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This year marks 25 years in radio for me and I’ve decided I want to start my journey by living clean.  So, today I started JJ Smith’s 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse.  I’m doing the modified cleanse which consist of two green smoothies (one for breakfast and one for lunch), with one healthy meal for dinner, snack, and water/tea.  The only healthy meal a day may consist of a salad, sauteed veggies, fish or chicken (grilled or baked).  Avoid white sugar, meat, milk, cheese, alcohol, coffee, sodas, processed foods, fried foods and refined carbs during the entire ten days.  This is also the time of year that my church fast.  So, we will continue the cleanse for 10 more days.

Use ripe fruit:  Ripe fruit is more digestible because of the live enzymes in it.  If you buy it less than ripe, allow it to get ripe before you use it in the blender.

Day #11 Berry Green

3 handfuls spinach

2 cups water

1 apple, cored, quartered

1 1/2 cups mangoes

1  cups frozen strawberries

1 handful frozen or fresh seedless grapes

2 packs stevia

2 tablespoons ground flax seed

Optional: 1 scoop of protein powder

Place leafy greens and water into blender and blend until mixture is green juice like consistency.  Stop blender and add remaining ingredients.  Blend until creamy.

Spiritual thought:  Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Shake it Off:  Joyce Meyer says, one of her favorite stories is about a farmer’s donkey that fell into a dry well.  The animal cried pitifully for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do for his poor donkey.  Finally, he concluded that the well was too deep, and it really needed to be covered up anyway.  Besides, the donkey was old, and it would be a lot of trouble to get him out of the pit.  The farmer decided that it was not worth trying to retrieve the animal, so he asked his neighbors to help him fill in the well and bury the donkey.

They all grabbed shovels and began to toss dirt into the well.  the donkey immediately realized what was happening, and he began to bray horribly.  Crying would be our normal response if somebody was mistreating us this badly, so this donkey was responding the same way we would at first, but then he got real quiet.  A few shovel loads of dirt later, the farmer looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw.  With every shovel of dirt that hit the donkey’s back, the donkey would shake it off and step on top of it.

As the neighbor and the farmer continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he continued to shake it off and take a step up.  Pretty soon the donkey shook off the last shovel full of dirt, took a step up, and walked right out of the well.  We can learn so much from this story.

New Day New You by Joyce Myers Copyright 2007