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February 2018

No longer Reckless With Our Bodies

A few months ago, while at work, I came across a video that would inspire me forever. The video I am referring to is that of Selena Gomez’s kidney transplant journey with her best friend Francia Raisa. Five years ago Selena was diagnosed with Lupus.  Last year her health took a drastic turn and her kidney began shutting down. Selena needed a match desperately, however not even her family was a match for her. The waiting list for a kidney was 7-10 years long! One day Selena told her friend, Francia, everything that she was dealing with and her friend instantly volunteered to get tested. Selena and Francia were roommates at the time, and it so happened that the answer to her prayers was under her nose all along. Francia was a match for Selena and together they endured the process for a successful kidney transplantation.

The Perfect Gift

Selena mentioned in the interview that she hoped her story would be impactful, well it certainly was for me. This story is a great example of selflessness and love. While listening to this story I couldn’t help but think about the love and selflessness that Jesus Christ demonstrated for us. Selena’s friend gave her a gift that money could not buy. Francia was tested mentally, emotionally, and physically. She endured surgery, recovery time, and has the scars to prove it. After the surgery Selena said that her arthritis went away, her blood pressure went down, and there is a 3 to 5 % chance that her Lupus will ever come back. To sum it up her life is better because of the sacrifice of a friend. Can you imagine someone making a sacrifice like that for you? Would you treat your body differently? Would you be more protective over your body? I bet you would do whatever it takes to no longer be reckless with you body after receiving such a precious gift from a friend.

Well, maybe a friend or family member didn’t make a sacrifice like that for you, but there is a risen Savior who did. Jesus Christ was the perfect match for us. He was pure, blameless, and perfect. He went through something much worse than surgery and he has the scars to prove it too. Now we can freely receive the gift of salvation and the Holy Spirit.

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God’s.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV

Today let us be reminded that our bodies are not our own. If we really thought of our bodies as temples then I bet we would take better care of it. Let’s be good stewards over our bodies and make wise decisions. Below are three areas we can target to take better care of our temples.

  1. Healthy Eating 

This can vary from person to person. Some people may feel the desire to become vegan or vegetarian. I don’t have that desire lol but I do try to make wise decisions with my diet. I take chewable Vitamin C tablets daily and that helps my immune system. Also drinking a lot of water, green tea, and having proper portion sizes is a great way to maintain your health.

2. Working Out

On a beautiful sunny day I love to go for a walk or biking to enjoy nature. I am a member of the YMCA and I love their Jazzercise and Zumba class. Also since I am slim I like to focus on toning more so than burning calories. I like to tone my arms, abs, and buttocks. If you enjoy you privacy and want to save money then buying a work out tape for home is a good choice for you.

3. Protecting The Spirit Within

“Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:18 NKJV

Last but not least we need to guard the Spirit within us. This can be the hardest area to conquer because causal sex is in nowadays, but it doesn’t really prosper us. Besides unwanted diseases, causal sex can hurt us spiritually. If we truly no longer want to be reckless with our bodies then this is an area of our lives worth getting under control. It’s easier said than done, but it is possible. With Jesus it is possible.

 

If you need more insight on this then 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 is all about glorifying God in body and spirit. I know the struggle and you are not alone. I was reckless with my body before in all areas, but I decided to make a change. I hope you too will think twice about what you are doing to your body both naturally and spiritually.

 

 

Their Love Story

I see his love for her and it raises my standards
Sometimes she doesn’t make sense but he still understands her
She goes where he goes
Their support for one another is constant
They’re the answers to each other’s prayers
They see each other as a God sent
They strive to be selfless
Sometimes he cooks, Sometimes she cleans
At the end of the day it’s all for one thing
Love is an action so they put in the work
To do whatever it takes to make their marriage work
They consider each other while they’re in the store
And give all of themselves without seeing it as a chore
A love so beautiful that even they’re bad days are like purple rain
Sometimes he makes corny jokes but she laughs anyway
I see their love story and it makes me smile
That good smile from ear to ear
I don’t think even they know how much I hold their love story dear
So NO I’m not talking about what I think
Or a love story on the Gram
I’m speaking on what I know
The love between my mom and dad
 
About: This poem is dedicated to my mom and dad. They have been happily married for 20 plus years and counting. The love that they have for one another inspires me daily. I pray that one day I have a marriage so beautiful that my children and grandchildren will want to write a poem about it too. Shout out to all the beautiful married couples who are keeping love alive! Also shout out to the singles who desire a fun, healthy, loving marriage one day.

Prairie Meets Biker

This outfit is perfect for a warm Winter day (50-60 degrees) or even in the Fall! I love darker colors in the cooler months. My mom said my dress reminded her of Little House on the Prairie. This dress does have a country vibe to it. I like how a leather jacket can add an edginess to any outfit. Sometimes I want to be super feminine and other times I want to be edgy and laid back. Thankfully, with this outfit I can achieve both. Enjoy the photos and outfit details are below. 😉

Outfit Details

Dress- Knox Rose (Target)

Black Leather Jacket- Gabrielle Union (New York & Company)

Black Ankle Booties- A New Day (Target)

I don’t remember where my belt came from, but any thick black belt will do 🙂

Thanks for visiting !!!! Also check out my previous fashion post Suede Babe

I Need Someone to Touch and Agree

Lately more than ever before, I realize the importance of having someone to touch and agree with you. Last week I discovered Pastor John Gray on YouTube while I was at work. I now know that he has been popular for a while, but still he was completely new to me. Immediately I was hooked! I was listening to his Speed Series and it brought my faith to another level. At the beginning of the series Pastor Gray brought a man to the stage who had just left his mom’s bedside in the hospital to get a word from God at Bible Study. This man’s mom was severely ill and had become unresponsive. After the doctors had done all they could do the man gave the situation to God and decided to leave the hospital to go to church. Once at church Pastor Gray heard the man’s story and instantly began to speak life into his situation. Pastor Gray got the entire church to touch and agree with this man that his mom would be healed.

As I watched all the sermons in the series I was able to see the update on that man’s mom. On the second part of the series the man said his mom is responsive and walking again. Then on the third part of the series Pastor Gray said the man’s mom is in the building sitting on the front row!!! I started getting hype at my desk like she was my mom. I witnessed the man’s mom dancing and praising God as if she wasn’t just on her deathbed two weeks ago. That was nothing short of a miracle! Then I heard a few preachers say that they touched and agreed with their spouses and have had amazing prayers answered. Matthew 18:19-20 (KJV) demonstrates the power of two or more believers touching and agreeing with one another. It was in that moment that I said, “I want someone to touch and agree with me.”

Finding An Agreement Partner 

Have you had challenges with trying to find an agreement partner? I wrote this blog because this time last week I had a hard time finding someone to truly touch and agree with me. The main thing an agreement partner needs is faith. I was looking for someone who had the same level of special faith that I did. Sometimes your own family and friends won’t make good agreement partners because they don’t believe in what you’re believing for. If you give your vision to a scoffer they will tear it apart.

So this time last week I had a lot on my mind and a lot of decisions to make about my future. It was then in my prayer time that I shared my heart with God and I asked Jesus that if no one else touched and agreed with me would He? I have read scriptures saying that Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for us (1 John 2:1).  So I went boldly before the throne and made my petition known (Hebrews 4:16, Philippians 4:6).

Two days later I went to the Sister Social which is a Christian women’s event and it was like the key speaker was speaking directly to me. After she wrapped up her message she did an altar call. None of the other people were getting up so I was content to stay in my seat and play it cool. Then the speaker said, “I am here to touch and agree with you.” She also said, “I know you have some decisions to make.” I didn’t know this lady but she was bringing up everything I said in my private prayer time. As she continued pressing for the altar call, it became harder to play it cool. Next thing I knew I was crying in my seat. Then the woman came over to me and asked me to stand with her. I told her I had been praying to have someone touch and agree with me. Then she told me, “Whatever you want I will touch and agree with you.” I briefly told her my concerns and the things I wanted agreement on. There in the middle of the room I found my agreement partner.

Overview

There are a lot of benefits in having an agreement partner. Reflect on the agreement partners in your life. Take the time to be that agreement partner for somebody else. If you ever feel like you are alone and have no one to trust, then share your concerns with God because he definitely hears.

 

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears” – Psalm 34:4 NKJV