It has now been seven years since I started this blog. How quickly time goes by! We are many members but we are one in the body of Christ. Therefore you do not journey alone! Hopefully through this site you will be encouraged by the fact that many things you are going through in your own walk, others are going through (or have gone through) as well. Sometimes we think we are "going through things alone." But we are not. God said that "He would Never Leave Nor Forsake Us." (Hebrews 13:5) and that "There is Nothing New Under The Sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9). No man is an island. It's easy to forget that. May the words in this blog help you to think, encourage you in whatever spiritual state you are in and may the Lord use them to help us to grow in Him! He is the Author and Finisher of our faith!

I don’t want any readers to think that I am “promoting” being a prodigal. I definitely am not. But what I am hoping to do – is to encourage those of us who either have had or are currently experiencing a hard time in our walk to be honest about it. Personal conviction is a powerful thing, especially if you truly love the Lord. I think that sometimes the Body of Christ critiques and judges to the point where the person who is at the other end of that pointing finger feels ostracized, alienated and alone. I don't think that that is what Jesus intended. When I read through my Bible - I see a firm yet gentle restoration that Jesus ministered to those around Him. Look at John 21:15-19. When Peter who was at an all time low point in his walk - he was firmly, yet lovingly restored by Jesus. He didn't tear him down, or yell or make him feel any worse then he already did. He spoke to him lovingly and gently - and in doing so, Peter was able to repent and minister in a much more powerful, humble and confident way and it became one of the largest ministries ever.

Please note that I am only a vessel, my calling - to write. I dedicate this blog to the Lord and ask that He use it to reach out and touch whoever needs a special, loving, personal touch from Him. My hope is that the Holy Spirit allows you to see Him through the words (and not me). We go through things so that we can extend our right hand of fellowship behind us to assist and help someone else. Our Bible is the same today, as it was yesterday as it will be tomorrow. (I am far from perfect and do not profess to have all the answers...) but the good news is - Our Heavenly Father does! His love, forgiveness, grace and mercy is real!Nothing you are experiencing in your walk comes as a surprise to Him! May He be glorified through this blog and may God bless you at whatever stage in your walk you are in!~

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January 2, 2015

It IS All About YOU!

We are a spirit, which has a soul, which lives in a body.
The three parts that make up YOU.
Most people start the New Year off with a New Year’s resolution.  No sooner is one made with sincerity and a heartfelt promise of commitment, than 30 days later – it’s broken.  I chuckled to myself as on January 1st I pulled into the parking lot of my gym to discover it completely packed.  As I gathered my gym bag, my ear phones and my membership card out of my car, I giggled as I thought, “Yep – here are all the New Year’s Resoluters, by the end of January they will all have petered out.”  Well, maybe that is not exact – 50% will have petered out…
Two years ago I began a workout program, Couch to 5K.  When I started it I kind of snorted and was like, “Me, run? Yeah, RIGHT.” I have never been a sports minded individual.  Come on now, I was your theatre major! Didn’t care for it, didn’t watch it on TV and couldn’t care less which team/individual won (shhhhh I’m from Massachusetts – let me be “politically correct” and say, “Go Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots!!!”), yet with being a cancer survivor I have become more aware how important it is to be healthy.  Over the last two years I have become a runner.  On the treadmill mind you, not outside… I haven’t graduated to that point yet.  I prefer the treadmill.  I grab my headset and my iPhone, put on the Couch to 10K Program (I graduated from the 5K) and I get lost in my country music and the program.  I call it, “running away.”  There is a saying that if you try something for 21 days it becomes a habit.  I determined in my head that I was going to run and like it!  I held on to that determination like someone riding a stationary bull – and I won!
To my surprise what I discovered is that our soul (which includes are mind, will and emotions), our body and our spirit really do go hand in hand.  We are a spirit; we have a soul which lives in a body.  How one is treated affects the other two.  You have probably heard the saying, “you are what you eat?”  I never paid that much mind.  I was more like, “yeah, yeah, yeah.”  But it is TRUE.  Certain foods not only make you build up fat, but also make you feel sluggish.  They are yummy and most are comfort foods or things we eat out of habit, but they do affect your weight, your health and how you go about your day.   They also affect how you feel about yourself.  If you don’t care about your weight, you won’t do anything to make yourself healthier.  Or maybe you’ll never give it any other thought – until you go see the doctor for a physical and you discover that your cholesterol is high, your blood sugars are high or you are a great candidate for a stroke or heart attack.  Or, like me – you get diagnosed with cancer.  Talk about a wakeup call! How you treat your body, matters.   The Bible tells us:
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples 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 bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Talk about responsibility!  I am not, never been and never will be a “gym rat.”  You can go from one extreme to another – but the truth of the matter is, your body is only one part of the equation, you also have your soul (mind, will and emotions) and your spirit.  The key is balance.  I have discovered that if I don’t go for a run, it affects my mind and brings my spirit down.  They say that exercising sets off endorphins that endorse mood-boosting chemicals that combat depression.  Personally, I have found that to be true. I have jokingly told people that, “I don’t drink (except for an occasional glass of wine or hard lemonade), I don’t smoke, and I’m currently *not* in a relationship – so when I get stressed, for relief, I run!  And it picks up my mood, makes me feel better (and also makes those that are around me WANT to be around me! LOL).  It helps my mood, which picks up my spirit.  I’ve blogged about this before, but the truth of the matter is we are a being that consists of three parts and they need to be balanced.  We need to take care of our bodies, our soul and our spirit.
In terms of our minds, the Bible tells us that we need to guard our minds.  It is the battlefield in which ol’slewfoot tries to discourage us or trip us up.
“Be renewed in the spirit of your mind,” (Ephesians 4:23)
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)
“I keep every thought under control in order to make it obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:6)
This is one reason why it is important to read your Bible and get the Word into you.  It protects your s0ul (mind, will & emotions) and feeds your spirit.  You see?  We are one being made up of three parts, body, soul (mind, will and emotions), and spirit.  It is through our spirit that we are able to have fellowship with God.  Our spiritual health has a significant impact on our emotional health and our physical health.
For myself, as I contemplated the changes I want to occur in my walk with God and in my life for 2015, I suppose you could say that my “New Year’s Resolution” is one where I have decided that I need to be attentive to the three parts of “me”   -My body, my soul (mind, will & emotions), and my spirit, try to maintain a healthy balance between the three.  I believe in doing so, I will experience a wellness of my soul, contentment in my life, continued physical health and a new maturity and understanding in my walk with God.
“Jesus replied:'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'”(Matthew 22:37)
What are your goals for this New Year?  What changes can you make for yourself which will benefit all three parts of you?  Once you become aware of the fact that you consist of a body, soul and spirit you start to realize when one is being neglected how it affects the other two.  It’s kind of a juggling act.
It’s ALL about YOU.  If you haven’t thought about it, maybe it’s time you did?  Or as Jesus said:
“Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

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