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Understanding God’s Love

Psalm 127:3 (NIV) “Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.”

He Gives Us Real-Life Examples

Sometimes, I wonder does God give us children to understand His frustrations, unconditional love, empathy, and desire for more than we want for ourselves. I can remember my mother telling me, “I can’t wait till you have children of your own.” Of course, it wasn’t until I had children of my own; I could understand her perspective.

Reminders in the Word

When reading the word, I sometimes relate to motherhood. It is something that is a part of my identity and that I can easily relate and understand. For example, my children’s selective hearing. I will tell my daughter specific instructions, at which she will do something entirely different or my favorite, nothing at all...

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Honor Your Temple Prayer Challenge Day 23

Today’s prayer: Remembers God’s Love.

Ephesians 5:29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,

When I am asked who do I love? I can list off my husband, my children, my mom, my grandparents and so on. I never start with myself. Not that I don’t love myself. I am on that list somewhere, probably closer to the bottom, at least I was. The more that I go on this journey, the more I explore my inner temple I realize that I need to love myself more.

One day it occurred to me I need to love myself as God loves me like God wants us to love others. We wouldn’t be able to experience this life if it wasn’t for God’s love and sacrifice for us. God loves and accepts us the way we are, but He loves us too much to let us stay this way.

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Honor Your Temple Prayer Challenge Day 16

Today’s Prayer: Help us not to compare ourselves to others. 

It is very clear in the Bible that we should not be comparing ourselves to others but to be focused on Christ.  Paul clearly questions and states to the Galatians,

Galatians 1:10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

 I have a tendency to do this with everything. I like to think its the competitive nature in me but it is my own insecurities. We should be focused on our journey and the direction that we are going and fixing our eyes on Christ. That comparison isn’t an option because we are focused on our won goal.  I hate rubber necking when your driving...
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Honor Your Temple Prayer Challenge Day 14

Day 14

Today’s Prayer: Help me to see myself as God sees me.

Why is it so common for us to doubt God’s love for us? To think that our worth is less than anyone else’, it is simple that is what the world wants us to believe. That we are not good enough because we aren’t a certain size, income class, education level. That we don’t measure up because we don’t have a particular car, house, go on vacations to exotic places. When it comes to our temple, the standards to which we measure ourselves are absurd.  He had loved us before we were even born and made us each special and unique.

Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,I know that full well.

God sees us as we truly are, His perfect creations tainted by sin and loved immeasurably...

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Honor Your Temple Prayer Challenge Day 13

Day 13

Today’s Prayer: Help me to have only an appetite and love for the food God prefers me to eat.

Genesis 9:3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

We all have our vices, weakness when it comes to food and the food that we (Americans’) have to eat has been tainted from its origins as God created and intended it to be. It is to provide us nourishment and fuel our body so that it may function at optimal performance. This is no longer the case, and some of the things that we consume can be abusive to our bodies or cause it not to function well. In today’s prayer, let us turn to God to guide us on what we should and shouldn’t eat...

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Honor Your Temple Prayer Challenge Day 12

Day 12

Today’s Prayer: Give me healthy alternatives to deal with stress.

I have come a long way in my stress management. I have quit smoking, nail biting, obsessive compulsive cleaning and now my newest addiction sugar. I have overcome the battle of the “Sugar Demon” which is just as hard as any other addiction. Not sure if you know that the addiction to sugar addiction can be as addictive as cocaine. An actual chemical addiction anything in excess is harmful to our temple our body that you have to detox.

Stress also cause hormonal changes and imbalances that cause adverse effects on our body. There has to be a better way to deal than putting things in our bodies to harm it or doing things that we shouldn’t. We always have God, the conqueror of the impossible and the healers of all...

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Honor Your Temple Prayer Challenge Day 10

Day 10

Today’s Prayer: Help us to overcome obstacles to get healthy.

Sometimes we have physical obstacles; sometimes they could be emotional and others they are self-made keeping us from honoring our temple; whether it is through nutrition or physical activity. We always have a God that is greater and can do the impossible. (Although sometimes it’s not the impossible that is the problem.)

I know that I have hit road blocks in lots of different areas business, personal, financial but to me, the most frustrating can be to health and weight loss. Plateaus, stagnant, it’s hard to deal. You have been doing something has worked and then screech a stand still halt. This has been the last two months for me...

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Honor Your Temple Prayer Challenge Day 9

Day 9

Today’s Prayer: Help me to focus on my inward heart.

Is it me or are you easily distracted by the shiny objects? Or can you tell other people what they need to work on but when it comes to yourself you are lost searching? Today’s prayer is my prayer often; I need to God’s guidance on my inward heart. I need Him to help me not focus on what is around me because I am using it to distract me from what’s going on. Then I realized by avoiding what is going on with me I am avoiding what God is telling me or guiding me to.

1 Peter 3:4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

When you are focused on weight loss, you typically focus on the outside...

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Honor Your Temple Prayer Challenge Day 8

Day 8

Today’s Prayer: Help me to give myself permission to rest without guilt.

Mark 6:31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 

It seems silly that you need to pray to give yourself permission. Mom’s and women are nurturing creatures, often going without for other. Never taking the time to put them first and make themselves a priority. We can go on very few hours of sleep, being the mother of a newborn will be our first experiences of and test of our will. The problem is the sleep and rest are vital to us functioning properly. Overexerting yourself does not benefit anyone in the long run.

Even in the creation of the world, God rested. There have been studies showing ...

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Honor Your Temple Prayer Challenge Day 7

 Day 7

Today’s Prayer: Help me to focus on today and not the end results.

When I started this weight loss journey I had a goal in mind. A size, a look, a feeling, I had a destination to where I wanted to be. As I took each step towards that destination some days I felt like, “Yes, I will get there,” and then others I thought, “Oh no, it is way to far, I will never get there or it’s going to take me forever to get there.” That is not for us to worry about.

Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

We need to be present here and now. Giving all of our energy and focus on today...

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