Week 6 – Defrazzler

 

Plan a time this week to take a leisurely, relaxing walk with God. Let this be a time you look forward to and talk to Him about. Ask God to bless the time you set aside to take a walk with Him. Ask Him to prepare your heart to experience His love in an extravagant way.

Carry a Scripture card of Acts 2:28 on your walk. “You have revealed the paths of life to me; You will fill me with gladness in your presence.”

Praise Him, Sing to Him. Love Him. Get excited about what He is doing in your life.

Be ready to share about your experience.

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Week 6 Mini-Retreat – John 21

Relax and enjoy this last chapter of John. Notice how Jesus continues to reveal Himself to His disciples, talking with them and meeting their physical and spiritual needs.

Ask Him to meet your needs in a deeply personal way. Just as Jesus did long ago to His early disciples, He longs to reveal Himself to you. His longing to give far surpasses your ability to receive. Open your heart to Him and allow Him to bless you.

Take some time during the weekend to record your reflections

Week 6 – Day 3 – More Than a Case of the Blues (Part Two

Well a week has past and I am just getting around to Part Two.    You see, I have been having a tooth ache for over a few weeks and finally got a little relief on Tuesday with a temporary crown, but it fell off on Thursday and once again I have another temporary crown – armed with glue.  Seriously they gave me glue in case it comes off again.  So my mouth is sore, I have so much to complain about!  Then I start to think about my Savior’s face.  Then it brings everything into perspective.  God is so good and I am ok again.  His light brings me peace.

 

Sometimes stress gets us!  We are not immune as Christians.  So the truth is every one of us can develop symptoms of depression.  I have been so depressed that I didn’t want to shower or get out of bed for days on end.  It has gripped me a few times over the years.  Stressful situations can give you a chemical imbalance that can cause you to become clinically depressed.  I have been on anti-depressants and anxiety medication for many years.  It doesn’t really make me different – just helps me to cope with life.

 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms – please talk with your health provider.  There is hope.

  • Extreme feelings of sadness and a depressed mood
  • Loss of interest and pleasure in spending time with family and friends
  • Significant changes in appetite
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Feelings of guilt, hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Inability to make decisions, focus and remember
  • Constant fatigue and lack of energy
  • Restlessness, decreased activity
  • Thought of suicide or death.

Cindi gives us some great advice:

  • Slow down
  • Don’t take on new activities
  • Delegate if possible
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Plan additional time to relax during each day
  • Don’t load your weekend with lots of housework or “catch up” activities
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Cut out some night activities
  • Refrain from making major decisions.
  • Seek from your family and friends.
  • Most importantly – spend time with your Lord, resting in His presence, thinking about how much he loves you, being confident He will renew your strength.

 

Sister in Christ – love God and thank him for his presence in your life.  Thank You for making my body in such an intricate and wonderful way.  I praise You for Your mighty works.  I want to soar on wings like eagles and run and not grow weary.  I put my hope and trust in you alone.

Week 6 Day 2 – More Than A Case of the Blues – Part 1

More Than a Case of the Blues

Focus:  Being a Christian doesn’t make you immune to difficulties.

2 Corinthians 5:1-8

Awaiting the New Body

5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

I ask you to pray to the Father to help you to remember that this body is fragile and temporary, but His Spirit living within you is not!

Many of us suffer from anxiety and depression. I would say that I have been an anxious person most of my childhood and adult life.  That did change some when I became more mature in the Lord and trusted him to lead me each day.

Even with the discipline of trusting and having faith in God – I suffered from clinical depression and anxiety. I would have panic attacks and they were debilitating.

I take medication and do not suffer much from panic attacks or any other anxiety. It is partly because I trust in God and also – I trust that I am better on medication.

My sister, do not feel guilty if you are clinically depressed. Sometimes we have to seek help. Realize the body doesn’t work one way for Christians and another way for non-Christians. We are not immune by attacks of stressors. Now we can learn to destress ourselves with exercise and healthy eating, but realize that sometimes we need help.

Read Psalm 34:18 – it will offer much hope and strength in dark times. “The Lord is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit.” Yearn for God in your life, stop trying to work this alone. God can comfort you.

We will continue this blog post tomorrow

Week 6 – Day 1 – The Faith Test

Focus: Basing my faith on my position in Jesus Christ, not on the way I feel

Scripture: As you read Matthew 14:22-33 consider God’s gift of faith to you. Ask Him to strengthen your faith in Him.

Have you ever felt you couldn’t’ pass the faith test? You’ve prayed, read your Bible and fasted, yet you still lack faith. What you’re experiencing may have nothing to do with faith and everything to do with feelings.

Today we will take a look at the reality of faith and how our feelings can divert our attention from Jesus.

CONFUSION DURING THE STORM

Peter had walked with Jesus long enough to experience His love, tenderness, and mighty power. He had listened intently to the parables about the farmer sowing his seeds, the mustard seed, and the net full of fish. He had seen Jesus miraculously feeding the 5,000 people who had followed Him. Peter experienced many miracles in the presence of Jesus, and the Master gave him authority to drive out evil spirits and heal diseases. How then, after walking on water in those first few steps of faith, did Peter lose sight of Jesus and begin to sink?

What are some great events you have experienced during your walk with the Lord? Circle all that apply. Add others you think of that aren’t listed.

The birth of a baby a loved one saved a sunrise

Unexplainable peace answered prayers joy in the midst of trials

Deliverance from sin divine guidance other __________

Can you, like Peter, testify to God’s goodness in your life? Yes or No

Can you also identify with Peter’s experience of focusing on the storm around him. Instead of keeping his focus on Jesus Yes or No

Notice I said, “Peter’s experience of focusing on the storm” and not, “Peter’s loss of faith.” Faith is a product of the spirit. Romans 12:3 says God has apportioned faith to each of us. If you are a child of God, it is in your spiritual nature to have faith.

At times, however, you might confuse your feelings with your faith. Satan used doubt and unbelief to make you think you have to work hard to have faith. And when you just can’t seem to work hard enough, he tells you your faith is lacking. The problem is not your lack of faith, its Satan seeking to destroy your faith with lies.

BASING FAITH ON GOD’S WORD, NOT ON FEELINGS

God provided Amy with a new job. He gave her the desire, the faith, and the ability to do her work well. She knew when she accepted the job that it was a gift from God.

Now things are happening that make it difficult for her to enjoy her work as she once did. She is beginning to doubt and question herself, wondering if she really heard from God in the first place. Is this really the job He has for her.

Describe an experience when you knew God was speaking to you.

Did you later wonder if you really DID hear Him? If so describe how you felt..

God places dreams and visions within your heart. When He gives you a particular calling, He will also give you the desire, faith, and ability to carry through. He may call you to start a new job, teach a Bible Study, or begin a family. Whatever God has called you to do in faith, whether it’s trusting Him with the life of your child or trusting Him with your finances, He wants you to know that he has your best interest at heart. He provides for your every need.

JEREMIAH 29:1 “For I know the plans I have for you.” Declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Place a check besides the statements you believe

o God loves me.

o God wants the best for me.

o God will never leave me.

o God’s will for my life is best.

Remember your study of Abraham in week 1? God make him a promise and many years later he had not seen the results. However, Abraham stood in faith. He must have been attacked by doubts and unbelief, but according to Scriptures he stood steadfast and unmovable. “No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God” Romans 4;20

During his time of awaiting and watching and hoping that God’s promise would come to pass. Abraham kept praising and giving glory to God! As he did he grew stronger and became empowered. Perhaps, unlike Peter, who place his mind on the storm at hand instead of focusing on the Master, Abraham just praised God and gave God glory for who He was!

Place an X on the line indicating to what degree you are like Peter or Abraham.

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Peter Abraham

DON’T BE THROWN OFF COURSE

Storms, doubts, and confusion can intimidate you. In times of trail, feelings are unpredictable and unreliable. But choosing to have faith in God has little to do with how you feel! Don’t allow feelings of worry, doubt, and confusion to keep you from experiencing the peace God wants you to enjoy as you rest in His presence.

Let’s look once more at what Abraham did when the wait got long. “No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God” (Romans 4:20)

List two circumstances you’ve prayed about and given to the Lord many times but still haven’t received an answer for.

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Are you willing to keep praising God, giving Him glory as you wait it out?

Yes or No

As you close today’s study, start your prayer time with this prayer:

Dear Father, My heart’s desire is to trust You. I’m determining to praise You as I wait for You to show me how You are working in this situation. Help me to keep my eyes focused on You – not on my doubts and confusions. May I bring glory to You as I wait before You. I love You.

Week 5 Day 5 My Identity

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Focus: Defining your self worth through your relationship with Jesus Christ, even when life is stressful

Scripture As you read Isaiah 61:10-11 spend a few moment thinking about your righteousness in Jesus Christ.

WHO AM I?

Bonnie was in the middle of the wellness seminar her supervisor had asked her to attend. She looked forward to taking a break from phones, computers, and clients, and she enjoyed learning how to deal with stress and begin an exercise program. But the instructor had asked the participants to do something that was a little more difficult for Bonnie. “Write a brief paragraph describing who you are.”

The more Bonnie considered the question, the more confused she became. She could describe what she looked like. She could tell “who” she was at work. She could describe her roles of wife and mother, but none of those descriptions explained who se was.

Perplexed and a bit disturbed, Bonnie began to ponder more deeply the question, “Who Am I?”

If you identify with Bonnie’s confusion in trying to answer “Who am I?” the following statements may help you take a closer look at how you view yourself. Answer True (T) or False (F) according to that’s for you!

¾ People usually recognize me as my children’s mother.

¾ My self worth is often based on my performance at work.

¾ When I “look good,” I feel better about myself

¾ If my house were clean and organized, I would feel better about myself.

¾ People know me by what I do.

¾ I’m usually known as my husband’s wife.

¾ I often compare myself with women who are successful in business.

¾ When someone wants to know about me, I usually respond by telling them what I do, where I go to church, where I live and how many children I have.

¾ I regularly think of myself as being a child of God.

HOW GOD VIEWS YOU

Read what Isaiah 61:10 says God has done for you. Then fill in the blanks.

He has clothed you with garments of _____________ and arrayed you with the robe of ___________!

Colossians 3:3 says, “your (new, real) life is hidden with Christ in God” (AMP). That new life has nothing to do with what we do or who we are, but with our position in Christ. Women who are going through particularly stressful times often lose sight of their identity. Notice that I did not say they lose their identity, but they lose sight of it! When you experience failure or inadequacy in a particular area of life, it’s easy to define your self-worth or self-esteem within the context of that area.

In which of the following areas do you often base your identity and determine your self-worth? Check all that apply.

o My job performance

o Being a mother

o Being a wife

o My work in the church

o How well I keep house

o My intelligence

o How I look

o The approval of others

o Other _________

To what degree do you define your self-esteem based on your “performance” in any of these areas? Circle one.

Rarely pretty often most of the time

THE DAUGHTER OF THE KING

God has clothed you in royal attire! Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:20 that we are Christ’s ambassadors. The spiritual world sees you wearing your royal garments. Your identity is in Christ, not in what you do or who you are.

When you see yourself this way, you will shout with the prophet Isaiah, “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10, NIV)

Do you walk, talk, and behave as if you are dressed in royal garments?

o Absolutely

o Every now and then

o Are you kidding?

In the cloud above, draw yourself dressed in your royal attire. Try to think of other symbols of royalty besides the ones we’ve mentioned.

After you’ve finished your drawing answer the following questions.

If you were to think of yourself as clothed in royal attire, would you carry yourself differently in the grocery store, at the bank, in your neighborhood? Yes, No or I’d be the same.

How might viewing yourself as royalty affect the way you interact with others?

As you focus on wearing your royal robes, consider the following physical tips that will help you express the reality of your spiritual nature.

· Smile. This helps others feel comfortable and often opens the door for you to share Jesus.

· Stand tall. Look confident. Christ died for YOU, Present an image that shows you are thankful for His sacrifice.

· Look people in the eye. This shows genuine interest and sensitivity

· Groom yourself well. Pay attention to details like your fingernails, hair, and cleanliness of clothes.

· Take deep breathing breaks. This will help you remain calm when stressors hit.

· Think of others first. Show you are interested by listening intently and asking questions. Put the other person’s needs before your own.

· Remain positive. Remember you have a positive God!

What is God revealing to you today?

As you close today’s study, start your prayer time with this prayer:

Dear Father, Help me see myself today as you see me. I Love You.

Week 5 Day 4 – Clean Before God

Focus: Experiencing the joy of being forgiven.

Scripture: As you read Psalm 34, ask God to fill you with joy of your salvation.

DIFFICULT ACCEPTING GOD’S FORGIVENESS

Marie’s childhood and teenage years were traumatic and filled with shameful memories. She blames herself for the horrible things that happened to her – thought there was little, if anything she could have done to prevent them from happening. She feels she doesn’t deserve God’s love and forgiveness.

Camille on the other hand, grew up in a Christian environment and invited Jesus into her heart at an early age. She loves the Lord and has experienced many years of walking closely with Him. However her intimacy with the Lord changed when she feel into deep sin that caused her to feel she was totally unworthy of God’s love and forgiveness.

Marie and Camille are both Christians who feel unworthy of God’s love.

Have you ever felt you didn’t deserve God’s love? Yes or No

If so, describe your feelings.

How do you feel about forgiveness of sins?

o I believe I’m forgiven.

o Because of things I’ve done I sometimes wonder if God really can forgive my sins.

o I sometimes try to work harder at “being good” to make up for my sins.

o There are some sins I don’t think God can forgive.

o I really do want to believe that I’m forgiven, but I’m having a hard time accepting it.

WHEN THE RIGHTEOUS CRY FOR HELP

If you are a child of God, you are righteous. You have invited Jesus into your heart and because of that, you are in right standing with God. Your position in Him has nothing to do with effort. It’s all about the price Jesus paid for your sin. You are righteous not because of who you are but because of who He is!

Prayerfully mediate on Psalm 34:7. Then answer the following questions. At two things does the Lord do when the righteous cry out for help?

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Are you righteous? (see earlier definition ) Yes or No

Fill in these blanks.

I am __________________ before God because of what Jesus did for me on the cross. Therefore, when

I cry out to Him, He will ______________________ me and deliver me from my ___________.

What an incredible reality.. I cry out to the lord in my sorrow and He lovingly delivers me from all the distress I feel! According to Psalm 34:18 of the Amplified Bible, “The Lord is close to those who are of a broken heart and saves such as are crushed in spirit.” The Amplified Bible defines crushed in spirit as, “crushed with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent.”

You will never be worthy of God’s blessings. You will never deserve the forgiveness of God. You can only humbly accept and appreciate His forgiveness and be in awe of His extravagant love for you. When you let the reality of that truth grab you, you won’t be able to stop praising Him! You’ll want to cry out. “Glorify the Lord with me, let us exalt his name together” (Psalm 34:3 NIV)

Take are few moments to praise God for His extravagant love. Sing to Him with your voice or in your heart. Worship Him and thank Him. Rejoice in Him!

One way you can show your thankfulness for God’s gift of grace is to develop a lifestyle of continual praise and gratitude. “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1, AMP)

Schedule two opportunities to praise God today in ways or at times you don’t usually praise Him.

Write them down.

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What is God revealing to you today?

As you close today’s study, start your prayer time with this this prayer:

Dear Father, I can’t thank you enough for Your love for me. I offer you the praise of my mouth today. Your mercy and loving-kindness are more than I can imagine and more than I deserve. Thank you. I love You so much!

Week 5 – Day 3 The Stress of Sin

 

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Focus: harboring unconfessed sin can cause much stress

Scripture: Prayerfully read Psalm 32. Thank the Father for forgiving all of your sins.

OUT OF FELLOWSHIP

Donna often recalls the unrest she experienced several years ago. She remembers the day she went to her doctor because of shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and other physical discomforts. After an examination, her doctor asked “Are you under some kind of stress?”

Donna was suffering from the weight of unconfessed sin in her life. She didn’t admit it at the time, but she now realizes that being out of harmony with God affected her emotionally, mentally and physically. God has used this experience to allow her to help others recognize the damaging effects of unconfessed sin.

We have discussed the importance of taking care of yourself physically. Not attending to your physical needs can contribute to unwanted stress in your life. A complacent attitude toward sinful behavior can also lead to stress overload.

Consider some damaging effects of unconfessed sin. Circle those you or someone you know has experienced.

Sleeplessness lack of energy inability to focus

Loss of appetite racing pulse restlessness

Loss of joy physical aches lack of interest in things

Withdrawal from people distraction other_____________

David knew the agony of unconfessed sin (see Psalm 32:3-4). Before giving his sin to God, he experienced a spiritual drought and heaviness. God does not want you to settle for anything less than a full abundant life with Him. “I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance” John 10:10.

When we are involved in personal sin, God will allow us to experience great physical, emotional and mental discomfort. Discomfort is part of the refining process, drawing our wayward hearts back to Him. He is always working out His plan for our lives and its consistently leading us to the place of contentment and joy in His presence.

RATIONALIZING SINS

Not until Donna’s doctor asked if she were under some type of stress, did Donna come to terms with a particular sin area in her life. Prior to the doctor’s question, she had shrugged off her sin as no big deal.

Unconfessed sin creates a barrier between you and God. Since the fall in the Garden of Eden, sin has been a reality for all of God’s children. To rationalize sin and deny its existence in your life is to deny the truth of Scripture. “If we say “we have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).

Therefore, we need to acknowledge the reality of sin and the need to confess. We don’t have to live with the burden of unconfessed sin. God has promised to completely forgive us and restore our joy. “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Physical suffering is not always indicative of unconfessed sin our lives, and many other cause lead to sickness. However, since we are focusing on things that cause us to be frazzled and stressed, we need to take a look at the unconfessed sin issue.

In Psalm 32:3-4 David describe what he experienced before he acknowledged his sin. Have you experience that kind of anguish? Yes or not, if yes explain how this event brought you closer to God.

Feeling of sadness, guilt, anger, embarrassment, shame and despair are experiences as consequences of sin. God does not desire that you stay in one place of hurt, but he will allow you to experience these emotions to bring you to repentance. You may need to repent of an attitude or a behavior or even a lifestyle that is displeasing to Him. God will not allow you to experience His peace if you are living out of His will.

GOD’S FORGIVINGNESS IS COMPLETE

As I read David’s words in Psalm 32:5, I can almost feel the physical breaking of chains. I sense a weight lifted and a burden dropped. David’s words point to the joy we experience when we come clean before the Lord.

“Then I acknowledged my sin to You, and did not cover up my inutility I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord” – and you forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalm 32:5)

Spend a few moments praying, asking God to reveal any area in your life that is causing a barrier between you and Him. Ask Him what you need to do. Commit to be obedient and accept His instruction. Make notes of what actions you think He’s calling you to take.

What is God revealing to you today?

As you close today’s study, start your prayer time with this prayer

Dear Father, Thank you for loving me. Search my heart. Reveal any attitude, thought or behavior that is not pleasing to You. Give me the desire to live in obedience to You in every way. Be my strength, Lord I love You.

Week 5 – Day 2 Seeking God’s Guidance

Focus: Following God’s direction by setting goals to take better care of yourself.

Scripture: Prayerfully read and meditate on Philippians 4:4-13. Ask God to reveal to you His desire for your physical care.

NOW OR LATER

Diane is exasperated. It is early evening, and she has just gotten home from work. Much of what she wanted to accomplish during her day at the office is still undone. She is tired, and her body is beginning to ache.

Recently Diane’s doctor told her that her physical discomfort and emotional depletion were direct results of stress. He encouraged her to find a hobby and get regular exercise – anything to keep her mind off work when she wasn’t there. He gave her a pamphlet about the benefits of a regular exercise program and suggested she get started right away.

“It will take a commitment of time and may even interrupt your schedule but the benefits you will experience will be well worth the inconvenience, he said. Then the sobering words, “If you don’t start taking care of yourself now, you’ll pay for it later.”

Have you ever had an experience similar to Diane’s? If so, briefly explain.

STRESS MANAGEMENT IS REALLY SELF MANAGEMENT

While it is true you can often do little about your external circumstances you are rarely powerless to do things that will help you make it through difficult times. You are responsible for taking care of yourself by exercising, eating right and getting enough sleep.

Do you agree with this statement? Yes, No or Undecided Explain

Let’s take a look at a typical weekday, dividing morning, afternoon and evening hours. Besides each division, list responsibilities you have during that time. Include meals, exercise, breaks and family time.

Morning______________________________________________________________________________

Afternoon___________________________________________________________________________

Evening______________________________________________________________________________

Looking back at your list, answer the following questions True or False (T or F)

¾ On a typical workday, I get the proper nutrients in my diet.

¾ I enjoy a regular time of Scripture study and prayer

¾ I generally get enough sleep

¾ Each day there is a time that I unwind and reflect.

¾ Exercise is usually a regular part of my day.

¾ At the end of the day, I usually feel frustrated and depleted.

Sometimes we don’t consider the amount of stress we heap on our bodies. We must understand that stress has physical consequences. For example, if I allow stress to keep me from eating right, I may run out of steam and lose concentration.

But I do have control over my eating patterns. Realizing that getting the proper nutrients can affect the way I feel, look, and behave should help me want to eat properly.

Yesterday I asked you to determine areas in which you need to set some goals. I hope by now you are realizing the importance of taking care of yourself physically. By honoring God in taking care of your body, you can more effectively serve Him because you feel better.

I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST

Through our relationship with Jesus we can set manageable goals and make them a priority. Through prayer and Bible study, the Holy Spirit will lead you to set the goals God designs for you. He will also help you stick to them. “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.

Exercise:

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Diet/nutrition:

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Sleep/rest:

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Write weekly goals for each of the areas listed. Keep them simple and specific. At the end of the week, evaluate your progress. You may want to make some changes for next week or continue with the same plan. The idea is to move into a lifestyle of taking care of yourself physically.

Example

Exercise: Four days next week, I’ll walk briskly for 20 minutes

Diet/nutrition – I will snack on fruit instead of candy

Sleep/rest: I will take 10 minutes every afternoon to deep breathe and get my mind off work.

What is God revealing to you during today’s study?

As you close today’s study, start your prayer time with this prayer:

Dear Father, Thank You for caring for my physical needs and for helping me make these goals priorities in my life. Give me a spirit of excitement about this part of my journey with You! I love You.

1.Week 5 – Day 1 MY HOUSE

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    Focus:  Taking care of your body honors God

    Scripture:  Prayerfully read 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.  Ask the Father what you need to do to take better care of your body.

    THE PHYSICAL ATTACK OF STRESS

    Eight a.m. already feels like afternoon to Janet!  Before leaving for work at 6:30 a.m., she washed a load of clothes and got things ready to cook dinner for her family that evening.

    Now at work, the list of things she needs to accomplish seems endless.  Just thinking about the day ahead makes her exhausted.  She can’t imagine how she will accomplish everything that needs to be done before the end of the week.

    Lately Janet’s been plagued by physical problems.  Her exhausted body cries out through headaches, backaches, and should and neck tension, not to mention sheer depletion.  Her family has noticed that she’s not taking care of herself and has encouraged her to get some rest and relaxation.  That sounds like good advice, but Janet feels there’s simply no time to take care of her physical needs in her hectic schedule.

    To what degree do you identify with Janet?  Mark the continuum below.

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    Not at all                                             somewhat                                                          right on!

    Below are physical problems many women have noticed during hectic and fast-paced days.  Circle the ones you’ve experienced.

    Stomach cramps                                               muscle twitches

    Headaches                                                          blurred vision

    Shortness of breath                                        shakiness

    Fatigue                                                                 unexplained rash

    Neck pain                                                            Jaw pain

    Racing pulse                                                       other ___________________

     

    GOD’s TEMPLE

    First Corinthians 6:19 says, “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit”.  As I grasp that really it becomes my personal goal to take care of my body.  I love God, I love His Holy Spirit.  I can honor Him by taking care of “His earthly house”: my body.

    Can you identify with any of the following?  Check all that apply

    o   Not getting enough sleep

    o   Rarely exercising

    o   Eating too much

    o   Not taking time to relax

    o   Not eating a balanced diet

    Are any of these areas contributing to your frazzledness?  If so, circle them.

    It was all Libby could do to keep up with the demands at work and manage her household.  Because of her busy lifestyle, she viewed an exercise program as a luxury.  She hardly had enough energy to fix an evening meal, let alone exercise after a hard day at work.  Already she was missing sleep by staying up late to take care of things around the house.

    During lunch break Libby usually grabbed fast food while she was running errands.  Sometimes she stopped at these same fast-food restaurants after work to buy supper for her family.  She often resented some women seemed to have time to exercise regularly and fix nutritious meals for their families.  Those women weren’t as busy as she was!  Libby felt that she didn’t have time to eat right, exercise and get enough rest.

    Do you believe God wants you to take care of your body?  Yes, No or I’ve never thought about it.

    In which of the following areas do you need to set goals that will help you better care for yourself physically?

    o   Eating

    o   Sleeping

    o   Exercising

    o   Resting

    Ignoring any one of these areas can make you tense, irritable and unable to tackle even little things.  The longer these areas go unattended, the more your body, your emotions, and your mind will suffer.

    Remember 1 Corinthians 6:20? “Glorify God in your body.”  That’s not a suggestion from Him for when you have time:  it’s a command straight from Scripture to take care of your physical house!  Women who exercise regularly, eat nutritiously, and get enough sleep are better equipped to deal with stress on a daily basis.

    This week we will continue to explore the need to take care of the spiritual house.  I pray that you will approach these days with a teachable spirit., asking God to show you ways you can take better care of yourself.

    What is God revealing to you through today’s study?

     

    As you close today’s study, start your prayer time with this prayer.

    Dear Father, I confess that I need to take better care of Your temple, my body.  Show me how to do this.  There doesn’t seem to be enough time for me to take care of myself in the ways we’ve studied today.  Show me how to honor You by taking care of my body.  I love you.