Those are some pretty powerful promises and yet I have ignored them for most of my life. I think because of the emphasis placed on abstaining from coffee, tobacco, and alcohol, I've lost sight of what the Lord has told me I should eat. Any time the word of wisdom is discussed in church, I find that most comments revolve around what we have to avoid in order to be worthy for a temple recommend. And that's great! Because we need to avoid those. But sometimes I wish we could talk more about what the Lord says we should eat so we can further reap the blessings he has promised to those who do.These pictures have nothing to do with anything. They're just cute.
And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint. And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass them by, as the children of Israel, and slay them not. Amen. D&C 89
—I don't want to get into a discussion about whether or not the saints should be vegetarians. The first part of scripture says it's not "by commandment or constraint" so that doesn't interest me. What I keep thinking about is how little I pay attention to that last verse. I pray for health and strength, but I expect the Lord to do it all when I eat processed junk. Do we need to be commanded in all things? Sometimes I wish we were, but that's not how the Lord works. He has given us scripture and like all other scripture and words of the prophets it is for us to choose to follow them.
I want, no, I need those blessing right now. My current medications aren't doing enough. The new options freak me out. Honestly. Truth be told I'd like to be off them all together! I know that my diet is part of the problem and my sugar addiction isn't helping. Yeah, I may still need medication because of the diseases that run in my family. But why not try changing my eating habits first? If I am what I eat, then there's a lot of processed sugar in there (I overdid Christmas and it's gone downhill since) and that means cloudy thinking and unpredictable energy levels and moods.
So I'm thinking of getting a juicer and doing once of those juice fasts (within reason-I'm still nursing). Maybe for 2 weeks I try to stick with only produce and whole grains. And fresh eggs from my neighbors chickens (one day I'll finish the coop and get my own....)
And because there's always something that will interfere with this, I have to start next week. We're going to Tucanos for my husband's brithday this week and then out again for our anniversary. That said, I can still be more aware of what I'm eating. I don't have to try every cut of meat they bring by, right?