The Importance of Listening to Your Body

Now before you think I'm going off on some funky, new age tangent here, let me take a moment to explain what I mean...

God took the time to create each of us in His likeness, each one of us unique in His image.

With the tongue, we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. ~ James 3:9

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. ~ Genesis 1:27

There's also a hymn that comes to mind that says:

And he walks with me and he talks with me And he tells me I am his own 

As we struggle with the Earthly challenges our bodies bring to us (in my case, fibromyalgia, and PTSD with anxiety) I truly believe that God will lead and guide us through our peaks and valleys. He wants what's best for us despite what challenges we're going through. 

One of the ways that I believe God is able to guide us is through our bodies. While this may sound "out there," it's really not. God has instilled us with the Holy Spirit who talks to us in a still small voice. If we take the time to listen He'll guide us, showing us what's best for us. In this way, if you're willing to listen to your body and determine what it needs you'll be led deeper into God's loving-kindness and grace.

An example of this that's occurred to me more frequently lately is the need for rest. I'm one of those people who gets so caught up in what they're doing that I don't pause long enough to rest. This is something that my body has been reminding me of lately. It's been telling me to get more sleep or just pause and relax. It doesn't even have to be a time of doing nothing. It can be a time when we spend reading, journaling, or praying. 

By listening to my body I've been able to rest when I otherwise wouldn't because I know this is what God is asking me to do. Take a moment to listen to your body, your temple for God, and see what it's requiring of you today.

Until next time, stay strong,
~ Bre