January 2021

     Keto, paleo, vegan, low carb, gluten and dairy free, one will be the key to your health and wellness.  The latest craze of intermittent fasting has worked well for several of my co-workers.  Fasting worked well for Daniel and his friends. It is mentioned in God’s Word 100 times.  One church in town started 2020 with a Daniel fast.

     As a former Minnesota farm girl, I grew up on dairy and red meat so keto sounded good. But then I would miss the bread.  Jesus broke bread after all. Sweet treats from my Norwegian heritage were readily available and a source of comfort and joy. I still have extras around the house from our Christmas celebrating.

     As I approach 60, I wrestle with numbers: my step count, calorie count, waist size and BMI.  Last year the smokers on our insurance plan were charged more.  I’m pretty sure it won’t be long until this occurs for those of us overweight as well.

     As a believer I long for God to be glorified.  My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (all 206 bones and 600 muscles). This is also an important part of our theme for this year.  Guard what has been entrusted to you (1 Timothy 6:20-21).  I’ve wrestled with this a good part of my life so I will pray with you if this is your resolution for 2021.

    And guarding those entrusted includes our “brother in need.”  Those who do not have nutritious food for their table.  DESERT MANNA in Mesa AZ has given food to many.  My church participates in FEEDING THE FLATHEAD.  We all have local food banks. There are many organizations out there to help us care for our “brother in need.” We also think of our support to the Miriam Children’s Home in Brazil and other projects on the AFLC World Mission fields that we can help with.

I John 3:17 “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?”

I Corinthians 10:31 “Whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the Glory of God.”

       We are covering some “deadly sins” this year in our president’s section for our Web page…. This month gluttony, next month lust…

     Hope to see you at WMF Day 2021 on Wednesday, June 16th at the AFLC Schools in Plymouth, MN … mark that date on your calendars!!!   And in the meantime; keep guarding what has been entrusted to you.

                          With love and prayers.

                                  Lavonne West


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