First Week Back

After a 21-day journey with God, specifically abstaining from carnivorous tendencies, I, interestingly enough, broke my fast with a Big Mac and chicken strips. Oh and, of course, you can’t forget the fries and a Diet Coke. Since then, I’ve managed to put a couple of eggs into my system, some homemade chicken nuggets and some teriyaki beef/chicken.

Needless to say, I feel like I’ve developed a slight case of SORAS and my insides feel a few weeks older than they really are.

It’s also interesting to note that since Sunday’s goodbye to a strictly non-meat diet, I’ve felt a little more sluggish and a lot more tired than my previous 21-days. I guess Daniel was right all along when his refusal of the kingly buffet table would prove spiritually and physically uplifting. I’m not going to lie. Once I got the green light to enter back into my regular eating habits, I jumped at the chance to put the once living animals into my system.

In retrospect, however, I’m beginning to understand, more and more, what Jesus meant when He said that man doesn’t live on bread alone. We, especially here in America, tend to over indulge in the things that really count for nothing in eternity. “Bread”, of course, comes in many different forms. We get so turned on to the littlest of newest technology and salavate over the steamiest of well prepared dishes. We flock to the next big thing and try to outdo our neighbors in being the first to wrap our fingers around the latest gadgets. We swarm to Vegas because of their abundant offerings of inexpensive all-you-can-eat cafeterias.

We, in fact, do live on “bread” alone.

Now, I’m not saying I’m going to rid myself from all that the world has to offer. But, I am saying that God, indeed, isn’t to be taken lightly. He does have all we need to truly live. God has the ordained direction for all of us and less than ordinary isn’t in His vocabulary. We’re called to live extraordinary lives and it begins by living on Him alone.

How about you? After seasons of spiritually high moments, what are your typical setbacks when stepping back into the “world”? Are you more on fire for God or do you revert to your old ways, as if nothing of spitiual significance happened?

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The Dollar Menu

With four days left in our church wide (New Life Center) fast, I think it’s safe to say that I’ve been looking forward to breaking it with a carnivorous celebration. Don’t get me wrong, God’s been awesome these past few weeks and He’s helped to navigate my salivation episodes toward a more creative avenue.

I’m just saying…I miss chomping on my favorite cuts of meat and tantalizing grounded chucks.

In lieu of my usual choice of dishes, I’ve had to find creative ways to decorate my plate with culinary beauties. I must say, life’s been interesting this past season. Just yesterday, I had brown rice, sauteed veggies, and seared walnuts. Yummo!!! I visited the Magic Castle last weekend and had an amazing eggplant pasta. And, when a quick fix is needed, the dollar menus at the variety of fast food chains have provided a surprising range of non-meat selections.

Del Taco has $0.49 bean and cheese burritos. El Pollo Loco has their, sometimes, coveted BRC’s. And, when I can scrounge up some extra change, Subway has their explosion of veggies in a delightful bread packaging (ok…this one’s not under a dollar).

With that said, I’d love to hear your favorite Dollar Menu item. Whether it’s McDonald’s Apple Pies or Jack’s Tacos and whether it’s Wendy’s Frosty or Carl’s Big Hamburger, and despite the flaws of these fast food eateries, they do offer some tasty choices.

What are your?

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