Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

I can't believe these past eight days have only been eight days in length. It seems like Piper has been sick for a month and that it is never-ending. Right now, she is coughing up a storm and her breathing is raspy. It's sad to see, and sad to hear. I hope she gets well soon.

In knowing that my daughter has been sick, it's no surprise that I haven't been caring much for myself in these past eight days. However, one thing that I have been doing to care for myself is taking some quiet moments to read a couple of my favorite Bible study plans.

For Christmas, my husband bought me a Kindle Fire. I love to read the Bible on my Kindle. It's a true luxury! Like I said, I have a couple favorite Bible study plans. Most of my favorites at this time pertain to being a mom.

Current Bible Study Favorites:

Today, I want to share with you the devotional content from day 4 of the "No More Perfect Moms" study. It's not actually directly linked to being a mom, it's a devotional that any woman or even any man could benefit from reading. It's about how we were all "fearfully and wonderfully made".

"When you look at yourself in the mirror, what filter do you see yourself through? Do you compare what you see in the mirror to what you see in magazine articles and television shows? Or do you see yourself through God’s eyes? His eyes care more about the condition of your heart than the condition of your skin. We can make peace with our bodies if we will learn to see it through God’s eyes. Let’s explore what God says about our bodies and our hearts.

First Corinthians 6:19–20 asks, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (ESV). A little earlier in 1 Corinthians we read, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? . . . For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple (1 Corinthians 3:16–17 ESV). From the book of Romans comes this instruction: “I appeal to you . . . present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” (Romans 12:1 ESV). First Corinthians also reminds us, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV). All of these verses tell us that our bodies belong to God. He asks us to take care of our bodies and treat them like the Holy Spirit’s precious home. So taking care of our physical bodies is a stewardship issue. We are taking care of something that doesn’t actually belong to us, but instead belongs to God.

When you consider these verses, do you get the feeling that your body is actually a gift from God? I do. In fact, it’s a gift God made Himself! In Psalm 139 we discover, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well (Psalm 139:13–14). . . .
Now imagine God knitting together your body. When the last stitch is complete, He says, “If you EVER wonder if I love you, just look at this incredible body I’ve given you. It is evidence of sacrifice and a heart full of love for you.” Our bodies are truly miraculous. . . . The human body is an intricate piece of artwork God fashioned and gave to each one of us. Think about that the next time you stand in front of a mirror!"

There are many reasons to want to get healthy and even to lose weight. The fact that these bodies of ours do not actually belong to us, but instead belong to God has got to be the biggest reason to want to take care of ourselves. Just something else to think about on this journey of losing weight, while living life.

Readers, do you have any favorite bible study plans that you would like to share? I'm looking for more!

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