Tuesday, April 28, 2009

HIS TENT...30X5 PHASE II's FINISHLINE(?)

In response to a question posted by Peace-for-the-Journey's Elaine, I read and then pondered the chapter...read some commentaries...read different Bible versions. It was the very first verse that caught my attention.

1 Chronicles 17
God’s Covenant with David


"And it came about, when David dwelt in his house, David said to Nathan the prophet, "Behold, I am dwelling in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD is under curtains." Then Nathan said to David, “Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.”



Notice--God never gave a request to build a temple...(this was brought up in the BIBLOS commentar I read...which noted David couldn't rest in his dwelling knowing the ark of covenant was sitting among curtains--in the tent!) David would, from a human perspective, believe it would not be protected there and so he wanted to remedy the situation...and he continued talking to God about it.

However, the ark was where God intended it to be at that time...He would protect it...all God-centered. While pondering on that thought...where has God set up my ark? In my house? no
In my church? no In my heart! yes! In our hearts!

So...I must keep his temple "in my body" healthy so I can effectively be His hands and feet while I am in the world...healthy eating, exercising, sleeping.

Even though Liddie's 30x5 Phase II has "crossed the finish line", I must "stay the course".

To get my tent better maintained I must continue on through the desert

...where the path is hard to find when the winds of laziness blow...especially without the encouragement of my SWEET CHALLENGETTES, "You know who you are!"

...and even though my camel keeps sinking in the sand due to weight I dumped into this tent, the slow and steady pace of diligence allows for the sand to settle long enough for small steps to be made toward the goal: HEALTHY!

Even one of my FITNESS TIPS stated to "Aim for a healthy weight" and "people needing to lose weight should do so gradually, at a rate of one-half to two pounds per week." Everybody now, SING with me to the tune of "Farmer in the Dell"...

Turtles we must be,

oh, turtles we must be

high pounds to low we go,

turtles we must be!

This fragile, yet wonderfully resilient, "tent" he has TEMPORARILY given me definitely needs maintenance as I sit it down, get it up, push to exercise it, discern what to feed it, travel around with it and then sleep in it. :)
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HOW ARE YOU MAINTAINING YOUR TENT, HIS TEMPLE?

8 comments:

Beverlydru said...

I'm with you, sista. Uncha, Uncha, we can do this!! We've got to keep going.. this tent's gotta last until we Finally Make it Home!

Faye said...

Beautiful post.You are such a blessing!Have a great day!Blessings, Faye

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Well, great thoughts to add to the mix. I wrote about this Scripture a year of so ago, especially as it pertained to David's "need" to build the temple. I paralleled it to our need to "contain" God ... keep him close, controlling his movements. As for my temple (this tent), girl you're hitting on some nerves. My mother and I have recently committed to doing better as it pertains to what we're putting into our frames! I've put on some serious weight in the past month for a variety reasons and am now sick enough of it all to get moving again.

Keep to it and keep me posted on your progress. Thanks for chiming in today. I just love to study the Word of God with friends!

peace~elaine

Runner Mom said...

Hey! I read your comment on Elaine's post, and hopped over! Y'all are deep!! I love it! You all encourage me to think and pray at a deeper level! Sistas in Bloggyland are so cool!! I'll be back for more!!

I am proud of your accomplishments with your goal to be healthy. You can do it, chickadee!!
Hugs!
Susan

Sassy Granny ... said...

Such a worthy pondering.

I could post any number of "how to"s, but I believe they're all best summed with: being still and knowing He is God.

Be blessed,
Kathleen

Jenny said...

Beautifully written. Sometimes we forget that our bodies are sacred and we must protect and honor them.

grey like snuffie said...

Good morning....so much stirred up in me to continue pondering as I go out to mow. What what was stirring in David's heart...what had God asked of him...hmmmm. Wonder how much in my life gets strung along because His initial command gets enlarged by my human thinking. hmmmm.

Hang in there...I tell myself each moment is new if I've blown it with not caring for my "tent". Start over and go on. It's not fun AT ALL...I know. But you are indeed His beloved..no matter what. CYBER HUG!!!!

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

See this afternoon on the elliptical(huff huff...puff puff)

R