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My Body’s Testimony

Now that I’m on this wonderful journey of being healthy spiritually and physically, God has shown me why it is so important to allow my outside match the inside.

In 1 corinthians 9:27, Paul says, “I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

This verse hit home for me. I had not really connected that my physical appearance would be a testimony of my preaching but it most certainly is. I say to my child,”I must discipline you to instill good habits and good ways” yet I myself, am not disciplined in my ways to maintain a healthy body. I say to my children, “you need show self control over your body” yet I can’t seem to demonstrate self control, when my hand is headed to my mouth with food. I tell my children, “let’s not be lazy or a sloth” but I choose to be lazy and not get up to exercise. I say to others, “trust in God” but my stress eating is clearly out of lack of trust.

He revealed that even though my mouth spoke truth, my body spoke another truth, the truth of what was in my heart. I had allowed my physical body to try to disqualify me for the prize. I allowed it to be a hypocrite. I had held my comforter, food, as an idol in my life. I went to him and offered my body! I have been unfaithful to my faithful God!

However, in the Lord’s mercy and grace He has begun to fill my head with truth and weed my heart of lies that have ensnared me for so long. He has begun to take this broken and battered heart and body and transform it to his likeness from the inside out.

If you struggle with your body, I pray that you humbly come to feet of Jesus and ask him to reveal what is in your heart. Allow him to transform you so that you can be a true living sacrifice body and mind.

Scripture

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭9:24-27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

https://www.bible.com/111/rom.12.1-2.niv

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A Journey Towards Being Physically and Spiritually Healthy

I struggle deeply with stress eating and being physically unhealthy. Many would say, “you just have to get up and do it” and yes while that is true, I not only want to be healthy physically but I want to be healthy spiritually. God has been laying heavy on my heart about the connections between my physical health and my spiritual one and how both can effect the other.

I am not new to the health and wellness scene. Growing up I was very active in sports. Although I ate poorly, it didn’t matter much because I ran it all off. Once I quit the routine sports, my unhealthy eating habits caught up with me. It wasn’t until after my first son was born that I decided to quit making excuses and get back to healthy. I ended up dropping 75lbs in roughly 8 months through healthy eating and exercise. I continued to keep the weight off after my second child was born and then until my last trimesters of my third pregnancy. It was in that third trimester of the third child that my circumstances began to reveal some serious problems within my heart.

Well, I would love to tell you that I surrendered over to God and I went through my valley time having learned all that I needed and I came out better for it…but that wouldn’t be my story. No, I went through my valley kicking and screaming. I was stressed and I blamed any and everything for it. Instead of surrendering, I held on to my ways and I paid dearly for it within my own body. The more time passed the more miserable I became and every issue began showing up in my body. I then got pregnant with our 4th child and the baby weight just added onto the issue.

Instead of turning to God about my stress I just self medicated with food. The endorphins that were released, when I ate, took the edge off an otherwise crazy day of raising and homeschooling kids. In other words, I had turn to food as my comforter rather than my God.

However, over the last few months, God walked me back into that familiar valley I had once walked. The pressure was on and the stress of my life heightened. My body began to severely suffer. My hair started to thin, I gained 10lbs in a matter of months and the scariest for me, my “female body clock” began to malfunction and be delayed. That’s when I took one long and hard look in the mirror at myself. I did not like what I saw physically but I knew my physical problems were only manifestations of my spiritual issues. Even more, I was sickened at the thought of my daughters looking into the mirror and being frustrated and miserable with their bodies, because of a sin I had not surrendered over myself, so that I could teach them a new way.

So begins my health journey. Not so much a weight loss journey, because that will come in the end, but a journey towards honoring God with my body, heart and mind.