Hey everyone, I just finished reading Honoring God with My Body by Katherine Pasour and I have to say, it was a great read! If you’re looking to improve your physical and spiritual health, I highly recommend this book.
Scriptural References and Practical Tips
Katherine does a fantastic job of weaving in Scriptural references and practical tips to help you make healthy lifestyle changes. The book is well-organized with inspiring text, space for you to take notes and journal your responses, and thought-provoking questions. I really appreciated the focus on mental and emotional health in addition to physical well-being, which added depth to the book’s message.
A Valuable Resource
I used the book for my personal devotional time over a ten week period and found it to be a valuable resource. It’s perfect for both individual study and for use in a women’s small group Bible study. If you’re looking to live a healthier, more fulfilling life in service to God, I definitely recommend giving this book a read. It takes you on a journey towards wellness so that you can honor God with your body. A healthy body allows us to serve God and have our light shine bright in His service.
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I bought and read the Kindle Edition of Refined by Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace by Mary Potter Kenyon. Having my mother pass away in December 2014, my father dies in June 2017, and cancer takes my wife of 43.5 years in April 2018, I have experienced grief and still am.
She Walks The Journey as Your Guide
The author has walked the grief highway and shares not only her experience and insights but helps the reader be aware of what they may encounter on the journey. One area I could relate to was my concern for how my children were handling grief and I felt the need to take their feeling into consideration when I made choices I knew would impact my family. Starting new traditions for Thanksgiving and Christmas was a struggle for me.
I had my middle child, then 38, graduate from seminary earning a master’s degree just three weeks after my wife’s death. One of my wife’s goals had been to live to see him walk across the stage. Five weeks before the graduation while she was in hospice she said she wouldn’t make it and my heart broke realizing death was imminent.
I drove across the country in May 2020 to attend a writer’s conference. During the drive I started talking, forgetting my wife was deceased. I drove past a Cracker Barrel Restaurant between Birmingham and Huntsville Alabama I said we had stopped there to eat on several previous trips to see her sister that lives in eastern Tennessee. I had to pull over and cry for about fifteen minutes.
Mary sharing similar events in her book had me realizing my experience was normal for me and needed Kleenex to get through the book which I found hard to read – not because of the writing, but because of the memories reading caused me to relive. I recommend the book. Read in August 2020.
Yes, God is faithful. He won’t let you down. God’s word says in 1 Corinthians 1:9 English Standard Version (ESV), “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Definition of Faithful
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives this definition of faithful. The definition of faithful:
Steadfast in affection or allegiance: LOYAL a faithful friend
Firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty: CONSCIENTIOUS a faithful employee
Given with strong assurance: BINDING a faithful promise
True to the facts, to a standard, or to an original a faithful copy
Obsolete definition of faithful: full of faith
What Does it Mean to be Faithful?
It means to be reliable.
It means to be trustworthy
It means to be dependable
It means to be consistent.
Four Ways God is faithful.
1. God is Faithful To Protect
Psalm 34:4 ESV, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”
Takeaway: “I sought the Lord.” If you seek the Lord you will find that God is faithful.
Psalm 34:17-19 ESV, “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
Takeaway: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.” If you cry to the Lord, he hearsand delivers. He is faithful.
2 Timothy 1:7 ESV, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
Takeaway: God is faithful. When you are fearful remember he has given us a spirit of power, love, and self-control. He is faithful.
2. God is Faithful To Pardon
1 John 1:9 ESV, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Takeaway: “If we confess our sins …” God is faithful. God is faithful
3. God is Faithful To Provide
Philippians 4:18 ESV, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Takeaway: God will supply every need of yours” (not your greed). God is faithful.
4. God is Faithful To Preserve (that is to Keep Us Safe).
1 Peter 5:10 ESV, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”
Psalm 57:1 ESV, “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.”
Takeaway: “I will take refuge” (in God). When you do he will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. Yes, God is faithful.
I am reminded of a little acrostic I have heard many preachers use. It is GRACE. It stands for:
G – Gods
R – riches
A – at
C – Christ’s
E – expense.
Others may let you down but God promises to be faithful. Yes, God is faithful.
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