Being a Steward of God’s Blessings

Being a Steward of God’s Blessings… And a Neighborly Suggestion 🙂

Poetry Devotional by Michele

This Human Temple
A prayer toward holiness and wholeness

© 2000, 2014 Michele Vidor Krile

Lord, thank You for the privilege
Of being Your dwelling place
So to represent Your very essence
Help me daily to seek Your presence
And continually walk in Your grace

God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
God of holy passion, joy and love
This temple’s light at times burns too dim
Stoke this fire you ignited some time ago
Oh Lord of my heart, my eternal glow

There’s a corner in this temple
That’s still a bit hidden
This corner of my heart, please
Bring complete healing from within

There’s a part of this temple
You and I are working to rebuild
Teach me to feed my body right
And learn to be satisfied

When I find it not so simple
To discipline this temple
Remind me of Your truth
I am not my own…

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Being a Steward of God’s Blessings

This Human Temple
A prayer toward holiness and wholeness

© 2000, 2014 Michele Vidor Krile

Lord, thank You for the privilege
Of being Your dwelling place
So to represent Your very essence
Help me daily to seek Your presence
And continually walk in Your grace

God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
God of holy passion, joy and love
This temple’s light at times burns too dim
Stoke this fire you ignited some time ago
Oh Lord of my heart, my eternal glow

There’s a corner in this temple
That’s still a bit hidden
This corner of my heart, please
Bring complete healing from within

There’s a part of this temple
You and I are working to rebuild
Teach me to feed my body right
And learn to be satisfied

When I find it not so simple
To discipline this temple
Remind me of Your truth
I am not my own, I belong to You
””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””

All of you who read my blog might by now realize my passion for frankly bringing out the scripture truths alongside my poems that either encourage and (hopefully) also challenge you. Another one of my passions has long been learning how to take care of my health and later my family’s (as this is Biblical), and to pass the knowledge to others. Do any of you struggle with how to eat well? How to keep your family’s immunity up? With health issues*? With trying to balance a healthy weight and also getting the proper nutrients out of the foods you eat? I’m praying what I say here and my poems (*For What Shall I Hope? is at the bottom of this post) encourages you to be a steward of your health.

Becoming a steward of the body and mind God gave you is important, because God gave you but one body and mind! In Mark 12:29 Jesus told us to … love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ This can only be fully done with the help of the Holy Spirit. But, part of loving God is taking care of what He has given to us; to take care of our mind and our body so we have strength in our body and clarity of mind.

Going to the Bible-Mark 12:28 NLT, One day a man came to Jesus and asked Him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Jesus responded,

“The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (verse 29, NLT)

Jesus essentially summed up the Ten Commandments: To make the Lord number One in your life. So, this would include in everything you do, including serving Him in how you eat and care for yourself and your family.

But what if you have no idea how to properly care for your health, or for your family’s? Take some time to learn! Then after learning, you’ll find it such joy to take good care of your family! Then teach your children what you have learned. Part of your spiritual legacy is teaching your children or family and friends,helping others to be wise stewards of their body God gave them!!

There are so many good books and articles out there on real nutrition; safe fitness; health giving recipes; safe, nontoxic and affordable home remedies or personal care recipes.  But, how to know which are really helpful?

I have never written on my blog anything other than my poetry and devotions. But there is a great spiritual application here, so please read on if you are interested in bettering your health, or learning more on many health topics. (If not, just scroll down to read my other poem) Well, I have one great suggestion… The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle … the most awesome and helpful ebooks, eCourses and bonus certificates. And a very wonderful part of this deal? You won’t be having to get a new bookshelf to hold all these books. These ebooks and eCourses are downloads! I will not try to sell you on it, as I am not receiving a commission. I am just excited to read mine and use the bonuses. You decide for yourself, but hurry, because this is the last day (I have been out of state for 4 days and regret haven’t had a chance to tell you about this exciting bundle before now.) Some of my favorite Christian bloggers as well as health and mommy  bloggers are authors on here. Find out how ebooks, eCourses and bonus certificates you get in this bundle:  http://ultimate-bundles.com/healthy-living-bundle-2014/?affiliate=40

The spiritual application is very simple: This Bundle can help you to be both a steward of the body and the money God gave you, as it offers you over $1000 worth of healthy goodness for a small price. Because of so many hits, Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle website crashed, and they have even extended this year’s deadline from Mon, 11:59pm to 12 noon PST/3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 16. (What a good example of ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 🙂  You can purchase the bundle here now:  http://ultimate-bundles.com/healthy-living-bundle-2014/?affiliate=40 (affiliate is from one of my favorite Christian family blogger, moneysavingmom.com )

So whether or not you choose to get this affordable, helpful Bundle, don’t worry, my devotional blog is still a poetry devotional blog. 🙂  I might mention the next bundle when it becomes available, just because I feel you would benefit greatly, as it will be the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle!

Honor God with your body and mind: Take care of yourself!

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For What Shall I Hope?
a modern day psalm
© 2005, 2008, 2011 Michele Vidor Krile

Oh Lord, you know my struggles and meditations
You hear my cries and frustrations
As I strive to be a steward of the body you gave me
Healing seems so far away, yet close to my soul You will be

When I cannot sleep
For what shall I dream?
I search for and long for health,
Yet even this will eventually fade away

You are my Oasis, my Sustenance
You align my will with Yours, such goodness!
This is where my weakness meets Your strength!

For what shall I hope?
Oh how Your mercy exceeds
All my desires and needs

How can I not be content
in the hope of heaven,
in the hope of seeing Your face,
of glorifying You with loved ones for eternity?

For Whom shall I hope?
In Whom shall I trust and obey?
Who will I serve and worship?
To Whom will I give glory and praise?

How can I want more than Your Grace?
I deserve less than all that I’m blessed
How dare I not be thankful for what I’ve got?
Though my flesh seeks a touch of youth
All healing comes from You!

You refresh my body and my soul
In the newness of your Word
And you lead me to the knowledge I need
To be the steward of all you have given me!

Lord, in everything I say and do
Let me die to self, lest I cry and mope
Keep my heart and mind focused on You,
My Salvation, my Healer, my Hope

S4, Mysteries that Seasons Send -Revised w/ New Devotional

Mysteries that Seasons Send
© 1999, 2014 Michele Vidor Krile

What will become of Summer’s end?
Oh, the mysteries that seasons send!

Can Wisdom follow the Autumn change,
Then without fear, in your heart remain?

Though in the chill of Winter you may wonder
Still, dreariness can be put asunder

God will surely meet you where you are
As you entrust to Him each season of your heart

To our Creator, all mysteries are clearly known
Give to Him total control; He’ll calm your anxious soul

Each day Jesus will walk with you, as Savior, as friend
He will give you strength so you may live as He intends

The Holy Spirit intercedes for you in ways that you cannot
As you seek discernment, He’ll guide you in the will of God

As you wait upon the Lord, Who births Spring anew
At last, His Hope and Joy can truly bloom inside of you!

Ah, those moments and prayers around the bend
Shed light on the mysteries that seasons send!
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Job 11:7 “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?”

Eph 1:9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ.

I like to share this poem near the end of summer. I wrote it for a crying stranger in a church I was visiting in my early adulthood. I have expanded it since then. In turn, It has blessed me and many others through the years.

Need encouragement and clarity for what lies ahead? Ask God for His discernment when you are unsure what is around the bend. Ask Him for His strength in times of challenge or comfort in times of sadness. Ask for peace in times of chaos and frustration. Ask Him for a grateful heart, for He loves you so much to include you in His marvelous mysteries, in the Big plan! Thank Him that He reveals only what you need to know in order for you to learn to trust and obey! Ask Him to place joy in your heart where there might be negativity…  Passion where there is complacency. Praise Him through everything (Yes, sometimes that happens in hindsight.) Ask him for other godly Christians to pray with and support you in your faith journey! Then as God prompts you, give back to others in however He has gifted you to share the Good News of the truth, to support and help others understand the mysteries and life challenges! And as Remember, Jesus is always with those who believe, but we need to spend time with the Lord! Keep talking with Him, reading the Word, keeping open your heart, quieting your thoughts, slowing down and listening to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit!

For more supporting Bible passages, continue on…

IN CONTEXT:
Eph 1:4-10 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, 5) he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– 6) to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7) In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8) that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9) And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10) to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

Other relevant verses:
Prov. 4:11, Philippians 4:6-7, 12-13, Romans 8:26-27

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