Today I’m sharing a bit of borrowed wisdom from Prayfit founder, Jimmy Pena. Do we desire to be as fit as necessary to do what God has called us to do or to be as fit as possible?
This devotional was first published in the ezine ‘Tween Girls and God
Have you ever heard of the “5 W’s and an H”?
I studied journalism in college. I loved reporting, interviewing, writing and even editing articles. My favorite part was talking to people I’d never met, asking them questions and then piecing the story together. Being concise is one of the most important elements of writing a news story. I remember Dr. Senat saying over and over, “Cut out the extras! Get to the point! Answer all the reader’s questions and then stop writing!”
The best tool Dr. Senat gave his students as we were learning to write “tightly” were the “5 W’s and an H”. So, I figured, it might also be a good tool to pull together the most vital information about the Bible. Let’s ask God’s Word these questions!
Who is the Word of God? John 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”
The Word of God is much more than just the thick book you carry to church. It’s more than a collection of stories or even a “road map to heaven”. The Word of God is a person.
John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” This means that Jesus Christ is the Word of God.
What is the Word of God? Even though the Word of God is a person, we are also told that it is a “lamp to our feet and a light to our path”. (Ps. 119:105) The Word of God guides us to make right decisions, teaches how to obey God and shows us how to follow Him.
Where is the Word of God? Isaiah 55:11 says that the Word of God comes directly from His mouth. “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” And it is also hidden in our hearts. When we believe in Jesus, He sends His Spirit to live within us and since Jesus is the Word of God, then God’s very Word can live inside us. From within us, it helps us to keep from sinning against God.
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Ps. 119:11)
When is the Word of God? This one’s easy even though it’s hard to understand. God’s Word is forever. It never ends, it never fails, it’s never wrong and it’s never silent. 1 Peter 1:25a says, “‘…but the word of the Lord endures forever.’” And Ps. 119:89 says, “Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” (There’s a freebie, too! That’s another answer to the “where” question!)
Why do we have the Word of God? Oh my goodness, can you imagine if we didn’t have God’s Word? How would we know Him? How could we believe in Jesus and be saved?
2 Timothy 3:16-17 gives us many other reasons we have God’s Word. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
How do we use the Word of God? 2 Timothy 3:16-17 answers this question to. We use God’s Word to teach ourselves and others about Jesus. God’s Word is useful to correct us when we’re wrong and to train us to be righteous; to teach us that through Christ we “have right-standing with God”.
That was some good investigative reporting! We asked all the essential questions and essentially “interviewed the Bible” about God’s Word. Do you learn something new?
Why don’t you try writing a good news story about God’s Word. Write a short article telling someone about God’s Word—how important it is to you, how you use it every day and why everyone in all the world should hear it?
When thankfulness heaves dry,
And prayer is stillborn,
Listless lips, somber heart
Percussion of praise halts,
And the Army halts,
The prayer warrior falters…
Daughter, glory in My verdancy,
Marvel at Me.
How is it that you could be lonely
in My presence?
Hear Me speak in the rush of rain,
The charge of damp angel feet through the balsam trees.
I have come, in response to your prayer.
I have heard and answered.
I have come for your joy and My glory.
Both complete the other and find permanence there.
I have never needed you,
But I chose you,
And love you as sister, daughter, bride, friend.
Find your hope, inhale My faith for you.
Sit back, rest and watch My glory.
And let all your longings be fulfilled and overflowed.
The banks of your loneliness will
Erode in the power of My Life-giving flood.
Watch Me. Behold Me. Taste Me.
Be still and know that I am God.
Taste and see–
I, The Lord, am good.
Verses for further study and encouragement: 1 Chronicles 14:13-15, Psalm 34:8, Psalm 116:1, Matthew 23:9, Hebrews 2:11-13, Isaiah 54:5
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How many magazines do you have on your bedside table? How many in your backpack? Okay, once you’ve done that homework, I need you to do a bit more investigation. Look at the covers. How many headlines promise to make you more beautiful? How about more popular? I bet at least two of them mention a “get-fit” plan or promise to tell you a little secret about which foods are good and bad for you.
One the surface, there’s nothing wrong with these magazines. The quizzes can be fun to take with a friend. And I’m the first to admit I’ve discovered some cute ways to style my hair. But underneath the glitter and glossy pages, did you know that your magazines are telling you little white lies?
Studies say that more than half of 13-year-old girls in the United States don’t like their bodies. And most admit that they get their ideas about health, fashion and what they should look like from magazines. The pictures of celebrities tell them what they should wear, what will make boys like them and how their bodies should look. But it’s scary what can happen to a girl when she chooses to believe these little lies about her appearance and her value.
When I was fourteen-years-old I began a long battle with anorexia. Never heard of it?
Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder. Someone with anorexia stops eating or severely limits what they eat. They might start to exercise too much and to other things to lose weight. And even when they lose too much weight and are dangerously skinny, they still believe they are too fat.
My battle with anorexia lasted more than 14 years. During that time, I lost a lot of friends who worried about me and didn’t know how to help me. My little sisters were scared that I was going to die. My parents cried and worried all the time because actually being too thin is even more dangerous than being a little too heavy.
My hair started to fall out. I grew lots of little-bitty, soft hairs all over my body. Because I didn’t have any body fat, my body was trying to stay warm. I cried a lot. When your mind doesn’t get enough nutrition, it doesn’t think clearly and many girls with anorexia get depressed, too. I fell asleep in school because my body didn’t have enough energy from food to stay awake. I even passed out a couple times, but I don’t remember it.
My family took really good care of me. When they understood how sick I was, they sent me to a hospital for eating disorders in Arizona. I spent three months there, away from my family and friends. I missed school and church; I even spent my 16th birthday at the hospital. Sometimes, I was so tired and scared and sad that I even wanted to die.
Getting well from anorexia often takes a really long time. It was hard for me to try to gain weight. I was scared that I might get too fat. In fact, even after I got well, I started to worry so much about being fat that I got sick again and had to return to the hospital when I was eighteen.
Jesus is the one who saved my life. Knowing how much He loves me is what gave me the courage to keep trying to get well and helped me make it through the loneliness when I was in the hospital. I read the Bible, not magazines, and learned what Jesus says about my beautiful body that He created.
In Genesis, God tells us that He made us in His own image. How can we not be perfectly wonderful if God made us to look like Him?
In Psalm 139, David writes that our bodies are marvelously made. And, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 reminds us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We belong to Him! We need to take care of out bodies the way God wants us to and not worry about the world’s ideas of perfect.
This article was first published in ‘Tween Girls and God.
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Don’t miss Edith’s letter to her son’s birth mother or Frances’ moving story of her father’s funeral. There’s also a story to challenge your expectations about marriage. This month is rich!