Day 15 ~ Grace Filled Freedom

May be an image of text that says 'Day 15 Father God, can see how entrenched my thinking is in man-made food rules. If I'm honest, I'm afraid to let go of them...I know that You will catch me, but I need Your help to step out in faith. Today, ask for Your peace to rule and reign in my heart. GRACE FILLED PLATES'

Day 15: “Clean Eating” for Cookie Lovers

VERSE: “Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) Mark 7:18b-19 ESV

READ: Mark 7: 14-23


EXCERPT: “Good” and “bad” food labels. You have them and could probably create a seemingly countless list of “healthy” and “unhealthy” foods. While it is true that some foods are more or less beneficial, the quality of our meals was never meant to be a measurement of how good our day was, how lovable we’re allowed to feel, or how interested God is in hearing our prayers.

GRACE IN ACTION: Today, pay attention to how you label foods or the way you eat. Notice how these thoughts affect your choices. Do they make moderate eating harder or easier? Consider how dropping those labels could help you feel less tension around your food choices. Tomorrow, we’ll dig into how healthy eating fits into this mix.

Again another lesson in working on the mind and what I tell myself.
And it reminds me of the sermon from last Sunday. Pastor Fred asked what is our favorite label…I said Grammy! I am so blessed with five grands! Four boys and a girl!!! I love that label.

Then I think about how labels are used for lots of things:
and even people.

And just maybe this awareness is why the comments made on Facebook that I alluded to yesterday, where an RV’r labeled another camper as lazy because they left trash at their camp site, bothered me so much.
I think about our time as house parents and how frustrated I would get when the kids would call other kids/people names and I think about a memory of when I was little girl of six.
My mom and I were at some friends and I was playing. My mom told me “let’s go.”
I kept playing and she told me to come and finally she said “idiot child let’s go.”
And I got up and left with her.
I have always hated the word “idiot.”

So once again, I am reminded to be careful of what I say which also means
be careful and aware of what I think.

Do you think about the labels you use?
Are they good or bad?
Does it really matter what and how you label things?

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