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Chasing Dreams and Ministry

Originally Posted on Changing Journey

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Sometimes life is a series of little steps in the pursuit of your dreams. It takes patience and often times feels like you might be taking one step back for every two steps you take forward. But if you can look at the long term and see the progress and envision the desired outcome, it makes it so very worth it!

I’ve been contemplating this quite a bit lately. Life has its ebbs and flows and right now it seems as if I’m in one of those holding positions where things are moving backward. Just small hiccups really, when you look at the whole scheme of things. And I can see how these hiccups play an important role in catapulting Daniel and I forward on our path. It’s just that the time in between is oh-so agonizing!

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing

~James 1:3-4

I love the book of James. Very straight forward and to the point! But patience….really? Ask anyone who knows me well and they will tell you that patience isn’t one of my strengths (at lease in some things). And it’s even harder when I can see the outcome/benefits on the horizon!

Right now, I am in the middle of a job search. My dream has been to be able to work from home so that I’m more readily available to help Daniel with the growth of the ministry. While I’ve been independently working on streams of income, such as Cactus Flower Naturals or SoulBlind Design, these are still young ventures and do not yet produce enough income to support us or the ministry.

Here is where patience comes in….I have other ventures in mind that I would like to pursue. But because of other necessities, I will not be able to pursue them until late summer or early fall. When you are excited about something, it is so hard to wait!!! Yet, I must in order for other life happenings to fall into place. So, I wait on the Lord for His perfect timing. And in the meantime, I am searching for another job, whether onsite or at home, for the sake of job security (the issue with being in a technology based industry is that the atmosphere is always changing and things can become unstable at a moments notice).

Daniel and I have learned this same lesson with the ministry, as well. There is so much research and information to share, but until recently it wasn’t quite ready. This became a frustration as we wanted to just spread the word and let everyone know! But God made it clear that we must be patient until more research was done and the revelations were understood. Plus, I’m sure there are other things that need to be in place to prepare us and make us ready to properly handle a ministry!

So, until His time, life goes on and we patiently wait on Him and go where we must until the bubble pops and we find ourselves in the midst of the outcome that sits on the horizon. We just need to keep in mind that it’s all in His time!

The Virtuous Woman

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**Originally posted on Changing Journey**

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

~Proverbs 31:10-31

I came across these old, familiar verses just recently. It was actually just one….in the form of a meme, extoling the strength of a woman. The source wasn’t referenced and the verse not only resonated with me, but seemed strangely familiar. It wasn’t until several days later that I realized why.

There was a time in my life where Proverbs 31 was my ultimate goal as a woman, wife, and mother. Everything I did was weighed against these verses. I didn’t realize it back then, but my thoughts on the virtuous woman, and how it applied to me, were very skewed.

Many years of abuse within a Christian marriage will do that to you.

It distorts your perception of yourself. It distorts how you think others perceive you. It distorts the relationships in your life. It distorts your relationship with God.

Back then, I would read these verses and see all of my faults and shortcomings in comparison. Sadly, many of what I considered shortcomings weren’t really there at all. I had been beaten so far down that I didn’t have much of an opinion of myself. I didn’t think I was worthless, but I also didn’t think I was worth much effort. I would pray to God to help me embody these qualities….strength, wisdom, diligence, industriousness, entrepreneurialism….because, just maybe, if I became this vision of a woman that God laid out, everything would get better. And when it didn’t get better, I would read the same verses and get even more critical of myself and wonder why God had forgotten about me.

C__Data_Users_DefApps_AppData_INTERNETEXPLORER_Temp_Saved Images_dscn04771My healing process has allowed me to see that I wasn’t forgotten. I can look back now and recognize that I was embodying so many aspects of the virtuous woman. I raised our daughters, I kept the house and gardens, I cooked, I cleaned, I homeschooled, I helped my ex with his business, I was active in the church. Even the abuse was an answer (of sorts) to prayer. Through the abuse and the healing, I have become a stronger woman with resolve.

Yesterday, I sat down and read all of Proverbs 31. The anxiety I used to feel when reading these same verses was gone. I understand these verses on a much deeper level now, but I can also see the comfort and beauty in them that is meant to encourage, rather than give an unattainable goal.

After I read the verses of the virtuous woman, I pulled some studies from the web on the same verses. It was sad for me to see these women falling into the same trap I once had. Abuse may not have been involved, but these verses were being treated as an unattainable goal to strive toward. The underlying sense that this was something that would not be attainable on this side of Heaven was heartbreaking.

I look around and most women already are the virtuous woman. We love. We take care of our families. We take care of ourselves. We work. We overcome the daily trials. And we do it all to the best of our own individual ability.

We are wives. We are daughters. We are mothers. We are strong. We are capable. We are loved. We are made as the Father intended us.

God made us in His perfect image. We weren’t created inferior and made to strive for an unattainable goal. Sure, we may broken and a little bit shattered. But we are strong and resilient.

If you didn’t already know, you are His daughter and you are already special. Live as He lives. Love as He loves. And never doubt His creation!

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(Love Resonates to all Through Giving) Post for Day 102 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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A bell’s not a bell ’til you ring it, A song’s not a song ’til you sing it, Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay, Love isn’t love ’til you give it away!

Oscar Hammerstein II

 

To those that hear and understand the harmony in everything, the resonance of love resounds through all Creation through the gift of sharing. For God so loved us that He gave… and through His gifts we give. It is in our charity that we find mercy, and from the overflow of our hearts we give. Do not be afraid to give with love, and likewise accept that which too is given with love for to deny the gift is to deny the love of the giver.

God gives freely:

Deuteronomy 7:13 And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

And so should we:

Deuteronomy 30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

 

 

 

 

(God’s Love is Found in a Touch) Post for Day 101 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.

Mother Teresa

Matthew 8:9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

Can God heal without so much as touching a person? Of course He can and yet as Christ He choose to touch those in need so that they may know that through Him they are healed.

Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

 

Image the touch of God. For all the ages those that prayed for health and never felt His touch, but only the few were touched by His hand. What an amazing gift to know God with an intimacy of something so common as a touch, yet infused with the pure power of love. What can not be healed by His love? What can not be made pure by His blessings? What can not be made whole with His truth? What can not be manifest through faith?

God may not make Himself known in your life physically but He did make His example known, to love each other with more than compassion but with the touch we all need so much. The love of a touch is the power to revive the soul. A hug, a hand on the shoulder or a gentle kiss on the brow. What power is in the laying on of hands? Why do those that feel not this intimacy are those that suffer most? In the touch is the power of His love for we all are as one to those that can see beyond appearances.

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

 

 

So love each other and give them affirmation that they are validated and worthy of love and to those of bravery greet each other with the a holy kiss.

1 Corinthians 16:20 All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.

2 Corinthians 13:12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.

1 Thessalonians 5:26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.

1 Peter 5:14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

(Israel is Progress Through Perseverance) Post for Day 100 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

 

Genesis 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

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Transliteration: Yisra’el

Israel = “God prevails”

have power, contend with, persist, exert oneself, persevere

 

The name Israel essentially means Progress Through Perseverance. Through Israel comes a mighty nation and only he who is willing to change will be the chosen of God.

 

It is only through opposition that we learn to progress and grow.

 

 

 

(Behold the Renewing Power of God) Post for Day 99 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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The future of the world belongs to the youth of the world, and it is from the youth and not from the old that the fire of life will warm and enlighten the world. It is your privilege to breathe the breath of life into the dry bones of many around you.

Tom Mann

 

Let God revive you as only God can.

Ezekiel 37:

1              The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,

2              And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

3              And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

4              Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

5              Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

6              And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

7              So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.

8              And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.

9              Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

10           So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

11           Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.

12           Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

13           And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,

14           And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

 

(A Wise Man Knows When…) Post for Day 98 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so men are proved, by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish.

Demosthenes

Choose your battles wisely for it takes little to break your image of authority and often that which is broken can never be repaired.

Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

 

(Women, Water and the Heart’s Spiritual Journey) Post for Day 97 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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I have an increasing sense that the most important crisis of our time is spiritual and that we need places where people can grow stronger in the spirit and be able to integrate the emotional struggles in their spiritual journeys.

Henri Nouwen

 

 

The human spirit is like water; fickle, unstable, ever-changing. Where the soul is as a house the spirit is as water. The soul is a construct of many truths, but the spirit is viscous and vital and flows as it is your consciousness. We often attribute the spirit to will, and this too is true as anything you set your mind to will become a force to be reckoned with.

 

Consider your consciousness and how it ebbs and flows. How one day you may feel inclined to act on one thing, and yet on another day you may decide to act upon another; this is the resources of the mind being directed towards the soul’s objective goals. It’s like having an architect building a structure that requires dynamic changes to achieve a goal; also much like perhaps a general in a war. The goal of the war is static as the soul is a construct of principals, but the spirit is situationally objective based.

 

Consider a household and the typical role models of the family dynamic. The father is a driving force towards a goal, the mother is the balance of child and father, and the child is the actions that grow to build the home’s future. Mind, Spirit, and Body have unique respective rolls to fill. If the father needs the family to move the mother will counsel him on the needs of the household and the father will then have to reassess the objective based upon the mother’s influence. The same is true with the spirit that balances out the mind and body as to what is best for the self to do. A goal is needed, an action must be taken, but direction must be considered as how to get the whole house to reach the new objective. So thus the spirit is like water and viscous and ever changing based on each situation. The body is available once it sees what its goals are, but it does little on its own. The mind, though powerful, is helpless alone without the body to fulfill its objectives, but the spirit is the liaison and balance that is required based in the moments of need.

 

For these reason the family of the soul has different checks and balances in place and are likened to attributes of people. The Bible uses these attributes each time it mentions a gender or age.

 

Consider the spirit as being a woman, that if easily swayed would want everything it found desirable. This woman would then be considered wanton or as the Bible calls this kind of wisdom a harlot. A spirit that is dedicated to a single purpose is like a faithful wife that only wants to please her husband and care for her family. So this is a wisdom that is loyal and true.

 

Wisdom, woman, and spirit are all attributed to women for these reasons, as all deal with the self or ego. Wisdom is the reasoning of how to apply logic. So as the man represents knowledge the woman represents the self’s reasoning of how to use the information presented to you. In this way your wisdom is dynamic and changes based on objectives and is channeled like rivers or outlets of water, thus the Holy Spirit is compared to “Living Water” and a “Helper”.

 

John 4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

 

Spirit or consciousness can rage, crash, calm, channel or be drawn from as a resource. You see this often in references to wells where clarity is drawn from a source of water. As woman is the life giver of the family, so too does the Spirit give life to the barren in the Scriptures such as Rachel, Mary, and Elizabeth. By infusing consciousness into these wisdoms does the self-realize how to use an ideal that may have as of yet been left dormant. Remember the Bible is really about your personal journey and all things are aspects of your growing truth, so a barren woman is really you trying to figure out how to use the information you’ve gained, as is the case with Elizabeth whose name means the “Seven fold promise”. The promise of God that was given to the Israelites is barren to this point in the Bible’s hidden manual of truth, and until you can revive your consciousness the promise remains barren. So God thus has the Spirit touch the womb of the wisdom of self, called “The Promise” and though old and barren Elizabeth brings forth the “Gift” of God called “John” that makes the way for the “TRUTH” called “Liberation” named “Jesus”.

 

Since the beginning of the Bible’s story of Creation, the spirit is as waters that are split in two. This is the ideals of self that are divided between the upper-self as higher ideals or primitive ideals as the baser self. In all choices a path must be chosen and thus the waters are split and the spirit is divided. In all choices we are to weight out the choices in balance and when calm the spirit becomes as a sea of glass and thus the image of God is reflected in your spirit. This is symbolic for Christ calming the storms and for walking on water.

 

Notice that all of the miracles of Christ performed on water are on the Sea of Galilee. Galilee means Circle and it represents wholeness of self as in a perpetual nature. The water is spirit and thus it is also used as the Sea of Solomon and the Levar of the Tabernacle of Meeting. The Tabernacle’s Levar is made of bronze mirrors from the women that serve the temple. This means it’s wisdom that we reflect in that cleanses us and helps us to reflect in, once we have made our sacrifices to God. In clarity do we self-reflect. In wisdom do we find wholeness. In mother do we find connection to the family and in the spirit we find purpose.

 

So consider the waters and ships as a process of self-introspection. Cast your nets with the spirit and draw up a bounty of insight like fish being drawn up into the light. As man is knowledge and thus we draw from wisdom/water/women the knowledge of truth and purpose and bring that knowledge into the light of understanding.

 

Mark 1:16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.

 

(Who are you Really?) Post for Day 96 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.

Ayn Rand

 

If I am made in the image of God then I am more than I seem?

You have the power to overcome, only if you believe. Do not fear His greatness that dwells within you. Choose wisely and act upon the choices made for within you lives the great Lion of Judah called Christ Jesus.

 

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

(Made in the image of God) Post for Day 95 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.

John Steinbeck

 

What does it mean to be made into the image of God?

Have you ever wondered what God looks like? Does He even have an image? If He does have an image do we look like Him?

According to the Bible we are being made into the image of God. Most people think we are born into that image but the answer might be a little more complex than a simple Yes or No answer. Why you ask? Well, let’s look at the 6th day of Creation where God is talking to someone and says:

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

So like any good Christian who was taught in Sunday school you would think, “Well, yes then. We are made in God’s image and He looks a lot like us” Right? You would think so but then read on to the next chapter. Right after God rests on the seventh day there is a kind of rewind and we are now looking at a somewhat different story as we see man is not made on the 6th day but rather way back before the trees appear on the 3rd day.

Genesis 2: 4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

In this chapter we see that we are not made in God’s image from the start of creation but rather it is something we are transformed into at a later date. So, if then God did not make man in His image to start with then when is that seventh Day of Creation where God rests? Is it perhaps that the parable of the garden is more than it seems? Is it that maybe there is more going on than first thought? Perhaps, but let’s focus first on what God might look like if we are not in His image to start with. To understand this better perhaps it’s better to know the attributes of God.

So let’s ask ourselves does God have a body? Yes, according to scriptures God shows Himself several times starting with Adam & Eve as He walks in the garden. He again shows Himself to Moses on the mountain top. The thing is though God has made Himself known there is much more to this puzzle than you might suspect.

Let’s start with the symbolic nature of the human body and see how it mirrors God:

Each body part has a symbolic meaning and by knowing the corresponding significance of each body part your Bible reading will change accordingly.

  • The Head: Your head represents the center of thought. The head is symbolic of the masculine attribute of knowledge.
  • Face: In the Bible the face of God is hidden. Consider a human’s face. If you see a person’s face you can generally get a feeling for what they feel or think, so we never see God’s face as we do not know the will of God. So symbolically the face of God cannot be known yet Jesus is supposed to be made in the exact image of God. *Remember this as we will come back to this later.
  • Eyes: Eyes are about perceptions of the mind’s eye and not those we physically possess. In our perceptions we see clearly the truth hidden in things.
  • Nose: The nose is the means of telling if something is good or bad to consume, as we learned in the last post. To smell something good to eat is as knowing it is good for gaining the strength of the thing consumed and thus distinguishing the worthiness of a thing. As Toucan Sam says “Follow the nose! It always knows!” this is because it is symbolic of discernment.
  • Mouth: the mouth and teeth are about eating and thus breaking down a thing that it may be digested. To break ones teeth would be as to remove the ability to understand as it can’t be broken down and considered as in “chewing the cud”.
  • Tongue: The tongue varies from the mouth as it does not eat but rather is the instrument of speech in the scriptures as well as that of taste. The tongue is more fickle than the rest as it is based in personal taste and from the tongue comes all forms of personal preferences like love and hate and these attribute spill out from the heart out into the world around you.
  • Ears: Ears are the instruments of understanding as they hear beyond the words and decipher the truth in everything to see if things resonate in harmony with the truth. In other words they are the means of finding reason through the subtleties that surround us.
  • Hair: Hair is attributed as wisdom as it grows long in understanding, thus woman, whom is the figure of wisdom, has the longest hair and man’s is shorter as he is the symbol of knowledge or head that must accept the word of God.
  • Neck: The neck is the means of turning from one path unto another. To be stiff necked is to be as an ox that can’t be turned; so thus the stiffness of neck is symbolic of obstinacy or pliability.
  • Heart: The heart is the central vessel of reasoning. Where the head is knowledge, the heart is wisdom and it is often attributed as a feminine quality as the center of the soul’s house/body and as mother, spirit, blood or water.
  • Arms: The arms always represent strength in actions.
  • Hands: Hands are the instruments of action itself called works. The hands are the symbol of everything you do both spiritually and physically.
  • Fingers: These are the means of pointing things out and also in the actions of grasping onto a concept.
  • Body: The body gets a bad rap but it is simply the vessel in which our soul’s reasoning is conveyed. The body is the sum of all the parts but it often referred to as the enemy of God as it symbolizes our more primitive animal self.
  • Legs: Legs too are about strength but also are used to convey balance and endurance. (IE: running, walking, lifting etc.)
  • Feet: Feet are a pivotal instrument as they represent the steps in which we take through our journey through life. This is not the physical steps but the times of choices that create growth. They work like moving roots, as they ground you to the right path but also work as a constant progression of balance in choices.
  • Back and Shoulders: The shoulders and back are the aspects of endurance as though that which is chastised or carries a burden. The strength of back is the resolve you have to making a difference as it supports the body in all its choices.

This is the image of God as seen through the reflection of man. We say man is made in God’s image but we actually understand God’s attributes through our own bodies. If we look within we find we are all part of a greater truth that lives within us and the Bible is all about a macrocosm and microcosm where all thing great and small reflect within each other. By knowing the bodies spiritual significance we can then see the will of God more clearly as we reflect His truth within us, as all we do is driven by forces not easily seen but imitated in our lives and in our choices we make.

Try and consider these body parts and then look back at some of the verses in the Bible that reflect them and see what they mean in a more spiritual light.

John 13:9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

Consider Simon Peter: Both names mean stone but each has a slightly different aspect of truth. Consider Peter as your obstinacy as a founding stone of truth and Simon your willing obedience. Now your willing obedience is resilient to change and thus it seeks clarification by asking to have also its head and hands cleaned as well. Look at the list and see that feet are your choices and thus Christ is teaching you to make wise choices by cleansing away the confusion that clutters them. But in the process you question your head and hands as well, but consider Peter’s attributes, he is a very good man but he is also a bit of a hot head and makes poor choices based in his desire to do what he thinks is right. But the head is the center of thought and Peter does not need to purify his mind as his thoughts are good. He too does not need to have his hands cleansed as he does good deeds. He thinks well and acts accordingly but he does tend to make bad choices by not considering the consequences of his actions. This verse of the Bible seems very sweet in that it is our Lord and master cleansing our feet as it is a symbol of closeness but hidden within it is the truth that we all need to help each other make better choices.

Go ahead and take these physical symbols of the body and see if you too can see the hidden spiritual message from God in Scripture on how to emulate Christ within you.

*Remember I said we would come back to this later? Well here we are. Christ is the symbol of the authority you gain by following the steps of righteousness. Following in His footsteps is actually imitating the process of enlightenment laid out in the first seven Days of Creation. By following the process we eventually build Christ within and thus we too become reflections of our Creator. So for this reason Christ is made in the image of Adam and of God. Man is being transformed by a process of enlightenment to overcome his body’s animal/beast nature and to become a man like God, fully enlightened and upright and thus we wear the full armor of God that we may overcome the final stage of testing.

2 Corinthians 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

 

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.