Is Your “Temple” In Ruins? What is the state of your physical body?
“Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins?” Haggai 1:4 (NLT)
I recently read this verse during a mini-study of the book of Haggai. Many years prior to this time in scripture, the Babylonian armies destroyed God’s temple in Jerusalem, and exiled the people. The temple lay in ruins for quite some time. King Cyrus later gave permission for the Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild. During the time of Haggai, the people should have been in the process of rebuilding the temple.
However as time went, they had limited resources and started facing opposition. When difficulties came, it discouraged the people, and they gave up. Then instead, they started building and working on their own elaborate homes. Consequently, God sent a message to Haggai as a word for Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah. Haggai was to encourage Zerubbabel and the people to continue the work of rebuilding the temple and to reorder their priorities.
I saw this “temple in ruins” message from a different perspective
Haggai 1:4 stood out to me and kind of convicted me in a different way. I saw this from the perspective of God’s house, or temple, as my body. I saw how the state of my body probably isn’t what it should be in order to be fit to be the house of God. Frequently, I don’t take care of myself like I should…in my eating habits, my activity/exercise, and in getting rest like I should. Often I put other things as a higher priority, and taking care of myself takes a back seat.
Additionally, I noticed that I sometimes tend to give up on focusing and working on my body when Continue reading
Stay Healthy—Love Yourself!
This past week at my Weight Watchers meeting we talked about ways to love yourself (and NOT the Justin Bieber kind of “Love Yourself”!). We did a fun name acronym activity. We were supposed to come up with a positive attribute or descriptive word for each letter of our first name. It was funny how so many people had such a hard time with that. They had a hard time either coming up with words that were positive to describe themselves, or they didn’t want to say them out loud because they felt like they were being arrogant or bragging. Our leader was trying to encourage them that this is the right time to brag and that it was actually helpful to love yourself.
I wanted to yell out, “Don’t you know that God thinks that of you and sees you that way?!” Then I realized that I wasn’t reading mine out loud either. Oops. It can be hard to love yourself sometimes and then especially to show that you love yourself out loud! We’ve been trained not to speak highly of ourselves because we may come across as cocky and arrogant. However, I think there are two ditches. On the one side is the ditch where we ARE arrogant and speak and think too highly of ourselves. This is obviously wrong.
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” Romans 12:3 (NIV)
I like how the NLT translation of the verse reads though because it says “…Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us”. It doesn’t say we can’t say or think good things about ourselves. It just says we just need to give an honest evaluation by God’s measurement. We need to see, think, and speak about ourselves based on how God sees us. And guess what? He does think we’re pretty great. Therefore, we need to see ourselves as pretty great too!
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Funny Friday: Chocolate Is Salad
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means that chocolate abounds. So for all of you health-conscious chocolate lover’s out there…don’t sweat it. Just remember that chocolate comes from cocoa, which is a tree. That makes it a plant. That means that chocolate is salad. 🙂
“‘…I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so.” Genesis 1:30b (ESV)
Funny Friday: Baby Jesus Wicked Abs
Here’s another funny Christmas image I ran across on the web. It looks like baby Jesus is going to have some wicked abs by the end of the season!
“Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty…” Psalm 24:8 (NIV)
Funny Friday: Healthy Level of Insanity
Another fun Pinterest find…20 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Level of Insanity. Some of these sound so fun. I think I might have to start using #7 and finish all of my sentences with “In accordance with prophecy”. 🙂
“…in accordance with the word of the LORD, the God of Israel, spoken through his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath Hepher.” 2 Kings 14:25 (NIV)
Funny Friday: Road Sign
I thought this would be a fitting Funny Friday photo this week since we were just talking about getting lost and following directions and guidance. It’s no wonder I got lost in Texas with a road sign like this! The only thing missing is the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. 🙂
“Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.” Isaiah 30:21 (NLT)
How To Use the Correct GPS–God Positioning System
I would consider myself “directionally challenged”. Just ask my husband. It doesn’t take much for me to get lost. I’m a HUGE fan of GPS now though. Where were personal GPS devices 17 years ago when I was driving to my in-laws’ new house in Texas for the first time? A GPS would have saved me several wrong turns and a very tearful conversation on the phone with my father-in-law (there might have even been some frantic yelling on my part 🙂 ) as he was trying to verbally direct me to their ranch. Apparently you can turn both ways on a loop, and if you go the wrong way and then take a right-hand turn you will end up completely opposite of where you want to be. Oops.
I’ve discovered that sometimes I can be “directionally challenged” in life too, and like a lot of people, I don’t always seek direction and guidance. Sometimes I even flat-out ignore it. It’s either…
- “I don’t need your help. I can do it by myself.”
- “No way! I’m not doing that!”
- “That’s got to be the wrong way.”
- “I think this way might be better.”
- “I don’t trust you. What if you’re wrong?”
- or something similar
Next thing I know, I end up lost or completely opposite of where I should be. What’s even more sad is Continue reading
Bad with names? Here are 7 Tips for Remembering Names…
Do you know that feeling of panic when you see someone you know, but for the life of you, you can’t remember their name? I’ve been there a few times. I’ve typically done one of two things in this case. I either try to carry on a conversation without even having to say their name and without admitting I forgot, or I go ahead and admit that I have completely forgotten their name, beg forgiveness and ask them to remind me. Oh…there is a third thing that I hate to admit that I’ve done…I just flat out hide and/or act like I don’t see them. I know! I know! That’s terrible! Don’t act like you haven’t done it though! 🙂 On the receiving end of this situation though, I think I’d really prefer the other person to just admit that they don’t remember my name. I actually respect people more for this. Remembering names can be tough!
It does feel really great though when someone remembers your name, especially if you don’t expect them to. I had this happen recently. I was volunteering at church and had to check in at the front desk. The girl working there said “Tracy, right?” That made my day! I have probably only seen her a handful of times, and I don’t think we’ve actually ever had a conversation. You also have to understand, we have thousands of people that attend our church and hundreds of volunteers, therefore making it extremely difficult for remembering names! To me, it was highly impressive that she could remember my name. It made me feel really good.
I’ve also been on the flip-side where I run into a person that has met me several times yet still doesn’t remember my name. This makes me feel Continue reading