Accepting help from others is one of the hardest things to do. It flies in the face of our “self-sufficient”, “better than you”, “I’ve got it all together”, “perfect instagram image” lives. Have you ever stopped to consider we may have it all wrong? We’re going to open God’s Word and see what we can learn about accepting help from others. We’ll look at a couple of Old and New Testament stories where people asked for or received help and, as usual, I’ll pepper devotion questions in for you.
Identity in Christ
An unknown author said, “If you put a small value on yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price.”
This quote caused me to pause. If you’re like most women, you’ve likely struggled with, or are struggling with, your value and worth. Lets go to God’s Word and determine your value and worth.
Do you find yourself asking “why is it so hard for me to lose weight”? You aren’t alone. There are more than 18 reasons women struggle to lose weight. If you’re reading this you’re likely hoping I’ll give some kind of weight loss secret or tip. I’ll put this right up front – I won’t, exactly. Instead we’ll journey into God’s Word and weave our weighty story into Naomi’s. For the next two weeks, Wednesday will be spent reflecting on God’s Word and our life and Friday we’ll explore weight loss options based on the science behind the struggle. The fact that Americans struggle with body weight is no secret. 40% of American women are obese and 67% are either overweight or obese. Despite diets, exercise, weight loss surgeries, and countless “weight loss” products and protocols, America continues to gain weight. But life is about so much more than size. Remember that ladies.
I don’t know how it happened, I’m guessing Eve and the apple had something to do with it, but…where’d we get the idea that we should look any different than we do? Today we’re going to look at what makes a woman beautiful in God’s eyes and what we can do to “change our thinking” about self. I’ve never met a woman who was happy with what she saw in the mirror. This breaks my heart. You and me – Christian women, should know that the “us in the mirror” is beautiful.
Wikipedia says the purpose of Spiritual Gifts is to “edify (build up), exhort (encourage), and comfort the church.” Gotta love Wiki – it’s got answers for everything in life.With regard to Spiritual Gifts, Wiki is correct, they’re to be used to serve the body of Christ. I especially love its addition of comforting the church – what a wonderful picture.What Wikipedia missed, though, is that spiritual gifts can be used in your workplace, home, community, and well… anywhere and everywhere God calls you.
Purpose is a big deal and can have a direct impact on your physical health. Scientific research has shown that having a purpose “buffers against mortality risk”. aka having a purpose increases your life. Purpose also improves your sleep and your memory. If you’re a Christian, you have a purpose. You’ve actually got several of them. Today we’re going to God’s Word to answer the “what is my purpose in life” question. Plus why it’s important and what we should be doing with it.
Everything you think has power – power to destroy or to build up. But…the mind seems to do a good job of only focusing on the negative. If you’re looking for a solution – a way to take your mind captive, get rid of the negative, and replace it with thoughts that build up, you’re in the right place. Today we’re going to look at God’s word and use it to guide our mind and actions. First we’ll look at what God’s Word says about our thoughts and then use it to bury those negative thoughts. Ready to know the why, what, and how of “setting your mind on things above”?
God provides for ALL of our needs. There is nothing we need that God won’t provide. God knows our entire life story and because of that He’s got better than 20:20 vision into our needs.