There is a positive movement towards personal care and cosmetics that are made from ingredients that we can identify with – think: coconut oil, essential oils, shea butter, almond oil, avocado oil, apricot kernel oil- you get the picture. While this sounds good I need to get honest about what might be really going on. More than 98% of supposedly "natural" products in the US are making potentially false claims on their labels- though they tout some ingredients that are consi
"God is strong and he wants you strong." - Eph. 6:10b (MSG You have been created in the image of God, and are called to reflect his nature, not just in word and deed, but in your physical body too. Jesus was strong physically. He endured forty days in the desert, walked for miles to minister to those in need, and shouldered unspeakable suffering to fulfill his role as our savior. God wants you strong for his mission of love, too. Surrender control and let his strength replace
You get us ready for life; you probe for our soft spots, you knock off rough edges."
- Psalm 7:9b (MSG) Sometimes the challenges of life are less about Satan's schemes and more about God allowing you to bump up against your own fallen nature, to refine you for his purposes. God is constantly at work in you, probing your heart, smoothing your rough edges, and shaping you into who he created you to be. Instead of fighting against your trials today, lean into them. God's love
"Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am." - Phil. 4:13 (MSG) You have direct access to the power you need to get through even the toughest battles with food and your body today. The key is to recognize that the source of this power is not any person, program or plan, but rather the One who made you. God knows your struggle, and is eager to lead you to your "next right step" toward freedom. Ask Jesus today to help you pu
“[we are] always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” 2 Corinthians 4:10 Our bodies store shame. Our bodies can release shame. Jesus can facilitate that process. Yet what does it mean for Jesus to actually bear our shame in his body? The book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus endured not only the physical pain of the Cross, but also the heaped-on shame of the entire crucifixion experience (12:2). He was humilia
Healing from shame is an astonishing journey with Christ. It is an opportunity to experience depths of our selves, and of intimacy, that we never imagined possible. And yet, inasmuch as healing from shame is a journey, we should have no illusions about how long this process can actually take. For most people, it will mean years of learning and re-learning the rhythms of accessing and releasing emotion, of discovering and embracing exiled parts of ourselves perhaps for the fir
Jesus. Shame. Bodies. The shame placed on Christ’s breathless body enables our healing. Resurrection power becomes our cellular makeup. Shame no longer has to remain within us. Shame can now seep out through our skin as we are transfigured into Life itself. That’s all well and good in the abstract. Yet even the most compelling theology can only go so far. But what does this look like, practically? First, we need space. This involves setting aside intentional time to be with G
This day contained some discouraged women in difficult situations. Nothing I could fix. Sometimes I don’t even know how to listen well. But I DO know this … God is in control. Might not seem like it, but it’s what we have to hold on to at the end of the day. Things don’t need to make sense to me. I need to remember that God is in control.
Here's the deal ... as crazy as it may sound, it was at least this crazy in Old Testament times. So what? Here's what. All throug
I began today thanking God. That’s pretty easy to do. But as I become aware of difficulties some people face, sometimes I struggle to know how to pray. It drives me crazy to be in a group where first everyone lists their problems, then we close our eyes and tell God all about those same problems (like he didn’t hear the first time) and we fill in all sorts of details, and then we tell God when and how he needs to act. I JUST CAN’T! God is God, right? Yet we are told to pr
Deuteronomy 8:5 “Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.” (I know … one of your favorite verses, right?) We don’t often think of discipline as a positive thing, but actually the most effective discipline is positive. Discipline should not be confused with punishment, although sometimes the two seem very much alike. Especially when God is involved we hear discipline and jump right into “shame on me!” mode. Don’t jump