Mar 06

TEMPLE: Ours and Others’




My “one word” this year is temple. With that word, I seek to focus on my body—regaining health I may have lost; making the most of the health I have left and seeking ways God can still use this tattered body to do His will in the world.

Each year I set goals of what I’d like to accomplish in the New Year. Like the rest of the world, some of those goals include goals for my physical health. I don’t usually announce those health goals publicly because my outward focus on this website is writing and faith.

My focus word, temple, however make me open to the thinking that sharing my goals for health might help someone else set, work toward and possibly achieve goals for their health as well.

So I will be sharing those goals here with you—making my private life more transparent in the hope that you will see something there to encourage you, too.

But before I get to those goals, I need want to also share that the one-word focus of Temple this year exploded in an unexpected way for me. As things usually do, when God is involved, He gave me this word to help me focus my thoughts, prayers and energy. And not coincidentally, God intended a bigger lesson than just involving my own little life.

Last year, with a focus word legacy God began teaching me to number my days here on earth. He has extended last year’s understanding and combined it with this year’s word to begin helping me understand to not only number my own physical days here on earth, but to also recognize that He has numbered the days of other people in my life. And to think about what I can do to extend their days as well.

Last month, my brother-in-law ended up in the emergency room. The day after he returned home, my mother went to the emergency room. One week after she returned home, my husband had a health scare. All three of these beloved people are under my charge in some way. In some way, I have a hand in their physical care.

February thus became a clear reminder that often we play a part in the care of other people’s physical health.  My thinking point for you today then is this:

Who do you know who needs your encouragement and/or assistance in maintaining or improving their physical health? What action can you take today to help them rebuild their temple?

Back to my personal health goals. Although my initial January goals took a slide sideways due to time and effort requirements for other family members, here is what my slightly revised 2017 health goals look like. Next month, it will be time for our first quarter goal review. Hopefully, I’ll be able to share forward movement on them with you. Hopefully, you’ll have forward movement on yours as well. Be strong.

Here are my 2017 temple health goals:

  • Have a physical checkup to obtain baseline information to ascertain basic health

  •  Up my exercise program dramatically in all areas: aerobic, strength, flexibility

  •  Weight loss: 19 pounds over 2017

  •  Eat more of God’s food; less of man’s (focus on less processed foods and more foods grown without chemicals;  eat more of the rainbow selection of fruits and veggies)

  • Be a turtle: eat slowly; pay attention; enjoy food more; listen to body indications of hunger and satisfaction

Feb 27


Eve part 2_edited-2

Last month we posed two questions to consider about how your character or circumstances might be like Eve—the first woman God created. Here are two more questions to consider what we can learn from the circumstances and character of Eve. Have some fun with these questions. Or dig down and meditate on Scripture.

Then share your thoughts.

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God didn’t make people just OK. He didn’t even make people just good. After God made man, He said “it is not good for man to be alone.” Then, He made woman and declared mankind and all of creation very good. Finally, creation—including both men and women—was very good.

  • In what ways has God made you very good? In what ways is He still working on you?

God clearly made men and women different physically and intended them to work together to procreate and also to make the world better by being helpmates for each other. Equality between the sexes as it relates to opportunity and pay notwithstanding, men and women tend to have differences in thinking, character traits and emotional needs.

  • If you are a woman, in what ways are you different than man? If a man, in what ways are you different than woman? How do these differences compliment each other?




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Feb 20

TEMPLE: Pursuing Health



My focus word for 2017, temple helps me focus on the fact that my physical body is the temple where the Holy Spirit resides. That gives me an understanding of my responsibility to be a good steward of this ole bod. As I age, however, health I once took for granted, becomes more elusive; strength is harder to maintain. I need more rest and I need it more frequently.

Last week, my 95-year old mother spent five days in the hospital with a combination of the flu and heart issues. She’s out now and better. But her illness was a reminder of the frailty of our physical bodies, including mine, because one result of being with Mom during her illness was ending up in bed with the flu myself. I was reminded that good health cannot be taken for granted.

Now that we’re in mid-February, I had intended that my monthly focus word post would be about my progress toward my health goals with an encouragement to readers to pursue your own. But life poked me with a reminder:

  • Sometimes we pursue better health.

  • Sometimes we pursue regaining former health.

  • Sometimes we strive to do the best we can with the health we have at the moment.

Now that the cough is declining and the aches are ebbing, I’m grateful to have gotten through a temporary health hiccup. I am ready once more to work forward on pursuing better health so that my hands and feet are stronger and better prepared to do His work.

HOW ABOUT YOU? Did you thrive during the tough flu season? Or merely survive? Are you ready to pursue better health for your future?

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