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Today’s Truth

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

Friend to Friend

I have struggled with weight issues since I was a little girl. Part of my struggle is rooted in “fluffy” genes lovingly passed down to me through several generations of “fluffy” relatives. The remainder of my struggle is firmly rooted in the fact that I hate exercise, take medications that cause weight gain, enjoy eating, and sometimes use food as an emotional outlet and reward.

I was a young adult and living on my own before I realized that part of the creation process included green things called vegetables. The motto in our family was, “If it ain’t fried, it ain’t right.” Gravy was a condiment and potatoes a staple at every meal. No bread? How can you have a meal without bread? And dessert was a necessity. Get the picture?

Over the years, I have tried just about every diet I could find. I could always lose weight. I just could not keep it off. The day came when I threw in the towel.

My name is Mary, and I am a Carboholic.

I was done. I was burned out on diets and quick fixes. I didn’t want to be a certain size. I just wanted to feel good and to be as healthy as I could possibly be at this point in my life.

I went to a highly-recommended Christian nutritionist who asked me to complete a packet of 500 questions (not kidding), did an EKG, ran more blood tests than I have ever had run in my life, and introduced me to the coolest machine that measures fat and muscle in the body. After all the tests were in, Dr. Tague smiled at me and calmly said, “Mary, you are a malnourished woman.”

My mouth literally fell open in shock. At the time, I was at least 50 pounds overweight and ate pretty much everything in sight whenever I felt the slightest twinge of hunger. How could I possibly be malnourished?

The doctor went on to explain that I was indeed eating … but I was eating all the wrong things … at all the wrong times. In fact, I was dangerously low in several key vitamins and minerals. He handed me a small paper cup filled with a mixture of those vitamins and minerals to take before leaving his office and said, “If you were my patient in the hospital, I would not release you until some of these levels came up.” Now he had my undivided attention.

God often works the same way.

I spend more time working on ministry checklists than I spend in God’s Word.

Prayer is more often a drive-through event than the sit-down-at-His-feet experience it should be.

I give God the leftovers of my day when I should purposefully plan my time with Him.

Rather than investing time in relationships, I follow friends on Facebook or text them to ease my guilt.

I choose what is easiest and more convenient in ministry instead of choosing the best part of ministry, which is often messy and inconvenient.

I often allow the hedges of protection to go untended, resulting in a lack of boundaries and margins in my life.

I allow myself to become a malnourished Christian.

God then lovingly but unquestionably gets my attention in several ways – a crisis that knocks every prop but Him out from under me, or an illness that rips every choice out of my hands and really makes me stop. I can then get the spiritual nourishment that really feeds my soul. Nourishment like sustaining time in the Word of God … significant, life-giving time in prayer … nurturing time with encouraging friends … opportunities to give myself away in service.

After following the carefully laid out plan of my nutritionist for two years, I have lost 65 pounds, but that is not the best or most important news. I feel better than I have felt in many years! My blood work, EKGs, and BMI (body mass index) are all perfect. And the doctor has now pronounced me a well-nourished woman.

I want to be a well-nourished Christian. I want to get my spiritual ducks in a row. I am seeking God on what I should and should not do. I am setting boundaries and asking my husband and accountability group to hold my feet to the fire in keeping those boundaries firmly in place. I am practicing saying “no.” I am bringing order to any areas of chaos. I am resting beside the still waters. And I know He will restore my soul just as He has restored my body in so many ways.

How about you? Are you a malnourished Christian? Today is the day to take a step toward spiritual health!

Let’s Pray

Father, I celebrate the amazing truth that You chose to live in me and that my body is Your temple. Please forgive me when I abuse that temple. And I am so sorry for the many times that I neglect You, Lord. Forgive me when I fail to spend time in Your Word and at Your feet in prayer. I need Your strength and power to practice Godly discipline. I want to become healthy in every area of my life – for my good and for Your glory.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

 

Now It’s Your Turn

Evaluate your physical and spiritual health. Use the lists below to help you get started. What steps do you need to take to be healthier? Make a plan to get started today.

Physical

___Diet

___Exercise

___Sleep

Spiritual

___Time in the Word

___Prayer

___Service

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5 Responses to “Time to Get Healthy!”

  1. Jacqueline says:

    well Mary i could have wrote this for myself, have you been secretly spying on me haha, yes i have a few wake up calls and that usually means God takes it all away like friends and crutches to get my attention,
    this morning i had a revelation, i have been seeking God for a job change which i do believe is from him, but the thing is i wanted the solution more than the one who gives the solution, and i thought, what i really need is the presence of Jesus, no wonder i never had the real peace he talks about, the intimate relationship with him is the answer and yes setting boundaries for me is to unplug and plug into him and reminder to priorities.
    thank you for your encouragement today and for sharing that we are get it wrong from time to time, for various reasons and its not too late to change and learn,
    hope the team has a blessed day
    love Jacqueline xxxx

  2. gail says:

    Thank you for that encouragement today. That is me in everyway. I started a job three months ago on the weekends and I love it but I miss church now. I get home so late then,I stuff my face and go to bed. Some People there arent so nice to each other. Then I come home mentally drained not from the work, but from drama that has happen. Please if you would to pray for me and my coworkers, and me getting on the right track in every way.. Love you guys and enjoying reading my daily emails…

  3. lisa says:

    Mary,
    I laughed at today’s devotional title. As common, God speaks to me through you. Here is the same thing I’ve been thinking, in word. The way you mix your life experiences in your devotional makes it personal and relatable. Right now, I have a “crisis” that brings my full attention to God, as he is the only one that always has the answers. He wants my full attention, and He has it. I will listen and pray.
    Blessings to you, gf.

  4. Deb says:

    Wow…I recently read a devotion by you that touched my heart so very much & now this one! This is pretty much exactly the conversation I have had with my sister recently. Were you in the other room listening by chance!!!??? In struggling thru an extremely difficult time for what seems way too long to me, my weight has become a point of frustration & overwhelming discouragement, adding to my frustration even more. You encourage my heart so much & the Holy Spirit has placed a conviction on my heart that NOW is the time to make a change. Thank you for sharing your heart so openly to encourage others. Your story sounds like it could be pages from my story! Deb

  5. Cheryl says:

    Wow! I’m so glad that I didn’t miss this devotional moment (date-wise, you’ll probably notice that I’m catching up . . .) This is such a powerful devotional. I love the way health connection was made to our spiritual health which for many of us, does need an honest check-up and tune-up. Thanks so very much for your ministry. I’m definitely sharing this with friends.

    Cheryl

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