Archive for January, 2011

Body Image

As I stated in my last post, I have been reading a book on fasting. I’m not finished with it yet, but was wondering what others views on body image were.

The author Scot McKnight prescribes to the theory that the problem we have nowadays with fasting (or as he calls it later body talk) is a general disconnection of our body from our soul/spirit. This he feels is caused by our body image. He gives four common images and feels most of us can relate to one or more of them. The four common images he lists are:

  1. as a monster to be conquered;
  2. as a celebrity to be glorified;
  3. as a cornucopia to be filled;
  4. as a wallflower to be ignored.

He holds that each of these body images shape whether we fast and if we do how we fast.

Now I’m not ready to get into a full-blown discussion on fasting yet, but was really curious how you view your body? This is not a topic I have heard talked about much before. I realize there is a duality between physical self and spiritual self, but have we been programmed to believe the physical is all bad or unimportant? Can there be a meshing of the two that glorifies God and allows us to the fullest “us” that we can be?

I never realized that my body image as far as spirituality goes was undefined. But the more I’ve thought about it, the more I find that is the case. I am a sloppy mess of most of the images listed above. I tried to discuss this with my sis, but I was having a tough time expressing what I was thinking in words. So I fell back on what I know – I’m better at writing my thoughts out than speaking them.

So what do you think? Does our body image affect our ability to fulfill God’s calling on our lives? Or am I still just jabbering aimlessly?


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New Year, New Season

As I’m sure some of you have noticed, I’ve been in a bit (or maybe more than a bit) of a funk for the past month or so. For me it was more of a combination of physical issues, tiredness from a crazy schedule, and the time of year (by that I mean the financial woes that always plague me this time of year).

But between having a truly lovely visit with my in-laws, spending some real-time in prayer, and having the time and energy to love on my babies, I feel like I am coming out of this valley.

This seems to be a popular theme with friends and other bloggers. I am happy to report most are coming out of it as well. Maybe next year we should band together so we don’t face the same issues again?

Anyways, I really have a lot of excitement about the coming year. I am really trying to spend some QT with Jesus and find out my place in the body. I want to be a useful part of his kingdom, not just a random part that hangs around but no one really knows what purpose it serves. So while I am searching and praying, I hope you’ll join me in praying for clarity. Is there anything I can be praying for you?

Also I am excited to have my latest book from booksneeze.com so should have a review up in the next week or so. The book is on fasting which I am excited to explore as it is an area that I definitely don’t have a total grasp on yet. I am hoping this book will give me a broad view of the topic and some specific scriptures that I can explore on my own.

I am so thankful for all my friends and family that have been supporting, advising, challenging, loving, and helping me to grow this past year. I hope I have helped some of you as well. I pray you all have a blessed New Year and that awesome things happen for you this year.

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