This is part nine of the series 10 Ways Food Impacts History, Life, and the World in the Bible.
Christians don’t believe in luck, but rather in God’s providence. Yet many churches have employed the term “luck” in their common meal. That meal of course is the “pot luck” dinner.
To be consistent (and somewhat playful), my husband and I have renamed the “pot luck” to a “pot providence” because God ordains everything that comes to pass. Some churches prefer to call it a “fellowship meal” — which is an even better name.
But whatever you call it, church members love to spread out a buffet of carefully prepared dishes from savory to sweet to enjoy together as a family of believers. And while those meals are being enjoyed, people grow closer to one another through conversation, laughter, and fellowship.
But food and fellowship is not reserved for Sundays.
Food and Family.
In daily life, it is well known that sitting around the table at mealtime fosters a strong and cohesive family with children who are confident of the love of their parents.
And can you imagine a family reunion or holiday that did not involve food? When planning for such events, food is one of the first considerations.
The big questions at Christmas might be Continue reading
I recently shared a request for feedback concerning my upcoming weight loss and diet book. You can read the post here: Will You Please Help Me Out With A Short Survey?
I am so grateful and amazed by all the thoughtful responses I received. It has helped me out so much. I know now that I must add several chapters to address all the information that is important to my readers. If you have not had a chance to share what is important to you, the survey is still open. I welcome as many responses as possible. Take Survey Now!
The one thing that surprised me the most (though I don’t know why) was the number one reason my readers (and those who responded) want to lose weight.
I was sure the top motivator for weight loss was to feel more attractive. I couldn’t have been more wrong (though it did rank #3).
I was also surprised by the number two reason you all are motivated to lose weight.
Weight Loss Motivators.
There were 7 possible answers for the question: “What are your primary motivators to lose weight (check all that apply)?” Here is how YOU ranked them. Continue reading
Soup Season Is Here.
It’s that wonderful time of the year when I can start enjoying fragrant, flavorful soups. Curry is one of my favorite spices. And cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables. Combine them together and I just can’t seem to get enough.
I’ve made this Curry Cauliflower Soup with Turmeric twice this autumn already — and my husband keeps asking for more.
Recently, I’ve been adding turmeric to my diet due to its amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. In addition, there is turmeric in curry powder too — so this recipe is a medicinal powerhouse. And this does not account for the Bone Broth — which is rich in collagen. Read about some of the benefits of Bone Broth collagen here. This soup contains only healthy, life-giving ingredients — with tons of flavor. Continue reading
The most interesting communion ceremony I observed was while working as a house parent for teenage girls. The job allowed many opportunities to visit various churches desiring to minister to the less fortunate girls in our care.
During Communion, one non-denomination church passed out prepackaged grape juice cups similar to single serving coffee creamers with pull off paper lids. But inside the lid was a small wafer of bread. It was like fast food communion.
How the elements were dispensed was not a problem for me. But as I listened to the pastor invite the congregation to partake, I realized that the church had Continue reading
Recently the church I was attending celebrated Labor Day with “barbecue” in the park. If you are not from the south, you may not know what “barbecue” really is. I grew up in California and “barbecue” was anything that you grilled on the outdoor grill that we called a barbecue. We regularly had barbecued chicken, tri-tip, steaks, and vegetables.
In the south, barbecue has no generic value — it means ONE thing. Pork.
Not all Barbecue is Barbecue.
Now, depending on what part of the southern country you live, barbecue might be seasoned differently. I learned this from a pastor’s wife in southern Virginia who complained about the barbecue seasoning in North Carolina. To her it just wasn’t barbecue because it had a vinegary flavor — even though it was the accepted flavor of the region.
Many Christians rejoice over their freedom to eat pork, shrimp, and lobster — foods that were expressly forbidden in the Old Testament. In fact, from the pulpit, the Labor Day “barbecue” in the park was promoted as a way to Continue reading
Gremlins and Stalkers.
When weird things happen, people like to blame the gremlins. My gremlins have names. Whenever something really weird happens, something disappears or goes missing, strange gifts arrive, or any other event that I can’t explain, I jestingly blame my gremlins. Here’s why:
In my life time I have had more than one “stalker.” While sparing the details, one such gremlin attempted to damage my car.
I used to keep bottles of car oil under my carport on some shelves. One day as I was about to Continue reading
This is part seven of a 10 part series titled 10 Ways Food Impacts History, Life, and the World.
Common for Holy.
Have you ever wondered why God would choose common elements like bread and wine to represent something holy like a sacrament? According to the Westminster Confession of Faith, “sacraments are holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace” instituted by God as revealed in the Scriptures.
The Christian church has two biblical sacraments, baptism and communion.
Baptism is the sign and seal that we are washed from our sins and united to Christ into the covenant of grace. The sign is performed with water (washing) and represents the true baptism which is by the Spirit of God.
Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is the sign and seal of the New Covenant in Christ’s blood, a symbol of the death of Christ for our sins.
The first element of Communion is a regular reminder of the body of Christ (His death for our sins) and is represented with a piece of common food, namely bread. And the blood He shed is represented by a common drink, namely wine.
Why would God chose common food and drink as the medium for something sacred? Continue reading
I am so excited about my weight loss progress. I have almost reached my goal of 145 pounds. And I haven’t seen those numbers in about 15 years.
Everyone is noticing the difference and asking me what I have been doing. But more importantly — I notice the difference. I can fit into my favorite clothes again. I feel more attractive. And I have more energy. And I am excited to share the exact process that I have used to lose weight consistently over the past several months without having to say “no” to my favorite foods. I have been enjoying ice cream, chips, wine, bread, butter, chocolate cake, and more (in moderation of course).
But the Reformed Health website is not about me as much as it is about YOU — my reader. So I have created a super short survey so you can share your experiences with weight loss and dieting with me.
If you fit into any of the following categories, the survey is for you.
- If you are thinking about losing weight
- Have ever thought of losing weight
- Are trying to lose weight
- Are in the process of losing weight
- Or are struggling to lose weight
If you fit into any of the above five categories, you are not alone. Most everyone has been on a weight loss journey sometime in their lives. Personally, I have been at each stage at one time or another. But with my new diet (which is really an anti-diet) — I am no longer struggling to lose weight. In fact, I am enjoying the process completely. And I think you can too.
But before I can help you (and others), I need to know exactly what makes you tick. What are your goals? What motivates you? That way I can make sure that when my book comes out I am not just telling my story — but I am helping you with your story. Helping you (and others like you) achieve the success that you desire in weight loss.
So I have a few questions — 10 to be exact. And all are multiple choice (but one) so it should be a breeze. And the results are anonymous so don’t worry anyone reading your answers — because no-one (not even me) will know who is answering.
But, you will be helping me out tremendously.
Thanks so much!
At first glance, my weight loss chart for September is deceptive, so I added a red line to show the downward slope.
And I have no Twitter posts to share (except one) because my new job takes a chunk of my day away from writing, and I have opted out of tweeting.
On September 2 my weight dropped down to an extraordinary low. This was due to the stomach flu or possibly caffeine withdraw. Read more: Why I Had to Quit Drinking Coffee. I was up much of the night with unpleasant symptoms of which I will spare you the details. Continue reading
The King’s Dainties.
In Roman cultures, kings and emperors would throw elaborate banquets, often trying to outdo each other with their exotic dishes.
It is reported that
They ate ostrich brains, peacocks, dolphin meatballs, herons, goat feet, peacock brains, boiled parrot, flamingo tongues and orioles. They liked watching birds fly out of featured dishes and ate an electric fish because “it was fascinating.” Sometimes a calf was cooked up with a pig inside it and inside the pig were a lamb, a chicken, a rabbit and a mouse. The Roman Emperor Elagabalus once ordered 600 ostriches killed so his cooks could make him ostrich-brain pies. 
This is just a sample of what the Proverbs speaks of when it talks about the king’s “dainties.” The Bible says it is deceptive food. The remedy? Continue reading