Are You Honoring Your Body?!

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” 1 Cor 6:19-20

Are you taking care of the body God has given you? Are you honoring God with your body?

We have been given a gift and many of us are abusing that gift.

Your body is something you should love and care for and yet we are doing the opposite. Many of us hate how we look and feel. We struggle with body image. We stand in front of the mirror and a rush of negative thoughts come flooding in our minds. We expose too much and do not respect ourselves. We stuff our faces with unhealthy food that makes us feel sick. This is not what God intended when he gave us this gift.

Do you know that God sees you as fearfully and wonderfully made? He calls you beautiful and his child. We need to take a step back and look at ourselves as God does. We need to start loving ourselves and flooding our minds with positive thoughts. Once we love who we are, where we are we can honor God.

How do you honor someone?

Honor means “high respect”

Are you respecting God by treating your body, the gift God gave you which you do not deserve, with respect? Are you feeding it the proper nutrients? Are you exercising and moving to strengthen and support your muscles? Are you drinking water? Are you looking at yourself in the mirror and telling yourself how beautiful you are?

These are ways you can show God and yourself respect. Start taking ownership of the temple God has given you here on this earth.

I am on my own journey to love and respect my body to honor God. I am learning to love myself the way I am, but to also take action to live a healthy lifestyle so that the body God has given me is in the most optimal condition. If you think about it, when you feel good and look good you tend to be more confident. You tend to step out, take risks, love others and most importantly love yourself. I am not saying you need to be skinny to be happy, you need to love yourself in your own skin and make good decisions based on what you feel God wants you to do.

This journey I am on I am not doing alone. God is with me every step of the way. He continues to tell me how important my health is and it is becoming very important to me as well. God is giving me his eyes to see myself the way he does.

I have had multiple dreams in the past month (and I don’t normally remember my dreams). In each dream I look fit, strong, and healthy. I know in my dreams this represents not only my physical health but also my spiritual and emotional health. I believe God is showing me what it looks like to be at my best. The way He created me to be- strong and confident. And in these dreams I am living out my calling as a life coach.

How are you going to honor God with your body this week?

Let’s be on this journey together!

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Bread of Life

“Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.’” John 6:35

 

Up until a couple years ago, I didn’t understand what Jesus meant when he said he is the bread of life. I thought how could Jesus satisfy my hungry enough I don’t have to eat food? That’s silly.

 

In October 2013, I went to training camp for the World Race. This was 10 days of sleeping in a tent, little food, preparation activities including packing up and walking around the campus for 30 minutes with all of our belongings on our backs, having half of our group “loose their belongings” and having to figure out how to share what the rest of us had for one night.

 

These 10 days were physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausting. But even though we weren’t eating much I rarely felt hungry. And here is why… I was getting filled up spiritually with amazing worship, quiet time, prayer, people to pour into me and the Holy Spirit. This is when I first experienced what it means for Jesus to be the bread of life. He was filling me up and I didn’t need physical food to fill me! It was incredible!

 

I have since experienced that again. I did a fast only drinking water and juice for 24 hours. I had a list of things I wanted to seek the Lord on and I felt this was a great way to do it. Whenever I would start to feel hungry I would pray and Jesus would fill me up. Jesus was the center of my whole day. I was constantly talking with him and I felt he was holding my hand and walking me through the day. Jesus filled me up; I didn’t need or even think of needing food to fill my stomach.

 

Why don’t we make Jesus a part of our every day all the time? Why are we not in constant communication with Jesus? I know I find myself not talking to him all the time, everyday. We get distracted by the outside world. We need to keep our gaze and focus on Jesus. He is the only one that can fulfill us. Nothing else in this world can.

 

Focus on Jesus.

Bread of life