January Was Cleansing, Revealing, And Good To Me

by Yvonne Chase on January 31, 2022

And just like that, January is gone. It was a good month that started with a ten-day Master Cleanse that extended to fifteen days. I am sure I would have continued if I did not run out of maple syrup because it was a breeze. I was never hungry or lethargic, nor did I ever get a headache. My days went on as usual working out at least three days a week with heavy weights. Are you familiar with the Master Cleanse? Some people call it the lemonade diet because a lemonade made with the purest maple syrup you can find; fresh lemon juice and cayenne pepper is all you drink during the duration of the cleanse. No solid foods!

January
Master Cleanse Ingredients

Beyond that, you can drink mint tea, and you are encouraged to drink as much clean water as you can stand. At night, a tea made with senna is the final intake of the day, and in the morning, you drink 32 ounces of warm sea saltwater on an empty stomach. Most people do the Master Cleanse to lose weight. I only do it when I am led to draw near to God and to hear his voice. It never fails; whenever I do the cleanse, God speaks to me and reveals things in extraordinary ways.

January Was Revealing

For example, during the first week of the cleanse, I had a premonition that my earthly father was not okay. A strong feeling in my spirit kept telling me something was not right with him; however, because of the flying monkeys and smear campaign, there was no one I could call to confirm or deny the feeling. On January 18th, while sitting at my desk reading my Bible, Isaiah 26 to be exact, I could not shake the feeling.

Within seconds, I learned he was in the hospital for five days and released on January 11th. To say I was shocked is an understatement. I don’t know why he was in the hospital, but obviously, he is not doing well. When I left back in 2020, his body was frail; as a matter of fact, he could not move independently. I don’t know how much time he has left or if he is no longer with us; however, he is in God’s hands. Death is a part of life. The reality is that even in his state, he could outlive you and me.

Thank You

On another note, I received My Thank You Journal and the accompanying book The Power of Thank You by Joyce Meyer. The journal encourages the reader to take time each day to think about what you are thankful for and write it down. You can also jot down prayer requests that you can return to the journal and thank God once he answers.

At the outset of the book, Joyce reminds us that God’s word is filled with instructions and reminders to give thanks and be thankful. Did you know the words thanks and thanksgiving appear in approximately one hundred verses in the Bible, and the instruction “give thanks” appears seventy-three times? If you have not yet today, now would be a good time to stop and give thanks.

A key takeaway for me was a reminder from Joyce of the importance of expressing our thankfulness to each other. She points the reader to Psalm 100:4, which says, “Be thankful and say so.” As she says and I agree, people can’t read our minds; therefore, we need to speak our gratitude. We need to let people know that we are thankful for them, and we appreciate them. Consequently, I would like to say thank you to you for taking the time to read my blog posts and leave comments. I appreciate you.

Since I’m on the topic of books, I finally completed WILL, the memoir of actor Will Smith. Memoirs are my favorite genre because I love learning about people—what an excellent book. WILL did not disappoint. Not only did he draw me in by diving deep into the details of each story, but he also shared valuable lessons he learned. I walked away from the book feeling like I knew his mother, whom he calls Mom-Mom, and his dad, whom he called Daddio until the day he died. Within the 412 pages are photos that connected me even more to each story.

Something that stood out to me is Will’s loyalty to the city of Philadelphia and to the friends he met while growing up. Will really did take Philly to Cali by way of his closest friends who now live in Cali and are on his payroll. The story of how he and DJ Jazzy Jeff met and would go on to become the number one DJ and rapper is extraordinary. Their friendship which is more like a brotherhood, continues to stand the test of time.

Good to Me

In closing, January was a month of sitting with life. There was no stressing or striving and no overworking or overthinking. I gave myself a lot of grace to lean into the cleanse and connect with God. For most people, January is a month of plotting and planning, resolving, and resolution-making. Not so for me. I let the residual of 2021 fall by the wayside and took each day as it came while being fully present. As a result, my body is rested and my mind is renewed.

To get me through the cleanse and to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, I created a master cleanse playlist. John P. Kee took up a considerable chunk of it with songs like I Do Worship and Standing In the Need. Kirk Franklin, the great Shirley Caesar, and jazz recording artist Kirk Whalum rounded it out. Have you heard Kirk Whalum sing Falling In Love With Jesus? Press play below to listen. Like Kirk, falling in love with Jesus is the best thing I have ever done. Bring on February.

Something to think about…

What say you? How was the month of January? Is 2022 off to a great start? What were you thankful for in January?

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Lisa notes February 1, 2022

I’m glad you had such a refreshing and revealing month, Yvonne. Your devotion to Jesus is so evident. I’m sorry to hear about your dad, but I’m glad you were able to hear he was released from the hospital. Blessings to you in this new month; you are prepared.

Lisa Blair February 1, 2022

I’m so glad your body is rested and your mind is renewed, Yvonne! I’m glad you’re starting the year fresh with a gratitude journal, giving thanks changes us, others, and the atmosphere around us.

Yvonne Chase February 4, 2022

@Lisa,

Thank you and yes it does. A heart of gratitude changes everything.
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Deborah February 1, 2022

Hi Yvonne, it gave me joy to read your post and yes this is how January turned out for me. Well, not the fast, but the resting and renewing. Although the fast sounds interesting and I am thinking about it. I started off the year plotting and planning, but God had over plans. He gave me a nice rest through a mild cold and it brought me to what I needed to really be doing to start the year off – rest, reflect, ponder, pray. Blessings, Deborah
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Yvonne Chase February 4, 2022

@Deborah,

I love that; rest, reflect, ponder, and pray. God knows what we need. I am glad he gave you a nice rest and you are ready for the year ahead.
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Susan Shipe February 2, 2022

I just posted my review on Joyce’s new Thankful book/journal. So I just want to say so, “I’m thankful for YOU!”
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Jeanne Takenaka February 2, 2022

Yvonne, what a great way to begin a new year . . . with a cleanse. God is so faithful to meet us when we seek Him. I am sorry to hear about your dad, but I’m glad he was released from the hospital. Will Smith has always fascinated me. I didn’t know he had a memoir. Thanks for sharing about it. I hope your February is fulfilling and enriching for you!

Yvonne Chase February 4, 2022

@Jeanne,

Yes, God is so faithful to meet us when we seek him. Also, if you are fascinated by Will Smith, you will enjoy his memoir. It’s so good!
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Jeanne Takenaka February 2, 2022

Yvonne, what a great way to begin a new year . . . with a cleanse. I’ve never thought to do that. God is so faithful to meet us when we seek Him. I’m glad he shared with you about your dad. I’m so sorry he’s not doing well. I didn’t know Will Smith had written a memoir. He is a fascinating person. I hope your February is fulfilling and enriching!

Joanne Viola February 2, 2022

Yvonne, I have never heard of the Master Cleanse. It seems to have been a month that benefited in many ways. I just want to say I am grateful for you! Your kindness and grace as you comment and link has been a blessing!
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Theresa Boedeker February 2, 2022

Hi Yvonne, So, glad your month was one of refreshing and not striving. We so often strive way too much. I haven’t heard about this cleanse, but it sounds interesting and something to look into. It is easy to fall into a n unthankful state. Being thankful is not valued in our society. We are happier when we are thankful for others, and thankful to God, and even extend that thankfulness to ourselves. So thankful for you and your insights and writing. Keep
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Anita Ojeda February 2, 2022

Wow! What a month you’ve had. I hope you are able to talk to your earthly father . I’m so glad we have a Heavenly Father who stands in for us. I’ve never done a cleanse. It sounds interesting. I learned how to be a better listener in January, and putting those skills into practice has improved my relations with key people in my life.

Yvonne Chase February 4, 2022

@Anita.

I am so glad my Heavenly Father stands in for me. And yes to becoming a better listener. I think we could all use a refresher course.
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Michele Morin February 4, 2022

So intrigued by the Cleanse. It sounds like a great way to begin the year. You inspire me.

Yvonne Chase February 4, 2022

@Michele,

Thank you and yes, it is a great way to begin the year, and it is also a great way to begin a new season. Sometimes I will cleanse when the seasons change from Winter to Spring as a sort of Spring cleaning.
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Lauren Renee Sparks February 4, 2022

I have never thought of doing the Master Cleanse as a fast of sorts. So glad it is beneficial for you and your relationship to the Father.
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Yvonne Chase February 4, 2022

@Lauren,

The only way I can do the Master Cleanse is as a fast because I live to eat. I need all of God’s help to make it through one day much less fifteen. No way I could do it in my own strength.
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Lois Flowers February 5, 2022

Yvonne, it was so encouraging to read what happened with the Master Cleanse and you finished January feeling renewed and refreshed. Music is your heart language, it seems … mine too. 🙂 January left me feeling thankful for health, family and sweet memories of loved ones who are now with Jesus. And also a renewed sense of how fast time is flying by!
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Linda Stoll February 5, 2022

Yes, yes, sometimes there’s just a knowing, a quiet insight, a prompting that can not be ignored.

When we sense His nudge, to move forward is an act of faith and trust.

Jerralea Winn Miller February 6, 2022

Sounds like January was a great month for you. I am all about being thankful. One of my favorite verses is 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

I always say, “If you want to know God’s will for your life, there it is! Be thankful.”
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Theresa February 10, 2022

So glad your year started in such a wonderful way. It’s amazing how a big change in one area our lives can have ripple effects into other areas.

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