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Our Bodies As Temples

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! -Psalm 84:1 (NIV)

It’s easy to imagine God in heaven, on a glorious throne, in a beautifully serene environment.  We read how the Bible depicts the temples and particularly the tabernacle constructed with the finest things.  We may even witness God dwelling amongst us in a breathtaking sunrise, a powerful thunderstorm, or the silver beams of moonlight.  But how often do we view our bodies as His dwelling place?  How often do we care for it as such?

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? -1 Corinthians 3:16 (NASB)

I’m not specifically talking about exercise, though that could be included in the balanced care of our bodies.  More pointedly, the things we put in and on our bodies, the things we allow to happen to our bodies, and the things we say about our bodies…  are they worthy?

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? -1 Corinthians 6:19 (NASB)

Holy Spirit, I know you dwell within me.  Forgive me for not treating myself as the holy temple it is.  Help me carry this awareness with me, to make choices fit for your dwelling place.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Faith, Fitness, Food

 

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At Your Feet

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. -Matthew 11:28 (TNIV)

Lord, I am at your feet today on behalf of a woman very near and dear to my heart.  She mother’s many, including me, and I feel she carries numerous heavy burdens.  I doubt she ever asks anything from you for herself. She is your good and faithful servant, humble and generous to all the needs around her.  Please help give her rest!  Of course, I see many ways this could be brought about, but I pray your will.  I praise you for  bringing her into my life.  Forever I will be grateful.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2012 in Faith

 

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Forgiven

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.  Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  Psalm 51:1-2 (TNIV)

Lord Jesus, thank you for the cross.  Father, thank you for bringing your children into close relationship with you.  Holy Spirit, thank you for bringing to light my sins.  Please continue to lead me, change me, make me anew.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Faith

 

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Anticipation

The burn in your belly when your love kisses you passionately.  The tingle of your skin from each caress.  The anticipation for what is next…

Holy Spirit, I praise you for leading me down this path.  I anticipate great things in the near future.  “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  Thank you,Jesus!  Amen.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Faith

 

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Hello? God Calling

I hope to one day reach a confidence in my ability to hear when He calls.  At this stage I struggle.  The only spiritual hearing aids I know of are prayer and the Bible.  God is faithful.  If in obedience you seek His will, it will become known to you.

Last fall my women’s Bible study group did the Daniel study by Beth Moore.  A study of scripture so rich a number of things began rumbling around in me.  During the study we examined Daniel’s fast.  Beth invited us to participate in a way of our choosing for 6 weeks.  I gave up ice cream.  I didn’t tell anyone, because spiritual fasting shouldn’t be done for any other reason than to increase our time and acknowledge our dependence on God.  I love ice cream and frequently indulge.  The times I normally enjoyed my ice cream, I used to do the Daniel study homework, read scripture, and pray.

A few weeks ago my mom’s group blessed us by coordinating a teaching on fasting.  I learned SO much and the rumblings increased.

Last week during a middle school ministry leader meeting, our middle school pastor discussed some upcoming changes and suggested we check out a book detailing some things and the author’s blog.  On the author Mike Breen’s blog I find a post detailing a teaching series on Lent and fasting.

Then the other day my husband unexpectedly mentions his desire to look into and try a Daniel Fast.

Any ideas on what God might be calling me to do?

 

Lord, thank you for your faithfulness.  That even when I may be doubting your will, you continue to call me until it’s clear.  Please forgive my doubts!  I pray you guide me in preparation for action.  I love you!  Amen.

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2012 in Faith, Food

 

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Not That Girl Anymore

Our church starts a new series tomorrow.  I am part of the creative writing team responsible for the weekly devotional The Journey.  I thought I’d share the intro video and what I wrote for this week’s devotional here.

Dude don’t be that guy: Lovesick guy from Heartland Community Church on Vimeo.

As a young woman I felt desperate for a man’s love. In order to receive this love and affection, I pretended to be whatever I thought would attract and keep his attention; occasionally compromising myself because that seemed easier than compromising the relationship. Accepting less than ideal treatment became all too frequent if I felt that he “loved” me. Internalizing these situations, I asked myself what I could have done to inspire better.

Growing up I didn’t have an identity in Christ. I suffered from low self-esteem and felt that my relationships and achievements formed the foundation of my identity. I truly feel this caused me to constantly try to fill my life with those things.  Due to my desperation, I found myself in undesirable places, with undesirable people, doing undesirable things.  Partying, underage drinking, and older men were used in an attempt to fill the large void I felt in my life.

Even after finding the love of my life, I was still high-maintenance.  I required a lot of time and attention. When this didn’t happen, I felt abandoned, and even betrayed. The expectations I placed on this relationship defined unrealistic.  I thought it was my significant other’s job to please me, fulfill me, to make me feel loved. Boy, lookout if this seemed unimportant to him!  Because I equated my own self-worth to the status of my relationship, I experienced great emotional breakdowns.  I would suffer the emotional equivalent of a toddler throwing a temper tantrum.  I also had about the same thought processes as a two-year old during those times.  I was inconsolable.  Life seemed hopeless.  He didn’t love me; and if he didn’t love me, then all was lost.

As I matured and our relationship matured, things improved some, but not much.  I still felt desperate for his time, attention, and craved his affections.  These things did not seem important to him.  I learned what I thought were better ways of coping.  Communicating my needs, suppressing my needs, and even finding others who could satisfy my needs, but none of these filled the hollowness I felt.

Our relationship suffered breakdown and, in spite of our love for one another, it looked like we were headed for divorce.  We sought out counseling, which helped immensely with my issues.  The desperation I felt seemed to lessen as we worked through our differences and our desires for each other and our marriage. But nothing helped quite like finding my identity in Christ Jesus. The exploration of my self doubts encouraged me to examine my spiritual doubts.  With a supportive church and mentor I pressed into these issues and found new ways to define myself. With the solid foundation and security in His love, I found the same in my husband’s love.  I’m no longer “that girl.”  Praise the Lord!

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” – 1 John 3:1 (NIV)

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2012 in Faith, Family

 

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Awake My Soul

You have searched me, LORD,
   and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
   you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
   you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
   you, LORD, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
   and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
   too lofty for me to attain.-Psalm 139:1-6 (TNIV)

When I feel like I’m not measuring up, whether that measure is my own, my assumption of others’, or my assumption of God’s I inevitably revert to negative self-talk.  Lately, I feel behind in everything and find myself constantly telling myself to Be More.  However, God is awakening my soul to recognizing these lies and helping me replace them with Truths.

Father God, please forgive me for these sins, for insulting you and your creation.  “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. -Psalm 139:14 (TNIV)” I ask you continue to awake me to my sins and help me learn to honor you and myself.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Faith

 

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