Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Grandma's Kitchen

As you know, throughout the last few months Brian and I have completely turned our eating habits upside down. Many of the old favorites are now forbidden, and the things which used to turn our stomachs in knots are currently our everyday fare.

For weeks, I've been saying to Brian, "I just want a cupcake. Or a donut. Or a doughy chocolate chip cookie." I have always loved to bake. I think that this is a trait that I inherited from my paternal grandmother. When I was little, I would often spend the afternoons with her, and we would bake a yummy dessert every single day. She'd pull out her stand mixer, and we'd work away to create some sort of sugary masterpiece. Baking represented more than just the delicious product. It was a symbol of security and love. You know how it is here in the South - food is love :)

As I grew into an adult, one of the first expensive things that I owned was a red KitchenAid stand mixer. To me, this mixer held the same feelings that began way back in the day in my Grandma's kitchen. It was a sign of love, warmth, and happiness. All is well in the world, as long as there's a pie in the oven.

Well, now I'm an adult, and I haven't used that mixer since jumping headfirst into this new regimen. Somehow, it doesn't seem as useful as it once did. I'm sure that one day I'll learn how to easily whip up cakes and cookies that are gluten-free and sugar-free, but for now it's a bit daunting.

This evening, I was thinking about this very thing as I stood over the kitchen sink cleaning up a meal that was better fit for the dogs than for us. It was a meal that we probably would've enjoyed 6 months ago, but now our tastes have changed. We no longer like the things that used to satisfy us.

If I've learned anything through this whole food process, I've learned that it's so much bigger than food. For me, this has been a purification process. I used to feel guilty for eating things because I knew that they would add unwanted pounds to my body. But now, I no longer even like them. They kind of sicken me.

Isn't this what God is calling us to do? Is He not calling us to become more and more like Him and less and less like the world? Doesn't He allow us to crave Him and His purity so much that the things of the world are detestable to us?

I don't even know if I'm explaining myself well. This has just really been on my mind these last few days. Tonight, I am sitting at my computer (sweating bullets because of these crazy hot flashes!) with tears in my eyes. Y'all, I can see God's purpose coming full circle. Sure, one bout of cancer seemed hard, but it didn't get me to the place where God wanted me to be. If I'd only had one bout of cancer, I'd still be treating my body the same way that I've always treated it.

I'm praising God for round 2 tonight, because He's allowed me to truly understand what it means to make my body God's temple. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says, "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own."

I am reminded tonight that I am not my own. I belong to the Lord. I encourage you to join me in treating your body as God's temple. For you, this might not mean going to the same lengths as me. For you, it might mean that you are going to give up soft drinks, start taking evening walks, or begin eating a fresh vegetable at every meal. Pray and ask God how He desires for you to care for your body. We are not our own.


Cari said...

I (obviously) struggle with this area every single day. I could write a novel right now, but I'll keep it simple. Thank you, Lindsey, for the reminder that this body is not mine. It is a gift. And it is here on this earth to bring glory to Him.

Anonymous said...

thank you for this inspiring word from God. i'm praying for you.

Anonymous said...

I check this blog each morning and wow, this entry is so awesome and truly inspiring.

I truly think God is working through you so you can touch all of our hearts too. Thank you for inspiring me each day.

God Bless today from sunny Iowa...

Suzanne Moore said...

Ok Lindsey, it's on, I am joining you in taking better care of my temple as well. At the first of the year I gave up meat and sugar and boy did I feel better. I got to the point where I didn't want either, even when my family was eating it. I have been praying about it and even got "Anticancer" and some other healthy eating cookbooks at the library yesterday. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and you are so right about the parallel with the world. Praying for you today, keep writing, you are blessing so many of us. "Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed." Proverbs 16:3 love and Blessings, Suzanne

Sandy Gillett said...

This is a beautiful beautiful post Lindsey. Beautifully written but more than that beautiful in content. I am humbled and inspired by the depth of your heart.

Dust off the KitchenAid, I have a 3" notebook full of gluten free, sugar free, dairy free and grain free, recipes that are actually very yummy!

Julie-CA said...

I loved this post and I love the challenge when it comes to being good stewards of our bodies. So important.

Looking forward to hearing about your appointment tomorrow. NIGHT.

Anonymous said...

2 words-Thank you.