Romans 12:1

I haven’t taken care of my body over the years. 16 years old till 22 I polluted my body with every drug I could get my hands on. From 16 till the age of 34 I drank myself silly almost everyday. I’m about to turn 41 and have long since quit drugs and alcohol, praise God, but am still doing damage to my body. The fatty foods and garbage that I’m ingesting are hurting my heart. I still drink about 4 cups of coffee and chew tobacco. I have tried to quit these things but with little success. Yesterday I had to see a heart specialist because of some palpitations that it’s having. They will be monitoring me for a couple of weeks and then running some others tests. If I had been more aware of what went into my body as God had asked me to do, I believe that things would be different. Eating a rare steak loaded with salt, a bag of chips for snack with a soda, or grabbing a sweet treat has taken its toll. Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. We all need to be watching what we put in our bodies and have self control with over indulgence. I’m writing this to all of you in hopes that you become aware of these things before it’s too late and your bodies start to fail. I’m struggling now and need prayers to help me to combat all of these things that have been damaging to my body over the years. If you want to join me in taking care of our bodies then please take a moment in prayer. Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for these bodies that you have given us. Help us to be more aware of what we put into them and do with them physically. Guide us in making healthier choices in what we eat to preserve our vessels for our Holy Spirit to dwell in. Thank you ahead of time for showing us the way. In Jesus precious name, Amen!

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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