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How’s Your Temple Care?

I guess I heard it years ago – that phrase ‘temple care’.

I listened as the conference speaker spoke of the importance of caring for our bodies.

The need to be intentional about self care –

 sleep, exercise, eating nutritionally, drinking plenty of water, etc.

I remembered those words – Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? I Cor. 6:19-20 Msg.

My, very body – my 5 ‘ 2” body a sacred place?

Our bodies are the place where His Spirit dwells in the life of every born again believer.

The more I thought about it the more I realized that my body

 was not mine to just do with as I saw fit.

Stay up late, binge on Doritos, deprive myself of sleep as I stay  up reading or

watching a UVA basketball game.

No, my body belongs to the Lord – the One Who gave His life for me

and it was up to me to take care of the temple.

Yes, this earthly body of mine made of dust and aging rapidly.

To intentionally care for it – with this understanding was a change for me.

I needed to respect the limits of my body.

Get enough rest.

Say no to over extending myself. Make time to exercise.

Not necessarily spending all my resources on health supplements

but choosing to eat nutritious food.

Temple care. Yes, good temple care.

Oh, I still have those moments – particularly when under lots of stress –

that I’ll reach for that red bag of Doritos.

Yes, my weakness –

But then I’ll remember – almost as if there’s little voice inside –

and I hear that call to good temple care.

Resting in Him – in His Presence-

God cares about it all. He not only created us for His Purpose

but He calls us to be wise stewards.

Taking good care of our bodies.

So how are you doing with that, my friends?

Join me, won’t you, in asking the Lord to give you wisdom and strength to

practice good self care-

temple care.

Trust in His care to provide for all your needs

and practice good temple care.

It will make a greater difference than we all realize in the moment.

The Perils of Hurry

I got up early, reached for my list and quickly scanned the items

wondering how in the world I would get it all done. Sigh.

Reaching for a cup of freshly made coffee

I sank down into the comfortable chair –

the one that I sit in to have my Quiet Time.

Flipping the pages, I turned to the reading for the day

but inside my mind was still racing –

already thinking about all that needed to be accomplished.

As my eyes read over the verses –

verses cherished —

I found my mind wandering back to that long to do list.

Pulling my thoughts back again, I saw those words.

Words I’ve read many, many times before.

“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15 NKJV)

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I had some quietness today?  I mused.

But no way for me.

No, my life is too busy.

Sigh.

But the strangest thing happened as I closed my Bible and began to pray.

It was as if I sensed Him looking at me and saying, “Why not?”

Really, I thought. Could I possibly eliminate some of the hurry from my life?

Me? A single parent. Working full time.

How ridiculous is that!

But just as quickly I began to wonder.

Had I begun to make excuses for my busyness?

Had I joined in the hurry sickness of our day?

Was I allowing it rather than disciplining my own life?

Throughout the rest of the day and the days that followed

I realized that I needed to

Unhook

Disconnect

Say no

And play more.

Without realizing it I had allowed the tyranny of the urgent

to creep into my life

causing me to be overstressed and overcommitted.

As a result I was not living in the strength He wanted me to have.

I wasn’t victorious in ways He intended for me to be.

That realization was like a huge light coming on.

Only I could change it.

And change it I would.

Over time I began to manage time better and with wisdom.

More time for retreats and less rushing.

Instead of living life to the max

I began to build in margin and allow time for simply doing nothing.

Instantly my creativity began to increase and I slept better.

Quickly I noticed a slowing within and my soul becoming filled.

It’s a change that I’ve continued to work on –

The press of living around us is something none of us can completely escape

But those words reminding me of the importance of quiet have become like

markers in the sand.

He has promised to supply all of our needs —

Our need for rest,

Our need for strength

Our need for wisdom

We must choose to live intentionally.

One day at a time.

Yes, as we depend upon Him to guide our days

And rest in His pace

We, too, can learn to live in quiet and confidence.

Join me, won’t you?

Staying Young In A Dying World

Is there a way to stay young in a dying world?

A way to bring back the laughter and restore the sparkle in the eyes?

A way to renew your zest for living and a youthful vitality?

Yes. It is.

No magic wands. No quick fixes. But definitely things that you can learn

that will not only slow the aging process but in many cases renew your youth.

Are you interested?

It will take learning new habits

and changing some ways of thinking.

It might involve incorporating a few minutes of a healthy activity

into your present lifestyle.

But the benefits are huge.

More energy.

Improved physical health.

Increased beauty both inside and out.

Those who are young get more done, dream big and keep growing.

Their eyes sparkle. They have a ready laugh. They embrace life.

We are living in a dying world.

Isn’t it time that you looked into staying young?

Curious?

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“But the godly shall flourish like palm trees and grow tall as the cedars of Lebanon. Even in old age they will produce fruit and be vital and green. Ps.92:12,14 LB

Live your life and forget your age. – Norman Vincent Peale

 

 

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