Morning Discipline – Looking at Food with New Eyes

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Good morning!

It is a new week and a new day and I’m so glad you could join me as we continue our journey toward renewing our minds and improving our self-discipline. If you’re just joining me, you can read my article, “Morning and Evening: A New Self Discipline Journey” to learn more about why I am doing this, and how this may benefit you as well.

This week we are going to focus each day on better physical health. Each day this week I will provide affirmations, scriptures, and daily challenges regarding this topic. Next week will be a new one!

With that said, let’s start our morning together!


Before we begin let us take some deep breaths to calm our mind and prepare us for this mornings discipline.


I personally like to have some soft music in the background, so if that’s something you like as well below you will find a song you can play for the duration of our time together.

PRAYER For Better Health

Now that we’re calm, let us transition to a time of prayer. Over the next few minutes you can pray on your own or feel free to use the following prayer:


You are my strength, and all power belongs to You.

I pray for a strong and vigorous body that can easily do hard work, engage in exercise, and has a strong resistance against illness. I thank You that as I trust in You, I find new strength, and soar high like an eagle. I will run and not get weary, I will walk and not faint.

I thank You that I am Your creation, and You watch over me.


Prayer for a Strong Body | 10 Strong Prayers for Good Health

AFFIRMATIONS for Better Health

Here are a few affirmations for this morning that you can put in your pocket and carry with you throughout your day.

As you read through them, repeat each one out loud at least three times before moving to the next. Take your time. Close your eyes and say them to yourself as well. Let these words sink into your heart and mind this morning:

  1. My trust in God brings health to my body and nourishment to my bones.
  2. I am not ashamed to ask for help.
  3. I have authority to drive out sickness and heal disease in my body.
  4. I will use my words for good and let them be sweet to my soul and bring healing.

SCRIPTURES For Better Health

As Christians, our affirmations should be rooted in the strength and power of God who empowers us and strengthens us to face every trial and every day (both good and bad).

Here are some scriptures that further support the affirmations we just spoke to ourselves. Again, repeat each one three times out loud before moving to the next one. Take your time. Maybe try to commit these to memory as well:

  1. Proverbs 3:5-8, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”
  2. Psalm 107:19-21, “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.”
  3. Matthew 10:1, “Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.”
  4. Proverbs 16:24, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”


Our challenge today is this: use a food journal to track what I eat.

Our diet (what we eat) is one of the, if not the, greatest factor contributing to our health.

I really love food. Sometimes a little too much. One thing that I have found that helps me stay on track is using a food journal. The food journal lets me see what I’m consuming in the day and gives me a visual on whether or not I’m eating too much. It helps me begin to look more at my portions, as well as the nutrients that I’m getting from what I eat.

Thanks to technology there are many free apps out there you can have right on your phone to help make this easier. Here are some I’ve used and found helpful:

  1. Carb Genius
  2. MyFitnessPal
  3. FatSecret
  4. Lose It!

By taking simple and small steps with our diets, we can begin to make shifts to improve our eating habits and improve our health in the process.

Quote of the Day

I also wanted to include a little quote of the day that maybe you’ll find some inspiration in as well.

Today’s quote comes from Hippocrates, a Greek physician who is considered to be the father of modern medicine, and he says:

Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food.


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