Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What Matters Most-Our Body

Each January our church does a series on What Matters Most...Dr. Phil Lineberger from Sugar Land Baptist Church has given me permission to post some of his sermons on my blog.

January 2, 2011

We looked at Scripture we need to regard our body and our minds as gifts from God to be managed with dignity.  The most important relationship we will ever have is with ourselves.  We have to be our own best friends first and love ourselves from the inside out. 

This is really true...we can't be available for others until we are okay with ourselves.  Here's what the Bible teaches us about our bodies.

God Created Me
Gen. 1: 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

Gen 2:7 Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being

Romans 12:1-2 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.

Deut. 21:20 They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.”
*gluttony is in the same category as drunkeness

Prov. 23:21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

"The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd druther not." ~Mark Twain

When you look in the mirror do you love the person you see? --YOU SHOULD!

1 Cor. 6:19 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 a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

*we were bought at the greatest price ever!

Does God feel good walking around in your body? (this may be a  hard question to answer)

Discipline: Doing what we should when we should!

Sacrafice: giving something up!

**If I take care of my body and diet I am taking care of my emotions. 

It is clear from Scripture that our bodies are a good gift from God.  We should treat them with the respect and dignity due this kind of gift.  It is a sin against God to mistreat this wonderful gift.  It is a sin that has terrible personal consequences for me and those around me. 

I am the one who is most responsible for taking care of the body God has given me.  If my body is going to receive the attention and care it deserves, IT IS UP TO ME! GOOD HABITS BEGIN WITHIN!

This year take time for yourself...take time to will feel better!

Pastor Phil's Tips:
1) Read and reflect on Romans 12:1-2
2) Map out a plan for a healthier DIET in 2011
3) Begin a consistent EXERCISE regimen
4) Take time to REST
5) Turn off the television and READ

Disclaimer: Although much of this came from Pastor Phil's sermon, I have added my own opinions and comments.

"I have this..."

On Saturday, Faith's friend was celebrating her birthday at the skate rink.  When Faith put her skates on for the first time she was shaky and insecure.  She begged us to hold on to her.  As she became more comfortable, she turned around and yelled at me..."Mom, I can do it! Let go!"  So, I let go but stayed very close...every couple of feet she became wobbly, but I caught her, again, and again...every couple of feet I would catch her...this went on for about 30 minutes.  Each time I would catch her she would say, "Mom, I have this!" 

After this happened a few times I began to think how often I take situations into my own hands. "God, I've this..." And right about that time I begin to wipe out, but the loving hands of Jesus Christ are right there to catch me...saying, "No, I have you."

Too often I feel I can do things on my own. Or, better yet, when things are going so well I think I can take control. It is about at those times that I almost always stumble and God is right there to grab my arms and keep me up.

Though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
                                                                                                          ~Psalm 37:24

 when we are weary.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
                                                                                                           ~Matthew 11:28

Saturday, January 8, 2011

In Honor of Deputy John Norsworthy

This morning, as a family, we all loaded up and went to town to run some errands.  Shortly after 1 or so we had one last stop and needed to get on 59.  We noticed that from every direction you tried to enter 59 (north or south) was we thought, we'll just take the back roads and when we did we saw cars lining each side of the highway with people standing on the side of the road, so we pulled over to see what was going on...About that time we saw a hearse passing by, the couple told us that a local officer had died in a car wreck...

We pulled over to pay our respects.  While we were pulled over, in no hurry to get anywhere, Will was in the back seat yelling, "ugh, this stupid line..." (I guess he's learned that from somewhere before-oops). I turned around and told the kids that this was not a stupid line.  I said that an officer, like Mr. Dan (our neighbor, and father of Faith's best friend) had been in a bad car accident and passed away.

This raised many cars began to clear out, we went on with our Saturday afternoon.  They asked questions about his family and friends and that's when I said, how about we pray for him.  Everyone agreed and we prayed for peace and comfort for his family and friends.

After the prayer not much else was said about it until tonight we were sitting at the table having family game night.  We were passing out cards and one of the kids said, so did he go to heaven? Which then lead us to the conversation that you have to believe Jesus was the Son of God and died on the cross for our sins.  That we have try to live a life like God--like obey our parents (had to throw that one in there!) But we can have hope that he knew Jesus...

Then as I laid down with Will tonight, I said, let's say our prayers buddy...he said, "No, let's just pray for the police."  When I heard my 3 year old say that, my heart melted!

I don't always snatch these moments like I should, but...I think we hit the mark today.  We had an opportunity to witness to our children through the life of an officer.

I'd like to dedicate this post to Officers, Firefighters, and the Military! Thank you for ALL you do! Thank you for protecting us and risking your life daily to assure safety for everyone else!

In honor of Deputy John Norsworthy, his wife and two children. 
**Family and friends if you see an emergency vehicle, please remember to yield!

Brutally honest thoughts of a runner...well THIS runner anyway

This post is solely the thoughts that cross my mind while I'm running, this is not based on anyone else's opinion...just mine.

Here we go from the moment I wake up:
"I don't really want to do this!" "YES you do, get your butt out of bed and go."
"No, I'm just going to snooze until 7." "Okay, but no later than 7!"
"Oh crap, it's 7:15...ok, let's go."
"Please Lord, don't let me wake the kids as I leave!"
"Oh dang, it's cold outside!" "You can just turn around and crawl back in bed."
"NO, you can't!! You are already outside, just RUN!" "Okay, fine!"
"Oh dang, why does everything hurt the first 2 miles?"
"Lord, please let my shins stop my calves...BREATH!"
"Wow, thank you Jesus for this beautiful morning"
"Oh the sunrise is stunning!"  "Thank you Jesus for the beautiful sounds of the birds chirping."
"Lord, please don't let that green car that has just passed me twice kidnap me." "Just in case I'm going to get their LP# to txt to Daron if they do...891XMY."
"What cross streets am I on in case I get kidnapped I can txt someone"
"Ok, good they passed me and didn't stop."
"YES, 2 miles in...feeling better..."
"Shawna, keep your arms below your heart, shake 'em out...loosen up"
"You can do this!"
"Dear God, please don't let that dog attack me"
"Thank Jesus for not letting that dog attack me"
"hmmm...I wonder which street I should take to add another mile."
"I'm so thankful Daron downloaded this program on my phone to track my distance."

"OK, getting bored...time to listen to music."
"whew, thank you Jesus for not letting me step in that dog poop!"

"Jesus, please don't let these ducks attack me."
"Thank you Jesus for not letting them attack me!"
"5.5 miles...only 2.5 more to go!"
"Oh no!! Why do I always get the urge in the 6th mile??? WHY didn't I plan this run around a convenient store???"
"Dang, I'm going to have to walk..."
"ok, I need to talk to God-turn off music"
"Dear God, please let me be able to hold another 1.3 miles to a restroom!"
"Should I ask that car to take me to the store?"
"What about that one?"
"Jesus, I plead that you allow me to make it to Valero!"

"I really wish I knew more people on my routes."
"Praise the good Lord, thank you Jesus for letting me make it to the store!"
"Ok, 3/4 mile left...get with it Shawna!"
"YES, 8.13 miles!"
"I did it!! Thank you Jesus for another successful and safe run!"

Well, these are the brutally honest thoughts as I run...I have realized running really is a demanding sport, but there is nothing like it. It clears my mind so much! Thank you Fallon for always nudging me into this sport, thank you to an anonymous person for pissing me off enough to run for the first time, thank you Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred for getting me cardio vascularly (don't think that's a word, but I like it) prepared, thank you Summer for showing me that you can get results, thank you Lucas for always telling me to quit whining and dominate, thank you mom for showing me you can do it at any age, and thank you Daron for always being supportive, loving, and complementing-I love you!