My Temple

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 Or 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, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Pregnancy has changed many things for me, specifically in regards to what I put in my body. Of course, the usual suspects, alcohol and cigarettes, had to be immediately removed. But other things became very important as well. I find myself constantly researching the specifics of what to do to stay healthy during pregnancy. How much calcium do I need, how much iron?? Am I eating enough fruits and vegetables? Are the medicines that I take or the products that I am using safe for my new little baby?

How funny it is that this comes so easily when I have a little human inside of me. Isn’t this something I should have been doing for myself as well? Instead of measuring my health by numbers on the scale, shouldn’t I have been focused on what nutrients my body was taking in? And while I would never think of subjecting my baby to the harmful affects of cigarette smoke, why was I willing to subject my own body to this? It occurs to me that if we could only love our own bodies like we love those of our children we would certainly be better off.

It may help us to remember that our bodies are not our own. We were created in his image and it is our duty to care for and protect that which he has made. Easier said than done for sure, but it is certainly something I think is worth working on. It is my goal to try to consider my own health moving forward in the same way that I do when carrying my new little life. So stay healthy ladies!!!

 

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Henny Penny and Hurricane Florence

My husband and I received a call from my father-in-law today, who is out of town and worried to death about the upcoming hurricane in South Carolina. Despite explaining to him that it is much too early to worry about the storm, he is already is full panic mode. Get the cars out of the driveway! Load up my important treasures! Rent a Uhaul!! All of this worry over a storm that might not even come near us. I jokingly call him Henny Penny, and promise to watch out for his house and belongings.

We all do this. Worry, prepare, plan. With a new baby on the way, I spend a lot of time worrying about the future. Do I have everything I need for the baby? Do I know how to properly care for her? Will I be a good mother? What if?? What if??

Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Mathew 24:44

Funny how we spend so much time worrying about the future of our little lives, our belongings, our homes. But how worried are we about our souls? Are we working daily to be the best Christians that we can be, so that we are ready for the second coming of Christ? Sometimes it helps to take a step back from our day-to-day worries, in order to reflect on God’s word and what he wants us to be doing. After all, the sky might not really be falling, but the second coming of Christ is absolutely imminent and well worth preparing for!

Dream Small by Josh Wilson

We all have the ability and the time to help others wherever we are.  Just the small things that we do for others may help spread the love of Jesus.  Reaching out the the hurting that are around us everyday;  doing what we need to do for our families.  These are the things that make us the hands and feet of Jesus.

When I first heard this song, my first response was “Huh?”.  Then I started to really listen to the words.  Here are the words and the video:

“Dream Small”
It’s a momma singing songs about the Lord
It’s a daddy spending family time the world said he cannot afford
These simple moments change the world
It’s a pastor at a tiny little Church
Forty years of loving on the broken and the hurt
These simple moments change the world

Dream small
Don’t bother like you’ve gotta do it all
Just let Jesus use you where you are
One day at a time
Live well
Loving God and others as yourself
Find little ways where only you can help
With His great love
A tiny rock can make a giant fall
Dream small

It’s visiting the widow down the street
Or dancing on a Friday with your friend with special needs
These simple moments change the world
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with bigger dreams
Just don’t miss the minutes on your way, your bigger things, no
‘Cause these simple moments change the world

So dream small
Don’t bother like you’ve gotta do it all
Just let Jesus use you where you are
One day at a time
Live well
Loving God and others as yourself
Find little ways where only you can help
With His great love
A tiny rock can make a giant fall
So dream small

Keep loving, keep serving
Keep listening, keep learning
Keep praying, keep hoping
Keep seeking, keep searching
Out of these small things and watch them grow bigger
The God who does all things makes oceans… from rivers

So dream small
Don’t bother like you’ve gotta do it all
Just let Jesus use you where you are
One day at a time
Live well
Loving God and others as yourself
Find little ways where only you can help
With His great love
A tiny rock can make a giant fall
Yeah, five loaves and two fish can feed them all
So dream small
Dream small

Christians Know

There is a long list of things I’m not. I’m not patient, kind, loving, wonderful, special, talented . . . well you get the idea. You might say, ‘Oh, your being too hard on yourself.’ or, ‘That isn’t true, I’ve met you are a indeed kind and patient.’ Yes, that may be true-sometimes. Still, I know that I am not those things one hundred percent of the time. I will occasionally slip and say something less than kind. Maybe justifying it as a joke. Even if I manage not to say it out loud, my thoughts betray me. Even if I bite my tongue when someone puts me down or they act obnoxiously, my outward appearance might not match my spirit. If I curse my enemy inwardly is it not the same as an outward lashing?

Matthew 5:28

“But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

Therefore, it is as it is with laws. Either I follow the letter of the law or the spirit of the law. And most of the time I fail miserably at following both. If you aren’t a christian, I honestly have no idea how one deals with the crushing knowledge the we fail as human beings at some level constantly. I can only come to the conclusion that some really don’t know. That they go about life believing that they are as close to perfection as possible. Maybe, but for my part I have not yet met such a person. In fact if you watch the news at all the world seems to be full of the opposite.

All that said, here is my not so secret-secret for dealing with the knowledge that I am so completely and utterly flawed. I’ve read a book. And it say this:

 2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

By Our Love

Christy Nockels song, By Our Love, speaks to us reaching out to help one another.  This is really what Laity is all about.  We should be the hands and feet of Jesus.

What does the Laity do? (Just a small list…)

Do you go to church every Sunday?  Do you just go to Sunday School and Church and then go home and watch the game on TV and think that you’ve done your thing for God this week?  Have you ever thought about what goes on during the week before church?

Let me give you a clue…  Members of the church that you attend are busy doing large and small jobs so that when you come in on Sunday morning, everything is set up.  The Sunday School teachers are planning their lessons.  The choir and organist are practicing the music.  Someone is typing and printing the bulletin.  Someone else may be setting up the overhead.  During this week the council met to make decisions on how the church is run as a business, taking care of bills and other boring things (yes, those decisions must be made as well).

I used to be one of the people that just came to church on Sunday.  Then I decided that I wanted to get involved.  I was amazed at how much activity goes into one service.  How much needs to be done and how many decisions have to be made.  Just like everyone else I thought the pastor took care of it.  But this is absolutely not true.  The pastor is busy with doing his thing, the shepherding, meeting people for counseling, going to see the shut-ins, visiting the sick, writing his sermon.

Then there are the people who are busy during the service. Ushers, greeters, sound techs, nursery helpers, scripture readers, communion assistants.   The list goes on.  It’s enough to make you feel guilty for just sitting in the pew, huh?  Good.  Volunteer for something.  Your church will find something for you to do.

 

“Even unto death”

Revelation 2:10

Holman Christian Standard Bible
“Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Look, the Devil is about to throw some of you into prison to test you, and you will have affliction for 10 days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

We go to church, read our bible, go to Sunday school, we pray, and go about our lives with our human knowledge and human sight; and seemingly unfortunate lack of ability to see into the future. Psychologists talk about children and teenagers not being able to “see around corners.” What they mean (I think) is that kids don’t know how to think ahead far enough to foresee the end result of their current actions. When we ask why they would jump off of  the couch onto their little brother, expecting them to know, we as the adults are actually doing so in folly. They really don’t know, and couldn’t predict harm. Their brains aren’t done growing, and they didn’t (previously) have the context to realize what could happen. But we adults have experience that allows us to see ahead, and logically predict results. That’s a benefit right?

Well that depends. Children who can’t see possible harm, also trust that it will work out. And really it usually does, even when flawed parents drop the ball. (And that I do.) They believe that things will be okay. Children believe it even unto to death. Christian parents know this well, however if for some reason we have to live through the ‘even unto death’ part . . . we find it almost impossible to see around the corner and believe it will be okay. Our adult minds, with our adult experiences have given us reason to think it might not be. And its much easier to accept ‘even unto death’ if it’s our own.

But when we’re faced with the death of a loved one, it’s so much harder. We can’t see them, nor can we logically predict our lives without them. The thing is we don’t have to be logical when it comes to trusting God. We don’t have to know everything, we don’t have to do anything. We can mess up everyday, be happy, be sad, maybe be on our game; just hold out hope in Christ. Let go and be faithful until death, and God will give us the crown of life.