Monthly Archives: June 2012

And God said,”Let there be light,” and there was light.

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by Raymond Larose "Flickr" cc

Any Guesses? by Raymond Larose “Flickr” cc

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. – Genesis 1:3 (NIV)

Have you ever had one of those a-ha! moments in your life where you knew that it just had to be God working? I remember the application process to graduate school being one of those moments in my life. I applied early, before the January deadline, which meant that I had a significantly longer time to wait than if I had applied later. I was a nervous wreck for those few months! After years of working hard in school, finding internships and preparing applications I was stuck. Finally I received one offer from a school that I had applied to on a whim. I didn’t know why they were the only ones that were interested in me but I took my chances. Good thing that I followed through because it was on that interview that I met my husband. It took awhile to realize it was God leading me to the man that he had created to be my life partner. “A-ha,” I said. I see what you are doing, Lord! Pray that you can keep your eyes open so that God can turn on the light in your life.

I will celebrate before the Lord.

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… I will celebrate before the LORD.—2 Samuel 6:21

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Who doesn’t love to celebrate? Whether it is to grab a congratulatory dinner, wedding reception or simple glass of champagne to toast good fortune there are things in life, that I feel, deserve to be celebrated. I’ve been thinking frequently about celebrations. I have been given the honor of being the maid of honor if two of my lifelong friends’ weddings. With the “MOH” status comes responsibilities to plan showers and bachelorette parties, attend bridal fittings and other numerous pre-wedding activities. So in other words, lots of celebrations. But in all that, where do we take the time to celebrate God?

It is scary to think of the expectations that come with bachelorette parties. Thanks, media. On film, women go to Vegas, get wasted and no doubt do things that they will regret or explain to their significant other the morning after. But why? Why do these events have to be portrayed that way? Sure, celebrate with girlfriends but don’t sacrifice your dignity because you want to have a good time. In other words, whether God is invited to the celebration or not, He’ll show up anyway.

Consider that. God will show up anyway. Would the same activities occur if God was physically there? Likely not. Sure, this may be a different take on the verse from Samuel but it is, in my opinion, a solid point to consider.

Wisdom from God

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For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. – Proverbs 2:6

What is Wisdom? I like to think of it as the wrinkles that we as humans earn as we age. For instance in the photo above. This woman is so beautiful. Kind of a great reason not to get Botox or plastic surgery! Is it knowing the right thing to say at the right time? Don’t we all strive for that? Is it the perfect answer to a question? Is it the difference between right and wrong? Can it only be possessed by those who are our elders?

Where do we get Wisdom? According to Proverbs we get wisdom from the Lord. For from his mouth come wisdom and understanding. Repeat that again. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. And again in James 1:5 it says that “if any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

But why? Why would the Lord bestow this gift upon us? By definition: it is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement. Naturally as our loving Father, the Lord wants us to be able to make good decisions. And perhaps when we don’t have the experience to make a decision due to lack of experience He is instructing us to turn to him. And he will provide.

Life is often a series of decisions. I’ve had made many life changing decisions such as where I attended high school, college or graduate school. Should I stay in graduate school? Can I solve a problem in a relationship with a friend? Should I quit that organization? Should I leave that church? What do I believe? Am I compromising who I am? Reflecting on these choices, I remember them being incredibly stressful but by giving them over to God and allowing Him to lead me to the right answers definitely softens the process. So pray for God’s wisdom in your life.

You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

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Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Praise the Lord! To start off this series of prayerful Wednesday blog posts, I skimmed through some NIV daily bible verse websites. This verse from 1st Corinthians was the first one to catch my eye likely because I’ve been mediating a lot on health and wellness. 

God commissions us to treat our bodies as His temple. How would you prepare your home if you knew that God was visiting? You and I would clean for weeks making sure that everything is in its proper place. The meal would be meticulously planned with utmost care and detail. So too should we care for our bodies for as the verse above states that our bodies are a temple for God’s Holy Spirit to dwell within us. 

How can we accomplish this? Well first, we can start examining what we put in our bodies. God’s plan for us and our Christian walk is all about discipline. There are countless examples of God teaching us discipline. In Proverbs verse 12 God tells us that “whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.” Further, 2 Timothy 1:7 states “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline.” This self-discipline extends to how we treat our bodies. Remember the mother-phrase “junk in, junk out?” Well the best way for us to honor God through how we treat our bodies is to eat right and get some exercise. Incorporation of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, nuts and whole grains into our diets in modest proportions can make a world of difference in how our bodies operate. Pair a healthy diet with at least 30 minutes of exercise daily and then we’re in business! Don’t forget to attend to our minds. Through sleep, meditation and a vacation here and there can help us stay refreshed too. 

The second part of this verse is the most compelling. “You are not your own; you were bought with a price.” How does that make you feel? It makes me want to take care of myself that much more. My soul is just borrowing this shell of a body and through Jesus’ death I can one day be reunited with the Lord in heaven. Therefore, I should make the most of my time here on earth by glorifying God with all that I have. Including my body.