“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 price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you crawl under the covers and emerge only for rice cakes, bathroom breaks and spin class until you lose it all? Do you cancel your gym membership, move to a place without any Internet access so no one can take pictures of you and put them on Facebook and exist on chocolate croissants for the rest your life? Believe me, both options have crossed my mind over recent weeks. You see I have not been overweight my entire life and I would not have thought in a million years my body would change so drastically. But my life changed a few years ago and my body did too. Once I had my kids I did not take care of my Temple like I should have. I started putting things in my body that I should not have and coupled with circumstances that I was dealing with at that time; I unknowingly began to destroy my body. I was slowly killing my Temple and God was not pleased; my health was not pleased either. Old habits die hard and instead of dealing with stress and anxiety by doing the things I know help, eating well and working out, I turned to the things I knew only would make things worse; food, isolation, and very little physical activity. Sounds awful right? This conversation I have had with myself over the last couple of months. Here’s what I’ve learned talking to myself this way: I have no chance in hell of getting off the hamster wheel of binging and I have no motivation – zero. I beat myself up. But I recently was enlightened and realized that eating well and working out are literally gifts I give myself. Taking care of and honoring my Temple is a form of worship. So I have made a commitment to not to think those negative thoughts. And now when I feel emotional and want to give up, I think of my husband and children, as when I give up I am not only giving up on me but I am giving up on them as well. So who’s with me on this journey to lose what you’ve gained? Let’s get fit and get our Temples right!
God I come before you today asking for guidance, patience, and the ability to trust in You. I know that I am not taking this journey alone. God I know that You can make anything possible and You will not allow me to give up on You or me, but you will be pushing me the entire way. I am so grateful for Your love and Your covering, because I know I have not been taking care and honoring my Temple, but God I come before You today saying that I am ready for the transition, and I’m ready for my new temple — in Jesus name I pray. Amen.
ENTER INTO WORSHIP
Contributed by: Norell Porter
Norell raised in Ft. Lauderdale, is now a resident of Georgia. She is a dedicated wife, the dutiful mother of four children, and a successful entrepreneur of Family First Coding Specialist. She is a covenant partner of The Sanctuary and is our Minister of Giving. She is ambitious outgoing, and she takes great pleasure in giving and helping others succeed in life. If this devotional has fed your soul, please share with your friends and family. Click the social share button or leave a comment in the box below for Norell .