The Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional: Daily Encouragement for a Healthier Life

The Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional: Daily Encouragement for a Healthier Life


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Encouragement and inspiration to

If you’re looking for the right combination of inspiration and encouragement to achieve the healthy lifestyle you’ve longed for—you found it.

A companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Daniel Plan, this 365-day devotional provides the heartfelt insight you need to take your health to the next level. Feast on something bigger than a fad. Motivational tips, Scripture passages, Food for Thought, and a special note from Rick Warren lead the way to transformation for the long haul.

The Daniel Plan Daily Devotional builds on the top essential—Faith—that has made The Daniel Plan doable and successful for thousands of people worldwide. A dream team of spiritual, fitness, and health professionals, including Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Mark Hyman, and the Daniel Plan Wellness Faculty will help you continue your journey toward whole health and wellness.

Ultimately, The Daniel Plan Daily Devotional will change your life in the areas of faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends—the five essentials to transform your body, mind, and spirit from the inside out!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310345633
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Series: The Daniel Plan Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 168,485
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

The Daniel Plan Team is composed of Pastor Rick Warren, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Daniel Amen, Sean Foy, and Dee Eastman, as well as fitness experts, life coaches, health professionals, and ministry consultants who have contributed to or helped developed The Daniel Plan program from its inception.

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The Daniel Plan 365-Day Devotional

By Daniel Plan


Copyright © 2015 The Daniel Plan
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ISBN: 978-0-310-34563-3




See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. — Isaiah 43:19

A new year is a time to start fresh. No matter what your history is with faith, food, fitness, focus, or friends, this is a great day to turn a new page. If you've had areas of wasteland in your life, God wants to pour streams into that desert and make it bloom. Nothing is impossible for him. He says, "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?" (Jeremiah 32:27). The answer is no.

With this new year, set some goals for yourself. Goals are the steps we take each day, week, and month to get from where we are today to the future we dream of having. A goal is a dream with a deadline. If you knew you couldn't fail, what would you like to do with your life this year? What is one goal you'd like to start with, knowing that it's up to God to make it possible?


God is doing a new thing in you. He's making a way for you to walk toward the life he has in store for you.



The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king's table.... But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. — Daniel 1:5, 8

Daniel was a captive in a pagan country, a young man forced to serve another country's government. He obediently went into their training program but insisted on eating only food that was kosher under Jewish law. This was an essential part of his Jewish faith — and essential to operate at his best. He had the courage to stand up to his captors, even though they didn't understand his commitment, and to seek an arrangement that would satisfy them without defiling himself.

When we commit ourselves to The Daniel Plan lifestyle, we will sometimes have to say no to an old way of living in order to say yes to caring for the body and soul God has given us. We're saying yes to abundance, yes to health, and yes to having the energy to serve him. What will you say yes to today?


Sometimes we need to say no to something in order to say yes to God.



For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. — Ephesians 2:10

Imagine being God's masterpiece, his priceless work of art, unlike any other. That's your value: priceless. Your value doesn't come from the clothes you wear, a number on a scale, your career, or your success with a health plan on any given day. You are of immense value because God made you. If that's not enough, Jesus died for you and the Holy Spirit lives in you. As unbelievable as it sounds, doubting your value is actually unbelief in his Word. What would you do differently if you were sure you were of immense value?

Doing good deeds and making good choices doesn't make you more valuable to God. Instead, doing good things flows out of the value you already have. God made you to do things that only you could do. If you don't know what those good things are, start with what you know. Offer to do something at your church or in your community. Reach out to a friend. Ask God to show you the good things you were made to do.


Only you can make the contribution to this world for which God has uniquely and wonderfully made you.



Be made new in the attitude of your minds. — Ephesians 4:23

Thoughts and attitudes are important because they determine what you feel. Thoughts, attitudes, and feelings then determine what you do. Some of your thoughts are on the surface of your mind, and you're aware of them. But some of your thoughts and attitudes are rooted deep down in your heart, and you're seldom consciously aware of them.

I'll never change.

I've been like this my whole life.

I can't do it.

I'm too busy.

When thoughts like these well up from deep inside us, they block us from doing the things God wants us to do.

What can we do about these thoughts that have been rooted inside us for years? We must invite the Holy Spirit to expose them so that we're consciously aware of them. Then we can ask, "Is it true?" That's a crucial question about any thought that is an obstacle to change. Then the Holy Spirit will help us uproot thoughts that aren't true. He is eager to help. Ask him.


Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the deep-rooted negative thoughts that stand in the way of your transformation.



They delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. — Psalm 1:2 NLT

The psalmist speaks of the person who is blessed, fortunate, and happy. He meditates on God's Word day and night. To meditate is to think deeply about something, to go over and over it so that it sinks into the heart and influences the way we think, feel, and act.

Repetition helps us create habits and can transform us. Just as repeatedly eating the right foods or consistently exercising changes our bodies over time, so repeating a passage of Scripture and consistently thinking about it will gradually change the way we think. And changing the way we think will change the way we live.

Choose a verse that ministers to your soul, perhaps a promise you want to trust in. Turn it over and over in your mind. What are the implications of it? Let it sink into your heart.


If you can make space to meditate daily on a short portion of God's Word, you will change your mind-set and your heart over time.



Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. — Philippians 4:8

Pastor Rick Warren says, "The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel determines the way you act." If we want to change any behavior, we must start by challenging unhealthy perspectives. The Daniel Plan requires a new attitude. Being made new like this begins when we challenge our distorted ways of thinking. We ask, "Is that right? Does that fit with God's Word and God's wisdom? Or did somebody somewhere tell me that, but it simply isn't true?"

Pastor Warren also says, "We must make healthy choices to use the resources God has given us, and the first healthy choice is to be careful about what we think." So what are you thinking about today?

Think about what is true — what is true about God, what is true about your identity in Christ, and about the promises of God.


How powerful it can be when we challenge our unhealthy perspectives and replace them with God's truth.



Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. — 2 Corinthians 7:1

What contaminates the spirit? Anything that takes our eyes off Christ. When Paul spoke of these things, he probably was referring to sexual sin, but certainly our bodies need to be purified from things we eat or drink that aren't good for us, too. We need to detox from all of it.

To "detox" means to rid ourselves of toxic substances. We detox from artificial, manmade foods out of reverence for God — out of the knowledge that God made our bodies and wants us to care for them. We detox so that we can enjoy the abundance of foods God created to nourish us. Detoxing is about abundance, not deprivation, because the foods we are saying no to aren't really foods at all.

As Dr. Mark Hyman says, "The best thing you can do for your health is to avoid factory-made science projects that haven't been made by God in nature." Emphasize bringing in the array of delicious, replenishing foods that God made for your pleasure and well-being.


God has made an abundance of good and flavor-rich foods for our enjoyment, so purifying our bodies can actually be fulfilling and satisfying.



My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. — Daniel 6:22

Daniel continued his habit of prayer to God even when prayer was outlawed, so the king of Persia had him thrown into a den of lions. God prevented the lions from killing Daniel in order to show the king that God really was God and Daniel was his innocent servant.

God doesn't always shut the mouths of the lions. Sometimes bad situations happen to his loyal servants. But nothing can ultimately harm those who are faithful to him. We are safe from all enemies and even from death because God will raise us from the dead. Knowing this, we can face the lions with the same courage as Daniel.

The psalmist says, "My heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure" (Psalm 16:9). How bold and confident will you be about your faith, knowing you are safe in his loving arms?


Don't let fear get in the way; God always goes before you.



The Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way. That is for the good of all. — 1 Corinthians 12:7 NIrV

God has given us the Holy Spirit so we can make unique contributions to the world. You may not have one mission for your whole life, and you don't need to know what God plans for you to do twenty years from now. What you need to know is what God wants of you in this season. How has God shaped you to contribute to his world here and now?

God designed us to have passion. We are supposed to feel things. Passion helps us move ahead, have energy, and persevere through conflicts. We know we have passion when we lose track of time while doing something. What are those things that you enjoy so much that you forget the time?

If you don't know what you're passionate about, experiment with different activities until you find one that lights you up. Frederick Buechner said, "The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."


When the Holy Spirit and your passion come together, you have a powerful opportunity to make a difference in the world.



You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. — Psalm 16:11

So many distractions compete for our attention. We need to focus on God's plans and priorities for our lives. Some of those priorities are the same for every person: seeking God's kingdom, loving our neighbors. Some priorities are unique to the stage of life we are in. Consider taking some time to think through the top priorities in your life. What does God want you to be devoted to at this point?

Does taking care of your spiritual, emotional, and physical health make it onto your list? If you give careful attention to those, you'll have the energy to fulfill everything else God has called you to do.

God wants you to experience the fullness of joy. You can do that by drawing near to him and letting him show you the path of your life. Try not to let distractions pull you away from that path; it's the one that leads to eternal joy.


Choosing God's path for you will lead you to fullness of joy.



Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. — Psalm 149:3

How are you doing at discovering movement you enjoy, movement that feels like play to you? There's a saying that goes, "We do not quit playing because we grow old; we grow old because we quit playing." We are designed to take joy in our bodies' ability to move in so many different ways. The ancient Israelites even praised God with dancing.

If you've been doing the same kind of movement for some time, perhaps it's time to bring some variety to your workouts. Fitness expert Sean Foy says, "Changing your scenery, meeting new people, and trying something different can be just what you need to keep your fitness routine fresh."

You're not on this fitness journey alone. God is with you to keep you steady and on track. Consider thanking and praising him as you move your body. Ask him to help you discover movement you can feel passionate about.


God wants to help you get to a place where movement is playful and full of joy, celebrating him.



Even if the mountains walk away and the hills fall to pieces, my love won't walk away from you. — Isaiah 54:10 MSG

Do you find it hard to believe the depth of God's love? If it's hard for you to reach out in love to other people, it may be that you are not secure in knowing that you are unconditionally loved. If you are secure in God's love for you, his acceptance can help you handle the imperfect ways of other people. You can concentrate on loving them and not worry too much if they don't make you feel deeply loved in return.

Meditate on this truth: God's love for you is more solid than a mountain. Mountains are slowly worn down by rain, wind, sun, and snow, but nothing wears down God's love. No earthquake will shake his love. Nothing bad you've done, no personality quirk or limitation of yours can undermine his absolute delight in you just the way you are. Let his love enrich your life and the lives of those around you.


Picture a mountain. God's love for you is much taller and wider, and he promises that his love will never fail.



Let us keep looking to Jesus. He is the one who started this journey of faith. And he is the one who completes the journey of faith. — Hebrews 12:2 NIrV

If you want your mind to be healthy, focus your thoughts on what is true and good. Nothing is truer or better than Jesus. Study how he lived, because his life is the one to imitate. Read the Gospels, which tell the story of his life. Ask yourself, what did Jesus do that I could learn from? Picture him running the race just ahead of you, showing you how it's done.

During his earthly life, Jesus focused his thoughts beyond the cross to the joy waiting for him in the Father's presence. Focusing on that joy at the finish line enabled him to put up with anything during the race — even when people didn't respond to him with faith and love. He spent plenty of time alone with his Father, so people didn't keep him down. When the road seems difficult, ask him to guide and strengthen you.


Keep your eyes on Jesus, and you'll find you are able to overcome anything that stands in your way.



Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. — Proverbs 4:23

When the proverb says, "Guard your heart," it means "Guard the part of you where your deepest, most fundamental thoughts and beliefs are stored." That's what the heart signified in ancient Hebrew culture. The reason for guarding these deepest thoughts is because they determine how you feel, what you do, and therefore, how your life goes. If your deepest attitudes are distorted, your life will reflect that. But if the deep beliefs that motivate you are true and good, your life will flourish.

We are usually most interested in God changing our circumstances, taking away our suffering. But God is most interested in changing our hearts and actions. That's because who you are and will be for all eternity is shaped primarily not by what happens to you, but by how you respond to what happens to you. And how you respond is shaped by what you think deep down in your heart. So feed your heart plenty of true, good, and lovely things (Philippians 4:8), and guard what goes on in it.


Your heart is the wellspring from which your life flows. Guard it well.



I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. — Psalm 3:5

Sleep is the ultimate form of trusting God. Going to sleep means letting go of control over the world, trusting God to take care of things while we're unconscious. We trust God to sustain us while we sleep.


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