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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Honoring God with our bodies: Meditations on Restoration. Do You Believe You Deserve Better?

Do you believe you deserve better? Combing through old magazines, consolidating by pulling pages I want and dumping everything else, I read that question, and smiled, deep down. Minimizing the junk in my life, trying to manage my clutter is a process …it’s one of my burdens. 
I genuinely believe wise counsel may come from anywhere, remember Balaam’s Ass? so when I read a column by Dr. Phil (NO ENDORSEMENT) asking “Do You Believe You Deserve Better?” something resonated. It confirmed in a beautiful and holy way a lesson I learned last year and one I’m trying to teach. It’s his contention that achieving weight loss and a healthy lifestyle for the rest of your life is not about diet and exercise, but rather about believing that you deserve to be healthy. 

Do you believe you deserve better?
As women created in the image of an All-Wise and All-Loving God, don’t we deserve the best we can achieve for ourselves? Isn’t it an act of worship to honor those temples by treating ourselves well? Shouldn’t we testify to Grace by intentionally living fully and at our best? That doesn’t mean a particular size or a particular look. Remember, each of us is made both uniquely AND in His Image. He never taught that a particular size, or color, race, or political persuasion was THE IMAGE, rather reminding us in Colossians 3:11, 

Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. 

This week’s challenge (homework) to Restore The Temple is about committing to some decisions.
1. Decide what you are good at and what is good about you.
2. Observe yourself exhibiting those qualities or characteristics.
3. Acknowledge that you are living up to your potential and having some mastery in your life. If not, select ONE thing you’ll work on and commit to it. Plan for your success. Once your homework is complete, pray over it. You may share it here so we can pray over it with you, if that will help you be accountable. 

I am reminded of the old spiritual, “Walk together children, don’t get weary.” Remember, when we are not alone, when we are accountable to one another, our burdens are lightened and the way forward seems less bleak. Together we can do this. Even a full year away from my Today Show adventure, I still weight myself daily, for accountability. I am still deliberate and mindful about what I eat and when, appreciating the additional joy I receive from a temple able to do and experience more. Remembering my own transformation, I offer thanks and praise daily, in ways I never had before. I want that for you if that is what you desire as an act of worship. Together we can do this. 

Prayer: Lord, for the marvelous and miraculous temples in which we reside, we thank You. We thank You right now that we were able to rise from beds, move our limbs, and seek Your Face. Forgive us when we have not exhibited sufficient gratitude for the gifts in our lives. We humbly repent our callous and unintended disregard and pledge to do better. Be our soul’s inspiration and our joy, our strength when we are weary, our constant companion. Let us encourage and support one another in Your Name, to Your Greater Glory, in Jesus’ Name, Selah and let it be so.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Honoring God with our Bodies: Meditations on Restoration-Accountability

According to author Luke Gilkerson writing online at Covenant Eyes, “Behavioral accountability is choosing to be honest with another person or group of people about our obvious habits or tendencies.”

There is nothing like seeing your weight broadcast live on national TV to make you accountable...trust me, I know. There was no way I was going to fail; my ego simply would not let that happen. Thinking back, I wonder about spiritual accountability...are we as careful about the covenants we make with and before God?

In the last month, the women of The Consilium have embarked upon a life commitment to honor God with the temples He granted us, and I asked them to begin by apologizing for what they might not have done well AND committing to what they could change.

Let’s all be accountable....do you honor your commitments? I asked that we commit to ONE CHANGE in creating new, healthier, long-term habits. I wonder...how’s that going? No condemnation...we all fail daily, but let’s talk accountability. Do we manage our spiritual lives the way we are careful about other areas?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Honoring God with Our Bodies…Prayerful Meditations on Restoration Free your mind, and the rest will follow

As you read this, I will be returning my daughter to Philadelphia, PA to begin her second year of college. It’s only 2 hours away, but she’s gone. Her room is quiet, I do not hear her laughter echoing off the walls, nor do I hear the dance of her footsteps upon the starts. I have to adjust to a new mindset. And that is the way of transformational change.

Ephesians 4:22-24 teaches us 

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

As the mom of a college student, I am putting on a new self. I am parenting a fledgling adult, and together we are learning new rhythms. The same thing happened with my relationship to food, fitness, health and wellness. Today, sisters, I want you to begin by freeing your minds.

"put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness"
One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Let’s begin by letting go of the expectations and habits that brought each of us to the realization that we desired to treat our temples differently. Let’s begin there. Did you write your apology to your temple? Did you apologize for not consistently being a goodly, Godly steward? Keep that document close to your heart; let it be your accountability partner. When you remember what you don’t want to return to, you are more likely to move away from it than returning to it. Make peace with what was, but firmly, assuredly, close that door. It’s time to free your mind.

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