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Daddypotamus: Sometimes God’s Hand Looks Like a Wife

on March 25 | in Health | by | with 7 Comments

Heather’s Disclaimer: I had a post planned for today. As often happens, plans changed at the last minute and Daniel ended up with some free time and I . . . didn’t. So my sweet husband wrote a guest post for me! Blogging is one of his passions and he’s always tinkering with Mommypotamus in one way or another. Anyway, my warning is this: My husband seems to think nothing is hotter than me blogging. So every time he gets near my blog lately he just gets all gooey and says nice things about me. It’s a little embarrassing. And I like it. Yet I still feel weird when nice things are posted on me. Does that make sense? Now on to the post!
Look! We were practically kids on our honeymoon!

I don’t plan on making EVERY post ooze with wifey love, but I’m going to tell it like it is, and right now this is what I see. I know that God placed a unique calling on my life that no one else is meant to fulfill. I know that walking it out will be the most fulfilling path I could possibly take. And I also know that if it weren’t for my wife, I wouldn’t live long enough to see it through.

My Toxic Past

When Heather and I met in college (actually re-met, but that’s another story), I was about as unhealthy as a young guy can be. I drank 48-80 ounces of Dr. Pepper per day. I smoked a pack of cigarettes per day. I ate three square fast food meals per day. I really only drank water only when I played basketball or felt ill. I frequently slept only 4-5 hours per night. Constantly exposed to everything from antiperspirant to fluoride to flu shots to cologne. Because I was young, I had no belly. But I was a mess.

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The Transition

I’d like to tell you that it was a smooth transition from toxic to mostly organic, but to do so I’d have to become a fiction writer. It was a gritty eight year process. Heather could have employed more respectful encouragements at times, and I could have been much more responsible with my choices. We struggled with each other, but eventually our hearts and our choices drew closer and closer together.

Ultimately, I yielded far more than she did. I’d like to take credit for that. But since she was already on the side of truth most of the time, I don’t suppose dragging my feet to agree earns me much praise.

It’s 2010 and I’m finally excited about the plans God has for me. And truthfully, I am amazed at the wisdom, foresight, and planning of God on my behalf. Besides giving me a woman I found appealing in so many ways from Day One, she has also been God’s agent of health in my life. And that was a gift I wasn’t so fond of at first. She has other life purposes for sure, but I want to give credit where credit is due and acknowledge that I walk with greater clarity, focus, energy, and expectation because of my health. And the agent of change was my wife.

What If

On my own, or with a wife who could care less about the quality of food we eat, I would be obese and on the path to an early grave. And even if my organs could’ve held out to a ripe old age, I’d be at significant risk for a host of “age-related” illnesses and tendencies. Things like Alzheimer’s, dementia, brittle bones, and a useless liver.

My present and my future have a vibrance and a hope because of the lifestyle I now live. I wouldn’t have chosen it on my own. I would never have taken the time to care. I would have suffered needlessly for decades due to my diet and lifestyle.

The Moral of the Story

Though I definitely kicked against the goads for a while, I am today more grateful than ever that God gave me Heather. She has this unyielding moral code that, although not always pleasant to endure, ultimately yields amazing fruit.

When I’m 45, 55, 65, and 75 and living a better quality of life because I have decades of organic living under my belt, I will thank the Lord for giving me a woman who loved me enough to help me find pleasure in a healthier lifestyle.

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7 Responses to Daddypotamus: Sometimes God’s Hand Looks Like a Wife

  1. Jaime says:

    WOW!

    This really just opened my eyes to something I think God has been dancing in front of me for a while now.

    My sweetheart and I have made a lot of adjustments since we became roomies – getting ready for marriage is a tough process that involves a lot of change, especially when you’re roommates and also dating (weird, I know) – and he pretty much will eat whatever I decide I want to cook. I’ve watched him conform to my lifestyle as far as food, sleep and exercise – and he’s been gaining weight and getting sick a lot.

    I am going to committ to take more responsibility for our health by bringing better, healthier foods into our home and taking advantage of Heather’s recipes :)

    Thanks, Daniel, for sharing this. I think it’s just what I needed to see that my personal choices don’t just affect me – but also the people I love.

    Since I want us both to live a long time, along with any future children we may have, I need to make some big changes.

    J

    • Awesome, Jaimie. I’m glad it helps. I know Heather’s willingly catered to my need for variety and taste in order to reach the desired goal of health. It’s been a give and take.

      Have fun with it. Speaking from experience, there’s a richness and an opportunity to savor food in a new and satisfying way when you feel like you’re treating yourself AND you’re eating food that actually delivers life to your body.
      .-= Daniel (Daddypotamus)´s last blog ..Prophetic Vision Casting Versus Practical Teaching =-.

  2. Heather says:

    Love your comment, Jaime. Although it didn’t start out this way, cooking is truly a “labor of love” in our home. Providing nutritious, wholesome foods THAT TASTE GOOD is a wonderful way to dote on our hubbies.

    • Jaime says:

      I have a lot to learn! No time like the present to start…

      Fortunately, my sweetie will eat anything I make – he’s not picky at all – and he loves veggies…what a bad influence I’ve been! lol

  3. katie says:

    Thats so awesome! We all need to know our loving efforts are not done in vein.
    .-= katie´s last blog ..Healthy living at the cost of our brothers and sisters dignity. =-.

  4. Kristine says:

    I have been switching over to more organic foods in my house. I am also limiting my sugar intake to 15 grams per day and limiting my carbs to around 6 servings per day. I have been losing weight even without much exercise. I much prefer losing a pound a week to gaining a pound a week! :) During my birthday weekend I had too much sugar and noticed that it gave me a headache each time I had some. I used to be a sugar addict, but now I don’t really miss it. And now that I see how it affects my body, I don’t even want to cheat. The same thing happened to me with soda. I used to drink diet sodas every day. Diet sodas also give me headaches so I don’t drink them anymore. When I’m eating healthy foods, I rarely get headaches.

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