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No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear…. He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 CORINTHIANS 10:13
“The book of Genesis tells an interesting story about twin brothers who illustrate this point. The elder son, Esau, was favored by his father, Isaac, because of his prowess as a hunter. In contrast, the younger son, Jacob, was a quiet homebody.
One day, Esau returned home from an unsuccessful hunting trip totally famished and demanded some stew from his brother. “I’ll give you food,” agreed Jacob, “but first, trade me your birthright.”
“Okay,” Esau replied, “I’m so hungry, I’m about to die.” So Esau traded the honors due to him as the firstborn son for a simple meal of stew.
On first glance, it’s easy to ridicule Esau’s decision. I cannot imagine selling my whole birthright for a pot of soup. But I had to look at my own life and ask, “What great thing have I traded for so little in return? How often do I trade healthy food for junk food? What temporary pleasure have I craved so much that I gave up lasting victory?”
Desperation does indeed breed defeat. But God promises answers for desperate situations. The “way out” that God provides is the ability to decide in advance what I will and will not eat each day.
I plan my meals right after breakfast when I’m feeling full and satisfied. The absolute worst time for me to decide what I’m going to eat is when I’ve waited until I’m depleted and feeling hungry. So I prepare a healthy snack to have on hand or keep in my purse.
When I’m unprepared or I’ve rushed through a proper meal, my stomach screams for something quick. And quick options usually come in a variety of unhealthy temptations…
If we purposely think and plan before we eat, we’ll be better able to see the “way out” that God promises when we are tempted — and to keep our cravings centered on God alone.” – Excerpt from Made To Crave
Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I need You. I need You in my times of desperation, and I also need You in times of jubilation. Help me to think ahead so I won’t be weak when I am faced with temptation.” – Made to Crave prayer Lysa TerKeurst
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Day 41 Tip: Are you getting enough fiber in your diet? It’s recommended that Adults get 25 to 30 grams each day and that children consume the number of their age plus five grams of fiber every day.
Raspberries – 1 Cup – 8.0 grams
Pear – 1 Medium – 5.1 grams
Apple with Skin – 1 Medium – 4.0 grams
Blueberries – 1 Cup – 3.5 grams
Peas, Cooked – 1 Cup – 8.8 grams
Broccoli, Cooked – 1 Cup – 5.2 grams
Spinach, Cooked – 1 Cup – 4.3 grams
CEREAL & GRAINS
Bran Cereal (ALL-Bran) -1/2 Cup – 10 grams
Oats, Rolled Dried – 1 cup – 8.0 grams
BEANS, NUTS & SEEDS
Lentils, Cooked – 1 Cup – 15.6 grams
Black Beans, Cooked – 1 Cup – 15 grams
Lima Beans – 1 Cup – 1 Cup – 13.2 grams
Garbanzo Beans, Cooked – 1 Cup – 12.5 grams
Avocado – 1 Medium – 3.5 grams