Connection

There is a connection between the mind, body, and spirit. Honestly, I believe it starts with mindset. The journey I have been on rings this to be true. It wasn’t until I started reading personal development books a few years ago did I realize the importance of mindset. I was never going to accomplish anything if I did not first believe in myself and love myself. For years I had been trying to please other people, trying to fit into what society deems as acceptable and beautiful. I have been on countless “diets” trying the next new thing and exercising like crazy and hated it. I was just trying to look good. And yes I got to a point where I looked good on the outside, but on the inside I was miserable. I would look in the mirror and would not be happy with what I saw. It got to a point I couldn’t maintain the lifestyle I had created for myself and I went down hill and gained most of the weight back. Then the cycle began again of me hating the way I looked and the person I saw in the mirror. I was nowhere near what society accepted as beautiful. And I was frustrated with myself and fed up! At this point I was not viewing my body as the storehouse of the Holy Spirit.

My view of myself has changed and I realize my importance in Christ. I want to have a healthy body because of Him and no one else! It starts with the mind, and then you need to take action on the body. Once I started going to therapy, I began to peel back the layers of shame and guilt I had placed on myself. I started working out in a way that was fun for me. It is now something I look forward to each day. I love exercise. An important aspect of healthy success is getting your body moving! I continue to learn to listen to my body by fueling it with what it needs and not what will cause it to suffer later. And also listening when my body needs to rest. This took awareness, action, time, and outside help to figure this out.

Spirit is tied into this as well. You must fuel your spirit by spending time with Jesus each day. Diving into the Word of God, journaling, getting your thoughts on paper, listening to God, praying, and surrounding yourself community. God’s voice is the one that matters, so take time to listen to him.

You are beautiful.

Look at yourself in the mirror. What do you see? I challenge you to say 5 things you like about yourself when you look in the mirror. You were created in God’s image. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Walk in the confidence of who you are in Jesus!

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14

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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

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