blood, though that is how it’s felt lately. No, the enemy is even more powerful than my own lack of self-discipline. He is tricky, sneaky, and whispers lies into my ears.
So, friends, I shall put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:11) every. single. day. and reclaim my health in the name of Jesus.