The great commission was not a choice for them to consider but a command for them to obey. — David Platt (via ramrigells)
Right now, you should ask God if He wants you to pursue living in a different location for the sake of the gospel. It may be a terrifying thought, but we have to trust God more than we trust ourselves. We are here on this earth for His glory. God has blessed you so that you will use whatever He has given you for His glory, not yours. Ultimately, we should expect God’s plan to lead us places that we wouldn’t naturally go. — Francis Chan & David Platt, Multiply (via kschlabaugh)
Let us be eager to leave what is familiar for what is true. — Fran Chan (via raeanna)
If you are/were struggling with weight/body image issue, sick of cycle of losing 15 lbs and then back in 2 months, or constantly stressed about skinny goals/recipes/images… this might help you.
It was a recent realization that food (experience, company, culture, taste, fun, having options, cooking) was taking an unhealthy level of importance in my life… and that I was resorting to it for comfort, reward, and consistency rather than God. God led me to a juice fast where He taught me that He is above this problem, that it’s OK to crave BUT I can crave and get the better choice (Himself!), and that following Him is denying your flesh and making godly choices (yes, including what you eat) everyday. It was an amazing experience. Learned to really appreciate and enjoy spiritual discipline… how important it is to get rid of all uncleanness from your mind, body, and soul… and to prepare your vessel for good works! The book Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst helped me a lot! (her website)
However, post-fast has been more challenging… Fast is like a retreat, entering a holy meeting place with you and God. Actually, I wasn’t hungry. I was PAST hungry. Can you believe that? It was actually harder to apply what God has told me to my real life (stress, job/task list, social drama, weight fluctuation, acne flares, constipation -look, I am real, ok- etc). I am totally a googler. I frantically googled forums of people with similar problems and hear their remedies. I googled recipes that follows strict diet rules that I thought God would want. I googled blogs, devotions, and sermons related to my problem. I wasn’t getting any solutions. I was again desperate, except this time, I wasn’t going to a Chinese buffet… but neither was I seeking God first.
My dear, who are you looking for? Would the experience and wisdom of the people or the world satisfy you than Mine?
Weight and acne. What a shallow problem. But it’s a serious problem that I can’t just say “You are so stupid. Let it go.” I pray about them. I pray about solutions. I pray to God so that “I can share others what You have done for me.” He didn’t say that it was a stupid prayer request. BUT He did say that He rather enjoy time with me together today and we can deal with these daily problems together, one day at a time. Weight and facial regimen seem like something I should handle. So, I thought, even after my fast, victories will be the evidence of God’s presence of my life! To me and my fellows and etc. But, God thought it was more important for me to make healthy eating choices and healthy facial choices (like no picking at the zit) with Him… and He was going to take care of the rest.
Whatever you are going through, I know they are real, frustrating, and hopeless. I know you tried everything known to man kind. God offers something different, something that wasn’t available to man kind. He offers us Himself, every moment, every ups and downs, every disappointments and victories… He wants us to be with Him. So, I have to remind myself, every time I get on the scale, that weight doesn’t represent my spiritual achievement even. I have to remind myself to pray:
Lord, I know I am weak. I know I am prone to want the greasiest, fried, deliciousness whenever I am stressed out or feel out of control. I know that I am prone to get distressed when my weight goes up 0.5 lbs. I know I will cry not being able to eat certain foods. I know I will cry of happiness, resisting food with the power of Holy Spirit. My desire is not to get to my goal weight as soon as possible, 2 lbs loss per week. My desire is to be with you every point of my life, living and making choices with you everyday. Help me enjoy today with You. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
J.S. Park: how to enjoy the softness of life -
“Learn to like what doesn’t cost much.
Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills.
Learn to like people, even though some of them may be…
So many of us think we have to really get our stuff together before we can be close to God. Thing is, as a parent, I can tell you that’s totally wrong. I don’t need my kids to be perfect or even close to it. I’m already crazy about them no matter how they act. All I want is for them to love me back and want to be together. God isn’t looking for spotless kids. He just wants love. — Lee Younger (via leeyounger)