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Spare Change, Toxic Relationships – Is it worth the Dime!

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Are you always the one putting in more than you receive, time and time again?

Are you the one that keeps on giving just to get nothing back in return, frowned upon your ways to make another smile. Do you often come off as needy or even obsessive, bit of a try hard?

Truth is, we’ve all had those relationships that seem as though we’re the only ones trying to keep it all together, caught with our arms tightly hugged, in hope to keep all the pieces from scattering all along the floor, whist trying not to suffocate ourselves within the process. It always seems that the one who puts in more effort is usually the one that is left broken and disappointed. Many of us take these happenings as a sign of defeat not truly exploring the reasons why, only experiencing an internal disappointment and left concluding we are…

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Your Temple, PERSEVERANCE, THANKFULNESS & Biblical Inference

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PERSEVERANCE

A BASIC UNIT OF LIFE

Origin: Proskarteresis(Greek); Pronunciation: pros-kar-ter’-ay-sis

Definition: describes a steadfast single-minded fidelity (faithfulness) to a certain course of action.

“16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

 

Keep a Thankfulness Journal

You’ve decided that you want to keep your temple up to par for God’s Holy Spirit that resides in you, but you don’t know where or how to start. You’ve tried several times to get going, to exercise, to eat healthily, you’ve tried to find an accountability partner and you’ve even tried asking God to give you the strength you need to succeed with your plan. Unfortunately, you haven’t been able to stick with your plan and you may even feel some guilt because you can’t seem to keep moving forward.

The first step to succeeding in any plan is to keep a journal to be able to go back to and remind yourself of why you started your journey and to reread your steps along the path.

Create a thankfulness journal for documenting God’s grace towards you while on your journey to becoming the shining DIAMOND that our supreme being created us to be, that polished temple that He resides in day in and day out. Researchers have found that by keeping a thankfulness journal on a daily basis those people exercised more regularly, had fewer health problems, made greater progress toward important personal goals, experienced less depression, handled stress better and had more energy.1 “10 A thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But I came so that my sheep will have life and so that they will have everything they need.” (John 10:10 GOD’S WORD Translation)

Some Steps to Follow

 

  • Keep It Simple

 

A thankfulness journal isn’t for lamenting or pouring out your heart to God. The purpose of the journal is to thank God for blessings you in more ways than you could possibly remember. Your pages should be one to two sentences starting with “I am thankful for…” You might enjoy adding drawings and/or mementos to make your words more memorable. Also, write a scripture at the beginning of each day to remind you of who you’re thanking.

 

  • Keep It Private

 

Write your personal thoughts for your benefit and God’s glory. Your journal is sacred and intended for your eyes only, God will reward you “6 When you pray, go to your room and close the door. Pray privately to your Father who is with you. Your Father sees what you do in private. He will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6 GOD’S WORD Translation).

    3.  Keep It Honest

Only you and God will know what you write, so don’t make the stuff you write bigger or smaller than they are or force yourself to feel a certain way. Write thankful things that apply to your present time.

  1.         Keep It Personal

Comparing what other people are doing or not doing isn’t what your journal is for; use your journal to show God your gratitude for what He has done that day that gave you joy.

  1.  Keep It Specific

Stay away from being general, write exactly what you are thanking Him for. For example, today I was taking my morning walk, it was very hot and sunny. I asked God to give me some shade and within seconds storm clouds covered the sky above me. I didn’t thank God for the shade, I thanked Him for answering my call and keeping the rain away until I finished my walk.

  1.  Keep It God-Affirming

Be thankful for the source of your health and your healing never for things that destroy His temple. “19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NASB 1995)

IMPORTANT:  Review It Often

On days that you need to be reminded of our Supreme Being’s unfailing love for you those are the days that you really need to go back and read your entries. Furthermore, every now and again you should read everything you’ve written up to that day. Then you will find reasons to celebrate your PERSEVERANCE & FAITHFULNESS.

Examples of verses in the Bible about being thankful

 

  • Hebrews 12:28
  • Hebrews 13:15
  • Colossians 2:7
  • Psalm 28:7

~A Coal to a Diamond

 

Reference

 

  • Robert Summons and Michael McCullough, “Highlights from the Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness” 2003

 

 

Biblical Health: The Spiritual Aspect

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We need to ask God to give us the desire to be healthy, but not for those vain reasons. Examples of vain would be to catch the eye of her/him, to be loved by him/her, to make someone else happy or stay with us, etc.

By taking actions to grow in our prayer life we make it easier in allowing God to guide our steps while making our bodies…living, holy and acceptable to God. “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”(Romans 12:1 NAS 1977). Let’s not forget to mention avoiding that same mistake Eve made with the enemy in the Garden of Eden; that very mistake that involved food. Now, if food had something to do with “the fall of man” then how much less do you think our battle of taking care of our temple will be? As often as I can remember daily, I ask God to help me not to be gluttonous, eat the wrong foods and even help me not to put off exercise. I also ask for a spirit of conviction regarding if/when I do these things.

Before beginning this journey on consecrating our temples, I suggest that you either get a journal or start a section on your electronic device to keep up with your daily prayers to God regarding your health, your struggles and your successes. By having this journal you can go back and look at previous days past to see what areas you need to ask God for more help and those areas that you can celebrate about. The journal I invested in came from Lifeway Books, titled, “All of Me: a journal for the body, soul and spirit.”  This book has ways to mark how many different food groups you ate, what exercise you did and what your inspiration was for that day, along with journaling space.

Some examples of why a prayer life is important on the battlefield are: prayer provides spiritual food and water for daily living, prayer helps you give your life/body back to God and prayer allows you to confess your sins. Now, to put the above into a perspective on dealing with our health. We must ingest healthy food and water for us to live, we must all ask God for His help in giving our bodies/temples back to him on the daily, so that His Holy Spirit has a clean temple to dwell and grow and last, but certainly not least talking to our Father gives us peace when we slip off the track. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

~A Coal to a Diamond