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I would be just fine if I didn’t eat another sweet potato until Thanksgiving, I’m just saying.

There are only so many ways that you can make a sweet potato… baked, french fries, hash-browns, and that pretty much sums it up. Think about it, what else can you really do with it (besides making it into a pie). Well the past couple weeks I was fasting by only eating seven different foods and sweet potato was one of my items. Everything was going smoothly and I had no complaints until about four days into the fast. Between the items that I had picked for the month I didn’t really have much option of sugars, besides an apple, as well as the drastic decrease of calorie intake I began to have some issues. My blood sugar dropped and I wasn’t eating enough calories in the day to even get me enough energy. So I made the executive decision to swap some items out for bread and strawberries to meet the needs that my body was lacking. But with all the switching of ingredients the sweet potato stayed. Ugh! I have a love/hate relationship with that vegetable! You see I have always enjoyed a good slice of sweet potato pie, or give me a big scoop topped with marshmallows and brown sugar for Thanksgiving! However, when I am eating them every other day without the delicious marshmallows I began to realize that I just do not care for them as much as I had thought.

I would love to say that this month I used each repetitive meal as an opportunity to be more grateful. I’ll be honest with you, that was not the case. I found myself complaining about my meals- the texture, I am so sick of the mushy texture! It would be so nice to eat something that doesn’t need so much effort to make. UGH, I am so SICK of sweet potatoes! I even found myself wanting to end the fast because I “never” learn from food fasts. All I wanted was to prove this thought so that I could eat something for dinner other than the same thing I had eaten for breakfast and lunch. Then it hit me- WOW, I have a terrible attitude! Within one week God brought it to my attention that I needed to work on my attitude, more specifically He told me to be more positive in my current circumstance. I don’t know about you, but when I hear the same thing from God three different times within a matter of five days I assume it safe to believe that this is a lesson God is really wanting me to learn!

Confession: when I learned that God wanted me to be more positive I still had about a week left of the fast. I tried to reason that since I had learned what God was showing me I was now able to end the fast early.

Not my finest hour.

Then I was humbled by my husbands response. “Maybe you learned the lesson a week early so you could spend the next seven days of the fast implementing the positive attitude.”


So that is what I did, I spent the next week eating my fast friendly foods and praying constantly for God to transform my attitude. And He did! I have to say that it was an amazing week, I could actually feel God’s presence as he helped me change the way I thought and how I looked at the rest of my fast. It has even carried over since the fast has ended. Now when I am in a frustrating situation my mind has started looking for the positive.

Truthfully I love this lesson that God gave me because who couldn’t use an extra dose of positive some days!

Photo Credit: Marie Kare

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)

“Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14 (NIV)

Just last month I started going to a women’s Bible study about marriage where we are using the book Loving Your Husband by Patsy Loden. The amazing thing about going to this study and reading the book is that of course all of it is meant to apply towards your marriage and your relationship with your husband, but, its much more than that. Many of the points in the book can be applied to all of our relationships. For example, the words we use will either build up our husband or tear him down. The same goes with the words we use with our friends, children and family. What we say to them will uplift them and encourage them or it will tear them down and discourage them. I know for myself that I do not want to be a mother that discourages her children. What kind of message do we send to our family if the words we say are negative and harsh? It is not a message of love that’s for sure. I know that this is not always an easy task. There are times when those that I love are doing something that I just think is crazy and I want to give my opinion, but… it kind of goes back to the old saying “it’s not what you say, but how you say it.” Will the words that come out of my mouth show this person how much I love them? Sure what I am about to tell them is because I love them… (I know we have all thought that). But, there has to be a more loving way to say what is on our mind! I want my children to be raised in a home that is positive, encouraging, uplifting and supportive, a house that is full of love. So one important part about that is making sure that the words I say do not tear up the home that I want. I know that I am not the only one who has spoken way before thinking about it. So, today I am making a goal… the words that come out of my mouth will reflect the love behind them.