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I am excited to introduce our guest Norm Sawyer! In this post, Norm shares practical knowledge with a wise and Godly insight into how and why food IS our responsibility.
Norm is the distinguished author of several devotional books including:
and hot off the press
*** Secrets Have Weight. ***
Norm lives here in the beautiful city of Kelowna in British Columbia. He first accepted Christ as his Lord in the late 1970s, and has been in Christian ministry in one form or another for about forty years. In 1980, he attended Commonwealth Bible College in Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia. Ministry at that time involved prison ministries, preaching on the radio in a small town, and church-related works of all kinds.
He has taught bible college courses and also has been involved in personal discipleship training. God has blessed him all along the way. Now he has the opportunity to write down what was experienced throughout the years. The Lord has blessed him with sound, strong, and forthright material to write a series of Christian devotional books and a weekly blog-SirNorm. He has lived the testimonies on the written pages and can attest to the fact that God is so faithful and good.
Food is our responsibility by Norm Sawyer.
Genesis 1:29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” 9:3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
Real food can be hard to find if your shopping habit is filling a shopping cart to the brim at your national big-box grocery store. Regardless of the stickers and labels on the grocery items, we have no real idea where the food comes from and how it is grown and processed. Often most of the stuff in the grocery cart is not real food. A lot of the cart content is a collection of colourful boxes advertising processed ingredients masquerading as food. So many of the listed ingredients can barely be pronounced as we read the labels.
Start eating healthy now.
After suffering a stroke five years ago and being extremely overweight, I had to relearn how to buy real food and find good, clean, and well-grown food that would heal my sick body. While reading a book written by Dr. Gungdry called Diet Evolution I found the answers to so many of my problems. The premise of the book and the ah-ha moment for me that changed my thinking was when I read, “We are what we eat, eats!” This was way beyond the old “We are what we eat,” What we eat, also eats.
If we are feeding our commercial beef, pork, and chicken with chemical fillers, GMO corn-like substances, and processed garbage then we will become ill from all those unnatural products. Prov. 12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. From that revelation, I started changing the way I bought all my food. I had been listening to an Australian series by Matthew Evens who is from Tasmania. He demonstrated how to raise and find real food, within 2 degrees of separation in the organic food chain for all meat, fish products, plus organic fruits, berries, and vegetables.
How many degrees of separation are between you and your food?
This new and healthy system came down to a simple method. Zero degrees of separation is any food I grow and cultivate from my own garden that I know is grown in the best, loamy-rich, and pesticide-free soil. One degree of separation meant that I got to know the person I bought the food from. I was able to confirm that they grew and raised their products ethically, humanely, and was organically grown.
Two degrees of separation meant that the person I bought from was representing a farm that they could attest to the proper growing practises I was looking for. I have been able to acquire year-round 65% of my meat, fish, fruit, herbs, and vegetables in this manner. Not only is this healthier for our bodies but also healthier for the earth’s ecosystem.
Many might say that they go to a smaller grocery-store rather than a big-box behemoth. I get what they are saying, as I also do the same. However, when the fruit and veggie sections have signs that say local fruit and vegetables, we have no idea how these products are grown, fertilized, and processed. I have asked the managers at the grocery store I buy from if he knew the people who had produced the products – but rarely were they able to say, “Yes, we know these producers.”
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Food is our responsibility.
We eat and become as healthy as the food we are eating. Not a hard concept to understand. Gal. 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. I have lost over 90 pounds in the last five years and have kept the weight off by eating real and whole foods plus a regiment of regular exercise. I have overcome by the grace of God the effects of the stroke and have locked my lifestyle into healthy living.
Do you want it?
For me, it has been totally worth it, because when I was sixty-one years of age and had the stroke, I looked seventy-plus years. Today at sixty-six my wife, family, and friends say I look way younger than I did years ago. That is a big win for me, and a major comeback. It was done with the Lord’s guidance and staying with the lifestyle changes I made. Yes, you can start today. It is never too late. However, you will have to take responsibility for your food, portion sizes, and exercise program to make honest progress. Most important – you have to want it!
If you would like to learn more about how God leads you in love; check out “You are Loved Today and Always.”or the series “Heart-Centered Living” that starts here >>What Does it Mean to Lead a Heart-Centered Life?
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