My chiropractor asked me to undergo a 21 day purification cleanse to get the garbage out of my system in hopes that I can reboot my body into taking nutrients it needs. I apparently have osteoporisis/osteopenia and the scores are that of an 80 year old woman. I am only 49. The med’s my ob wants me to take make me feel as if I have flu 24/7 ,so I did the cleanse in hopes this will be a step in the right direction. Side effects? Yes – absolutely -the caffeine headaches pounded my head the first few days and eating my prescribed diet became a challenge when the family continued eating their tacos, chips and salsa, and other foods I’m not to have in this time period. Has it been worth it? I am on day 12 now and I feel great! I have renewed energy, endurance and a clearer outlook. I just pray this continues long after the purification has ended. It’s called a 21 day cleanse for the reason, I’m guessing, that you can break/start new habits in 21 days. I’ve eliminated cokes – totally – and really do not miss them. I’ve eliminated coffee – well once in a while I’ve had decaf for breakfast – but it’s more like aroma therapy for the brain to wake up. Yes – I eat a lot more fruit and veggies than I did before and I finding it’s not going to kill me if I eat them more often. I also drink over 60 ounces of water to flush the toxins out of my system. In short – this has been in some ways –fun.
So what does this have to do with my normal blog topics: family, faith, inspiration, etc. Well – it has made me think about some verses – in particular – Romans 12: 1-2 MSG says this well know verse like this – So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
When we are all sinners and the point of Christianity isn’t to come clean then come to Christ. Like the hymn says – “Just As I Am” – we let him purify us from the inside out. Is it easy? No? Our flesh will rebel against the Holy Spirit and we won’t want to change those habitual sins that poison our heart, mind and soul. It’s comfortable there. Yet – we need the healing waters of the Holy Spirit to cleanse and renew our spirit, mind and soul.
Titus 3:5 says this – 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
For the record, it’s a daily process – this allowing the Holy Spirit to wash and cleanse because we are all sinners – even if we’ve been followers of Jesus all our lives – we daily sin. If we don’t allow the washing and eliminating of the toxins and poison (sin) in our life – we will slowly die – or rather – or relationship with God the Father will die – or die out. We won’t be able to hear His still small voice or feel His guiding hand in our life. We need to lighten the load, lay our burdens, sins, and other hindrances at the cross – daily. Then walk out in the renewed joy and allow God to bring out the best in you. Is it worth it? Absolutely!