Love’s Pleasures

Love seeks to please in every possible way. Between lovers, the desire to satisfy and be satisfied is mutual. Frequently, lives are adjusted to some degree to accommodate the other, prayerfully without sacrificing principle, except to adopt the better one.

So it is between God and mankind, the divine and the human. Jesus said that if we loved Him it would be evident in obeying His commandments, without feeling it a grievous burden. He Himself did always those things that pleased His Father. And for us, He suffered the utmost cruelty to ensure that we would not be forced to pay for our own sins. Rather, He positioned us to receive the glory due Him: One without sin.

As you trust in the Savior, the one who created you, you will desire to modify your lifestyle for the abundant living He desires for you. For starters, you will eat the healthy plant-based diet He prescribed in Genesis 1, verse 29. You will drink only pure fresh water or herbal teas and then, only between meals—at least an hour apart from them to enhance digestion.

In all things, you will be temperate: avoiding the things you know to be harmful and doing in moderation those things that prove harmless. You will take a nature walk for your daily exercise and let the sun nourish your skin for at least 20 minutes. Feel free to expose your face and hands (when possible) to better absorb that sunlight, which helps the skin manufacture vitamin D, and which is essential to the health of the bones, the brain, blood pressure, and the body’s ability to maintain and regain vitality.

While out in nature, be sure to breathe in deep drafts of fresh air. In fact, fresh clean air is essential 24/7. Keep your windows cracked and secured, where necessary. Stay safe. But make it happen.

Finally, you will be determined to relax in a warm tub of water or shower to cleanse your skin and settle in for a good whole-body rest. By that, I mean every system of the body needs to be free of the obligation to work. For example, if you eat and soon afterward lie down, the digestive system will waver between trying to rest and needing to work. It becomes a long drawn-out, laborious process. Hence, when you finally wake up, you feel really exhausted and may feel really hungry.

You see, in order for the digestive system to rest (even for the blood to remain clean and to keep off extra pounds), all digestion needs to be completed first. A full meal normally needs about five hours for complete digestion. I’m sure you’ve heard that it is best to make your first meal (breakfast) the heaviest meal. That is usually when you need the greatest amount of sustenance. You should be able to go 5 hours in the strength of that meal. It just stands to reason that your last meal before bedtime should be the lightest and simplest and taken early enough to be fully digested by 8 or 9pm, when the body is ready to recline for its optimal hours of restoration and healing: 10pm to 2am.

Because of the C-19 climate we’re all in right now, with all of its variants, seek natural and safe ways to help boost your immune system and keep your bloodstream clean. It is the will of God that you prosper and be healthy in every possible way.

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