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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.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Honoring God with Our Bodies…Prayerful Meditations on Restoration-YIELD

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This is about to hurt your feelings, BAD. S’okay, this realization hurt mine first. Get over it. 

I am not your “eat ice cream by the tub while watching chick-flicks girlfriend,”
although I can recommend someone if that’s what you need. I don’t particularly care to braid your hair, although I know how. I am your late-night, Thelma & Louise-type, Ride-or-Die, lovingly truth-telling like I need you to tell it back to me. Feel free to excuse yourself if you’re not ready. This is intended to leave a mark. We’re about to go deep. 

God’s got jokes, at least with me. So deep in the midst of an end-to-end life changing transformation, one that insists upon gaining steam every time I expect it to slow down, He blows up my sense of security in a new way. I have no choice but to suck it up. In so many areas of our lives, we claim to desire change. We think we do, but it is my testimony that change occurs in our lives ONLY when we’re prepared; when remaining where you are is so miserable that the pain and fear of trying something new is less onerous than continuing to do what you have been doing….which by the way clearly ain’t yielding desired results. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Honoring God with our bodies-Prayerful Meditation on Restoration

Yesterday was Wednesday again. No “last chance workout,” no insistence that I get in all my steps, no alarm set for 5:00 am. Upon awakening yesterday morning, I failed to hurry. There was no black sedan standing by, I hadn’t packed my show bag. I rose, stretched, and got back between the sheets. I slept in.

Thursday mornings are no longer a show day for me. It’s Thursday. This is my life. This is #AfterShow. For 16 weeks I wondered what Thursdays would feel like once I left the TV bubble. I occasionally watch the set where I would ordinarily be on Thursday mornings, sipping coffee without concern for my lipstick or carefully, professionally coiffed hair (once the stylists got brave enough to play in my dreads), planning my day.

My days feel good, like well-made garments. I feel confident. I feel equipped to live a life transformed by an extraordinary accident, although those who know the Lord know there are no such things... I say Yes to God, trusting Him in everything because, and I can say this with confidence, He has been good to me. 

The lesson in Luke 12:48 (NIV) is clear...
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Oprah Winfrey has declared 2016 as the year of our best bodies. I agree, but I’m taking it one step further. 2016 is going to be the best year of my life, and the first year of the rest of my best life. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit,

Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who comes from God and dwells inside of you? You do not own yourself. You have been purchased at a great price, so use your body to bring glory to God! 1 Corinthians 6:19-20The Voice (VOICE)

...and we have not treated them well. I received a wake-up call along with the opportunity AND the vehicle to change my direction and restore my life. This is a charge, a calling, a sacred obligation, and I dare not clutch it too closely to my bosom as it does not belong to me.

What is the value of my blessing if I cannot scatter the seed and multiply the harvest? What a hollow, shallow, selfish victory if I do not shout from the highest places all that I learned? Self-care and temple restoration are not vain pursuits. They are humble, grateful acts of worship and stewardship, honoring God for His Goodness by celebrating the lives he gave us and living them well. 

Here and now, I challenge everyone I know, everyone who sees me to take up the mantle of King David in restoring our temples. It is our sacred obligation, and an opportunity to live and demonstrate our faith. I am being restored; my walls are being rebuilt. Everything I endured before this time in my life including that period I saw as my time in the crucible serves me well. It’s time to shout new victories. Lord, You are doing new things in me and I am surrendered. I am all in and saying Yes. I am broken from my willfulness, held still so that You may work in me, trusting that what comes of Your Hands is beautiful beyond my imagining.

This is my life #AfterShow. This is my lifelong commitment to #RestoreTheTemple. I am changed, and offering up my best vessel to be used by God. Who’s with me?

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