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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.

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