My Temple

‘Haven’t you yet learned that your body is the home of the Holy Spirit God gave you, and that he lives within you?  Your own body does not belong to you.  For God has bought you with a great price.  So use every part of your body to give glory back to God, because he owns it’

– 1 Corinthians 6: 19,20

I was a very brave lady on Friday. I went to see an optometrist to get an eye exam.  Yes I was brave.  Now for you, that would probably have been a very ordinary thing to do – it would not have been a blimp on your radar screen at all.  But for me – it was huge.  I am a bit embarrassed to tell you why………but here goes.  I hadn’t been to get my eye’s checked for a-hmmmm years.  You didn’t hear that?  Sorry.  It has been several years since my last check up.  Ok ok the truth……it had been seven years!  Yes.  SEVEN!!!!  I wear contact lenses.  Day in, day out.  My glasses are twelve years old – bent, lop-sided, and the prescription in them is way out of date, so I don’t wear them.  Just the contact lenses.

For those of you in the know you will know that this was very naughty of me.  I should get them checked yearly.   In fact ‘naughty’ doesn’t cut it.  Irresponsible is more the word.  And I knew that.  Hence the need for great bravery when I finally walked in to see the optometrist.  Now the optometrist in question was just lovely and only gave me a minimal telling off, perhaps because I was so mortified at myself, and thankfully my eyes are healthy – despite the lack of check-ups.  Although my vision had changed….

However – I know that if something was wrong with my eyes – if they were not healthy – it would have been my fault.  No-one else’s but mine.  Yes I can outline the reasons why I hadn’t had a check up sooner, but that does not excuse the fact that my body is my responsibility.  I believe that God can and does work miracles every day – He is a healing God.  But we have a responsibility to look after our bodies as best we can.  Our bodies are our temples.  The Holy Spirit dwells in ME.

When I read about the details that went into building Solomon’s Temple in the Bible, I am struck about the details in the construction, the respect shown to God throughout the process, and then the care that went into the maintenance and upkeep of the place.  What amazing workmanship!

Likewise, I am God’s workmanship.  He knit me together in my Mother’s womb.   Every part of me can give glory back to God.  Every part of me is owned by God.

I was a naughty girl for not getting my eyes checked sooner.  I have a responsibility to look after myself, my shell – not for vanity-sake or any other reason BUT because I am a temple, the Holy Spirit dwells in me.

Thoughtful Thursday

‘At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him.  Songbirds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put in the shadow of God’s hand until we learn to hear Him…….When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else when you get into the light’

– Oswald Chambers

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Secret Wish

…..well not so secret after I click that ‘publish’ button……

I have a secret wish…….you may giggle when I tell you…or you may totally ‘get it’.  One of the tv programmes I watch, that is probably the cat-iest, trash-iest, silly-est programme that I do watch is America’s Next Top Model.  I think it is fascinating seeing the journey these girls take and the progress they make, before a winner is finally announced.

But no, my secret wish is NOT to be on that show. Haha.  That would be delusional!  But one of my favourite parts of the show is when the girls get taken to an expensive salon and get a makeover.  Their hairstyles are sometimes drastically changed.  Some girls are delighted with the thought or it – others are simply petrified.  They are either scared of change or can’t see that what the producers of the show have in mind would work for them.  They think they are more knowledgeable on the matter, than the experts.

The girls in the show have to trust that the producers know what they are talking about.  They have to trust that the experts know what look would be best for them.

That is my secret desire….to one day set myself before an expert and to let them just hack away at my hair – to give me a new look.  To make something work for me, to bring out my best.  I trust that an expert hairdresser is going to know what is best for me, more than I do.

Now I can’t see any complete makeovers for me in the near future, I’ll be sticking to my el cheapo haircuts for a while yet…..but I do have the opportunity to put myself in the hands of a real expert everyday.

My Lord and Saviour knows what will work best for me.  When we come before Him and say ‘have your way’, it can be very scary.  Sometimes we want to stay the way we are.  Sometimes we don’t trust Him enough to know that He does know best.

But the more I let Him mould me and change me into the women He wants me to be, the more I like having ‘God makeovers’.

I can’t place myself in the hands of a hair superstar just now.  I can’t have the physical makeover that would be scary but rewarding.  But I can approach the Lord, every day, with a heart willing to be changed.

Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

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Thoughtful Thursday

‘Sad is the day for any man when he becomes absolutely satisfied with the life he is living,

the thoughts he is thinking,

and the things he is doing;

when there ceases to be forever beating at the doors of his soul

a desire to do something larger which he seeks

and knows he was meant and intended to do’

– Phillips Brooks

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Following the God Nudgings

Let me start today by saying – no way am I a Superwoman Superspiritual Superstar.  I have my many faults.  I am a work in progress……I mess up many many times….BUT I love it when I get things RIGHT!!  I love it when I follow the God nudgings in my life and God can work in and through me.

Also – just a little thing – but I want this blog to be real and about the ‘now’.  About things that are happening now, in an attempt to keep me accountable, to keep me pressing deeper into God.  I can’t talk (much!) about things I have learnt years ago – unless it is still really relevant…because it is in the past, it is my history, and I want to be future -thinking, future-moving.  So I am trying to write only about my ‘now’.

So about my ‘now’.  Sometimes God speaks to me in little thoughts….no flashes of lightning and no writing in the sky.  But little thoughts.  I should do this…I should do that…Pray for her…..And normally it is nothing earth-shattering to me.  Normally it makes complete sense to me – and sometimes I don’t even acknowledge it is a God nudging until later on – in hindsight….

Yesterday was our Baking Day.  I love baking with my boys.  So I ‘thought’ to myself while the oven is on I will bake something for my neighbour.  These neighbours are a young couple who live a few houses down for us. I hadn’t seen Kate walking their dog for a few days and wondered how she was doing…knowing she was close to ‘popping’ with their first child.  So, after looking at my cooking supplies and realising I had a banana graveyard in my freezer, I decided on banana bread.  A little while later, The Hurricane and I wandered down to the neighbours, fresh hot banana bread in hand.  As it happens…Kate had ‘popped’ last week…I got to see a precious little newborn baby….and as it happens…banana bread is Kate’s favourite.

Just a little nudging.  But I acted.  And they were blessed.  Who knows what an opening we have now in these people’s lives….food certainly helps break down barriers!

Just a little nudging.  But I made myself available.

Just a little nudging.

What would you have me do today Lord?  And what would He have YOU do today?

Be Still

I like to make things better.  I am a fixer.  A problem solver.  Sometimes I verge on being a tad controlling…..something I have to be careful of.  I get frustrated when things are out of my control, beyond my finger tips.  Something I can’t change.

I am learning though.  Slowly of course as these things take time.  Old habits die hard.  My Lord tells me from time to time to Be Still.  Some things are not for me to fix.  Some things are not for me to understand.  Some things are not to happen on my schedule, not according to my timetable.

Moses had some good advice when he said ‘Do not be afraid.  Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today…’ Exodus 14: 13.  Sometimes it best for us not to take matters into our own hands but to just stand still and wait for the Lord, to work His way.

Sometimes you don’t know how to pray about things, or you’ve prayed so much about something that you feel all ‘prayed out’.  Be Still my soul.

Psalm 116: 7  Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

Sigh.  It’s all about learning to let go and let God.

His will, His bill.

His will, His timetable.

And when you have that peace that passes all understanding, that can sometimes only come from being still; Sigh.  It is ALL worth it.

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