Lately, I have been on a blogging strike.
Just kidding. The last several weeks have been kind of a blur. Normally, my days are jam packed from the time I wake up until nine or ten at night. Things are starting to change and I have had a lot more free time as of late. That should mean that I have had tons of time to write and should have been posting at least weekly. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I have found that the busier I am, the more productive I am. If I have twelve hour days all week long, I am more likely to get more done in my personal life than if I have a few days off. I guess I am a little backwards. While it has been nice to have some laid back weeks, I am ready for life to kick in to full gear. I am done wasting my days off with netflix binges and hope to be more productive whether I have a busy day or not (Netflix is going away in eleven days, so that should eliminate that problem).
Another reason that I haven’t been blogging for the last month and a half is the lack of topics. I have found myself only wanting to blog if I have something important to say. I created this blog to freely write whenever I want, about whatever I want. There is no need to have some convicting or spectacular thing to say, I can just say whatever is on my mind. While I am still trying to get comfortable with that idea, I figured I would push myself to just write a blog about what has been on my mind lately.
February was the month of waiting. So far, March has also been a month of waiting. It seems like I am just waiting on everything. Waiting to hear back from graduate schools. Waiting to get test results back. Waiting to hear from doctors. Waiting, waiting, waiting. At first I was impatient and agitated about not having answers right away. Now, I find myself pushing the things that I am waiting on to the back burner. Being agitated and pushing things to the back burner are equally wrong. What I really need to be doing is praying about it all. God has a will in all of this and I need to be praying for God to reveal His will to me and to prepare me for what is to come.
Not only have I been playing a waiting game over the last two months, but I have also realized how poorly I have been taking care of my body. I found myself looking back at pictures from two years ago and was in awe at how different I looked. I looked so much healthier. I am more spiritually healthy now then I was two years ago, but I want to be both spiritually and physically healthy.
I am feeling motivated tonight and plan to get it together and start taking care of myself in all aspects of my life. Prayer is so very important in times like these. I want to be physically healthy and while “looking nice” is a perk to being healthy, it should not be the only reason I want to be healthy. I desire to be healthy because my body is a temple.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”
We are called to glorify God by caring for our bodies where He resides. He is the almighty King who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. Shouldn’t we all desire to make His temple a place worthy of His presence? We can never reach perfection, but we can try our best.
With that said, for the first time, I am trying to practice my healthy habits again not just to “look nice”, but to take care of the temple of the Holy Spirit. I weighed the same amount from sixth grade until about two years ago. About six months ago I reached my absolute heaviest. I only weigh myself a handful of times each year; limiting the number of times that I see the number representing my weight helps me focus on being healthy instead of losing ??? pounds. Even though I try not to focus on a number, it is difficult not to be discouraged when you go from weighing the same for over six years to gaining over ten pounds. Seeing that number opened my eyes to the various ways I have been mistreating my body. Some where along the line I gave up my healthy habits for convenience. While ice cream and pizza are not bad in moderation, eating entire cartons of ice cream or eating pizza for every meal is not good. Not having some kind of physical activity every day is neglectful. My goal is to get back down to my average weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle from there. So here is to being held accountable that I will not become wrapped up in losing tons of weight, but remain focused on being healthy.
Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
1 Samuel 16:7, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Corinthians 3:17, “Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.”
Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”