This past summer, I participated in a Bible study called Big Fresh Faith by Lisa DeVries. For six weeks, my group studied the power and presence of God in our lives. Driven deep for me was the certain knowledge that God desires intimacy with me, something that generated fear down to my marrow.
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As I wrestled with the idea of allowing myself to be fully known by God, my church life group chose the book for our fall course of study: He Calls You Beautiful by Dee Brestin. Not surprisingly (but I was still surprised) it is all about intimate relationship with God. For the past 7 months or so, I've been swimming, immersed, awash in, drenched by this concept. Clearly, God wants to get a point across, and he knows that I take a long time to come to trust.
Part of my reticence toward intimacy with God is rooted in self-loathing on all levels: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. I recognize the problem and I do long to come to a healthier place. With that goal in mind, I recently started a 16-wk health and fitness program that focuses on changing perspectives of food and body.
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"Coincidentally" (not), I am now preparing to begin a Bible study in January called Taste and See by Margaret Feinberg. It's all about food in the Bible, and I can already tell it promises an overhaul of my perspective of food, eating, mealtimes, and more. I am acutely aware of God's timing and his gentle guidance over the past half-year. I'm eager to dive into this new study by Margaret Feinberg. I'm certain he's leading me to healing and I'm curious to see how he will use Taste and See to accomplish his purpose.
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It all comes back around to his desire for relationship with me. He has a fascinating, unique way of leading and interacting with each of his people in order to bring us to deeper understanding and closer relationship with him. How have you seen him guiding your path over the past 6 months??