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You Are What You Eat, Think, See, etc…

What’s your favorite meal?

Whenever you eat food, your body takes whatever is digested and turns it into energy to use later. In other words, whatever food you eat becomes part of you.

This principle also applies in a similar way to mental, emotional, and spiritual sources of nourishment. For example, if one focuses a steady diet of encouraging, uplifting news, most likely the person will be full of joy and encouragement. Likewise, if someone focuses mostly on sad, dark, and scary things, most likely the person will feel downtrodden and full of discouragement.

Perhaps this is why God makes it clear to “[a]bove all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Prov. 4:23, NIV).

Because different places of nourishment once and a while don’t usually affect one’s health. What really determines one’s health, is where he or she goes for the main source of nutrition, whether it be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.

What do you focus on for your main source of energy? Good sources, or junk food?

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.
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Same God Now and Then

Times change; sometimes quickly and sometimes for the worse.

In this 21st century where all the world’s news is at our fingertips, one can become despondent and discouraged. It’s easy to get emotionally swept along in all the bad things that are happening and what could happen.

Whether one is worried about politics, terrorism, sickness, the economy, or the future in general, there’s always something else that can be added to the proverbial scales of fear.

But I read something this week that encouraged me: a shining reminder in a sea of uncertainty. I was reading in Ephesians chapter 1 which pointed out that “[God’s power is] far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come” (1:21 NIV).

Ultimately, God is in control and making the decisions. He was in control during Moses’ time, during the exile of Israel, during Jesus’ ministry, and even today as I type this. It is immensely comforting that the good God who always makes the best decisions is ultimately the one watching over everything.

The world that my children, and even my great-great-great grandchildren grow up in will have the same God in power and loving them. It’s the same God now and then.

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

Designed to be a Rib

Ever wonder why God Even from one of Adam’s ribs instead of other body parts? (Gen 2:21-23).

He didn’t make Eve from a piece of Adam’s heel as though she was supposed to be beneath him. He didn’t make her from a piece of Adam’s head as though she was supposed to be charge of him. Also, he didn’t make her from Adam’s hands as though she was supposed to do the work.

But God made her from a rib. This makes more sense when seeing what ribs are designed do. They are made to be close to the man’s heart, they are to protect the life-giving organs, and they’re flexible and can bend in order for the man to breathe.

A broken rib can be one of the most painful bones to break, which also seems to indicate that a man has a broken rib (or wife) he is to take as much care as he can to repair and gently help the rib to heal.

All in all, a woman being like a rib to a man shows that women are needed, should be close to a man’s heart, and know that they are designed to be vital just like every part of the human body that God so purposely crafted.

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

God Wanted Me to Exist

The story of how I came to be is a fascinating one.

My parents were married in 1980 and I was born over ten years later. My mom recalls wondering if she and my dad were ever going to be able to have kids and it was something they kept private.

However, there was a gentleman by the name of Mr. Tullis who went to my parents’ church in Chicago. He had started to pray for the young couples in the church because God had asked him to.

He prayed for my parents and asked God what they needed prayer for. God said he should pray for a baby for them, so he did. He didn’t really know my parents, but it was what God told him to do.

About a month later, Mr. Tullis took his time to pray, and when he got to praying for my parents to have a baby, God interrupted him. He told Mr. Tullis that this request was taken care of and it was time to start praying for something else.

Meanwhile, my mom was on a business trip with her business associate. The associate had bought her a pregnancy test since my mom had thought about buying one earlier, but had been disappointed so many times.

But it was a different story then. She found out she was pregnant, and on a Friday the 13th, too, which she jokes now “was the luckiest day of my life.”

When my mom next attended church, she was mentioning to a friend in the lobby that she and my dad were finally going to have a baby. Mr. Tullis happened to be standing somewhat nearby, heard this, and came over to my mom, who had no idea what was going on.

“Are y’all pregnant? Praise God!” Then proceed to tell my mom about what God had told him in his prayer life.

I’ve known this story for a while, but it moved me deeply knowing that God really wanted me to exist and that he specifically told one prayer warrior to ask him to ensure my mom became pregnant with me.

I don’t even know how all of that works, and we may not know this side of eternity. But it reminds me of God’s promise in Jeremiah:

“‘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”(29:11, NIV).

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

 

Slacker!

At times, it can be very easy to not do your best.

When a task at work becomes tedious, boring, or difficult, it takes a lot of self-control to not allow yourself to become complacent. It’s difficult to give 100% to a job you find hard or just plain boring.

On the flip side, it can be just as stressful working a job for a boss you can’t respect. Perhaps he or she has unrealistic deadlines, or they don’t value your work, or maybe they’re just not a nice person.

It’s a good thing that our motivation to work well doesn’t need to be based on how well we like our job or our bosses.

According to Colossians 3:23, we are told to “Whatever [we] do, [we should] work at it with all [our] heart[s], as working for the Lord, not for men” (NIV).

Whatever your job is, God sees it as an acknowledgement to him if you apply yourself as if working on it for him. Ultimately, he is the best, most just, most understanding boss to work for anyway.

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

 

Overdoing Good Things

Life is full of fascinating diversions and God made this incredible world full of things to explore, discover, and enjoy.

But sometimes I struggle with overdoing it.

Proverbs 25:16 brings up what happens when we overindulge in something good, “If you find honey, eat just enough – too much of it, and you will vomit”(NIV).

During Biblical times, honey was one of the sweetest and most delectable foods available. It was perhaps the equivalent to our ice cream, cakes, pies, and cookies.

However, this is not merely hinting at overeating. This principle can also apply to other good things in our lives. Netflix, social media, vacation time, shopping trips, and even time with friends can be overdone.

These things are the cultural “honey” of today. Very sweet and good. But it’s best to remember moderation, otherwise you may feel like you want to mentally and emotionally vomit. Anyone who has Netflix binged an entire TV show in one sitting can probably attest to this.

The healthiest way (physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually) to enjoy this amazing world God gave us is not all at once. Take breaks from a good activity now and then if you feel you’re getting too attached.

Go take a walk, stop and read something, or stop and pray for someone. It turns out you will probably like the activity even more once coming back to it.

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

Free or Not?

Christians make a lot of tough decisions.

They decide what they will eat, drink, wear, and what they will ultimately do. Since there are so many differing opinions, it’s easy to be at odds with another believer about lifestyle choices.

For gray areas where the Bible is not definitive, Christians could go back and forth on these issues indefinitely. However, there is a passage in 1 Corinthians that settles these types of disputes once and for all.

In 1 Cor. 8, the Apostle Paul brings up a hot topic that had caused much controversy in the early Church: Is it all right for a believer to eat food that had been sacrificed to an idol?

Some were adamant that yes, eating the food is fine. Some were adamant that no, a Christian should never partake in sacrificed food to idols.

Paul plainly points out that “food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do” (8:8, NIV). But in the next verse he also warns Christians to not use this as an excuse as it could cause confusion and guilt to other fellow believers who may have chosen not to partake because of their conscience.

A previous college professor spelled out this issue for me by creating three simple questions for each side to ask themselves.

If people believe they are free to do/say/eat/drink/ect, they should ask themselves:

  1. Is this just an excuse for worldliness?
  2. Is this beneficial for me and others?
  3. Am I being mastered by it?

And on the flip side, those who believe they are not free to do/say/eat/drink/ect, they should ask themselves:

  1. What is my motivation here?
  2. Is this God’s will or human tradition?
  3. Am I trying to be holy, or just grouchy?

Paul is pointing out that we should choose love over enlightenment or correctness.

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