Our three things will be centered around the same three areas as Jesus’ own development. I’ll be making up practical ways that we can address these things based on the areas I need to work on! If you have mastered a particular area or do not need my suggestions, come up with your own! Then keep your Kingdom Kindreds posted by sharing your journey in the comments!
O.K. Kingdom Kindreds. Here we go!
1) The Mind… Memorize Scripture
As I mentioned in yesterday’s video, Psalm 139 is a great scripture to read and reflect on how God views us as his creations. Wash your mind with the this scripture until the next Wednesday when I share with you again. Psalm 139 is also a also a great passage to memorize. If you think you can handle a couple of verses, try these:
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting. (NIV) Psalm 139:23-24
If you don’t think you are good at memorizing scripture, check out these Ten Tips for Memorizing Bible Verses. If this chapter in scripture doesn’t fit your fancy for reading or these couple of verses make you happy to memorize, feel free to choose your own! Bottom line. Wash your mind and think HIS thoughts toward you!
2) The Body… Drink More Water
Again… as I mentioned in yesterday’s video, I’ve been on a terror, trying to get in shape and lose some weight. I’m happy to report that the weight is coming off S-L-O-W-L-Y. I’ve also noticed something. I can work out all I want and burn a ton of calories and be dripping sweat at the end of a workout, but if I’m not conscious and proactive about what I’m putting in my mouth. I’m in trouble. I’ll either be sabotaging my own efforts OR I’ll continue bad habits that will pack the pounds back on after I reach my goal (probably starting with that restaurant I go to when I “celebrate” my accomplishments).
We can’t tackle everything at once, but we can start with something, right? When Jesus met the Samaritan woman in John chapter 4, He didn’t offer her food. He didn’t offer her bread. He offered her water.
He started with water.
Why? Well, think about it. We can live for about 8 to 14 weeks without food. But we can only live for seven or eight days without water. Depending on who you ask those numbers may change a bit, but the message is still the same. We need water.
So ladies, let’s start with water. According to the Mayo Clinic, we need at least 8 glasses a day. And more won’t hurt you either. Do whatever you have to to get it in! Add lemon, ice, but no sugar and tea bags! LOL! That’s what I’d want to to so I’m really talking to myself!
3) The Spirit… REST
I am so busy. I think ya’ll know that. And the last thing that I want to do is to stop to spend some time by myself. Why on earth would I choose to sit, minus my computer, the T.V. or a friend, to be alone with my thoughts when I could be getting something DONE! Why would I choose to get 9 hours of sleep when I can function on 6 hours? Why would I choose to be slow down when I see stacks of things to do piling up?
Why? Because Jesus rested. In history, he had the most important to job to do, and he was going to die at age 33. He still made time to rest. He still pulled away from the crowd. He still went to sleep on a boat in a storm. He valued rest.
He valued time away from people to spend time with God alone or with a few friends in prayer. He valued having margin in his life to stop and talk to one. He was a busy man with important people vying for his attention but he still stooped down to spend time with little children. He had Sabbath rest built in to his life.
So my goal this week is to make more time to rest. Make more space to sit and do nothing. Sleep a little longer and have a clear mind and an able body to do God’s work. Is this a goal that works for you? GREAT! If not, what goal can you set that will feed your spirit.
Recap of the Three Things…
@ least 8 glasses a day
More sleep, more time for yourself, or more time for others.
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